Carnivals & Events

We had grand plans to host Winter Kickoff Carnivals & Festivals in January and February 2022, to give visitors and locals an opportunity to kick it up and shake it off. However, with the recent news of the increased health risks due to the new COVID-19 variants we have come to the sad decision that we need to cancel to keep everyone safe.

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Follow our events calendar to see events happening throughout the region year-round.

Winter Kickoff brought to you by Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism

Shake It Off, Kick It Up

Our vibrant culture and stunning landscapes make us a destination unlike any other. Visit our tourism website to learn more about all there is to do, see, and places to stay.

To reminisce about Winter Kickoff 2019 view our video above and read our story.

Finding Awesome

If things improve, fingers crossed, we will try to host Winter Kickoff in November 2022. Stay tuned!

There’s no shortage of things that make our place awesome. Inspirational photos, travel deals, events and seasonal activities.  Come enjoy!

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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.