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Nelson in Canada’s Best Places to Retire 2016

Nelson features in the top 10 best places to retire in Canada, according to MoneySense.

Based on access to amenities, weather, and access to healthcare, Nelson makes the MoneySense list at #10, with an average of 262 days above 0°C, 3.18 doctors per 1,000 people, and an average property tax just above $1,600.

Nelson is a city where life is unhurried and people say “hello” to strangers. With 350 heritage buildings, a fully restored and operating streetcar, stunning geography and a thriving arts and small business community, Nelson is a combination of storybook charm and cosmopolitan sophistication.

Here on the shores of Kootenay Lake you’ll find a world-class recreational playground in a pristine setting, with all the comforts of urban amenities.

Surrounded by stunning mountains and set on the shores of pristine Kootenay Lake, Nelson has been called the prettiest small town in Canada. Home to over 350 restored heritage buildings, Nelson’s charm creates the quintessential storybook setting. Nelson has a diverse infrastructure and development is soaring, with the largest areas of growth in education and small- and medium-sized businesses. The community is looking to attract high tech industry, education, tourism, value-added manufacturing, light industry and other areas of technology. As the service centre for the West Kootenay, Nelson offers incredible and unique shopping opportunities. The community has excellent educational facilities, both public and private. Selkirk College’s vocational, tourism and technical divisions are located on two campuses with over 400 students enrolled annually. Nelson is also home to Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College, which has an annual enrollment of over 200 students. Recreational opportunities abound: hockey, swimming, soccer, baseball, fishing and boating, skiing (cross-country, downhill, heli-jet), mountain climbing, biking, yoga, martial arts, dance-we’ve got it all. Whether you head into the hills for an off-road adventure, lounge by the lake or visit the Community Complex for a workout, you’ll never be bored in Nelson. Come and visit us. But be warned: once you’re here, you may never want to leave.

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