The climate in the West Kootenay Region has four distinct seasons. The summers are generally hot with July and August daytime temperatures often reaching 35C. Nighttime temperatures are cool and pleasant and the humidity is low. Although the area is home to large temperate inland rain forests, most of the yearly moisture falls between the end of October and the beginning of April. 

Increasingly  the notion of “normal” weather  is becoming less relevant. The effects of human caused climate change are making themselves felt here in the Kootenay’s, and what this means is that the weather is more unpredictable than it has been in the past. So bring clothing for hot weather, for cool weather and for everything in between.



  • Good sturdy footwear for our outdoor hikes
  • Good quality raingear
  • Warm clothing such as a fleece jacket or sweater
  • Comfortable walking pants
  • Bathing suit
  • Indoor shoes that slip on or off easily (optional)
  • Shawl or blanket for cool mornings in the meditation hall (optional)
  • For Spring or Fall dates guests should bring a warm hat and gloves in case of inclement weather upon any of our hikes
  • Bring clothing for a range of different temperatures as we are in the mountains and conditions can quickly change from hot and sunny to cool and inclement overnight.


  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Notebook and pen
  • Personal prescription medications
  • Personal toiletries
  • Alarm clock
  • A daypack for hikes and to hold things you wish to have with you during the day

Nelson is a small city with full services and many amenities. If you have forgotten something upon your arrival, you will be able to purchase anything you may need in Nelson upon your arrival.