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.
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.
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 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)
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.
Slocan has some other excellent outdoor recreational opportunities
available. In the winter there is great cross-country skiing, snowshoeing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
on Slocan City