One of the last cities we stayed in while driving the Selkirk Loop, was the town of Nelson. It is a hippie, cute town that kinda reminds me of Berkeley in that way. The people are friendly and very outdoorsy. We spent one of the days at Lakeside Park. It’s a park that basically has everything you would want for a great summer day. There is grass and beautiful flowers, plenty of benches, an outdoor bar that serves snacks, cold drinks and even delicious ice cream. There is a beautiful beach next to the lake (Kootenay) where you can rent paddle boards, canoes or kayaks for $7/ person for 3 hours!
The downtown area is full of boutique shops and restaurants. We stopped for crepes at this adorable place called Sanderella’s boutique and Starbird Tea house. Inside is a charming boutique selling jewelry, candles and soaps, but towards the back of the store they make crepes, paninis and drinks.