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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Kootenay Rockies > Hills

Hills
Hills is located about 30 km (19 miles) south-east of Nakusp and 17 km (11 miles) north-west of New Denver on Hwy 6.

Hills Siding
Hills was originally known as Hills Siding, named after two brothers, Alfred and Wilson Hill, who had a local sawmill in the area in the late 1920's. The brothers built a siding next to the CPR spur line, the Nakusp & Slocan Railway, which was then used to haul the timber coming out of the north side of Slocan Lake.

Saskatchewan Doukhobors
During the period 1929-1934 Hills Siding eventually became settled `as a small lumber community consisting mainly of Doukhobor families coming from Saskatchewan. The settlement grew larger with other work being provided by the CPR establishing a local economy that was able enough to support two general stores, as well as a gas pump and a post office.

Hills Post Office
To avoid confusion with other rail sidings along the CPR - Nakusp & Slocan Railway route, the name was officially changed to Hills when the post office opened in 1952. Eventually, the post office had to close during a period of federal budget cutbacks occurring in the 1970's.

Rural Community
Today Hills is a rural community with most of the residents living in a few farms spread on either side of Hwy 6 and a few recreational homes bordering Bonanza Creek where it empties out at the north side of Slocan Lake. There is very little commercial enterprise present with most of the economy revolving around small-scale forestry, agriculture and tourism spread throughout the area.

The Hills Garlic Festival
What started out as a local event at the Hills Community Park has grown from a potluck supper to one of the major events in the Slocan Valley. Outgrowing the facility at Hills the festival has since moved to the waterfront along Slocan Lake at Centennial Park in New Denver. The Hills Garlic Festival whose slogan, "Where culture meets agriculture," occurs on the weekend following the Labour Day weekend, bringing together people who love garlic, bluegrass music, crafts and enjoy food kiosks.

Summit Lake Provincial Park
If you would like to RV or tent near Hills, there is a provincial campground situated at Summit Lake just north-west of Ski Summit Lake. At Summit Lake Provincial Park, you can find 35 vehicle-accessible fairly small campsites near the lake that has fishing opportunities for Rainbow and Cutthroat trout, boating, mountain biking and swimming facilities.

Wragge Beach Recreation Site
Situated on the east side of Slocan Lake just south of Hills is one of the nicest beaches in the area at Wragge Beach. Here you can find a great camping spot with a total of 13 fairly large waterfront campsites with plenty of shade trees. To get here from Hills, take Bonanza Road at Hwy 6 and proceed over the bridge to the beginning of the Shannon Creek Forest Service Road. From here the way in is a little confusing as the roads take several series of left and right forks and the correct directions in need to be studied carefully from the Recreation Sites and Trails BC webpage for Wragge Beach.

Nakusp & Slocan Railway
Hills can also offer you great hiking along mountain trails or mountain biking down the abandoned railbed along Bonanza Creek south to Hills eventually to Rosebery and Three Forks just north of New Denver or north along the east side of Summit Lake. The Three Forks to Nakusp 57 km (35 miles) route uses the abandoned Nakusp & Slocan Railway right-of-way. Access can be gained near the south side of Summit Lake at Hwy 6 north of Hills or through the privately owned Three Islands Resort where you can find full service RV Park.

Ski Summit Lake
Emptying in to Slocan Lake, Bonanza Creek, a major tributary comes down the pass from Summit Lake through Hills into Slocan Lake. At Summit Lake there is a small ski hill providing winter recreation for the people of Hills, New Denver, Silverton and Nakusp.

Rosebery Provincial Park
Besides Summit Lake for RV camping there is also another provincial campground 5 km north of New Denver on Hwy 6 at Rosebery. Rosebery Provincial Park has 36 vehicle-accessible sites and offers campsites adjacent to the banks of Wilson Creek and near Slocan Lake on a first-come, first-served basis. The campground is also near the start of the Galena Trail, a recreational path that leads towards New Denver, Three Forks and Sandon making for an excellent mountain-bike ride.

Information on Hills

 

 

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Beach on Slocan Lake at Hills
Beach on Slocan Lake at Hills

 

Boat Launch in Hills
Boat Launch in Hills

 

Mountains near Summit Lake
Mountains near Summit Lake

 

Summit Lake
Summit Lake

 

Wragge Beach Recreation Site
Wragge Beach Recreation Site

 

Galena Trail at Rosebury
Galena Trail at Rosebury

 

Nakusp & Slocan Railway Trail
Nakusp & Slocan Railway Trail

 

 

 
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