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Nelson, British Columbia

The city of Nelson, nicknamed Queens City, has been an official part of Canada since 1897. Nelson is a small city with a population of just over 9000 people, and is located in the regional district of Central Kootenay, in southern British Columbia.

Nelson is well known for the natural beauty by which it’s surrounded – situated as it is within the Selkirk Mountains, on Kootenay Lake. Nelson is also well known for its arts community.

Nelson’s Art Scene

In Nelson, you can enjoy poetry readings and literary discussions in the cute cafes and coffee houses, view the wonderful works of art in the galleries, and treat yourself to the live theatre in the new-and-improved Capitol Theatre.

Fans of electronic music should make plans to come to Nelson in the second week of August for the Shambhala music festival. There you’ll find DJs from all over the world! Also, while in Nelson tune your radio to the community radio station, “Kootenay Co-op Radio.” This station specifically caters to the local residents of Nelson and aims to preserve the city’s arts and culture.

Sports and Recreation

Nelson is great for sports and recreation all year round. In winter, check out the Whitewater Ski Resort for both alpine and cross-country skiing. In the summer try rock climbing on the Kootenay Crag, Hall Siding, Grohman Narrows and CIC Bluffs. Hike, walk or bike along the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail, or along the many mountain biking paths (which you can locate on maps available at the bike rental shops).

Arts and Sports Trivia

Q.What Steve Martin movie was mainly shot in Nelson?
A.Roxanne

Q.What does Nelson have to do with the NHL?
A.Hockey Day in Canada is broadcasted there in 2007.


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