While it might sound contradictory, perhaps seemingly impossible, Nelson, British Columbia is among just a handful of small cities in North America that can lay claim to a unique mix….. an unusual abundance of big city cosmopolitan amenities , coupled with a an authentic small town charm. You will feel the funky vibe and authenticity and entrepreneurial spirit following a quick stroll down historic Baker Street, a vibrant main street that is a true adventure in itself.
For those with a zest for fine dining and international fare, retail fashion and new wares, nights on the town or relaxing days and stimulating conversations in a local coffee shop – Nelson brings it all.
On the shores of Kootenay Lake’s West Arm, centrally located between Vancouver, B.C., Calgary, AB and Spokane, WA, just 30 minutes from the West Kootenay Regional Airport, Nelson has a growing population of 10,600; with Greater Nelson encompassing 18,000 and a trading area near 70,000 the duly-named Heritage City features a heritage downtown and 300-plus restored heritage homes, businesses and churches.
Nelson residents boast of the 50 restaurants and cafes, in fact more per capita than San Francisco, many with outdoor seasonal patios adding to that cosmopolitan feel.
Welcome to Nelson.