|Some communities in the Slocan Valley include:
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.
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 such as the Galena Trail.
Today, the largest centre in the valley is New Denver with a population of approximately 500.
New Denver offers the Centennial Campground, the Nikkei Interment Memorial Centre, Kohan Reflection Garden, Silvery Slocan Museum and much more including Silver Sage Flora – an artisan gift shop, open by appointment during the summer offering pottery, baskets, brooms and grow lavender & peony live plants. The quaint downtown also offers a great outdoor sports store: Valhalla Pure Outfitters.
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.
Downtown Silverton also offers a number of shops and eateries such as the Silverton Camp Cafe. Housed in a building built around 1905 offering patrons home style good food, organic ingredients, patio, picnic service and gifts & swags.
The Village of Slocan is the perfect peaceful place if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle. It is a great choice from which to explore the outdoors. The village is also home to Viva Cacao, a small-batch chocolate company whose product is free from dairy, soy, gluten and refined sugar – look for it in area shops.
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. It also includes Ritual Aromatics, a natural botanical perfumer and incense maker and Emery Herbals, a compounding Botanical Dispensary with healing suites and a teaching centre offering sourced botanicals and professional health services.
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.