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Updated: Jul 25, 2023

Population: 11,106

Elevation: 535m / 1,755ft

Nelson, BC, Canada is a picturesque small town located in the Kootenay region of British Columbia. Nestled amidst the Selkirk Mountains and bordered by the stunning Kootenay Lake, Nelson offers a breathtaking natural setting that attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world. The town's downtown area is adorned with beautifully preserved heritage buildings, showcasing its rich history and creating a charming ambiance. Nelson is also known for its thriving arts scene, with a vibrant community of artists, musicians, and performers. The town hosts various cultural events and festivals throughout the year, celebrating its creative spirit. With its blend of natural beauty, architectural charm, and artistic vitality, Nelson offers a unique and unforgettable experience for visitors.

Fun event with Shred Kelly and The Heavy Lighters in Railtown at the foot of Baker St.

The Queen City's natural surroundings make it a haven for outdoor activities. The Selkirk Mountains provide a stunning backdrop for hiking, mountain biking, and skiing, with trails catering to all skill levels. Kootenay Lake offers opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating, and paddleboarding, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the tranquility of the crystal-clear waters. The surrounding wilderness is perfect for wildlife spotting and nature photography, with an abundance of flora and fauna to discover. Nelson's proximity to nature ensures that adventurers and nature lovers will find endless opportunities to explore and reconnect with the great outdoors.

In addition to its natural beauty, Nelson is renowned for its thriving arts and culture scene. The town's artistic community is vibrant and diverse, with numerous galleries, studios, and theaters showcasing the work of local artists. Visitors can explore art exhibitions, attend live performances, and immerse themselves in the creative energy that permeates the town. Nelson also hosts a range of cultural events and festivals throughout the year, including the Nelson International Mural Festival, which celebrates the town's artistic spirit and transforms its walls into stunning works of art. The town's commitment to preserving its heritage and fostering artistic expression creates a unique atmosphere that is both inspiring and captivating.

Mural on the side of Thor's Pizza

Nelson has some really great food...

Nelson is a captivating destination that combines breathtaking natural beauty, architectural charm, and a thriving arts scene. Whether you're exploring the town's heritage buildings, immersing yourself in its artistic offerings, or embarking on outdoor adventures in the surrounding mountains and lake, Nelson offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Its stunning natural surroundings, coupled with its rich history and vibrant arts community, make it a must-visit destination for those seeking a harmonious blend of nature and culture.


City Hall

Suite 101, 310 Ward Street - Nelson, BC - V1L 5S4

Phone: (250) 352-5511

Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce

91 Baker Street - Nelson, BC - V1L 4G8

Phone: (250) 352-3433 Email:

Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK)

Box 590 - 202 Lakeside Drive - Nelson, BC - V1L 5R4

Phone: (250) 352-6665

Toll Free: (800) 268-7325


Office Hours: Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

(Closed from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm daily)

Nelson Demographics Information


Hume Elementary School

310 Nelson Avenue - Nelson, BC - V1L 2M8

Phone: (250) 352-3186

Hume School Basketball Courts and Playground

Trafalgar Middle School

1201 Josephine Street - Nelson, BC - V1L 1X8

Phone: 250-352-5591

L V Rogers Secondary School

1004 Cottonwood Street - Nelson, BC - V1L 3W2

Phone: (250) 352-5538

Rosemont Elementary School

1605 Crease Avenue - Nelson, BC - V1L 1A5

Phone: (250) 352-3182


South Nelson Elementary School

814 Latimer Street - Nelson, BC - V1L 4V7

Phone: (250) 354-4139


St. Joseph Elementary School

523 Mill Street - Nelson, BC - V1L 4S2

Phone: (250) 352-3041


Nelson Waldorf School

3648 Silverking Ski Hill Road - Nelson, BC - V1L 5P9

Phone: (250) 352-6919

Mountain Montessori Early Learning Centre

310 Nelson Ave - Nelson, BC - V1L 2M8

Phone: (250) 509-1235


Kootenay Lake Hospital

3 View St - Nelson, BC - V1L 2V1

Phone: (250) 352-3111

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

1200 Hospital Bench - Trail, BC - V1R 4M1

Phone: (250) 368-3311

Toll Free: (866) 368-3314

Patient Care Quality Office: (877) 442-2001

(70km ~ 51min drive from Nelson)


West Kootenay Regional Airport

Hall Road, just off of Highway 3A

Castlegar, BC - V1N 4M5

(250) 365-5151

(The airport is 41km from Nelson...about a 30 minute drive.)


Trail Regional Airport

Airport Operations

9019 BC-22A - Trail, BC - V1R 4W6

Phone: (250) 367-0029

(77km ~ 59 minute drive from Nelson)

Flights and Reservations

Pacific Coastal Airlines

4980 Cowley Crescent - Richmond, BC - V7B 1C1

Phone: (800) 663-2872

Approximate driving distance from Nelson to...

Castlegar, BC - 43km / 27mi

Kaslo, BC - 69km / 43mi

Kelowna, BC - 345km / 214mi

Vanvouver, BC - 656km / 407mi

Cranbrook, BC - 229km / 142mi

Calgary, AB - 621km / 386mi

Seattle, WA - 689km / 428mi

Spokane, WA - 238km / 147mi

Sandpoint, ID - 229km / 142mi

A snapshot of the local climate...

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