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Silvery Slocan Circle Route

The S.S. Moyie in Kaslo

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Silvery Slocan Circle Route

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1 to 3 days, 226.84 km (140.95 mi)

Baker Street, downtown Nelson (Picture BC photo)
Baker Street, downtown Nelson (Picture BC photo)

Travel through the the Slocan Valley to discover ghost towns and historic mines, heritage buildings and museums, hot springs and caves.

The Slocan Valley grew from trees and mountains to a chain of small towns in the late 1800s, when – triggered by an 1842 photograph of a gigantic boulder rich in galena (an indication of significant silver presence) – thousands of fortune seekers flocked to what are now the communities of Nelson, Kalso, New Denver and Nakusp.

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Nelson Heritage Buildings, David Gluns photo
Part 1
Nelson

47.82 km - about 0 hours 41 min

Begin in Nelson. This historic city got its start in silver mining, but its thriving arts scene is a big lure for visitors today. Explore the town on a heritage walking tour, stop in at local galleries and studios, and learn about Nelson's past at the Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History. Follow Highway 3A/31 (Balfour-Kaslo-Galena Bay Highway) north.

Ainsworth Hot Springs
Part 2
Ainsworth Hot Springs

21.13 km - about 0 hours 18 min

Continue north on Highway #3A along the west arm of Kootenay Lake to Ainsworth Hot Springs for a soak in mineral-rich waters. The steamy, horseshoe-shaped cave is a unique feature of the hot springs. A spa and overnight accommodation are also found on site.

SS Moyie in Kaslo, David Gluns photo
Part 3
Kaslo and Kootenay Lake

43.50 km - about 0 hours 53 min

The village of Kaslo is set at the junction of Highway #31/31A, and has many restored 19th century buildings. A must-see is the SS Moyie, the world's oldest intact passenger sternwheeler – and a National Historic Site.

For a detour, follow Hwy #31 north along Kootenay Lake, which passes by the village of Howser, Trout Lake and Goat Range Provincial Park. Caution: Highway #31 turns into a gravel road.

Sandon, David Gluns photo
Part 4
Sandon

13.86 km - about 0 hours 20 min

Head west on H#31A to the ghost town of Sandon. The old buildings and artifacts create an unusual (and interesting) place to poke around and unearth its silvery past. The Idaho Peak and the Kaslo & Slocan Railway Historic Trail, which weaves past historic mine shafts, begin from Sandon.

Nikkei Memorial Centre in New Denver, David Gluns photo
Part 5
New Denver and Silverton

100.53 km - about 1 hours 22 min

A short drive from Sandon is New Denver, another former silver boomtown turned ghost town, and Silverton. Relive the silver mining rush at the Silvery Slocan Museum and the Silverton Historical Society and Interpretive Centre, or learn about Japanese Canadians during World War II in BC at Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre.

Spend time exploring and enjoy the rest of the beautiful Slocan Valley. Valhalla Provincial Park and Slocan Lake are two scenic rest stops, situated near the village of Slocan. (Hwy #6 gives access to Valhalla Provincial Park.)

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Driving Directions

Part 1 - Nelson - 47.82 km - about 0 hours 41 min
1.

Head northwest on Hall St toward Vernon St

0.26 km
2.

Take the 3rd right onto Front St/BC-3A SContinue to follow BC-3A S

1.20 km
3.

Turn left onto Nelson Ave/BC-3A SContinue to follow BC-3A S

31.72 km
4.

Continue onto Balfour-Kaslo-Galena Bay Hwy/BC-31 N

14.64 km
Part 2 - Ainsworth Hot Springs - 21.13 km - about 0 hours 18 min
1.

Head north on Balfour-Kaslo-Galena Bay Hwy/BC-31 N toward Woodbury Village Rd

20.70 km
2.

Turn left onto A Ave/Balfour-Kaslo-Galena Bay Hwy/BC-31 NDestination will be on the right

0.43 km
Part 3 - Kaslo and Kootenay Lake - 43.50 km - about 0 hours 53 min
1.

Head northwest on A Ave/BC-31A W toward 6 St

0.45 km
2.

Turn left onto Washington St/BC-31A WContinue to follow BC-31A W

37.51 km
3.

Slight left toward Sandon Rd

0.66 km
4.

Continue straight onto Sandon Rd

4.88 km
Part 4 - Sandon - 13.86 km - about 0 hours 20 min
1.

Head northwest on Sandon Rd toward BC-31A E

5.50 km
2.

Turn left onto BC-31A W

8.36 km
Part 5 - New Denver and Silverton - 100.53 km - about 1 hours 22 min
1.

Head south on Union St toward Slocan Ave

0.71 km
2.

Slight left onto BC-6 S

77.11 km
3.

Turn left onto Nelson Nelway Hwy/BC-3A (signs for Nelson)Continue to follow BC-3A

22.37 km
4.

Turn right onto Ward St

0.11 km
5.

Take the 2nd left onto Baker St

0.23 km