With extreme temperatures for this time of year it’s a good idea to take your summer visitors to the water or to head for the shade.

With extreme temperatures for this time of year it’s a good idea to take your summer visitors to the water or to head for the shade.

COLUMN: Cool programs offer ways to beat the heat

With extreme temperatures for this time of year it’s a good idea to take your summer visitors to the water or to head for the shade.

With extreme temperatures for this time of year it’s a good idea to take your summer visitors to the water or to head for the shade.

Registration is open for cool programs with the Nelson and District Community Complex. Access to summer fun was never easier with awesome pass prices and activities. Browse programs in the leisure guide and online: rdck.bc.ca. Click the rec reg button or phone  250-354-4386.

Nelson Whitewater Rafting Company offers family friendly rafting and float trips. Transportation is provided to and from Nelson and they are rated the No. 1 activity in the area on TripAdvisor. See nelsonwhitewaterrafting.com. Nelson Paddleboard and Kayak Rentals is located at the Prestige Lakeside Resort Marina, a 10 minute walk from the soccer fields. Paddleboard and kayak rentals are available daily. Ten per cent off for soccer tournament attendees. Call 1-877-808-7238 for both activities.

If you’re heading for the hills, you must try the new Kokanee Mountain Zipline outfit. They provide all the gear for ages six and up (50 to 275 pounds [23 to 125 kg]). This is a fully guided tour that takes two to 2½ hours over six lines. The guides clip/unclip and brake for all participants and start you off on a small line to ensure enjoyment with the whole course. Contact Todd for more information at 778-214-0444 or todd.manton@mountainzipline.com.

Out on the playing fields the Nelson ultimate frisbee scene has been heating up like the weather. In April, the Nelson ultimate competitive touring team, Homegrown, travelled to Spain and Italy placing fifth at both the Costa Brava tournament and again at Paganello, the largest beach ultimate tournament in the world. Way to go Nelson Homegrown!

Inspired? Then join a pick-up game and see what the fun is about on Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays evenings 6 to 8 p.m. at Lakeside playing fields. Disc Break, the annual Nelson tournament July 25 to 26, is set to expand this year from 10 teams to 15 teams.

The tournament will feature teams from Spokane, Seattle, Bozeman, Kelowna,Vancouver, Calgary, Nelson, Rossland, Grand Forks and more. Get out and support the home team and see some of the best disc athletes in our region compete for top prize at Lakeside fields.

Gymnastics For All online registration is now open for Monday to Thursday, July 6 to Aug. 27 summer camps. Junior campers ages four to six (9 to 10:30 a.m.) and senior campers ages six-plus (10:30 a.m. to noon). Cost is $60 for four days. Trampoline Campers ages eight-plus (12:30 to 2 p.m.). Cost is $45 for three days. Visit glaciergymnastics.com for information or contact 250-352-2227 or info@glaciergymnastics.com

Last but not least is the Nelson Regional Sports Council annual general meeting on June 23 at 6:30 p.m. Please join the board of directors in reviewing the past year and electing new board members. All members welcome at the Nelson and District Youth Center meeting room upstairs.

Kim Palfenier is the executive director of the Nelson Regional Sports Council. Her column appears every other week.

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