Nelson, British Columbia facts for kids

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City of Nelson
Historic Baker Street in downtown Nelson
Historic Baker Street in downtown Nelson
Nickname(s): The Queen City
Motto: "Forge Ahead"
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Regional district Central Kootenay
Incorporated 1897
 • City 10.44 km2 (4.03 sq mi)
 • Land 11.93 km2 (4.61 sq mi)
Elevation 535 m (1,755 ft)
Population (2011)
 • City 10,230
 • Density 857.7/km2 (2,221/sq mi)
 • Urban 4,274
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Postal Code V1L
Area code(s) 250
Website City of Nelson Website

Nelson is a city in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Nelson is in the Selkirk Mountains in the Southern Interior of British Columbia.

The population of Nelson was 10,230 in 2011. The mayor of Nelson is Michelle Mungall.

In 1867, the town had a boom in population when gold and silver were found in the area. Silver was also found at nearby Toad Mountain in 1886. This helped with the population boom and incorporated the town in 1897. Nelson was named after the Lieutenant-Governor of BC, Hugh Nelson. Many American draft dodgers during the Vietnam War settled in and around Nelson.

Historic Baker Street is in Nelson. Steve Martin filmed his 1987 movie Roxanne in Nelson which helped Nelson transform from a resource-based town to an arts and tourism town. Parts of the movie Snow Falling on Cedars and The Tall Man (2012 film) were shot in Nelson.

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