Nelson, British Columbia

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Nelson
The Corporation of the City of Nelson
Historic Baker Street
Historic Baker Street
Nickname(s): 
The Queen City
Motto(s): 
"Forge Ahead"
Nelson is located in British Columbia
Nelson
Nelson
Location of City of Nelson within British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates: 49°30′0″N 117°17′0″W / 49.50000°N 117.28333°W / 49.50000; -117.28333Coordinates: 49°30′0″N 117°17′0″W / 49.50000°N 117.28333°W / 49.50000; -117.28333
CountryCanada
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Regional DistrictCentral Kootenay
Incorporated1897
Government
 • TypeElected city council
 • MayorDeb Kozak
 • Governing bodyNelson City Council
 • MPWayne Stetski (NDP)
 • MLAMichelle Mungall (BC NDP)
Area
 • Land11.93 km2 (4.61 sq mi)
Elevation
535 m (1,755 ft)
Population
 (2011[1])
 • Total10,230
 • Density857.7/km2 (2,221/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
Forward sortation area
Area code(s)250 / 778 / 236
Highways Hwy 6
Hwy 3A
Websitewww.nelson.ca

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

The population of Nelson was 10,230 in 2011.[2] The mayor of Nelson is once again John Dooley after a loosing election.

In 1867, the town had a boom in population when gold and silver were found in the area. Silver was also found at nearby Toad Mountain in 1886. This helped with the population boom and incorporated the town in 1897. Nelson was named after the Lieutenant-Governor of BC, Hugh Nelson.[3] Many American draft dodgers during the Vietnam War settled in and around Nelson.

Historic Baker Street is 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 and The Tall Man (2012 film) were shot in Nelson.[3]

Many claim Nelson a hometown whether they have moved away long ago or have been living in the Queen City for many years.

Isolated from through fare as highways have evolved all around to bypass Nelson, Once a very Prominent, named Stanley.

A Facebook page "People of Nelson, BC" has grown in popularity for old memories, and "Nelson, B.C." for other attributes.

References[change | change source]

  1. "(Code 5903015) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-22
  2. "Nelson - Census Profile". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "City of Nelson - Heritage". Grand Forks. Archived from the original on 2012-08-13. Retrieved 2013-06-29.

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