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.
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
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.'
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.