Nov 24 – Dec 2, 2017

Get pumped for winter during Winter Kickoff in the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region – Kootenay Style. 

  • Stay in style at one of the region’s charming accommodations.
  • Savour our homegrown food and drink.
  • Discover boutique shops along historic downtown streets.
  • Soak up the region’s renowned cultural scene (and hot springs).

Unleash your inner explorer and whet your appetite for winter. COME FIND AWESOME!

Celebrate Winter Kootenay Style

Experience this magical corner of British Columbia as it comes alive with featured culinary creations, captivating cultural attractions, a variety of pre-Christmas celebrations and more!

Winter Kickoff Event Calendar

Check back later as more events are being added all the time!

This calendar is limited to events between November 24 to December 2, 2017. 

Visit our digital calendar for a complete listing of events throughout the year.

Plan Your Winter Kickoff Visit


From historic downtown hotels, motels and inns to charming vacation rentals and secluded resorts, you’ll find accommodations for every taste and budget.


Indoors or outdoors, there’s plenty to keep you active. Charming yoga studios and spas await, while early season snow beckons snowshoers and backcountry skiers.


Our distinctive culture is a culmination of our natural surroundings, arts, and heritage. Delve into our true character by visiting our galleries, museums and historic sites.

Getting Here

Nestled in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, our rural location is surprisingly accessible. Enjoy the scenic drive and set your clock to Kootenay Time.

Shop & Dine

With more restaurants per capita than San Francisco or New York, and a diverse collection of boutique stores, our region is a food and shopping lover’s dream.

Travel Deals

Get great deals from across the region to help you enjoy your visit a little bit more!

Share your Winter Kickoff photos & videos and enter to win. Visit for details.