Kaslo and New Denver

Kaslo – sometimes called Little Switzerland due to its picturesque location – is a quaint, artsy mountain town with an abundance of restaurants, cafés, galleries and craft shops. The town is also home to the Japanese Canadian Museum, which documents the Internment of Japanese soldiers in the area during World War II, and SS Moyie, the world’s oldest intact passenger sternwheeler. Kaslo is best known for its annual jazz festival, which is held on a floating stage by the shores of Kootenay Lake during the August long weekend.

Situated on the shores of Slocan Lake, New Denver is a haven for aquatic sports enthusiasts. The town forms an ideal base for kayaking, canoeing, sailing, fishing, water skiing, scuba diving and swimming. Scuba divers claim that Slocan Lake is one of the clearest and cleanest lakes in southern British Columbia, with many historical artifacts easily accessible. The town’s Kohan Reflection Gardens and Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre are memorials to the forced relocation of 22,000 Japanese-Canadians to British Columbia during the Second World War.

Houseboating on Kootenay Lake