16.87 Acres (6.8 Hectares)
District Lot 3587, Land District 26
This property is located on a southwesterly slope high up on the mountainside overlooking the valley and surrounding mountains. There is an abandoned mine site in the area near the south boundary. An old trail comes into the property at this point. There are some rock bluffs in the central part of the property.
The property is located approximately 4.8 km (3 miles) south of the town of Nelson, on a hillside overlooking the town and the entire valley.
Start in Nelson at the junctions of Hwy 6 and 3A where the overpass and bridge cross the road. Drive south on Hwy 6 towards Salmo for just under 4 km. Just after Silver King S H road (on the right) where the white sign reading Nelson Waldorf School is, turn left into a driveway numbered 3697. Once on the driveway you will cross a small steel framed bridge, turn onto the right fork of the driveway, 100 meters after will be a locked gate. From here it is about 2 km up the hill. Follow this road past the power lines, past a small building, and under the railroad tressle. Just after passing the railway turn left up a grassy road marked with pink and green ribbons. Follow this road up the hill and stay right at the fork about 1/3 to 1/2 the way up. Once nearing the property you will encounter a switchback on a steep slope with a large uprooted tree stump lying in the center. This is almost the southwest corner of the property. Continue past slightly until you see pink with black ribbons and a Niho sign, this is the south boundary.
Endless hiking, climbing, golfing, wilderness camping and fishing in the summer, and alpine and Nordic skiing in the winter are just some of the many activities available in the Nelson area. Downhill and cross-country skiing are 19 km (12 miles) away at Whitewater Ski Area and 8 km away at Morning Mountain. Kootenay Lake is well known for its exceptional rainbow trout (20 pounds plus) kokanee, Dolly Varden and bass can be caught on this huge, productive lake. This area is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including mountain goats, deer, black bears and grizzlies and smaller mammals such as hoary marmot, ground squirrel and pika. Ainsworth Hot Springs on Highway #31, 46.5 km (29 miles) from Nelson, features a horseshoe-shaped cave that was a mine shaft, abandoned when drillers discovered more hot water than ore, with the highest mineral content of any hot springs in Canada, and pool temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius. At the turn of the century Ainsworth supported five hotels – today the Silver Ledge Hotel remains.
There are no services to the property.
Nelson (pop. 9,000) is known as “Queen City of the Kootenays”. The town’s steep streets, clear mountain skies and turn-of-the-century architecture nearly outshone actor Steve Martin, who starred in the movie Roxanne filmed here. Nelson is a town with a genuine atmosphere and more artists and craftspeople per capita than any other city in Canada. There are also more heritage buildings – some 350 of Nelson’s homes, hotels, shops and office buildings have heritage status. Nelson is still the “town of all towns” on Kootenay Lake, with a daily newspaper, Nelson Daily News, and ample niceties for visitors. The laid back atmosphere offers numerous recreational activities.
Nelson started as a mining camp in 1886 for the Silver King claim on Toad Mountain and quickly grew as more and more prospectors came into the region. Nelson was once the rest and relaxation centre for tired miners and a busy port for the sternwheelers that connected rail lines divided by water. The town was named in 1888 for Hon. Hugh Nelson, then Lieutenant-Governor of B.C. As the richness of the mines began to play out in the early 1900s, Nelson became divisional headquarters for the Canadian Pacific Railway and a distribution point for the West Kootenays. Today Nelson and area economy is based primarily on forestry and mining with light industry and manufacturing generating jobs and income. Nelson is a B.C. administrative centre for the Kootenays with many ministry offices based there. Tourism has also become a major economic source.
The property is entirely covered in old growth timber. The main species of timber is fir with some pine, cedar, larch and lodgepole pine.
The property is not zoned, and is out of the ALR.
Boundaries: Surveyed by F. C. Green in November, 1898.