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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]


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



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