We all love apres-ski, but what about pre-ski!?

Winter Kickoff Festival is back for another year to get you stoked for winter — in true Kootenay-Style.

From November 22 to December 2, find out why the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region is THE destination to get ready for winter. From live music performances to workshops and tours — come stay, play and find awesome!

Winter Kickoff Festival Event Calendar

This calendar is limited to events between November 22 to December 2, 2018. Visit our regional calendar for a complete listing of events throughout the year.

Plan Your Winter Kickoff Festival 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!

Celebrate Winter in True Kootenay-Style

Experience this magical corner of British Columbia as it comes alive with captivating cultural attractions!


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