The villages of Slocan, New Denver, Silverton and additional communities sit quietly on the shores of Slocan Lake. In the south area of the valley, the most noticeable communities are Crescent Valley, Slocan Park and Winlaw and they would also offer the most services for travellers.
At the height of the 19th century mining boom, people flocked to this valley by the thousands. Sandon, a boomtown built in the narrow valley of Carpenter Creek was, in 1900, one of the largest communities in the Pacific Northwest.
Summit Lake marks the northern boundaries of the Valley. The Selkirk Mountains rise over 500 metres (1,500 ft) above the lake, creating a beautiful backdrop. Silverton is a quaint village, five kilometres (3 mi) south of New Denver, situated on the shores of beautiful Slocan Lake.
Silverton offers a glimpse into the mining past of the valley and also boasts an array of outdoor recreational opportunities, museums and many unique artisan galleries.
History comes alive at The Silverton Gallery. Mining equipment from the turn-of-the-century, line the front lawn of the building as a tribute to Silverton’s roots. And, the gallery is filled with the creations of local artists and is regularly brought to life by theatrical performances.