Slocan District Chamber of Commerce presents Slocan Valley promotional video

This has been a big endeavor and we are happy to release the final product. Early in 2018 this project was launched, with the release of a Physician Recruitment Video in the spring. Two smaller videos, especially for sharing on social media, were released to follow (Clouds, Mountains and Stars in the Slocan Valley and  The Amazing Water of Slocan Lake). This new Slocan Valley Promotional is the final phase of the video project.

Thank you to our sponsors Columbia Basin Trust, The Regional District of Central Kootenay, and the Villages of Slocan, Silverton, and New Denver.

We hope you enjoy. Please continue to share with your colleagues, family and friends. You are welcome to embed videos on your website or link to our YouTube channel. Send people to the Chamber’s website if you can. Do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

We are also on Facebook:, Twitter @SlocanDistrict, and Instagram:SlocanDistrictChamber.

The Slocan Community Health Centre is still in need to two permanent physicians. Let’s keep spreading the word by showcasing what this beautiful valley has to offer. Remember the hashtag #DoctorsParadiseBC.

Slocan District Chamber of Commerce

Box 448, New Denver, BC  V0G 1S0

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New Economic Development Coordinator for Slocan Valley

Nelson, BC: The Villages of Slocan, Silverton and New Denver, RDCK Area H (Slocan Valley) along with the Slocan Valley Economic Development Commission (SVEDC) would like to welcome and introduce Ron LeBlanc as the Slocan Valley Economic Development Coordinator.

In this newly-formed position, Ron will be tasked with implementing the recommendations of the Slocan Valley Economic Development Plan. The plan, drafted by EDCD Consulting, was developed in partnership with the Villages and Regional District and is the result of community and stakeholder consultations over the past few years. The overall goal of the plan is to encourage a thriving, resilient, local economy through appropriate economic growth.

“The Commission has done great foundational work over the years, and has laid the groundwork for this next step,” said SVEDC Chair Leah Main. “Having Ron working with the Commission to deliver our bigger goals will make it possible for us to nurture new businesses and industries, support existing ones, and grow deeper connections throughout the Valley. His demonstrated business capabilities, broad thinking and enthusiasm for new challenges will definitely be assets to the Commission.”

Ron is a long-time Valley resident and brings his education and experience in marketing and business to the role. Being a business owner in the Slocan Valley for many years has given him a practical understanding of its people and economy. He is best known in the community for previously operating Little Slocan Lodge and Littlefest music festival.

“I am excited by the opportunity this challenging new role represents, both personally and for the Valley,” said Ron. “I feel I am stepping up in a new way to serve my community, to help as best I can and offer my perspective moving forward.”

Ron continues to live off-grid in the Little Slocan Valley, where he helps steward a large property and caretake a strawbale lodge with micro-hydro system.

For further information, please contact:

Ron LeBlanc, Slocan Valley Economic Development Coordinator
Regional District of Central Kootenay
Tel: (250) 551-6932

New Local Impact Investment Fund Seeking Founding Members

From November 9th to December 14th, Eden Yesh, Invermere Branch Manager for Kootenay Employment Services, project manager to the 2018 Mobilizing Local Capital initiative, and Chair of the BC Community Impact Investment Coalition, will emcee public launch sessions in the following communities: Grand Forks, Trail, Castlegar, Nelson, Silverton, Nakusp and Kaslo. These sessions will highlight key areas of the business plan, governance structure and purpose of the new Investment Co-op.

“We are seeking individual and corporate investors who wish to diversify a portion of their investment portfolios locally, and who want to make an impact in the communities where they live”, Yesh says.

Membership in the Investment Co-op is open to all: individuals, corporations, governments and first nations. All sessions are open to the public and admission is free. There is limited seating in each community so please RSVP right away.

To complete a membership application, or to RSVP to a public launch session near you, please visit:

Mosquito Control Program Feasibility Study and Referendum for a Portion of Electoral Area H

A Mosquito Control Feasibility Study has been completed for a Portion of Area H as a result of two related petitions submitted to the RDCK and the ensuing Board resolution #515/17.

The potential area being studied includes the area north of Vallican as the southern boundary up to the south boundary of the Village of Slocan as the northern boundary (see map HERE).

The completed report prepared by a mosquito control consultant can be accessed HERE.

Voting takes place at Winlaw Hall on Wed. Oct. 6 and Sat. Oct. 20, 2018 from 8am to 8pm.

Residents living within the affected area are able to vote. Please bring two pieces of ID, one with your physical address and one with your signature. For more information on eligibility to vote, please contact the RDCK at 250-352- 6665


Travelling the West Kootenay's Silvery Slocan Circle Route

Crystal clear lakes, towering mountains, hot springs, and charming small towns with cozy coffee shops wait for you on the Silvery Slocan Circle Route.

Travelling through Nelson, Kaslo, New Denver and the Slocan Valley, you trace a loop back in time to where silver once ruled the day, where towns boomed overnight and disappeared almost as fast, to an area rich with colourful history, stunning wilderness, and a delightfully offbeat and laid-back vibe.

Check it out on this beautiful road trip photo essay by Field and Forest, sponsored by Kootenay Rockies Tourism!