LETTER: Cottonwood Market stalls are iconic

Reader John Bowden: "I, like so many others, am attracted by the character and quirkiness of this mountain community."

I read with surprise that the buildings used at the Cottonwood Market are slated for demolition. Although I am not a resident of the community nor do I know all the facts about this issue, I believe that it would be a shame to lose this iconic piece of Nelson’s heritage.

Having visited Nelson (and the market) a number of times over the past few years, I, like so many others, am attracted by the character and quirkiness of this mountain community. Held in a natural and welcoming environment, the Cottonwood Market is one of the most distinctive examples of your mountain culture. To tear down the infrastructure without a plan in place to allow this popular event to continue seems irresponsible and short sighted. Both locals and visitors have reason for concern on this matter.

Living and working in the tourism industry in Banff, I see firsthand the value that visitors place on seeking out authentic experiences and meeting locals. As a destination, we are constantly developing ways to create meaningful and unique experiences such as this very market that is at risk of disappearing in Nelson. You are fortunate to have this one of a kind experience.

I would encourage Nelson’s city council to think carefully about all sides to this matter and to avoid rushing into an irreversible decision.

John Bowden

Banff