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

Winlaw is located on Highway 6, 19 km (12 miles) south of Slocan and 46 km (29 miles) north of Castlegar. Winlaw sits along side the slow flowing Slocan River.

Slocan Valley
Winlaw is a small rural farm community located within the Selkirk Mountains in the beautiful Slocan Valley. Besides farming Winlaw also relies on the more traditional mining and forestry industries.

Valhalla Provincial Park
Recreation around Winlaw is just excellent with access to Valhalla Park and Slocan Lake located just north at Slocan City.

Slocan River
Slocan River also offers fishing, kayaking, canoeing and perhaps some of BC's best tubing as it gently meanders towards the Kootenay River near Crescent Valley and later Shoreacres. Access to the west side of Slocan River is available at Winlaw by turning at the Cedar Creek Café located on Hwy 3 and using Winlaw Bridge Road to get to the river.

Slocan River Road
Once over the Winlaw Bridge you can travel either way along side the river on Slocan River Road sometimes locally referred as the "backroad." You can also discover Little Slocan Lakes and Koch Creek if you travel south and use the Forest Service Roads.

Slocan Lake
If you decide rather to travel north on Slocan River Road, the road travels along west side of the river eventually entering into Valhalla Provincial Park and the south shore of Slocan Lake.

Selkirk Mountains
In the winter you can experience snowmobiling, snow shoeing, cross-country and back country skiing through out the area. With the Selkirk Mountains so close by you will never run out of areas to see. Access is available using the Forest Service Roads or historic mining trails that dot the country side.

The Slocan Valley Rail Trail
One trail, the Slocan Valley Rail Trail is a multi-use trail that utilizes 50 km (30 miles) of abandoned rail right away from the CPR . The trail hugs the Slocan River and goes to Crescent Valley in the south or Slocan City in the north. The Slocan Valley Trail can be used by non-motorized means such as horses, bikes or by walking.

Karibu Park
You can access the trail at Winlaw near the Winlaw Bridge or if you're staying at the RV site at Karibu Park. Please take caution unfortunately in certain parts the trail has some bridges missing and you could encounter some vehicle traffic at various road crossings.

Spirit of 2010 Trail
Thankfully funding has been granted by the BC Government to finish the trail as part of the legacy for British Columbia called the Spirit of 2010 Trail.

Information on Winlaw

First Nations



Map of Winlaw, BC
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Winlaw Nature Park
Winlaw Nature Park


Slocan Valley Farmland
Slocan Valley Farmland


Slocan River near Winlaw
Slocan River near Winlaw


Slocan River Rail Trail
Slocan Valley Rail Trail


Slocan River Rail Trail
Slocan Valley Rail Trail

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