Nelson, British Columbia

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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
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
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Regional District Central Kootenay
Incorporated 1897
 • Type Elected city council
 • Mayor Deb Kozak
 • Governing body Nelson City Council
 • MP Wayne Stetski (NDP)
 • MLA Michelle Mungall (BC NDP)
 • Land 11.93 km2 (4.61 sq mi)
Elevation 535 m (1,755 ft)
Population (2011[1])
 • Total 10,230
 • Density 857.7/km2 (2,221/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC−8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
Forward sortation area V1L
Area code(s) 250 / 778 / 236
Highways BC 6

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 Michelle Mungall.

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]

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. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 

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