2. Nelson, B.C. This picturesque town, known for its draft-dodging, bohemian, tree-hugging soul, is tucked into the steep slopes of the Selkirk Mountains on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake in the Southern Interior of B.C. Founded during a silver rush in 1897, a sect of Christian war resisters from Russia, the Dukhobors, settled nearby, bringing their antiwar zeal.
During the Viet Nam war, Nelson became a haven for American draft dodgers, aided by members of a local Quaker community.