Nelson (British Columbia)

Nelson is in British Columbia, Canada. The 1987 film Roxanne starring Steve Martin was filmed in this town.

Nelson's Baker Street

Get in

Nelson is located on hwy 3A about 657 km (a 9 hour drive) from Vancouver and 624 km from Calgary. It is also 237 km from Spokane, WA, 496 km from Banff and 454 km from Kamloops.

Get around

The downtown core of Nelson is very compact and walkable. The main streets stretch a few blocks up the hillside away from the lake, and along the contours of the hillside. You don't need a car to get between downtown businesses, but you might need one to get to housing away from the centre. It's a ten minute uphill walk from the airport to the heart of downtown, though the railroad track just inland of the airport is a slight obstacle.



Nelson is an great base to explore the lakes, mountains and rivers of the surrounding area. The west arm of the Kootenay Lake flows past Nelson with several dams just below Nelson. The big orange bridge (known locally as BOB) is a local icon connecting the north shore to Nelson. Lakeside Park is a mix of grass and shade trees and sandy beach.

Enjoy the scenery of Nelson, go for a hike, snowshoe, or glacier swim!




Fast Food

Quizno's, KFC, A&W and Edo Japan are all located in Chahko Mika Mall, see above.

A&W, 512 Railway St.

Subway, Baker Street.








There are currently two hostels in Nelson all of which are in good downtown locations, close to bars, restaurants and stores.




There are many locations where the traveler can access wireless Internet, including the following: Safeway, Nelson Public Library, Best Western Baker St Inn, and many restaurants in town.

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