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Nelson

Population: 10,572 (2016 Census)
Elevation: 535 m (1,755 ft)

Electric Charging Stations:
91 Baker Street, Visitor Centre parking (2 EV Plug (J-1772)
701 Lakeside Dr, Prestige Lakeside Resort (Tesla, J-1772)
305 Hall St, Community Complex (CCS/SAE, CHAdeMO)
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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 such as Cartolina, Gerick Cycle & Ski, Kootenai Moon, Mountain Baby, Sacred Ride and Roam Shop 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.

Nelson offers a great selection of food and beverage options:

Adventure Hotel – Louie’s, Empire Coffee, Uptown Sports Bar
All Seasons Cafe
BW Plus – Marzano
Cantina Del Centro
Full Circle Cafe
Hume Hotel – General Store, Library Lounge, Mike’s Place Pub
Pitchfork Eatery
Prestige – Port 701 Marinaside / Lounge / Cafe
Rel-ish Bistro
Nearby: Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort – Ktunaxa Grill

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. A visit to the historic Touchstones Nelson is precious for both the art and the history.

Nearby Ainsworth Hot Springs offers a full-service resort and a popular family destination. The pools are situated on a hillside offering a panoramic view of the Purcell Mountains. Kaslo is picture perfect. The world’s  largest intact passenger sternwheeler, the SS Moyie dominates the waterfront and reminds everyone of its glory days. The quaint downtown is filled with shops and galleries.  Meadow Creek features the Lardeau River, stunning backcountry beauty and the perfect place to paddle, hike, fish or join a rafting adventure. The Kootenay Lake Ferry travels between Balfour and Kootenay Bay. It’s a spectacular 35 minute free ride. Allow yourself some extra time to browse the shops and eateries at the Balfour Ferry Landing.

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

Contact Information

91 Baker St, 2nd Floor

NELSON, BC

V1L 5X4

1-877-663-5706

1-250-352-7879

NelsonKootenayLake.com

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