A beloved tradition continues this Canada Day. For five years the Nelson and District Credit Union have been donating to the Nelson Electric Tramway Society for free rides on Streetcar 23 and admission to the Trolley Barn Museum. The whole community benefits and the fun is measured in smiles.
When Nelson folk see Streetcar 23 rolling out for the summer they swell up with pride and happiness. Some see over 100 years of heritage rolling down the waterfront, like a living postcard.
Others enjoy riding on a piece of history. They just love hearing it creak, chug, clank and squeak. For everyone the result is a smile, easily achieved and priceless to share.
This year the tram society is working with the credit union to bring even more smiles to Canada Day. Streetcar 23 and the museum will be open for extended hours. Watch for fun surprises at the trolley barn.
Every year the museum grows with additional treasures from local residents. It is always changing. Along with Birney Car 400 there will also be some classic vehicles on display.
“Our credit union has the utmost respect for the volunteers who make the museum and Streetcar 23 such a success, and who always seem to have smiles on their faces when we visit,” says the credit union’s Tom Atkins.
“Of course, we are honouring their dedication with a $1,000 community investment program donation for Canada Day, but it is more than that. From the maintenance crew, to administration, drivers and conductors they are some of the friendliest ambassadors for Nelson. They say it’s because happiness is contagious and is easily spread — with a story and a smile.”
Once again this year, at the Canada Day celebration in Lakeside Park, there will be free rides on Streetcar 23, and free admission to the Trolley Barn Museum. Offer thanks to the Nelson and District Credit Union and the Nelson Electric Tramway Society with a wave and a really big smile.