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Silvery Slocan

Begin this tour in Nelson (Highway #3A). The Nelson / Kootenay Lake area brims with mountain culture. Nelson got its start in silver mining, but is now known as one of the best small arts communities in North America.

  • Explore Nelson’s many fine heritage buildings – from elegant mansions to elaborate commercial structures – through the Heritage Walking Tour.
  • Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art & History celebrates the city’s creativity and vibe.
  • Nelson offers world-class outdoor recreation and watersports such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and canoeing.

Nelson to Kaslo is 70 km / 43 mi. Take Highway #3A along Kootenay Lake.

  • Kokanee Creek Provincial Park offers a campground, sandy beach, hikes through Old Growth Cedars and nearby Kokanee Mountain Zipline.
  • Balfour is a small but vibrant community with many visitors services. It is the location of the free ferry to Crawford Bay.
  • Continue north on Highway #31 to the famous Ainsworth Hot Springs to rejuvenate in the hot, natural, mineral springs water.

Kaslo is one of British Columbia’s prettiest villages. The wide tree-lined downtown and stately old houses exude charm. It is home to the world’s  oldest passenger sternwheeler, the SS Moyie, an international treasure.

  • Heritage attractions includes the Japanese Canadian Museum, Kootenay Star Museum and Langham Cultural Centre.
  • The Jazz Etc. Festival takes place every August long weekend – superb musicians perform on a unique floating stage.

Kaslo to New Denver in the Slocan Valley is 46 km / 28 mi on Highway #31A.

  • Sandon is British Columbia’s legendary ghost town. Experience the silver rush of the 1800s. Historical treasures include the City Hall, Interpretive Centre, Generating Station, Prospector’s Pick gift shop and Museum.
  • Idaho Peak is a wonderful and easy hike showcasing wildflowers, an old fire lookout and mountain views – the access road stats at Sandon.
  • New Denver has a lovely setting alongside Slocan Lake. The Silvery Slocan Museum is located in a heritage building, and the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre tells the story of the internment of thousands of Canadians of Japanese descent during WWII.
  • This area has some outstanding trails: Kaslo & Sandon Railway Loop, Slocan Valley Rail Trail and the Galena  Trail which includes a cable car ride over Carpenter Creek.

Silverton to Crescent Valley is 79 km / 49 mi via Highway #6.

  • Silverton offers an outdoor mining museum, Fingland Cabin and a Blacksmith Shop at the Historical Interpretive Centre.
  • Various public boat launches are available in the area.
  • The village of Slocan gives road access to Valhalla Provincial Park.
  • Winlaw is a funky little town and home of the Kootenay Craft Distillery.

Enjoy exploring the rest of the spectacularly beautiful Slocan Valley.


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