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The Corporation of the City of Nelson
Historic Baker Street
Historic Baker Street
The Queen City
"Forge Ahead"
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Coordinates: 49°30′0″N 117°17′0″W / 49.50000°N 117.28333°W / 49.50000; -117.28333Coordinates: 49°30′0″N 117°17′0″W / 49.50000°N 117.28333°W / 49.50000; -117.28333
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Regional District Central Kootenay
Incorporated 1897
 • Type Elected city council
 • Land 11.93 km2 (4.61 sq mi)
535 m (1,755 ft)
 • Total 10,230
 • Density 857.7/km2 (2,221/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
Forward sortation area
Area code(s) 250 / 778 / 236
Highways Hwy 6
Hwy 3A

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 once again John Dooley after a loosing election.

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.

Many claim Nelson a hometown whether they have moved away long ago or have been living in the Queen City for many years.

Isolated from through fare as highways have evolved all around to bypass Nelson, Once a very Prominent, named Stanley.

A Facebook page "People of Nelson, BC" has grown in popularity for old memories, and "Nelson, B.C." for other attributes.

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