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Nelson Credit Union sponsors 'free' Canada Day rides Streetcar #23

By Contributor
June 27th, 2013

Looking for a FREE RIDE!

Thanks to the support of the Nelson and District Credit Union, riders ride the Nelson Electric Tramway Society (NETS) Streetcar #23 for Free on Canada Day (July 1).

NETS have been seasonally operating the original Nelson trolley, Streetcar #23, on a symbolic route along Kootenay Lake’s majestic waterfront for more than 20 years.

The society is completely run by volunteers from maintenance, to engineering to conducting and driving. This social enterprise strives to be self-sufficient, but costs of running a 107 year old trolley can add up.

That is why NETS is extremely excited about the Canada Day partnership they have with the Nelson and District Credit Union (NDCU) to pay the fares for all riders on July 1.

The NDCU recognize the significance of having Streetcar#23 as an attraction in Nelson. It provides another reason for people to visit this beautiful region; it is a destination experience for enthusiasts and fun activity for the entire family.

NETS also provide volunteer opportunities for people to stay active and contribute to the continuing growth and beauty of the community.
The Streetcar Society also has plans for the future, one of which is the development of the Museum in the Lakeside Trolley Barn.

NETS feels that it is important to keep our history alive and the addition of the Museum will help them become a year round attraction.

This could not be done without the assistance from the local community and specifically the Nelson and District Credit Union who have been a big supporter and continue their tradition by paying all the fares for July 1 so everyone rides for free on Canada Day.

“We are very lucky to have the NDCU helping us, it is with contributions from local organizations that help keep the Trolley alive and we really appreciate the continued support the Credit Union provides,” Said Chris Holland Motorman #106.

If you would like find out more or become a member of the Nelson Electric Tramway Society drop by the NDCU tents in Lakeside Park and at the Trolley Barn next to the soccer fields on July 1st. You can also reach them at 250.352.7672 or .

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