The Village of Slocan - Communities of the Slocan
Founded by Frank Fletcher of Nelson in 1892, Slocan
City was the smallest incorporated city in the British Commonwealth,
perhaps in the world. In 1958 Slocan City reincorporated as a village
and is now known as the Village of Slocan
booming mining town served as the terminus for the old railway,
and sternwheelers plied the lake carrying minerals, goods and people.
In 1942 when the Japanese-Canadians were interned, there was a large
population housed in and around Slocan City. At the back of the
town cemetery is the only surviving Buddhist Cemetery from this
The Village of Slocan is situated 72 kms (43 miles) north of both
Nelson and Castlegar. An easy one hour drive. It is the perfect
peaceful beautiful place if you want to get away from the hustle
and bustle of urban centres. Now home to about 350 people, Slocan
Village is good choice from which to explore the great outdoors.
The recreation facilities in the area are excellent, and different
areas are easily accessible depending upon experience and fitness
In 2011, Slocan boasts BC's only all-woman village council!
Located at the very southern end of 45 km long (28 miles) Slocan
Lake, the village has hotel, B&B and camping accommodation and
a couple of restaurants. It’s a compact and quiet town just
off the main highway. To the north is the mostly deserted, clean
and clear Slocan Lake. Looking west, the spires of Valhalla Park
loom over the village and lake. To the east is Idaho Peak and Kokanee
From a boat launch in town canoeists, kayakers and sail boaters
can discover beaches and coves where cars can’t go. Often
you will be the only vessel in sight! Fishing is a surreal experience.
Hikers can find a myriad of trails beginning near here, from a short
and easy stroll to a full day of difficult climbing. Bicyclists
can choose from an easy ride on the highway, to quiet back roads
suitable for the family, or extreme bike trails worthy of the most
dedicated masochist. Photography and bird watching are especially
rewarding around Slocan Village.
Consider taking the beautiful Evans Creek Trail, - even if you only go a km and then turn around. It ‘s a reward for inexperienced and experienced hikers alike. Check out the hikes around Slocan in our Valley Directory under Outdoor Adventure.