Nelson, British Columbia

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City of Nelson
Historic Baker Street in downtown Nelson
Nickname(s): The Queen City
Motto: "Forge Ahead"
Where Nelson is located in British Columbia
City of Nelson
Where Nelson is located in British Columbia
Coordinates: 49°30′N 117°17′W / 49.5°N 117.283°W / 49.5; -117.283Coordinates: 49°30′N 117°17′W / 49.5°N 117.283°W / 49.5; -117.283
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Regional district Central Kootenay
Incorporated 1897
Government
 • Mayor John Dooley
 • Governing body Nelson City Council
 • MP Alex Atamanenko (NDP)
 • MLA Michelle Mungall (NDP)
Area
 • City 10.44 km2 (4.03 sq mi)
 • Land 11.93 km2 (4.61 sq mi)
Elevation 535 m (1,755 ft)
Population (2011)
 • City 10,230
 • Density 857.7/km2 (2,221/sq mi)
 • Urban 4,274
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Postal Code V1L
Area code(s) 250

Nelson is a city in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Nelson is located in the Selkirk Mountains in the Southern Interior of British Columbia.

The population of Nelson was 10,230 in 2011.[1] The mayor of Nelson is John Dooley.

The town had a boom in population when gold and silver were found in the area in 1867. Silver was also found at nearby Toad Mountain in 1886 which helped with the population boom and incorporated the town in 1897. Nelson was named after the Lieutenant-Governor of BC, Hugh Nelson.[2] Many American draft dodgers during the Vietnam War settled in and around Nelson.

Historic Baker Street is located in Nelson. Steve Martin filmed his 1987 movie Roxanne in Nelson which helped Nelson transform from a resource-based town to an arts and tourism town. Parts of the movie Snow Falling on Cedars were shot in Nelson.[2] Nelson has an ice hockey team, the Grand Forks Border Bruins which play in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

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