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Nelson & District Community Complex and Recreation Commission
305 Hall Street
Nelson, BC V1L 4G8
Phone: (250) 354-4FUN (4386)

The Nelson & District Community Complex is a multi-purpose facility centrally located within the City of Nelson. The NDCC offers a complete range of recreation opportunities and facilities including an NHL size Arena, Indoor Pools and waterslide, a fully equipped Fitness Centre and a meeting room. Adjacent to this facility is another ice arena and meeting room. Throughout the City of Nelson and region are several Regional Parks and City Parks offering ball diamonds, soccer fields, playgrounds, and picnic areas.

Nelson Municipal Library
602 Stanley Street
Nelson, BC V1L 1N4
Phone: (250) 352-6333
Email: library@nelson.ca
Website: nelson.bclibrary.ca

We have over 45,000 books as well as videotapes and DVDs, music cassettes and CDs, cassette and CD books, CD-Roms, microfilms, magazines and newspapers. We have seven public computers offering word processing, children's programs, CD-Rom and online database reference, and Internet access. We also have a special collection of books and newspaper microfilms pertaining to the history of Nelson and area. Last year, we circulated over 120,000 items to our more than 9,000 members.

Nelson & District Youth Centre
608 Lake Street
Nelson, BC
Phone: (250) 352-5656
Email: ndycco@netidea.com
Website:  www.nelson.ca/EN/main/residents/youth-centre.html

The Youth Centre has staff present at all times to promote a safe, positive atmosphere and to welcome all youth to their facility. Along with a variety of programs and daily schedule of events, NDYC is a great place for youth to hang out. In the centre we have Comfy couches,board games, basketball courts, TV lounge, ping pong, shuffleboard, open arts & crafts studio, music nights, meeting room, dark room, and a dance studio.

Nelson Area Higher Learning


Selkirk College

Selkirk College has been called one of the best-kept secrets in the province. Nestled in the Selkirk Mountains in the southeast corner of British Columbia, we teach over 2,200 students every year everything from University Arts and Science courses, trades, nursing, fibre arts and aviation to forestry, ski hill management and digital media. For forty years, students have been coming to the Kootenays for what we call the Selkirk Advantage location, lifestyle and learning.

Nelson: 2001 Silver King Rd.
Phone: 250-352 6601

Castlegar: 301 Frank Beinder Way
Phone: 365-7292

Trail: 900 Helena St
Phone: 368-5236

Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences
303 Vernon St.
Nelson, BC
Phone: 352-5887
Email: registrar@acos.org
Website www.acos.org

The Academy Of Classical Oriental Sciences offers the following Diploma programs in Traditional Chinese Medicine: 3-year Chinese Herbology, 3-year Acupuncture, 4-year Traditional Chinese Medicine, 5-year Traditional Chinese Medicine. Our programs include the acquisition of the Chinese language, which deepens the ability for students to understand and research TCM in its original world view, and opens the possibility of further study in China. All components of TCM are covered through our programs, including Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Tuina (massage), Taiji Quan Qigong/Daoyin, Diet/Nutrition, Herbology, History/Philosophy and Mental-Emotional Therapy and Counselling. Western Medicine component also ensures capable communication with other health care professionals and meets the present requirements for licensing.

Kutenai Art Therapy Institute
#201 - 601 Front Street
Nelson BC V1L 4B6
Phone: 250 352-2264 or toll free 1-800-580-6388
Website:  www.kutenaiarttherapy.com/

The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute's primary purpose is to offer a post-baccalaureate two-year diploma program in Art Therapy that includes the needs of rural communities and emphasizes a cross-cultural perspective. The Institute follows the educational and ethical guidelines of the Canadian Art Therapy Association and the B.C. Art Therapy Association. The Institute also supports professional and community education in Art Therapy and promotes and provides Art Therapy as a community service.

Kootenay School of the Arts
606 Victoria St.
Nelson BC
Phone: 352-2821
Website: http://selkirk.ca/programs/ksa/

KSA offers a three year diploma program majoring in your choice of studio: clay, fibre, jewelry, metal or wood, as well as fall and winter community courses and week long summer school courses.

Private Schools


Nelson Christian Community School
810 Tenth Street
Nelson, BC V1L 3C7
Phone: (250) 352-0565
Website: www.nelsonccs.org

The mission of Nelson Christian Community School is to assist families by providing students with a Christ-centered, biblically integrated education which instills the vision and practice of excellence in academics, moral character, and service to others. NCCS is registered with the B.C. Ministry of Education and follows the B.C. curriculum guidelines. It is operated by the Nelson Christian School Society. The Society is made up of parents who have children in the school and other citizens of the community who have an interest in the work of the school. We seek to create a warm, caring and well-ordered environment in which students will be able to achieve their maximum potential in learning. Classroom visitors are welcome at any time. To make arrangements to visit call us at 352-0565 or email: nccs@shaw.ca.

Nelson Waldorf School
3468 Ymir Rd.
Nelson BC
Phone: (250) 352-6919
Email: info@nelsonwaldorf.org
website: www.nelsonwaldorf.org

Waldorf Education advances a child’s sense of goodness, beauty and truth—and inspires a lifetime love of learning. Ours is one of very few rural Waldorf Schools in North America. Part of Nelson’s educational landscape for 20 yrs, our fully accredited, non-profit independent school serves more than 180 students. Our policy is to welcome all students, regardless of family economic circumstance.

St. Joseph School
523 Mill Street
Nelson, BC V1L 4S2
Email: office@stjosephnelson.ca
Website: www.stjosephnelson.ca

St. Joseph School is a Catholic independent school offering classes from Kindergarten through Grade 7. The academic program follows the prescribed BC Ministry of Education Curriculum. Christian values are emphasized in all courses taught.

