Surrounded by mountains, lakes and rivers, Nelson is a place where an active lifestyle is almost inevitable. In summer, the big attractions are biking, hiking, camping, golf and paddling. But there are many other aspects of Nelson to explore.Take a ride on Streetcar #23 to Lakeside Park, or walk up to the scenic lookout in Gyro Park, located just north of downtown. Explore Nelson's heritage architecture via a self-guided tour, learn about the city's culture and history, relax or be treated at a Nelson spa or wellness centre, check out the incredible arts and crafts or cool clothing around Nelson's shopping area, or have lunch at a sunny table in one of the city's many sidewalk cafés.In winter, the focus shifts to a community ski hill that is know for its deep champagne powder. People move here to ski Whitewater, just a half hour from downtown. Whitewater also has cross-country skiing trails, and for extreme adventurers, local suppliers offer private cat or heli-skiing tours. The Nelson Nordic Ski Club has groomed skate and cross-country ski trails throughout winter that cater to all levels of ability.