Canada Day is traditionally a day of celebration in Nelson.
Now people attending the annual Canada Day celebrations don't need to find a parking spot, up close and in person, near Lakeside Park after the Nelson & District Credit Union decided to sponsor admission on the Nelson Streetcar on July 1.
Nelsonites can park along the route of the streetcar and hop a free ride.
“It’s the long history of this volunteer organization that makes the story of this local street car society so brilliant,” said Tom Atkins of NDCU.
“This is the second time we have sponsored this Canada Day free-ride and are proud to support this community of volunteers and offer this opportunity to the visitors and to the residents of Nelson on our nation’s holiday.”
Atkins said this year, IYC2012, has been declared by the United Nations to highlight the strengths of the co-operative business model in furthering socioeconomic development around the world.
Regionally, the Upper Columbia Co-op Council has been celebrating the initiatives of its members, including financial co-operatives, like Nelson & District Credit Union, that have a history of caring about the needs of their members and their communities.
In recognition of IYC2012, Canada Day and the 20th anniversary of the Nelson Electric Tramway Society (NETS), NDCU is sponsoring free admission on the Tram.
“It is organizations such as NDCU that help make the Nelson Electric Tramway Society successful," said Chris Holland, NETS director and streetcar conductor.
"We are extremely appreciative and fortunate for the relationship with such a community partner.
"This year, the Credit Union has again gone above and beyond by sponsoring the tram on Canada Day so the people of Nelson can ride for free and learn more about its living history.”
More information on the Upper Columbia Co-op Council via their website, www.uccc.coop