Nelson, British Columbia
|City of Nelson|
|Nickname(s): The Queen City|
|Motto: "Forge Ahead"|
|Regional district||Central Kootenay|
|• Mayor||John Dooley|
|• Governing body||Nelson City Council|
|• MP||Alex Atamanenko (NDP)|
|• MLA||Michelle Mungall (NDP)|
|• City||10.44 km2 (4.03 sq mi)|
|• Land||11.93 km2 (4.61 sq mi)|
|Elevation||535 m (1,755 ft)|
|• Density||857.7/km2 (2,221/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
The population of Nelson was 10,230 in 2011. 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. 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. Nelson has an ice hockey team, the Grand Forks Border Bruins which play in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.
References[change | edit source]
- "Nelson - Census Profile". Statistics Canada. http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/dp-pd/prof/details/page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=5903015&Geo2=PR&Code2=59&Data=Count&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
- "City of Nelson - Heritage". Grand Forks. http://www.nelson.ca/EN/main/visiting/about-nelson/heritage.html. Retrieved 2013-06-29.