Festivals & Events in 2022 – details coming soon!

In 2019 Winter Kickoff Carnival & Events was a chance to get ready for winter, and immerse yourself in events across the region. Thank you for visiting and participating in the events.

For more info about Winter Kickoff read our story. And follow our events calendar to see event details.

Winter Kickoff brought to you by Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism

Magical Carnival – one night only!

The Carnival hosted an illuminated archway into a Kootenay-style winter wonderland – Winter Kickoff Carnival!

The Station at Railtown in Nelson came alive with the scent of seasonal mouthwatering food, local beer, sounds of joyous cheers amongst music performances and runway extravaganzas. It’s was a family affair, with Santa photo ops and lots of cheer.

See you next year!

Events across the region that will get you ready for winter…

  • Sip and sample at the regions hopping breweries and cafes
  • Indulge in mouthwatering culinary meals 
  • Ignite your curiosity at museums, galleries and mural tours
  • Shop-til’-you-drop at Customer Appreciation Day
  • Stay and play for an entire weekend of markets, music, live theatre and so much more

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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.

Indigenous Culture

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional territories of the Sinixt, the Syilx, and the Ktunaxa peoples, and is home to many diverse indigenous persons including the Metis.