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

New Denver

Historic & Heritage Sites

Heritage buildings  (Picture BC photo)

Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)

The remarkable history of the Silvery Slocan is embodied in two quite different, but closely related, historical sites – the town of Sandon (near New Denver) and the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre (in New Denver).

Town of Sandon

Before 1850, the Slocan Valley was a sleepy backwater barely been explored by Europeans. The discovery of silver and lead deposits put an end to this tranquility and began a mining boom in the 1890s that made the Silvery Slocan famous across the continent.

To accommodate a huge influx of miners, tradespeople, and migrants, the town of Sandon was hastily constructed on either side of Carpenter Creek. Its population quickly grew to make this boomtown one of the largest in the West. In its heyday, Sandon was home to more than 5,000 people.

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