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

Silverton
Silverton is located just south of New Denver by around 5 km (3 miles) and north of Slocan City by 27 km (17 miles) on Hwy 6. Silverton originally was called Four-Mile City but later in 1892 renamed itself after the famous mining town in the USA, Silverton Colorado.

Recreational Life
Today Silverton is a small community where recreational pursuits to beautiful Slocan Lake and Valhalla Provincial Park are one of the favorite pastimes of the local inhabitants.

Memorial Hall
As you enter the town on Hwy 6 Silverton's business section is located along this stretch what has now changed to Lake Ave. Have a look for the beautiful heritage building the community hall calls for home. Built in 1919 the Memorial Hall has stood through out the years as the meeting place for people in Silverton and the Slocan Valley.

Outdoor Mining Museum
There is a large display of mining equipment for you to visit called Outdoor Mining Museum. It contains antique mining machinery dating back from the late 1800's to the early 1900's. You can learn about the prospecting of galena and later the discovery of silver.

'Silvery Slocan'
Visualize about the desire to find more silver and the eventual attraction of people especially from the northern United States into the wild west of BC. This was the 'Silvery Slocan,' were fortunes were made and lost over night. You can visit the ghost town of Sandon located at the junction of Three Hills on Hwy 31A towards Kaslo.

Study of the Arts
Silverton is well noted in the Slocan Valley for being a leader in the area for the study of the arts. Various learning clinics and schools are throughout the area offering retreats and interpretive sessions.

The Silverton Gallery
If you are at least a little interested please visit The Silverton Gallery as you go through Silverton. The Silverton Gallery has workshops, serves as the main learning centre and has a small art gallery for you to visit.

Canada Day, July 1
Every year Silverton celebrates Canada Day, July 1, with a host of events for the whole family. Pancake breakfast, Bavarian Garden, Bocce tournament, games for the kids and eventually the grand finale fireworks at night. Everyone always goes home with a smile with a day well spent celebrating being a Canadian.

Slocan Lake
If you want to camp out there is a nice municipal campground on the shores of Slocan Lake. The public boat launch is nearby if you want to try your luck at fishing. There is definitely lots of people catching some very looking fish in the absolute pristine waters of Slocan Lake.

Valhalla Wilderness Park
The lake also can offer you some remote campsites, if your more adventurous, on the west shore of Valhalla Wilderness Park.

Recreation
There are some absolutely excellent recreation possibilities for you in Silverton and the Slocan Valley with so many parks available. Hiking and exploring the many roads and trails in the area is never-ending throughout all seasons.

Idaho Peak
One quick one for you is the road part way up Silverton Creek to the Hewatt Mine and The Wakefield Trail up Idaho Peak and Sandon. Look for the direction sign for then travel up Idaho Peak into the Silvery Slocan. You will be able to get incredible panoramic westerly views of Slocan Lake with Silverton and New Denver hugging the shoreline

Information on Silverton

Parks and Wilderness Areas

Resorts in Silverton

 

 

Map of Silverton, BC
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Slocan Lake
Slocan Lake

 

Lake Ave.
Lake Ave.

 

Silverton Gallery
Silverton Gallery - Idaho Peak

 

Antique Mining Equipment
Antique Mining Equipment

 

Slocan Lake towards New Denver
Slocan Lake towards New Denver

 
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