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