Rockies & Ranchlands Circle Route

Idaho Peak, Selkirk Mountains

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Kootenay Rockies



Many of the Kootenay Rockies’ gardens showcase the region’s history.

Cominco Gardens in Kimberley was created in 1927 to spotlight the local mine’s fertilizer, and the Nikkei Memorial Centre Gardens (north of New Denver) commemorate the Japanese-Canadians interned during World War II.

Visit Lakeside Park for the quintessential Nelson experience, and the Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens in Invermere to learn about plant conservation.

Both Castlegar and Trail are designated “Communities in Bloom” by the nationally recognized program that celebrates green space within an urban environment.

Japanese Memorial Gardens

Situated on the Arrow Lakes, Nakusp’s Waterfront Japanese Garden is a peaceful outdoor retreat constructed as a tribute to the Japanese-Canadians interned during WWII. Visitors can stroll by native plants such as hazelnut, pine and juniper, Japanese maples and diverse flowers; sit by the pond and watch the colourful koi fish; and look out over the Arrow Lakes from a sheltered gazebo.

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Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre - New Denver

306 Josephine St
New Denver, British Columbia
V0G 1S0

The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre (NIMC) is a National Historic Site dedicated to preserving and sharing of the history of the internment of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

The Centre opened in 1994 as an initiative from the New Denver Kyowakai Society and is located on the site of a former internment camp. The site is now operated by the Village of New Denver. The original buildings, period artifacts, interpretive displays, and Heiwa Teien (Peace) garden chronicle this extraordinary episode in Canadian history.

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