While close in proximity, the geographic and infrastructure differences of West Kootenay communities vary vastly between each. In Neslon, Salmo and Kaslo, there were different responses to the pandemic. Nelson and Kaslo saw some resistance to pandemic protocols from citizens, while Salmo citizens helped contain a cluster. 

On top of several infrastructure upgrades, the City of Nelson announced three big projects — the library, Civic Theatre and the pier at the waterfront. Mayor Dooley said the decision to move forward shows the city’s investment in the arts and culture. In 2021, there will be a by-election in Nelson as a result of city councillor Brittny Anderson being elected as the Nelson-Creston MLA. Dooley said the process may begin in March, and they may rely on mail-in ballots.

Kaslo also worked toward a new library building, and celebrated the library’s 100th anniversary. The village also became the first West Kootenay community to adopt the 100% Renewable Energy plan. In Salmo, businesses took time to renovate their infrastructure.