Winlaw - Communities of the Slocan Valley
The unincorporated village of Winlaw, 20 km north
of the junction of Highway 3a and 19 km south of the Village of
Slocan, is probably the funkiest little town in the valley.
Winlaw is a rainbow of people, styles, hair, vehicles and lifestyles.
It’s the home of a gas station, variety store, liquor store,
coffee bar, restaurant, books and import store, metaphysical bookstore,
yoga studio, hidden galleries, u-brew, planer mill, hardware store, feed & tack
store, fire hall, community hall, bakery, fruit& veggie
stand, numerous other home-based business & small farming operations,
school, daycare, post office, countless societies and community
organisations. Winlaw has one of the six one-lane bridges over the
Slocan River. Winlaw is the start of The Loop, an annual Shreddin’
the Loop mountain bike race.
Winlaw was named after John B. Winlaw, who built a sawmill here
around 1900 and like other communities in the valley was a railway
siding. Those rather traditional roots have nourished an eclectic
community, which celebrates its diverse lifestyles and ways of thinking
Hemp, polyester, dreads, golf-shirts, suits, lumberjack shirts,
hiking gear, Volkswagen buses, logging trucks, Mercedes…they’re