New Denver - Communities of the Slocan Valley
New Denver, population, about 600. Yes, named after
the “old” Denver, with which New Denver shared many
characteristics. Nestled on the shore of Slocan Lake, and the
shore of Slocan Lake, surrounded by the 2,100 m (almost 7,000 ft)
Valhalla peaks in the Selkirk Mountains, New Denver is a stunningly
beautiful town with roots in the silver rush of the late 1800s.
First Nations people used the beaches and fished the rich waters
of Slocan Lake for salmon and trout. They left behind rock carvings
and paintings (petroglyphs) which can still be seen on the rock
cliffs that are accessible only by water. No one knows for sure
how old they are.
Founded in 1892 by silver miners, New Denver reached its economic
peak in the early 20th century. But by 1920, the mining boom was
over. After the mining bust, logging was the main industry, but
now tourism and other business has diversified the economy. New
Denver is a progressive village that values its history and future.
During World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Canadian
government sent thousdands of Japanese-Canadians to internment camps
in the BC Interior. New Denver had a number of abandoned houses
from the boom times, and many more smaller dwellings were built
to house 2,000 men, women and children of Japanese origins. Some
of these tiny houses still exist.
The spectacular beauty of the surrounding outdoors leaves its mark
on everyone who lives and visits New Denver. David Suzuki, world-famous
and award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster, was
born in Vancouver and in 1942 at age 6 was interned in New Denver.
He spent much of his time in the mountains, exploring nature. While
local children now go to school, many today spend their free hours
in the incredible outdoors around New Denver.
New Denver is a hub of outdoor opportunities including fishing, hiking , biking, scuba diving, water and winter sports. Make sure you check out the enchanting 13km (8mile) Galena Trail which follows the old Nakusp and Slocan railway bed, Valhalla Park and the Idaho Peak Lookout. .A stroll around the beautiful Kohan Gardens on the waterfront gives you some fresh air, peace of mind, all without breaking a sweat.
Indoors, there is the Silvery Slocan Museum, a designated Heritage
Site in what once was the old Bank of Montreal building. The Nikkei
Internment Memorial Centre tells the story of the interned Japanese-Canadians.
Artisans have studios, and local accommodation is available to rest
your head. Funky eateries satisfy hunger. Feeling inspired by the
scenery? A number of religious organizations will welcome you.
New Denver is a vibrant community and hosts some wonderful festivals
through out the year such as the Valhalla Summer School of Music,
Come on, stay a day, a week, or the rest of your life in New Denver!