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