The Town of New Denver was founded in 1892 for the purpose of mining, today is a peaceful community, with a glimpse of the 70’s, artisans, galleries, bistros, farmers, etc.
Situated on the Slocan Lake with a population of 571 inhabitants, has a high school and a local hospital, if you like sports, then is a lot to do here, swimming, cross-country, boating, touring, downhill skiing, golfing, fishing, hiking, trekking, sailing, snowmobiling, etc
There is some attractions for the visitor: Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre, The Kohan Reflection Garden, Silvery Slocan Museum, New Denver Glacier, Ghost Towns at Retallack, Zincton, Three Forks, & Sandon, Idaho Peak Lookout.
More information about the museum, city and gardens here: http://www.newdenver.ca/
Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre
In 1942 during the Second World War, more than 22,000 Japanese – Canadians were moved to internment camps spreads trough all Canada, 4,000 of these were relocated here in New Denver, all their properties were taken by the Canadian Government.
The Nikkei Centre has five buildings, three of them are original from 1942, you can imagine the living conditions of this families, not bad if because there was no heat for the winter time, there have been apologies and compensation for the survivors from the Canadian Government
For the glory of the survivors, one of the most actual prominent Canadians spend some years as a child here: David Suzuki
The Kohan Reflection Garden
This Japanese Garden is in memory of the survivors of the Nikkei Centre, you can see more than 200 different plants, Is open from May till October, and you can enjoy the beauty of the Garden and the lakeside, a perfect place for meditation or just enjoy the paths surrounded with flowers.
Silvery Slocan Museum
The Silvery Museum has many interesting displays, collections of records, artifacts and photographs of the Slocan Lake Area, instruments from the old Community Hospital, artifacts from the early Knox Church, and a room dedicated to New Denver Japanese-Canadians.
In the courtyard to the east of the building is the “Lancet” exhibit, an 18′ motor vessel, built around 1912.
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