Origin Notes and History:
Incorporated 18 March 1897. Nelson (City) confirmed 7 October 1947 on Columbia River Basin manuscript 10, as long-labelled on maps.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Nelson was a leading businessman back in the Crown Colony period. He was associated with Wells Fargo during the Cariboo gold rush, and from 1866 to 1882 was vice-president and general manager of the Moodyville sawmill in present-day North Vancouver. Nelson was an ardent champion of confederation with Canada, and when British Columbia entered the dominion, he became the first MP for New Westminster, being elected by acclamation. He entered the Senate in 1879 and was appointed Lieutenant-Governor in 1887. He retired because of ill health in 1892 and died in England in 1893, having gone there in search of a cure.
Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997