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Snuggled on the west arm of Kootenay Lake ("Kootenay" meaning "water people" in Sinixt, Nelson is known as the "Queen City" for its collection of restored heritage buildings from the regional silver rush.

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Why you'll ❤️ this community

If you're a water lover or thrill seeker, this is the place to be

Thrilling whitewater rafting on the rapids, getting out there on a kayak or paddleboard, excellent biking trails, or zipline over stunning views. There's so much to choose from to get your heart pumping.

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Shaped by the city's economic boom in the 1800s

The silver mine operation in the 1800s caused an economic boom and the hydro and forestry industries grew in the following years. Now, you can stroll around the city and see the historic houses, set among the hills, that were built at that time. Continuing the trip back in time, ride a streetcar from the 1920s that is fully restored, and will take you around all the sites around the beach and Lake Side Park.

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Sample the brews and beans

There's a booming craft beer scene with unique craft breweries popping up around the city. It's also home to many coffee snobs and there are lots of cafes around town to pick up a strong cold brew and sit out on a cute patio.

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Tourism Kootenay`s Vision

To be the acting tourism voice of the Nelson Kootenay Lake region creating innovative and strategic marketing plans to attract visitors to its communities.

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