Welcome To Nelson Sign

Competition Overview 

Welcome to Nelson. The City’s welcome signs are one of a kind. While beloved by many, the quirky wooden signs have reached the end of their lifespan and need to be replaced. Through the Province of British Columbia’s Tourism Dependent Communities Fund, the City has received funding to update the signs. Because the Welcome to Nelson signs are the first impression of the city for both residents and visitors, it is important that they reflect our community. The City held a design competition and received 30 submissions. With the help of a design review panel, which consisted of 7 community members, the designs were short-listed to 4. 

The City of Nelson invites the community to vote for their preferred design. You can learn more about each design by clicking on the images below. There are a total of four options to choose from. After you have reviewed the details of each option, please click on the VOTE NOW graphic and enter your selection. Additional consultation with local indigenous groups will be taking place following the results of the community vote. 


Option A
Option B
Option C
Option D
Web Banner Welcome to Nelson Sign



July 16th, 2021

Official Launch of Competition

September 2021 

First Round of Submissions

City received 30 submissions. Design Review Panel short-listed to 7 submissions to participate in round 2.

November 2021

Second Round of Submissions

City received 5 submissions for round 2. Design Review Panel short-listed to the top 4 submissions. 

December 2021

Community vote on the preferred design.

January 2022

Results of community vote presented to Council

Brief History