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Two hikers on Idaho Peak in the Slocan Valley
(Dave Heath photo)

New Denver

Fields of wildflowers in the Selkirk Mountains (David Gluns photo)

Fields of wildflowers in the Selkirk Mountains (David Gluns photo)

New Denver (population: 560) today sits quietly on the shore of Slocan Lake in the Slocan Valley, location of the 1890s silver mining boom.

Explore the extraordinary history of the Silvery Slocan at a number of historic and heritage sites in the area, hike along abandoned railway lines or provincial park trails, or kayak Slocan Lake. However, relaxing and enjoying the scenery in the "Slo-as-you-can Valley" also makes for a perfectly restful vacation.

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Hike or cycle the family-friendly Galena Trail or Slocan Valley Trail – two of the most scenic off-road routes in the Kootenay Rockies region. Kayak across the Slocan Lake and camp on a remote sandy beach. Visit the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre and discover the poignant story of the thousands of Japanese Canadians interned during World War II. Head into the mountains east of New Denver and discover the town of Sandon, a prominent location in Slocan Valley mining history.

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