Great Northern Railway Historical Society

2022 Nelson Convention

UPDATE: Model railroad layout planning help will be available on-site. Please contact Jim Betz in advance to arrange a time:

Full registration package is in the March GOAT magazine, and also available online. Click here for the timecard. If you prefer to pay by check, you may click here to download a registration form.

The Nelson convention will focus on the history of the Great Northern in the beautiful and historic West Kootenays with tours and presentations. The banquet, raffle and the Model Display are also part of the great line-up we will have this year.

This is the first GNRHS convention in Canada, the first joint convention for GNRHS, and the first ever CPHA (Canadian Pacific Historical Association) convention. Nelson was the northern-most community, west of the Rocky Mountains, served by the GN at the time of the 1970 BN merger.

There is considerable mining, rail, and sternwheeler history of interest to GNRHS. • Nelson is the biggest city in the area with a diverse population of over 10,000 people. The legacy of the past, evident in the more than 350 preserved heritage buildings, mixes with a dynamic arts and culture scene. There are many restaurants and arts / crafts / specialty / book stores in the downtown area; as well as a thriving craft beer industry. The West Kootenays have many historic small towns, and we will be visiting many of them during our bus tours.

This convention has been several years in the making, including a postponement from its original 2020 date. We feel we have created an excellent and varied program for our attendees.

Getting to Nelson:

Nelson is 663 kms (412 miles) from Vancouver, 624 kms (387 miles) from Calgary, and 237 kms (148 miles) from Spokane WA.

Border Crossing Information:

Be aware - If you’ve been convicted of anything, including “DUI – Driving under the Influence”, you will not be allowed across the border.

Convention Hotel Reservations

Main Hotel: Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre - SOLD OUT

Prestige Inn - SOLD OUT

Best Western Plus Baker Street Inn

The Historic Hume Hotel

*PLEASE NOTE that USD prices are subject to fluctuation with the US/Canadian exchange rate.


Full registration package is in the March GOAT magazine, and also available online.Early bird registration will close June 15, 2022. Late registration after that date and registration at the convention will be available, subject to a $25 surcharge.

We are really looking forward to seeing you at the convention, to see one of our favourite regions of BC. If you have any questions, we can be reached by email at:

Tom – or Francina –

Tom and Francina Carr, National Convention Officer and Convention Registrar

Updated 6/2/2022

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