COLUMN: Holiday exercise

There are plenty of opportunities to get physical in Nelson.

Whether the holidays are something you celebrate or not, enjoying the break with some fun activities is always a good thing. Check out the many things to do in our area.

The Savoy Bowling Lanes are a great place to spend some fun time with the family.

Opening hours are varied over the holidays so call ahead to book or check on times, 250-352-7467. Meanwhile, the regular leagues have spots available for newcomers in January.

The Thursday 1 p.m. Ladies League is looking for spare and regular bowlers to join. Call Linda at 250-229-6809 for information. Other leagues also have spots available: Monday Seniors League; Wednesday Seniors League; Wednesday Night Mixed League; Thursday Ladies League; Thursday Night Ping Pong and Saturday afternoon Special Olympics League. Call Savoy Lanes for details or leave a message.


The Glacier Gymnastics Club is running its winter camps from December 29 to 31. Online registration is now open for junior campers ages four to six and senior campers ages six and over. Visit for camp info or call 250-352-2227.


The Nelson and District Youth Centre has an awesome weekly schedule chock-full of nightly activities and programming. The schedule includes skateboard lessons, yoga classes, air hockey tournaments, movie night, anime club, magic cards, and so much more.

Go to to find all the info you need and hours of operation, Christmas break schedule, rates and rentals, employment services, and a huge photo gallery of the facility. There truly is something for everyone.


Cross country skiing at the Nelson Nordic Club over the holidays is a lovely way to get that much needed fresh air after too much of, well, just about everything.

For the long term, there is still time to register (until December 31) for the Ski Bunnies and BC Rabbit programs, ages four to 10 years. Contact Lisa Butterworth for any additional information at or call 250-229 2116.


The annual Polar Bear Dip hosted by the Nelson Rhythm Ropers will be on January 1 as their usual fundraiser. Register at the Rotary Lakeside Park at 11 a.m. and skip into the water at noon.  Enjoy hot chocolate and chili to warm up afterwards. Participate or just get out to cheer on others and donate to a good cause of course.


Selkirk College recreation’s regular hours will resume January 4 with the facility being closed December 24 to January 3. For the upcoming monthly schedule please visit


Also at Mary Hall, pickleball will be beginning again in January, three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. All equipment is supplied. Cost for drop in is $3.50. For more information, contact Barry McLean at or at 250-352-9341. You can also contact Barry Shook at or 250-509-0317.

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