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A Step Back in Time

Founded by Frank Fletcher of Nelson in 1892, Slocan City was the smallest incorporated city in the British Commonwealth - perhaps in the world. In 1958 Slocan 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 Slocan City. At the back of the town cemetery is the only surviving Buddhist Cemetery from this era.


Slocan is located on Highway 6 at the southern end of Slocan Lake and Valhalla Provincial Park. It is 72 km (43 mi) north of both Nelson and Castlegar and 77 km (48 mi) south of Nakusp.

Things to See and Do
  • Valhalla Provincial Park

Located on the western shore of Slocan Lake, Valhalla Provincial Park encompasses most of the Valhalla Range of the Selkirk Mountains. There are numerous opportunities for the backcountry adventurer, several beaches for boaters, abundant trails for hiking, and lots of diverse wildlife. Wilderness, backcountry, or walk-in camping is allowed. Bring your own drinking water, as potable water is not available in the park.

  • Hiking

There are many different hiking trails available from Valhalla Provincial Park, ranging from short walks to wilderness treks and mountain climbing. 

  • Biking

Ride the Rails to Trails biking trail from Slocan down the valley to South Slocan.

  • Canoeing and Kayaking

Spend a day paddling through the Slocan River, enjoying the clear waters and beautiful scenery.

  • Fishing

Many of the higher-elevation lakes in Valhalla Provincial Park have been stocked to provide additional opportunities for fishing enthusiasts.

Nearby Communities
Contact Information

Slocan District Chamber of Commerce
Web: www.slocanlakechamber.com/visitors/



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