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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Kootenay Rockies > Slocan City

Slocan City
The Village of Slocan is located 27 km (17 miles) south of Silverton on Hwy 6 and 50 km (30 miles) north of Crescent Valley and the junction of Hwy 6 and Hwy 3A going to Nelson.

Slocan Lake
By being situated at the south end of beautiful Slocan Lake and Valhalla Provincial Park, Slocan can give you the opportunity to be in some of BC's more remote traveled areas.

Silver Mines
During the heyday of the silver mines in the late 1800's Slocan City was a booming place with a population of over 5,000 people. Silver Mines located at Sandon and the "Silvery Slocan" were in full operation.

Sternwheelers
Sternwheelers were then used on Slocan Lake to transport the silver ore from New Denver to Slocan City. To connect with the sternwheelers a railway line was built in 1897 to operate between Slocan and South Slocan approx. 45 km (28 miles) away.

The Slocan River Rail Trail
Today the railway is abandoned but the right away has been saved in parts to become a regional multi-use trail called The Slocan River Rail Trail. The rail trail is very unique and follows next to the path of the Slocan River as it meanders south for around 50 km (30 miles), towards the Kootenay River.

Recreational Opportunities
Slocan has some other excellent outdoor recreational opportunities available. In the winter there is great cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

Valhalla Provincial Park
When the snow disappears you can explore and discover the vast areas of the Valhalla Provincial Park wilderness that encompasses the western side 30 km (19 mile) long Slocan Lake. You can find a parking lot right along the Slocan River on Park Ave. with the Slocan/Evans Trailhead only 500 metres (1,600 feet) away.

Slocan Beach Park
While your in Slocan City make sure that you go to Slocan Beach Park located at the end of Main Street. At the park you can find a great beach and swimming area for the kids complete with raft and small diving board. There are picnic tables present along with a clean washroom facility and drinking water available.

Free Boat Launch
Located on the west side of the Slocan Beach Park is where you can find a information kiosk and the start of the Slocan River Rail Trail. If you enjoy fishing look for the free boat launch and dock area. The dock makes it real easy if you are exploring Valhalla Provincial Park by boat.

Local Services
There is the Slocan City Motel and Slocan Inn if you need a place to stay or a beverage. Also if you're hungry visit the Herald street Cafe or for a coffee the really unique Full A Beans Coffee Bar is very relaxing. For fuel and propane visit Mountain Valley Service Station. If you need groceries or lottery tickets the Eldorado Market is very handy.

Slocan City Heritage
If you enjoy local heritage walk around Slocan City and view some of the heritage homes that have been recently renovated and brought back to life. For a real experience go to the the local grave yard and learn about some of the past pioneers of Slocan City.

Slocan Valley Rail Trail
Please just remember to take caution on the the Slocan Valley Rail Trail for possible machinery and danger at road crossings. Also take note that all the bridge crossings have been completed but the trail still has some rough sections. Fortunately work is continually being being done on improving the trails condition through the Spirit of 2010 funding program.

Information on Slocan City

 

 

Map of Slocan City, BC
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Start of the Slocan River at Slocan Lake
Start of the Slocan River at Slocan Lake

 

View from Slocan River Rail Trail
View from Slocan Valley Rail Trail

 

Slocan River Rail Trail
Slocan Valley Rail Trail

 

Slocan Beach Park
Slocan Beach Park

 

Free Boat Launch
Free Boat Launch

 

Heritage House
Heritage House

 

Slocan River Rail Trail - Lemon Creek
Slocan Valley Rail Trail - Lemon Creek

 
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