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!
I think that’s pretty incredible. We had so much fun kayaking and paddle boarding. My husband lost his second pair of sunglasses on this trip while trying out the paddle board.
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.
We didn’t have all the time we wanted to explore this little town, but the three days we spent here were wonderful. Hopefully we can come back one day and explore some more.