In the heart of the Selkirk Mountains and less than a 30-minute drive from Whitewater Ski Resort, this highly walkable, quirky Kootenays town makes the perfect base for a winter adventure.

Find local goods at Craft Connection

Craft Connection sells goods by artisans from the Kootenays and elsewhere in Canada and holds temporary art exhibitions on its lower floor. Shop for display-worthy pottery, hand-woven scarves, copper jewellery and paintings of the local landscape.

Dine and listen to live music at Hume Hotel & Spa

The recently renovated Hume Hotel & Spa sells local spirits in its Liquor Boutique, offers treatments in its Aura Spa & Salon and holds nightly jazz sessions in its Library Lounge, where you can also dine on homemade borscht and local, grass-fed beef burgers.

Learn about the region at Touchstones Nelson

Find travelling exhibitions on the main floor of Touchstones Nelson, a public museum and art gallery. The second floor is devoted to the history of the region—don’t miss the visual and interactive displays that tell the stories of the Sinixt and Ktunaxa nations and the construction of one of the first hydroelectric power plants in the province.

Get styled at Scout

Clothing and accessories boutique Scout stocks an eclectic mix of labels. Look for regionally made products like jewellery by Erin Then Jewelry, olive and coconut oil-based Soco Soaps and apparel by Sea of Wolves.

Sip coffee at Oso Negro

Expect out-the-door lineups in the mornings at Oso Negro café, named for the black bear so common in these parts. It’s a local institution not just for its house-roasted coffee but also for its baked goods, especially its muffins.

Shop at Cartolina

The inventory at Cartolina runs the gamut from pretty, imported soaps and notebooks to house-designed, Nelson-themed T-shirts. The vintage maps section covers both local and international geography, including Nelson city maps from the 1890s.