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Directions to Nelson, BC

They say you have to work a little harder to get to paradise and Nelson is no exception. Located in the Southeastern corner of BC, Nelson is a little harder to get to but well worth the trip. Here´s how to find us:

If you are traveling from Lower mainland (Vancouver), take Highway 3 East to Castlegar and then turn on to 3A and follow the signs.

From Calgary and points East, travel on Highway 3 to Creston. Here you have the option of traveling up the arm of Kootenay Lake to Crawford Bay and then  taking the ferry to Balfour. From Balfour, continue west along 3A to Nelson. Your second option is to continue along Highway 3 from Creston over the Kootenay Pass to Salmo. At Salmo turn north and head on up to Nelson.

From Spokane, simply head north through Metalline Falls, cross the border at Nelway and continue on up past Salmo to Nelson.

Click here for a detailed map of the region or for a street map of Nelson please click here.

Planning a visit? Use the chart below for driving distances. Speed limits in British Columbia range from 80 to 110km/h (50 to 65 mph) and average around 90km/h (55mph).

If you are traveling to BC from the US all signs are in kilometres.
To convert kilometres to miles, multiply by .6 (eg. 10 km = 6 miles)
For speed limits: 100 km/h = 60 mph. 80 km/h = 50 mph and 50 km/h = 30 mph.


City Distance
Castlegar: 41km - 25 miles
Creston: 114km - 68 miles
Spokane, WA: 237km - 142 miles
Osoyoos: 261km - 157 miles
Penticton: 321km - 193 miles
Kelowna: 338km - 203 miles
Kamloops: 454km - 272 miles
Banff, Alberta: 496km - 298 miles
Calgary, Alberta: 624km - 374 miles
Vancouver: 657km - 394 miles

Travel related links:
Just click on any links below for up-to-the-minute information on local road and weather conditions as well as current exchange rates.

Castlegar Airport
Road Reports
Weather Report
Ferry Schedule
Currency Exchange   


Canada/US Border Information:
Canada Customs: 1-800-461-9999
US Customs: (509) 446-4421

Queen City Shuttle service to and from Castlegar:
(250) 352-9829


All the staff at the Hume Hotel wish you a safe trip and look forward to your visit.



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