This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Nelson. To help you make friends with Nelson before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Nelson is a town in the beautiful Kootenays region of southeastern British Columbia. The town has a nice historic look, with what you could describe as a hippie vibe, so it makes sense you would be able to find a hostel here. This is a great town in which to base yourself if you want to explore the great range of activities available in every season in this gorgeous area surrounded by mountains and lakes.
During winter you have two large ski resorts within an hour's drive -- Whitewater (which is only about fifteen minutes out of town and has a shuttle bus from Nelson) and Red Mountain near the town of Rossland -- as well as many cross-country ski trails and areas to go snowmobiling and snowshoeing. During summer you have plenty of opportunities to enjoy cycling, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and golfing as well as many more activities and sightseeing tours. The longest free ferry in the world also goes just nearby across the Kootenay Lake.
There are a few options for hostels in Nelson, all of which are right in the town centre on Baker Street or Vernon Street. This means you are in a great location to soak up the laid-back nightlife, enjoy the many restaurants, and take an interest in the hippie lifestyle that runs through this town in the many organic stores and restaurants as well as enjoy the locally brewed Nelson Brewing Company Organic Beers. The Greyhound Bus stops in Nelson, but a little bit out of the main town, so keep this in mind when planning how to get to your Nelson hostel.
Written by local enthusiast for Nelson hostelsKeppers