Nelson (British Columbia)

Nelson is a Canadian town in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is located on the shores of Kootenay Lake in the West Kootenays - in Selkirk. The main town of the district of Central Kootenay is known by the nickname The Queen City. In the language of the local First Nation, the tribe of the Kutenai, ie the city ʔaqyam ǂ up


Originally the settlement was named Salisbury. After the discovery of silver deposits in 1886 the place grew rapidly and in 1888 by Hugh Nelson, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia named. On March 18, 1897, Nelson independent municipality. In 1900 a tram system was built. Many Victorian buildings have been preserved from this period. 1947 Nelson was confirmed status as a city ( City).

Nelson has a very liberal policy, in particular the sale of marijuana in coffee shops is tolerated by the authorities.


The census in 2011 showed a population of 10,230 inhabitants for the community. The population has thereby increased since the census of 2006 at 10.5%, while the population in British Columbia grew simultaneously only by 7.0%.


The town lies on several highways. Firstly, the small town on Highway 3a and on the other hand is passed from Highway 6. The junction of Highway 6 from Highway 3A forms the center of the village.

At the northwest edge of town, between Highway 3 and the Kootenay Lake, is the local airfield (IATA: -, ICAO: CZNL, Transport Canada Identifier: - ). The airport has only a very short paved runway, and runway of 945 meters in length. In close proximity to the airport is also the local water Airfield (IATA: -, ICAO: -, Transport Canada Identifier: CAD8 ).


Twin cities of Nelson are Izushi in Japan and Baie -Saint -Paul in the Canadian Provinzs Quebec.

Sons and daughters of the town