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.
Today, the largest centre in the valley is New Denver with a population of 504.
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.
South on Highway 6, Hills, once a lumber town – today, a rural residential area and famous for their Garlic Festival. Rosebery, a tiny lakeside community, is home to the beautiful Rosebery Provincial Park. And, Lemon Creek marks an entrance into the renowned Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. This area also offers excellent mountain biking opportunities.
Appledale is home to one of the Valley’s two golf courses. And, the unincorporated village of Winlaw, 20 km (12 mi) north of the junction of Highway 3A and 19 km south of the village of Slocan, is probably the funkiest little town in the valley.
Winlaw features an import store, metaphysical bookstore, yoga studio, hidden galleries, u-brew, planer mill, feed and tack store, fire hall, community hall, bakery, artfarm, fruit & veggie stand and numerous other home-based business and organizations!
The Passmore Bridge is one of the most important mid-valley crossings over the Slocan River. This is the south entrance to Drinnon Pass, Vallican and the Little Slocan Lakes. Playmor Junction lies at the intersection of Highways 6 & 3A, and marks the southern entrance into the Slocan Valley. A stone’s throw to the north is Crescent Valley.
Please note: The Slocan Valley Visitor Centre is a seasonal office.