Posted by: cherylyoung | March 22, 2013

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,

 

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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.

 

 

THIS BLOG IS BROUGH TO YOU COURTESY OF

CHERYL YOUNG, REALTOR,

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

VICTORIA B.C  www.cherylyoung.ca 

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