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Population: 27,000
Health Services: Kootenay Lake Hospital 
Education: One primary school, four elementary schools, one middle school and two secondary schools. Nelson has private and home school options.
Economy: Tourism, retail trade, health, education and social services, forestry and mining.
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Nelson is a vibrant community offering a rare blend of outdoor adventure as well as arts, cultural and heritage experiences.  Nestled amongst the Selkirk Mountains and on the shores of Kootenay Lake the area is a mecca for, hiking, mountain biking, golfing or boating. 

As the season's turn, the award winning terrain and abundant snow make for world class skiing and winter adventures.. 

Recreation and culture

With over 350 designated heritage buildings, including Touchstones Museum Art Gallery and Archives, Nelson captures a classic Victorian aesthetic you will fall in love with.

Baker Street, the heart of the downtown core, will awaken your sense of nostalgia.  Explore more than 50 one of a kind-businesses and boutiques, or take a break on an outdoor patio.

Nelson's live entertainment venues host first-rate performances year round, which combined with the selection of more than 30 fine restaurants, and the many seasonal outdoor patios, you'll experience the advantages of big city cultural nightlife and dining.

Soothe your soul and energize your spirit, when you discover Nelson.

Getting here

Nelson is located at the junction of Highway 3A and Highway 6, approximately 41 kms northeast of Castlegar.

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