For over a hundred years St. Joseph School has provided the residents of Nelson with an education which inspires and prepares students to learn, to work, to live fully and to serve God. Academic excellence is pursued in a school community based on the Christian belief that each individual is a unique person called into being by a loving God. The individual goodness, dignity and worth of each person is recognized. St. Joseph School provides a nurturing environment where the giftedness of both staff and students is mutually enriched. It is an environment where each individual is respected and respectful of others.

Nelson Area Public Schools


Blewett School
2665 Blewett Road
Nelson, BC V1L 6V4
Phone: (250) 352-5314
Fax: (250) 352-1648
Email: bes@sd8.bc.ca
Website: central.sd8.bc.ca/blewett/

Website: central.sd8.bc.ca/gs/

Hume School
310 Nelson Ave.
Nelson BC
Phone: 352-3186
Website: sd8.bc.ca/Hume/

LV Rogers High School
1004 Cottonwood St.
Nelson BC
Phone: 352-5538
Website: www.lvr.sd8.bc.ca

Redfish Elementary
265 Bryan Road
Balfour, BC V1L 6M9
Phone: (250) 229-4224
Fax: (250) 229-5676
Website: www.res.sd8.bc.ca

Rosemont Elementary
1605 Crease Ave
Nelson BC V1L 1A5
Phone: (250) 352-3182
Fax: (250) 352-9761
Website: www2.sd8.bc.ca/schools/rosemont/

South Nelson Elementary
814 Latimer St.
Nelson BC
Phone: (250) 354-4139
Fax: (250) 354-4407
Website: www2.sd8.bc.ca/schools/snelson/

Trafalgar Junior-Secondary
1201 Josephine St.
V1L 1X8
Phone (250) 352-5591
Fax (250) 352-6522
Website: traf.sd8.bc.ca/

Health Care


The Interior Health Authority (www.interiorhealth.ca) is responsible for health care from the Kootenay Boundary Health Service Area, which includes the local health areas of Arrow Lakes, Castlegar, GrandForks, Kettle Valley, Kootenay Lake/Nelson (Slocan City in the north-west down the Slocan Valley to Salmo in the south, Nelson, North Shore and Balfour to Riondel, Crawford Bay and Gray Creek, Kaslo north to Howser and Duncan Lake),and Trail. Kootenay Boundary is one of four HSA's within Interior Health.

Kootenay Lake Hospital
3 View Street, Nelson, BC

Phone: (250) 352-3111

  • 24-Hour Emergency Services
  • General Medicine
  • Day Surgery
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology Surgery
  • Maternity Services
  • Rehabilitation Services (Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy)
  • Pharmacy Services
  • X-ray Services
  • Laboratory Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Addictions Services
  • Social Work Services
  • Dietitian Services
  • Diabetes Education
  • Chronic Disease Management
    30 Beds and newly renovated Maternity Ward and O.R. with state of the art equipment.



    Nelson Transit System

    Website: www.bctransit.com/regions/nel/

    The Nelson Transit System currently operates four routes in Nelson. Complete information is available on their web page.

    Slocan Valley and Rural Transit

    Phone: 1-877-843-2877

    Castlegar Airport
    208 Hughes Road
    Castlegar, BC

    Website: www.castlegarairport.com

    The Castlegar Airport has a total land area of 85 hectares and includes, air terminal building of 1,423m2 built in 1971, flight service station with limited hours of operation, combined services building (firehall and maintenance garage) of 622m2 ,and one runway (1615-metre or 5300-foot)

    Distance To:
    - Downtown Castlegar - 5km
    Nelson - 41km
    - Trail - 26km
    - Grand Forks- 73km
    - Rossland - 36km


    High Terrain Helicopters
    Phone: 250-354-1206

    Range Helicopters
    Phone: 250-505-2150

    Department of Highways
    Phone: 250-354-6521

    Greyhound, Loomis, Purolator, Federal Express

    Department of Highways
    Phone: 250-354-6521

    Nelson Fire & Rescue Services    [top]
    919 Ward Street
    Nelson, BC
    Phone: 352-3103 (Non-emergency)

    Under the direction of Fire Chief , the department consists of 1 Assistant Chief, 4 Captains, 6 Full Time Professional Fire Fighters as well as 21 Trained Auxiliary Fire Fighters (part paid). The Fire Department has four pieces of fire apparatus: which respond to more than four hundred fire calls annually. Today's role of the department an 82 4x4 840 Pumper (Hub), a 77 Ford 1050includes such tasks as Medical First Responders, "Jaws of Life" Vehicle extraction, High Angle Rope Rescue, Confined Space Rescue as well as Hazardous Goods Incidents. The department serves the City of Nelson and a large contracted area for the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

    Nelson City Police   [top]
    606 Stanley Street
    Nelson, BC V1L 1N4
    Phone: (250) 354-3919
    Fax: (250) 354-4179

    The Nelson City Police Department is comprised of seventeen sworn members, nine reserve officers, one Executive Assistant, one Court Liaison Secretary, four Police Dispatchers, three By-Law Enforcement officers and two Victim Services providers. The department also has part-time dispatchers, guards and matrons. The department is under the command of a Chief Constable with one Inspector as the Administration Officer.

    The primary mandate of the Department is to provide a safe, crime-free community for our citizens to learn, work and live in and for our youth to flourish in. Through our efforts, we strive to reduce the fear of crime, provide redress for victims, resolve conflict and promote social harmony. Our proactive initiatives in the fields of covert drug enforcement, traffic enforcement, community liaison and education augment our duty to routinely investigate crimes and bring offenders to justice. These targeted objectives are the product of consultation with the Police Board, City Council and a number of community groups and stakeholders.