Posted by: cherylyoung | March 6, 2012

A brief history of New Denver B.C Learn about where the japenese were interned during world war 11

A brief history of New Denver B.C Learn about

 where the Japenese were interned during world war 2

Founded in 1892 on the shores of Slocan Lake, the Village of

New Denver saw its first houses built by the calloused hands

of mining prospectors.

Briefly known as Eldorado City, before being renamed after

Denver Colorado.

New Denver was incorporated as a village in 1929.

The area was first inhabited by the Kootenai and Salish First

Nations, whose pictographs can still be seen along the

shores of Slocan Lake.

The pioneers were followed by merchants and businessmen,

who built stores and hotels, and the village prospered.

New Denver soon became the hub of government services in the

Slocan Valley.

The former mining town is now noted mainly for its spectacular

location on Slocan Lake, with the peaks of the Valhalla

Mountains rising more than 2,100 metres on the opposite shore.

New Denver was the site of an internment camp that housed

some 2,000  Japanese Canadians that were displaced from

their West Coast homes during World War 2, not long after the

attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

The community of New Denver is notable for its lack of mobile

phones  after citizens voted against the introduction of a

cellular service in a 2008 referendum.

Population: 556

Location: New Denver is located in the BC Kootenays on the eastern

shore of Slocan Lake at the junction of Highway 6 and Highway 31A,


Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre on Josephine Street allows

visitors to improve their understanding of internment history.

In 1942, about 22,000 Nikkei (people of Japanese descent), 75%

of whom were Canadian citizens, were stripped of their civil

rights and labelled “enemy aliens”.

The federal government ordered men to road camps while

families were placed in animal stalls awaiting forced removal

to interior BC relocation camps, or to sugar beet farms in

Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.

information on Internment Camps in British Columbia and Canada.

Japanese Homes: Look for the tiny little houses on the south

side of town.

These homes were originally built to accommodate the relocated

Japanese Canadians.

Even with subsequent additions to the homes they are still small.

The Kohan Reflection Garden on First Avenue honours the Canadian

citizens of Japanese heritage who were resettled to the BC Interior

  during the Second World War.

Silvery Slocan Museum lets you catch the spirit of the pioneers

and  discover the treasures of the past in this gateway to the grand

old days of silver mining.

The museum houses a fascinating collection that tells the story of

mining, transportation, logging and bustling village life.

Located in the former Bank of Montreal building (1897), this

designated heritage building shows techniques and finishes used

over 100 years ago.

Galena Trail can be explored for 13 km from Rosebery, through

New Denver, through Denver Canyon and Alamo Siding to

Three Forks.

The Nakusp & Slocan railway is no more, yet the smoke from the

wood-fired boilers and the howl of the steam whistle still linger

in the air.

The beautiful Galena Trail, with its natural wonders, wildlife,

and rare and delicate plants, is for non-motorized use only.

Hiking: Take the trail to the Idaho Peak Lookout for a wonderful

vista of the Slocan Valley, Slocan Lake and the Valhalla

Mountain Range.

Fishing: If you’re here to fish, head to Slocan Lake and try for

kokanee  salmon, rainbow trout and dolly varden.

Golf: On the northern outskirts of New Denver is the delightful

9-hole Slocan Lake Golf Course on Golf Course Road. Perched on a

benchland above Slocan Lake, the course parallels Highway 6

between New Denver and Rosebery. Golf Vacations in the BC Rockies.

Valhalla Provincial Park is a magnificent world-class wilderness

encompassing 49,600 hectares of natural landscape, and 30

kilometres of pristine shoreline along Slocan Lake.

The park is located high in the Valhalla Mountain range along

the west shore of Slocan Lake, with numerous cascades and

waterfalls scattered throughout the park

Backcountry hiking and camping are popular in the park.

Winter Activities: There’s plenty to do in these parts once Old Man

Winter checks in.

Located smack in the middle of the Selkirk Mountains to the east and

the Monashees to the west, this area is a veritable playground for

skiers, snowmobilers and even ice fishermen – on Box Lake

and Trout Lake.

Most communities in the area offer cross-country skiing,

A few areas that offer trails are Barnes Creek between Fauquier and

Edgewood,  Wensley Creek Ski Trails closer to Nakusp, and the Upper

Brouse Road area southeast of Nakusp.

Snowcat skiing and snowmobiling also await visitors who are ready

for an adventure to happen.

Skiing and Winter Recreation in the Kootenays. .

Ghost Town: Travel back into the history of this region, to the

Ghost Town of Sandon, once the Capital of the Silvery Slocan.

Located 8 km east of New Denver, Sandon was an incorporated city

of 5,000 people at the height of the mining boom in 1892.

Two railroads once served this Monte Carlo of Canada, with its

twenty nine hotels, twenty eight saloons, an opera house, two

newspapers, five men’s clothing stores, a bank, and several other

gambling halls, brothels, offices, stores and businesses.

Now a renowned and restored historic site,

Sandon lures thousands of visitors each summer. .

South of New Denver is Silverton, small village first settled in 1892

by miners working the south face of Idaho Mountain, extracting

the rich deposits of lead and silver.






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