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Slocan Lake hiking

Kootenay Rockies, British Columbia, Canada

By lydia.crawford

Slocan Lake Statistics


37 KM

Estimated Time

48 hours

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Slocan Lake is a lake in the Slocan Valley of the West Kootenay region of the Southeastern Interior of British Columbia, Canada. it is drained by the Slocan River, which flows south from the lake's foot at Slocan City through the Slocan Valley to South Slocan, British Columbia, where that river meets the Kootenay River a few miles above its confluence with the Columbia. It is fed by Bonanza Creek, which comes down the pass from Summit Lake, beyond which is the town of Nakusp on Upper Arrow Lake. In addition to Slocan City (officially now a "village", but usually referred to locally by its old name of Slocan City to distinguish it from Slocan Park and South Slocan), other towns and communities on the lake include the twin communities of New Denver and Silverton, midway up the lake's eastern shore, Rosebery slightly north of them at the mouth of Wilson Creek, and Hills at the lake's north end. To the west of the lake is the Valhalla Range (or "the Valhallas"), most of which is enshrined in Valhalla Provincial Park. The mountains to the east of Slocan Lake were the focus of the silver rush known as "the Silvery Slocan", during which steamboats and railways penetrated the Kootenay Range east of the lake to Sandon, the "capital" of the rush and the destination of three railways, two from the direction of Slocan Lake via Carpenter Creek, the other via Retallack Pass from Kaslo on Kootenay Lake. BC Highway 6 follows the eastern shore of Slocan lake from Hills to Slocan City and down the Slocan River from there. The Canadian Pacific rail line from Nakusp via Bonanza Pass now dead-ends at Rosebery Slip, on Slocan Lake, but originally ran into Sandon.

The Slocan Lake is a beautiful place to visit in British Columbia. It's a great spot for fishing, swimming, and boating. The scenery is stunning, and there are plenty of trails to explore in the area. The lake is also home to some interesting wildlife, including bears and eagles. If you're looking for a peaceful getaway, the Slocan Lake is definitely worth checking out.

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Slocan Lake
Slocan Lake, British Columbia, Canada

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Starting Point

The Slocan Lake is located in British Columbia. To get to the start of the trails, take Highway 6 from Nelson to Slocan Lake. Turn onto the North Shore Road and drive for about 10 km until you reach the trailhead.

Why visit Slocan Lake

The Slocan Lake is a beautiful place to visit in British Columbia. The lake is surrounded by mountains, and it is a great place for fishing, swimming, and boating. There are also several parks and campgrounds around the lake, and it is a great place to spend a summer day.

Is Slocan Lake in British Columbia a good place for the whole family?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on what the family is looking for in a vacation spot. Some families might enjoy the Slocan Lake area for its hiking and camping opportunities, while others might prefer a more urban setting with more amenities nearby.

Things not to be missed

The best activities near Slocan Lake in British Columbia include hiking, fishing, and boating. A bref description not to be missed would be the stunning views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

-Hiking: There are many hiking trails in the area, ranging from easy to difficult. Some popular trails include the Kootenay Lake Trail, the Slocan River Trail, and the Lemon Creek Trail.

-Fishing: The Slocan Lake is a great place to fish for trout, salmon, and bass.

-Boating: There are many opportunities for boating on Slocan Lake, including sailing, canoeing, and kayaking.

-Swimming: The lake is a great place to swim, especially in the summer months.

Where to eat?

1. The Blue Grouse Cafe - A hidden cafe located in the woods near Slocan Lake. They serve breakfast and lunch and have a great selection of homemade baked goods.

2. The Boathouse - A lakeside restaurant located on the east side of Slocan Lake. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and have a great selection of local beers and wines.

3. The Old Saloon - A historic saloon located in the town of Slocan. They serve pub food and have a great selection of local beers and wines.

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48 hours

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Lydia Crawford, an extraordinary woman with an insatiable zest for life, has become an inspirational figure to many through her adventures and infectious good humor. Born and raised in a small town nestled in the mountains, Lydia developed a love for the outdoors at an early age. Her childhood was filled with hiking, camping, and exploring the wilderness, experiences that shaped her into the avid outdoorswoman she is today.

She life was a celebration of adventure, joy, and the great outdoors. She lived with a fierce determination to enjoy every moment and to share that joy with others. Her legacy is one of laughter, exploration, and an unwavering love for the natural world. Lydia's spirit continues to inspire those who knew her and those who discover her story, reminding us all to embrace life with open arms and a heart full of joy.

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