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Near Nelson

Ward’s Ferry Trail

Ward’s Ferry Trail

Ward’s Ferry Trail traces the Kootenay River and connects Blewett to Glade. A good chunk of it is scenic riverside hiking. A good chunk of it is also a long slog in the woods. SUMMARY Trailhead: Rover Creek FSR (Blewett) or Glade Road (Glade) Map: Castlegar Parks and Trails […]

Slocan – Kootenay Lookout

Slocan – Kootenay Lookout

Let’s be honest. There are many hikes that end in climatic viewpoints all up and down the Kootenay River valley. This is yet another one, and although the lookout offers a big view of Crescent Valley and Playmor Junction, the trail itself is underdeveloped and underwhelming. […]

Toad Mountain via Silverking Mine

Toad Mountain via Silverking Mine

Legend has it that Toad Mountain got its name when a prospector was staking his land claim, looked down, saw a toad, and… that was that. Nevertheless, Toad is a legendary ridge-line hike just outside of Nelson. And the view from the summit? Toad-ally awesome. […]

Rail Trail to Five Mile Point (Troup Beach)

Rail Trail to Five Mile Point (Troup Beach)

All aboard the Great Northern Rail Trail! It’s not the most exciting hike, but the rail-grade is easy, gentle walking. The destination of this hike is white sandy Troup Beach at Five Mile Point – a great picnic spot with shallow water, sandbars, and solitude. SUMMARY […]

Kokanee Lake Trail

Kokanee Lake Trail

The Kokanee Lake Trail is the main access into beautiful Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. The trail starts in the forest at Gibson Lake and winds up to the sub-alpine realm of meadows, lakes, waterfalls and marmots. Kokanee Glacier Park is great place to spend a […]

Smallwood Bigwood Trails

Smallwood Bigwood Trails

Do you think the destination is more important than the journey? The Smallwood and Bigwood trails near Beasley are a slog in the woods with an outstanding climatic view! From the top, you can look up and down the Kootenay River Valley to see Nelson […]

Kokanee Old Growth Cedars

Kokanee Old Growth Cedars

The old growth trail up Kokanee Creek is a short and spectacular hike. The cedars are ancient and massive, reaching up towards the sky and back across the centuries. SUMMARY: Trailhead: Kokanee Glacier Road Distance, Round Trip: 2.4km Elevation: +100m

Morning Mountain Bike Trails

Morning Mountain Bike Trails

Less than ten minutes from Nelson, the network of trails at Morning Mountain is fantastic hiking! The trails wind at a comfortable climb and will take you through dark cedar forests, across wildflower meadows, and up to distant views of Kokanee and the Valhalla Mountains. […]

Svoboda Road Bike Trails

Svoboda Road Bike Trails

A solid trek from the edge of Nelson up into West Arm Provincial Park.  The trail winds up in a scenic clearing, looking past Nelson and beyond into the Kootenay River valley. SUMMARY Map: Trailforks or the Nelson Cycling Club Trail Map Book Trailhead: Svoboda […]

Sproule Creek

Sproule Creek

A walk in the woods, a bubbling creek, nine bridge crossings! What could be better? SUMMARY Trailhead: Sproule Creek Road Distance, Round Trip: 10km Elevation: +262m