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Village of New Denver
—  Village  —
Location of New Denver in British Columbia
Coordinates: 49°59′29″N 117°22′19″W / 49.99139°N 117.37194°W / 49.99139; -117.37194
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region Slocan Valley, West Kootenay
Regional district Central Kootenay
Founded 1892
Incorporated 1929
 - Governing body New Denver Village Council
 - Mayor Gary Wright
 - Total 1.07 km2 (0.4 sq mi)
Elevation 560 m (1,837 ft)
Population (2006)
 - Total 512
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Highways 6
Waterways Slocan Lake
Website Town of New Denver

New Denver is a small town in southeastern British Columbia, Canada, along the shore of Slocan Lake. New Denver was founded as a mining town in 1892, and briefly known as Eldorado City before being renamed after Denver, Colorado. It was incorporated as a village in 1929 and currently has approximately 600 residents.

During World War II, New Denver became a Japanese Canadian internment camp. Not long after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, men between the ages of 18 and 45 were sent to labour camps in the Interior of British Columbia or farther into Eastern Canada. Approximately 1,500 women, children, and elderly men were sent to the "Orchard", a small section of New Denver set up to house them. Although they were not confined behind wire fences, they were forced to live in small shacks, often with no heat and little money for food. Some Japanese Canadians still live in New Denver.

From 1953-59 Doukhobor children were removed from their parents and sent to residential school here, as a way to assimilate them.

New Denver is home to the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre, which is dedicated to the history of the 23,000 Japanese Canadians that were interned by the Canadian government.

The town is also notable for its lack of mobile phones. In a 2008 referendum citizens voted against the introduction of cellular telephone service.[1]


External links

Coordinates: 49°59′30″N 117°22′17″W / 49.99167°N 117.37139°W / 49.99167; -117.37139


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

New Denver is a small village in the West Kootenays of British Columbia, Canada, situated on the east shore of Slocan Lake. It has an interesting history as an internment camp for "foreign nationals" during World War II; some attractions in the town relate to that time.

Get in

The only really practical way of getting to New Denver (and most other places in the West Kootenays) is by private vehicle of some kind. There is very limited public transit in the region and only one major airport, located in Castlegar. By vehicle, it's about a 2-hour drive south of Revelstoke which includes a free ferry ride across Arrow Lake (Columbia River) between Shelter Bay on the north shore and Galena Bay on the south. Take Hwy 23 south to the ferry and on to Nakusp where it's Hwy 6 to New Denver.

Get around

Since New Denver is a small village, there is no need to drive anywhere. Park your vehicle somewhere and wander around. The one caveat is to note that the village is divided by Carpenter Creek with most of the business district on the north side and some of the parks and gardens on the south. Other than adding to your pleasant walk, this shouldn't be a problem.


Hills Garlic Festival [1] usually held the first Sunday after the Labour Day Weekend. Admission is about $5 per person and features live music, lots of garlic-related stuff to buy as well as food. One could probably spend most of the day wandering around. The popularity forced a move from its original location in the settlement of Hills, just north of New Denver, and several thousand people converge on the Festival each year.

Kohan Reflection Garden [2], commemorating the many Canadians of Japanese descent who were interned in the area during WWII. Located at the end of 1st Ave. No admission charge.

Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre [3] is an interpretive centre about the history of the internment of Japanese Canadians suring WWII. It's located in one of the buildings used for that purpose. Open May to September, 9:30 am to 5 pm. Admission is $6 for adults. Located at 306 Josephine St in New Denver.


Valhalla Inn -

Villa Dome Quixote - a series of connected domes

Centennial Park and Campground [4] located right in the town of New Denver.

Rosebery Provincial Park [5] - 5 km north of New Denver and 40 km south of Nakusp on Hwy 6.

There are also several B&Bs in New Denver as well as several cabins on Bigelow Bay.

Get out

The Galena Trail follows Carpenter Creek from New Denver to Three Forks (where Hwy 31a passes the road to Sandon. The trail is mostly on an old railbed and can be hiked or biked. One interesting option is to leave your bikes locked up at Three Forks, start hiking from New Denver and ride the bikes back to town on the highway. The ride will be mostly downhill and the 10 km will go by very quickly.

The old mining town of Sandon, about 15 minutes east of town on Hwy 31a.

Idaho Peak, accessed from Sandon, is the site of an old fire lookout with great views out over Slocan Lake and the Valhallas. The Forest Service Road to the peak starts in Sandon. The road is steep and a bit rough in places, but it seems most people can drive there in regular 2wd cars. In the right season, alpine flowers are well worth the visit.

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