The city was founded in 1897 under the name of Salisbury when silver ore was discovered in the area and later renamed into Stanley. The town finally became Nelson after Hugh Nelson who was the first government leader of BC.
The ideal location with close connections to water ways and railroads brought fast growth to the town and resulted in the name “Queen City” which is still alive. In its early years Nelson already had built the first hydro electric plant. And it operated the first street car in BC, still in use today for tourism on a small stretch along west arm.
Located on a slope of Kootenay Lake’s west arm the city still looks quite the same as a hundred years ago. 350 pioneer houses, many build of stone, are well maintained and conserved with love. A stroll up and down the streets is a very special optical experience which takes back into Nelson’s past.
Historic Baker Street is the heart of the town. In the old days horse races took place here, while the street was lined by miners who enjoying the many saloons, pubs and bath houses Nelson had to offer. Today various street restaurants and cafés invite visitors to relax after they have strolled through the many unique boutiques, sport and outdoor outfitters and specialty stores.
During summer month every Saturday Cottonwood Falls Park hosts a fancy market selling local products. Nelson’s still vital hippie culture makes the town a very special one.
Every second weekend in September Nelson hosts the “Queen City Car Show” which attracts numerous visitors. Baker Street becomes the perfect ambience for the many beautiful restored old timer cars.
In fall the many leaf trees transform Nelson into an unmatched sea of warm colors.
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Fall Atmosphere in Nelson