New Denver Galena Trail, Photo Destination BC Kari Medig

New Denver

New Denver is located on the eastern shore of Slocan Lake in the Kootenay Rockies region. It is very much steeped in history. This, and other surrounding communities, is where hundreds of Canadians of Japanese heritage were brought during the Second World War. The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre in New Denver is the only interpretive centre in Canada dedicated to the history of this tragic story.  The Kohan Reflection Garden is a public Japanese-style garden that was also established to honour the many Canadian citizens of Japanese heritage. The Silvery Slocan Museum showcases the history of mining, transportation, logging and early life in the area. For outdoor enthusiasts there is plenty of water sports, hiking and cycling. Take a walk or cycle the Galena Trail which is an old railway bed that extends from Rosebery to Three Forks. This is a gentle eight kilometer walk and has the added attraction of a small trolley across the creek at the old Alamo mine site.

Location

New Denver is located at the junction of Hwy 6 and Hwy 31A, 46 km (29 mi) southeast of Nakusp, 46 km (29 mi) west of Kaslo on Hwy 31A.

A Step Back in Time

Founded in 1892 by silver miners, New Denver reached its economic peak in the early 20th century. By 1920, the mining boom was over, and logging became the main industry. Today, tourism and other businesses have diversified the economy. New Denver is a progressive village that values its history and future.

During World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Canadian government sent thousands of Japanese-Canadians to internment camps in the BC Interior. New Denver had a number of abandoned houses from the boom times, and many more smaller dwellings were built to house the 2,000 men, women and children of Japanese origins. Some of these tiny houses still exist today.

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Slocan Lake District

New Denver & Nearby Accommodations

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Centennial Campground

Centennial Campground

New Denver

Centennial Campground, located along the shore of the pristine Slocan Lake and in the friendly walkable town of New Denver offers 44 sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Right next door is the Municipal Park which features a playground, playing field, beach volleyball court and a cord ... Read more
Three Islands Resort

Three Islands Resort

Nakusp

Three Islands Resort located on Summit Lake. Hwy 6, 15 kms south of Nakusp, BC. Full service hookups, pull thrus, tenting, washrooms, showers, laundry, sani-station, firepits, firewood, playground, swimming, fishing, boat rentals, boat launch, gazebo and pay phone. No debit or credit cards. ... Read more
Lemon Creek Pioneer Campground

Lemon Creek Pioneer Campground

Slocan

A pioneer campground with grass and treed lots. Nestled between Kokanee and Valhalla Provincial Parks, the Slocan Valley offers a playground of activities. A beautiful 10 min. drive to Slocan beach. Cycling on the Rails to Trails right next to us. Excellent fishing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking and go ... Read more
Burton Historical Park Campground

Burton Historical Park Campground

Burton

Burton Historical Park Campground is one of the best kept secrets of the Kootenays. This lakeside campground offers a peaceful, relaxing and family-oriented atmosphere. The sites are spacious with views of Arrow Lake and surrounding mountains. Campers have access to beach and boat launch. Centrally ... Read more
Nakusp Hot Springs, Chalets & Campground

Nakusp Hot Springs, Chalets & Campground

Nakusp

Relax, refresh and return. Come and enjoy the jewel of Nakusp! Nestled amongst the towering trees in the Selkirk Mountains, Nakusp Hot Springs is the perfect base camp for all of your outdoor adventures. Explore our spectacular natural and end the day with a relaxing soak in our mineral pools. We of ... Read more
Nakusp Municipal Campground

Nakusp Municipal Campground

Nakusp

The Nakusp Municipal Campground is owned by the Village of Nakusp and is located in the heart of the Village, adjacent to the Community Park which includes the arena, ball-parks, soccer field and is 3 short blocks from the public beach. There are 40 treed camping sites, including 10 with power servi ... Read more
KBR Campground (formerly Coachman Campground)

KBR Campground (formerly Coachman Campground)

Nakusp

A family-friendly scenic campground nestled between the picturesque Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges. We cater to all campers from large luxury RV’s to tents. We are a family-owned business dedicated to providing each camper with a safe, relaxing and enjoyable environment. Your goal is to rela ... Read more
Karibu Park Cottages & Campground

Karibu Park Cottages & Campground

Winlaw

Situated in a quiet, natural setting on a large property with beautiful gardens rests Karibu Park Cottages & Campground. Nestled along the Slocan River, Karibu Park offers pristine views of mountains and towering trees. Spend your days at our grassy beach on the river, where the whole family will ha ... Read more
Williamson Lake Campground

Williamson Lake Campground

Revelstoke

Quiet and pristine lakeside setting. Minutes away from downtown Revelstoke. No trains or traffic nearby. Hiking and biking from campground or quick drive. Boat rentals, mini-putt, fishing, swimming. Follow signs from Hwy 1 to hospital and airport. Low season and high season rates. Best camping in Re ... Read more
Revelstoke Campground & RV Resort

Revelstoke Campground & RV Resort

Revelstoke

Come and stay at Revelstoke’s finest campground! Revelstoke Campground & RV Resort is nestled in a grassy, treed meadow with spectacular views of snow covered mountains and glaciers. This quiet, secure campground is family-oriented, featuring a heated pool for the whole family to enjoy. Our RV Par ... Read more
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