New Denver

New Denver, BC, incorporated as a village in 1929, population 504 (2011c), 512 (2006c). The Village of New Denver is located near the northeastern end of Slocan Lake, 100 km north of NELSON. Eli Carpenter, discoverer of Slocan Lake, wintered there in 1891.

New Denver, BC, incorporated as a village in 1929, population 504 (2011c), 512 (2006c). The Village of New Denver is located near the northeastern end of Slocan Lake, 100 km north of Nelson. Eli Carpenter, discoverer of Slocan Lake, wintered there in 1891. The site was first called Eldorado, then New Denver (1892), after Denver, Colo. New Denver was an early service centre for mines and the nearby towns of Three Forks, Sandon, Cody, Silverton and Slocan. Mining declined after World War I, and by World War II 1500 relocated Japanese Canadians formed the bulk of the population. After the war, Japanese from other relocation centres moved here, and small-scale mining was supplemented by logging. The creation of Valhalla Provincial Park (1983) and the National Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre, together with the magnificent scenery and surrounding ghost towns, make New Denver a tourist centre.