Getting to Nelson
Fly, bus, or car — Nelson is delightfully out of the way yet entirely accessible.
Nelson has its own airport (CZNL) for small planes and helicopters only. It is within easy walking or taxi distance, about a five minute drive, from downtown Nelson.
There are two commercial airports conveniently close to Nelson:
Pacific Coastal Airlines serves the Trail Regional Airport (YZZ) with flights throughout southern BC. As of March 2021 their service is active. Trail is approximately one hour’s drive from Nelson. There is no car rental service at the airport, so you will need to arrange private pick-up and drop-off.
Air Canada ordinarily serves the West Kootenay Regional Airport (YCG) in Castlegar, about forty minutes drive from Nelson, with connections to Vancouver, Kelowna, and Calgary. However, as of March 2021 their service is suspended during the pandemic.
All roads lead to Nelson! (Or at least, we think so.) And along the way, stunning views. For detailed directions, check Google maps. Some driving distances to Nelson:
Spokane, WA: 155 miles / 249 kms
Calgary, AB: 384 miles / 618 kms
Vancouver, BC: 410 miles / 660 kms
Kelowna, BC to Nelson: 214 miles / 346 kms
Kamloops, BC: 284 miles / 458 kms
Prince George, BC: 610 miles / 983 kms