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Discover Nelson, BC

“The prettiest small town in Canada.” - New York Times

Nestled in the Selkirk Mountains and along the shores of Kootenay Lake’s West Arm, Nelson, British Columbia (BC) is praised for its livability and charm.  Just 30 minutes from the West Kootenay Regional Airport, Nelson is conveniently, centrally located between Vancouver, BC, Calgary, AB, and Spokane, WA, USA. With a growing population of 10,600, Greater Nelson encompassing 18,000 and a trading area near 70,000, the duly-named “Heritage City” features a downtown and 300+ restored heritages homes, businesses and churches.

Offering breath-taking vistas, the surrounding area is outfitted with forests, mountains and waterways, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Mild climates and resource-rich landscapes provide opportunity for year-round outdoor activities, from skiing and snowboarding in the winter to hiking and mountain biking in the summer months. Nearby Kootenay Lake is a local hotspot for boating, fishing and swimming.

Nelson, BC has a vibrant art community.  The historic downtown core lends a distinct architectural character reminiscent of the early 20th century and is dotted with heritage buildings, art galleries, theatres and music venues.  You will feel the eclectic vibe and entrepreneurial spirit following a stroll down Baker St, a lively hub offering fine dining, retail fashion and international fare. Nelson, BC serves a down-home cosmopolitan feel with over 50 restaurants, seasonal patios and cafes, more per capita than San Fransisco, CA.

Nelson, BC is known for it’s tight-knit community and laid-back lifestyle; residents are often the driving-force behind local events, markets, festivals, fundraisers and community projects. A community serving to give back, Nelson places a strong emphasis on sustainable living and environmental responsibility. Numerous initiatives and organizations in town promote eco-friendly practices. Nelson, BC schools are top-notch, providing quality education to children, young adults and mature students.  Plus, with a Selkirk College campus right within city limits, higher education is right at your doorstep.

Discover a life of balance and affordability, where modern amenities and natural beauty meet laid-back small town living and timeless traditions. Nelson, BC is waiting for you.

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