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Nelson, British Columbia

Located in the Selkirk Mountains along the West Arm of Kootenay Lake, Nelson is a hidden gem in the Kootenays. Nelson has a vibrant and carefully restored downtown shopping area, and a busy social scene, with live art and musical performances taking place nearly every night of the week. 

Nelson has more than 350 preserved heritage buildings that mix with a dynamic arts and culture scene. The variety attracts outdoor enthusiasts, creatives, entrepreneurs, and urban refugees year round. 

Nelson has earned a reputation as one of the finest heritage cities in Canada. Dating back to the late 1800s, most historical buildings are within walking distance of each other, so strolling through town is like opening the history books.

Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History is well worth the visit. The changing exhibition offers visitors a range of themes including contemporary art and pop culture, craft and human history. Learn about the region’s rich cultural heritage in an afternoon or visit the revolving art exhibit in the downstairs gallery. 

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