Visitors immediately feel the special spirit of the “Shangri-La of British Columbia” and that they are welcome here. The friendly valley people know to live in harmony with nature and the seasons, they take the time to chat, and here the clocks go slower than elsewhere.
Slocan, Silverton, and New Denver on the shores of Slocan Lake were once booming pioneer mining towns. Its museums tell of the old days when silver ore from the hinterland was loaded onto paddle steamers and barges. Today they are small, tranquil places.
Cozy cafés invite you to linger, galleries and boutiques inspire with original handicrafts, and markets and fruit stands offer local field products. Sandon, once with a population of 5,000, the wildest place in Canada’s Southwest, is now a deserted ghost town.