Population: 10,572 (2016 Census)
Elevation: 535 m (1,755 ft)
Electric Charging Station:
91 Baker Street, 2 EV Plug (J1772) are located in the Visitor Centre parking lot near the curb.
On the West Arm of Kootenay Lake resides Nelson, a mountain town with a big city buzz. Known for its welcoming personality and diversity of outdoor adventures, the city itself is full of trendy boutique shops with some 350 heritage buildings that flourish year-round.
Described as the best Art Town in Canada, for the entire summer, ArtWalk turns the downtown core into a living art gallery. In the warmth, enjoy a trip on the historic Streetcar #23, play in the sand and grass, or just relax at one of the parks. Sit out in the sun on the many patios that spring into life on the main strip of Baker Street - the shopping and dining centre of Nelson.
Nelson doesn't stop at the city's edge, but continues onto the lake with paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and numerous other water activities. The excitement continues into the mountains for hiking, biking, climbing, you name it, even golfing with gorgeous views from the scenic Granite Pointe Golf Club.
Once the snow hits, Nelson's renowned Whitewater Ski Resort, one of the best powder mountains on the continent, becomes a central hub for locals and tourists alike. Heli and cat-skiing reach out in all directions to take advantage of the world-famous powder and mountain faces, and while cross-country skiing replaces the biking, fishing and sailing continue on Kootenay Lake. The arts community continues to thrive throughout the winter presenting an overwhelming amount of music, theatre and movies at its many facilities: the meticulously restored Capitol Theatre, and Civic Theatre, and newly created Shambhala Music and Performance Hall and Oxygen Art Centre.
No matter the weather, a visit to the historic Touchstones Nelson is precious for both the art and the history. The food throughout Nelson is always abundant and incredible: local, fusion, Indian, Japanese, Mexican ... and the list just keeps going. The variety continues to grow and impress both locals and tourists.
City of Nelson history: Nelson did not exist until the late 1880s and it was the lure of precious metals that attracted groups to the area. It was Gilbert Sproat who first invisioned Nelson as a town above all towns and persuaded the provincial government to reserve the townsite just as the silver-bearing galena ore of Toad Mountain was being exploited. Discovered by the Hall party from Colville, Washington, the Silver King Mine attracted prospectors to the townsite and in 1899 Nelson was named after British Columbia's Lieutenant Governor, Hugh Nelson. In 1897, Nelson was incorporated as a city with home-owned utilities, thriving business and community activities. Nelson's heritage smiles from many streets and alleys, showing flashes of the past. To learn more about the history, visit the state-of-the-art permanent exhibit Touchstones Nelson, it is a must see. Nelson Chamber of Commerce site: DiscoverNelson.com