To road trip beyond Tashme, travel along Highway #3 to the Greenwood Museum; keep an eye out for the Highway Legacy Sign across the street. At the museum, you can discover how Greenwood, a copper mining ghost town, became an internment site.
Heading towards Nelson, take Highway #6 north to the Slocan Valley and Kootenay Rockies, an area that housed the largest concentration of interned Japanese Canadians: nearly half of the 22,000 sent to camps. The Slocan Extension Sign (pullout on Highway #6) tells the story of Slocan City, Lemon Creek, Popoff, and Bayfarm internment sites, which were built on open farm fields.
Continuing on Highway #6 to the small village of New Denver, stop in at the New Denver Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre, a National Historic Site. Here, original internment camp shacks have been lovingly preserved in an outdoor memorial park complete with a Japanese Garden.
The scenic drive along Highway# 6 will also take you to the historic town of Kaslo, which, like the ghost town of Greenwood, was converted into an internment camp (another Highway Legacy sign welcomes visitors to the town). While here, visit the Langham Museum to learn about the Japanese Canadian experience.
On the Upper Arrow Lake ferry, it’s a short hop to Revelstoke. This journey is stunning—a true hidden secret in the Kootenay Rockies. From Revelstoke, visit Three Valley Gap, where the Revelstoke-Sicamous road camp Highway Legacy Sign is located on the north side of Highway #1, overlooking a stretch of highway that was constructed by Japanese Canadian men.