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

Sandon
Sandon is located 13 km (8 miles) south-east of New Denver along Hwy 31A to Kaslo, the 'Silvery Slocan Route', then 6 km (4 miles) south from the junction point at Three Forks.

'Silvery Slocan'
You have to drive in to Sandon from a junction point at the abandoned site of Three Forks. Once the heartbeat of the Silvery Slocan mining district, Sandon is now but a ghost town but with a proud past to tell.

'Monte Carlo of North America'
Once you travel into Sandon, the change becomes gradual - high mountains, rushing water and a feel for the historic past. Take time to walk around and take in the sights that the historical society of Sandon has brought back to Sandon. Imagine the past glory which made Sandon in the 1890's the 'Monte Carlo of North America.'

Historic Museum
There is the historic museum for you to visit at lots of old Sandon mining pictures and memorabilia line the walls. Have a look and imagine a town of over 5,000 people trying to make a fortune out of the treasure chest called the 'Silvery Slocan.'

1900 Sandon City Hall
Housed in the Sandon City Hall building which was built in 1900, The Prospector's Pick is a great place for you to purchase a souvenir, books, cards and maps. There is an interpretive display of the townsite as well as helpful staff to help with any of your questions.

Walking Tour Map
Make sure you pick up an Informative Walking Tour Map of Sandon at the Prospector's Pick. These maps are really useful and make a great memento of your trip to Sandon.

Silversmith Power and Light Corporation
There is also one of North America's first AC electrical utilities still in operation at Sandon - the Silversmith Power and Light Corporation. Watch the old generator station still in working order that provides power to the surviving ghost town of Sandon.

Old Artifacts
Lots of people will get fond memories from some of the other artifacts that people have restored in Sandon. One is the Steam Train Exhibit - a display of CPR. #6947 Steam Locomotive plus some vintage freight cars. Another is the old Brill Trolley Bus for some people who experienced these along Vancouver Streets in the 1950's.

Idaho Peak
If you have a good vehicle especially brakes make sure you take a trip up Idaho Peak. Located up a 12 km (7.5 mile) curvy, sometimes one lane uphill road but with pull offs, Idaho Peak will give you one of the best views in British Columbia. Once you're at the top, a view in all 360 degrees awaits you.

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside around British Columbia, please remember this is bear country. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.

Information on Sandon

 

 

Map of Sandon
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"Monte Carlo of North America"
"Monte Carlo of North America"

 

The Prospectors Pick
The Prospectors Pick

 

Silversmith Power and Light Corporation
Silversmith Power and Light Corporation

 

Historic Museum
Historic Museum

 
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