Idaho Park overlooking Slocan Lake, New Denver, Photo Destination BC Kari Medig
The small community of Slocan is nestled beneath the Selkirk Mountains, on the southern shore of Slocan Lake in the Kootenay Rockies region. The nearby Valhalla Provincial Park offers numerous opportunities for backcountry adventures: several beaches for boaters; abundant trails for hiking; and diverse wildlife. Cyclists can ride the Slocan Valley Rail Trail down the valley for a relaxing day, or paddle through the Slocan River amid stunning scenery and clear waters. The Valhalla mountains have also become popular with climbers.
The region also offers canoeing and kayaking opportunities amid clear waters and beautiful scenery. Anglers are spoiled for choice as the lakes in the high-elevation waters in the Valhalla Mountains have been stocked with fish.
Located on Hwy 6 in the Arrow Lakes & Slocan Valley of the Kootenay Rockies. It is 72 km (43 mi) north of both Nelson and Castlegar and 77 km (48 mi) south of Nakusp. Other nearby communities to explore include: Winlaw and New Denver.
Founded by Frank Fletcher of Nelson in 1892, Slocan City was the smallest incorporated city in the British Commonwealth. In 1958, the City reincorporated as a village and is now known as the Village of Slocan.
The booming mining town served as the terminus for the old railway, and sternwheelers plied the lake carrying minerals, goods, and people. In 1942 when the Japanese-Canadians were interned, there was a large population housed in and around the region. At the back of the town cemetery is the only surviving Buddhist Cemetery from this era.