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1 min from downtown Nelson, BC


Planning a Road-Trip in BC? Nelson is the Perfect Stop on Your Autumn Journey!

Fall is a great time of year to enjoy all Nelson has to offer. We know you’ll love it — plan to stay a while!

If you’re hitting the road this autumn, there’s no better spot to stay on your fall road-trip than historic and beautiful Nelson, BC. In fact, fall is a most wonderful time of year to enjoy not only the variety of activities – shopping, restaurants, and abundant outdoor recreation – in and around this small city nestled on striking Kootenay Lake but the sublime weather, as well.

Nelson is described as an “inspirational mecca for foodies, art-goers, music lovers, history buffs and adventure seekers.” And, as anyone knows who’s spent time here, there are no truer words.

We really do check all the boxes for a memorable and satisfying vacation stop. A well-rounded small city, Nelson leverages the surrounding natural environment, the innovative and adventurous spirit of Nelson’s residents, and the region’s colourful history to offer a rich and diverse experience.

As we emerge from a summer of contrasts – glorious above seasonal temperatures paired with the annual crisis of wildfire – we settle into the sanguine of lakeside, mountain autumn. 

Fair weather and the vibrant changing of the leaves beckon. The cafes and restaurants are free of summer crowds as are the hiking and biking trails. 

Freely explore the East Shore from Wynndel to Kootenay Bay, traverse the azure waters of glacial-fed Kootenay Lake across to Balfour – a free ferry ride! Roam the shoreline from quaint and historic Kaslo and North Kootenay Lake to Ainsworth Hot Springs, south to Nelson. Popular in the summer, the change of seasons makes this loop a uniquely beautiful and relaxing trip in the fall.

nelson fall road trip

Fall hiking doesn’t get any better than around Nelson, BC 

Hiking is splendid at this time of year – the weather couldn’t be more perfect for getting out on our nearby trails. Monica Meadows, for instance, offers any level of hiker a wonderfully scenic hike on a high alpine plateau. The trails glorious 10 kilometres offers a panorama of mountains and alpine meadows, wildflowers, waterfalls, and lakes. Fall brings the stunning change of the larch from green to vivid shades of orange and gold.

Get up above the city for a classic hike close by – Pulpit Rock. Hiked for almost a century and referred to by the locals as a “walk in the park”, it offers tremendous views of the town, the lake, and the surrounding peaks.

Stroll for unique goodies — markets and shopping!  

Nelson is a wonderfully walkable small city. The historic city centre offers unique and interesting shops to suit just about any interest from ethnic grocery to outdoor clothing and equipment to stylish fashion and shoes.

Don’t forget to include the fabulous Nelson Farmers Market from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm every Wednesday and Saturday. A truly unique market experience as you enjoy the unique community spirit amidst the lush fall colours at the base of the falls in Cottonwood Falls Park. Peruse an abundance of fresh farm produce, baked goods, handmade wares, and much more.

Autumn, with fewer crowds, lets you explore and browse at your leisure.

Want to take in the beauty and wonder of Nelson this fall — let us help! Family-friendly – including your beloved fur-babies! – the Alpine Inn and Suites offers our unique brand of European-style hospitality. We are the closest accommodation to popular Whitewater Ski Resort, convenient to the highway, and walking distance or but a minute’s drive to Nelson’s historic downtown.

Warmth and friendliness close to all the amenities to make your adventure in Nelson, BC truly unforgettable. We have 30 rooms, all exceptionally comfortable and clean, and with your choice of kitchenette or not. Choose one of our fireplace and/or jacuzzi suites or one of our spacious family units. 

Working on the road or want to keep in close touch with loved ones? The Inn features free wireless internet. Perfect for a stop on your road-trip, we provide free and ample off-street parking, in front of your door.

We offer great rates!
Book with us directly to begin your fabulous autumn journey to Nelson, BC.