Investing in Nelson, British Columbia



Region:  Kootenay

Regional District:  Central Kootenay

Located in South Eastern BC,incorporated in 1897, Nelson has developed into a rich, diverse community, with a sophistication not often found in a small town environment. This fact, coupled with the incredible geographical beauty of the area, makes Nelson an ideal place to live and raise a family, work, own a business, or retire if that’s where you are in life. Nelson ranked behind only Vancouver and Victoria as the most liveable city in the entire province.

Nelson has a population of 10,232 and a trading area of approximately 60,000. The community is blessed with a true entrepreneurial spirit. In 2014, the City of Nelson issued over 1300 business licenses while the Chamber of Commerce reached an all-time high of 530 members.

Nelson and area is one of BC’s richest resource regions and our tradition reaches back over 100 years. More recently Nelson’s excellent climate, location, and quality workforce have helped create a robust and diversified economy including tourism, education, health services, manufacturing, and technology. Nelson is recognized as the shopping capital of the Kootenays, boasting a vibrant heritage downtown with a tremendous number of unique retail shops, restaurants and coffee houses. Historic Baker Street is truly an adventure in itself. In addition to the downtown core, Chahko Mika Mall boasts a number of national stores for anchor tenants rounding out Nelsons shopping opportunities.

Residents take pride in our education institutions, first class recreation facilities, active volunteering and community lifestyle. Over two hundred and twenty clubs and societies are registered within the City. These volunteer organizations are the bedrock of Nelson, contributing in untold ways to the community fabric. Whether arts and culture, sports and recreation, or a service club, Nelson’s volunteer organisations are simply amazing. It would be easy to state that, Nelson has as fine a citizenry as can be found anywhere.

Among Nelson’s municipal facilities are a recently renovated and expanded aquatic and fitness centre and a brand new multi-use arena, which will accompany our older Civic Arena in providing 2 ice surfaces for hockey, figure skating and speed skating. Nelson also has a curling rink, waterfront soccer fields, baseball and slo-pitch diamonds, an 18 hole golf course located only minutes from the downtown core., and beautiful parks,


Community Size: 16.16 km²

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Kaslo Aerodome Lands (see mktg content for details)

312 Fourth Street, Kaslo, BC, V0G 1M0
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Bite Fresh Food is a business for sale in BC.

Bite Fresh Food

1008 Stanley Street, Nelson, BC
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Stanley House is a commercial real estate opportunity in BC.

Stanley House

420 Railway St, Nelson, BC, V1L
ESCAPE THE CITY - LIVE WHERE YOU WORK - STANLEY HOUSE - SERIOUS ATTENTION TO OLD WORLD DETAIL AND CRAFTMANSHIP This unique historic property could have the heritage home converted into an office, restaurant, pub, live/work, daycare, school, etc. or the site could be redeveloped with a height allowan... continue

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