Nelson, British Columbia
|The Corporation of the City of Nelson|
Historic Baker Street
|Nickname(s): The Queen City|
|Motto(s): "Forge Ahead"|
|Regional District||Central Kootenay|
|• 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)|
|• 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
The population of Nelson was 10,230 in 2011. 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. 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.