From lush rolling mountains to flowing rivers and open blue skies, the Kootenays continue to effortlessly capture the essence of beautiful British Columbia, winning the hearts of visitors from near and far. Nestled in this Canadian oasis you’ll find Nelson, BC, a town unlike any other. Priding itself on its balance of outdoor activities and in-town experiences, this mountain village has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the most unique places in British Columbia. 

From eateries to adrenaline-pumping adventures, the Savoy Hotel has compiled a list of some must-do activities during your stay in Nelson this summer. 

Photo: David Gluns

Grab a Coffee at Oso Negro Cafe

Start your morning off with a proper kick of caffeine courtesy of Oso Negro Cafe. Boasting some of the best Kootenay coffee in the area, this locally-owned shop features a patio space complete with its very own garden, making it a front-runner for the best cafe in Nelson. Located just a 7-minute walk from the Savoy Hotel, you’re not far from getting that dose of energy you need in the AM.

Photo: Janneke Guenther

Paddleboarding at Kootenay Lake

Situated on the banks of the Kootenay Lake, Nelson transforms into a hub for water and beach activities during the summer months. These smooth sailing blue waters create the ideal setting for stand up paddleboarding, as the soft waves coast you along the Lake. This activity gives you the freedom to stand, sit, kneel, or even swim beside the board if you choose to, allowing those of all ages to enjoy. For more information, you can visit Nelson Paddleboard and Kayak Rentals to see what options are available.

Hike Up Pulpit Rock 

A well-known favorite among many locals in Nelson, BC, this short hike offers scenic views of the city as well as surrounding mountains. Only 3.6km to the first viewpoint, this hike is ideal for beginners or those who just want to take in the beauty of Nelson without spending their day on the trails. With benches located at the top, we suggest packing a light picnic lunch to cool off with and enjoy after your walk up the mountain.

Try your hand at Mountain Biking

Feeling a little daring? Let Nelson’s bike trails satisfy your craving for adventure while immersing yourself in the forests of the Kootenays. Ranging from easy terrain for beginners all the way to advanced trails featuring adrenaline-pumping obstacles, there is something for everyone. Let your inner-child run free as you explore the paradise of British Columbia. Ask our Savoy staff for more information on this outdoor adventure.

Grab a Drink at Torchlight Brewing

Wrap-up your day by enjoying a beverage and a bite to eat at Torchlight, one of our local breweries. From burgers to craft sodas, Torchlight offers an inclusive menu for you and your crew to dive into. Thanks to its intimate setting and location near the waterfront, it is easily a strong contender among the many wonderful Nelson restaurants. 

Relax and unwind on the rooftop hot tub at The Savoy Hotel 

After a long day exploring, kick up your feet and unwind in our state-of-the-art rooftop hot tub. Book your stay with the Savoy Hotel now and let the mountains guide you through an unforgettable experience this summer. Head to the rooms and rates section of our website for more information.