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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Kootenay Rockies > New Denver

New Denver
New Denver is located 47 km (29 miles) west of Kaslo on Hwy 31A, 47 km (29 miles) southeast of Nakusp on Hwy 6 and 79 km (49 miles) north of Crescent Valley on Hwy 6.

Ideal Living Conditions
Situated close to the north end of Slocan Lake, New Denver has the distinction of being situated in an almost ideal situation in British Columbia - moderate climate, clean air and water, only a few mosquitoes, excellent recreation plus being on one of the few non-dammed larger lakes in the Kootenay Region.

'Silvery Slocan'
New Denver has its historical roots formed by the evolvement around the silver mining industry in the 'Silvery Slocan' Region of BC and by its location on Slocan Lake. Ore was dug up at silver mines located at nearby Sandon, put in bags, and then hauled out by mules over the mountains to New Denver. The ore was then stockpiled to be shipped out later by sternwheeler to the south end of Slocan Lake at Slocan City.

Slocan Lake
Today New Denver is not quite as busy as in past silver industry with the town providing more of a recreational haven for people. You will find that the 30 km (19 miles) long Slocan Lake is one of British Columbia's most pristine lakes containing very clean glacier-fed water. New Denver has a western view of the 2,758 metre (9,050 feet) high New Denver Glacier located directly across the lake in Valhalla Provincial Park.

Silvery Slocan Museum
New Denver has a few things to visit and take note around town. The historical connection with silver is evident everywhere with the town seemingly resembling one big museum with old buildings, mining artifacts and an atmosphere of days gone by.

Bank of Montreal
This can also be further appreciated by visiting the Silvery Slocan Museum located on Sixth Avenue in the old Bank of Montreal Building (from 1897 until 1969).

Biking and Hiking on 'The Galena Trail'
New Denver, because of the silver industry of the past, has inherited an old right of way along the abandoned railway line and historic mining trails. One trail, 'The Galena Trail' is a 13 km (8 miles), non-motorized trail that allows you to go from Rosebery to Three Forks.

K&S Railway
There also happens to be a spur line that goes from Rosebery north to Nakusp along Summit Lake. Eventually trails are being developed to utilize the old rail bed of the now-defunct K&S Railway that will connect Sandon with Kaslo.

Valhalla Provincial Park
This park is nestled right in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains providing some excellent recreation in the backcountry. You can access the park by boat, using the forest service roads or by hiking in on various trails.

Maps of the Area
For reference the Slocan Chamber of Commerce has produced an excellent map, of the trails, 4x4 roads, access points and recreation areas within Valhalla, the shore area of Slocan Lake plus areas around New Denver including Idaho Point. You can pick one up at the Visitor Information Centre.

The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre
There are also two memorials in New Denver for the more than 22,000 Canadian citizens of Japanese descent that were interned during World War II - The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre and The Kohan Reflection Garden.

Hidden Garden Gallery
The Hidden Garden Gallery, 803 Kildare Street, New Denver is open Monday through Saturday, 10am-3pm with a new Kootenay artist featured every week, June 20th to September 3rd. Bring your picnic lunch to enjoy in the garden and check out the weekly gala receptions.

If you can, try to make sure you visit Sandon. Only located 14.5 km (9 miles) east of New Denver, Sandon is truly one of British Columbia's more interesting heritage sites. Old buildings, a museum, plus one of British Columbia's oldest generating systems still in operation are all on display.

Idaho Peak
There is also an incredible view of New Denver and Silverton from Sandon from the lookout point on Idaho Peak. You will need a good vehicle when attempting the road plus the road can sometimes be a little rough so take your time.

Information on New Denver

Parks and Wilderness Areas

Adventure and Recreation




Map of New Denver, British Columbia
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Slocan Lake
Slocan Lake


Silvery Slocan Museum
Silvery Slocan Museum


Galena Trail
Galena Trail


Valhalla Provincial Park
Valhalla Provincial Park


Nikkei Memorial
Nikkei Memorial


Idaho Peak
Idaho Peak

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