Some of the ultimate fall experiences to be had in British Columbia, Canada can be found right here in the heart of the Kootenays! From beautiful fall colours to wildlife encounters to action-packed adventures, we truly have it all. Make the Savoy Hotel your home base as you experience all that Nelson and surrounding areas have to offer.

1. Mountain Biking

Fall in the Kootenays can be the best time to ride. It’s much quieter than the summer, with cool mornings for the ups, and moisture in the air creating hero dirt for the way down. There’s a good reason so many pros come from this area, and choose to make their homes here. 

If you are looking for incredible trails to ride there is a huge variety in and around Nelson, within a 30 minutes drive from our front door at the hotel. We recommend checking out nearby Morning Mountain as a closeby option. Our local bike shops are always friendly and we’re always happy to provide recommendations.

Come join us at The Savoy Hotel for your fall mountain biking trip!

2. Fishing

Boating relaxes the soul and mind. Home of the elusive Gerrard Rainbow Trout, Kootenay Lake is a destination of choice for fishing enthusiasts. You can actually fish year-round here! 

Some other popular lakes for fishing include Duncan Lake, Arrow Lake, and Slocan Lake. You can also fish on the Slocan River and Salmo River!

It’s important to note that you will need a license purchased in advance if you plan to go fishing while visiting Nelson. Check out this informative resource from Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism.

Provided by Katie Kershaw Photography

3. Hiking

Fall is Larch Season! In mid-to-late September, the larch trees turn golden yellow. Be sure to make time for mountain hikes if you are visiting the Kootenays at this time of year. The views are unparalleled. Popular larch season hikes include White Queen, Monica Meadows and Thanksgiving Mountain. Always be prepared for changing conditions and cold weather when hiking in the fall.

4. Golfing

There are so many options for golf enthusiasts in BC. While in Nelson we suggest checking out Granite Pointe Golf Course, located in the Rosemont suburb. For other recommendations in the Nelson Kootenay Lake area check out this blog.

If you are travelling with a friend or partner, we recommend getting hold of a Passport to the Kootenays. This coupon book provides many 2-for-1 green fees for Kootenay golf courses. 

5. Ride the Nelson Streetcar

From 1925 to 1949, Streetcar Number 23 served the City of Nelson as part of the Nelson Street Railway system. Now in the present day, you can still experience the magic of a ride on this preserved streetcar. With the track located along the Kootenay Lakeshore, you can take in incredible views of the West Arm and Lakeside Park. The trolley ride makes a great addition to any day spent in Nelson, BC.

For hours of operation for the Streetcar, click here.

6. S.S. Moyie

Looking for a unique outing? Road trip to Kaslo and step back in time by visiting the S.S. Moyie, the world’s oldest intact passenger sternwheeler.

The S.S. Moyie is open for tours from Mothers’ Day in May through to Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend in October. However, you can gaze upon the beauty of the sternwheeler’s exterior year-round. To plan your visit, head here.

Provided by Katie Kershaw Photography

7. See the Kokanee Redfish Salmon

Once a year, in August and September (sometimes into early October), hundreds of spawning Kokanee Salmon head up creeks and spawning channels to release their eggs.

You can witness this beautiful phenomenon of redfish on your next trip to Nelson! We recommend visiting Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, which is about 20 minutes drive from the Savoy Hotel. If you’re up for a longer road trip, head to the Meadow Creek Spawning Channel later in September. Who knows what other wildlife you will spot if you’re lucky. 

The Kokanee salmon spawn is only at its peak for a few weeks. Don’t miss out on this unique Kootenay experience!

8. Visit Sandon Ghost Town

This is a must-see for anyone doing the Kootenay Loop road trip from Nelson to Kaslo to New Denver and back down to Nelson. On Highway 31A, watch for well-marked signs to Sandon. What was once a bustling mining boomtown is now an abandoned ghost town that has been very well-preserved and restored.

Sandon is typically open to visitors from spring until October (Thanksgiving).

Ready for your fall staycation in Nelson, BC?

Book your accommodation in Nelson BC today at the Savoy Hotel! Located conveniently downtown on historic Baker Street.

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