Slocan is in the West Kootenays in Canada's westernmost province, British Columbia. The mountainous Kootenays are home to one of the few interior rainforests in the world and are a vacation paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Slocan, a village of about 350 people, is known for its incredibly beautiful and pristine surroundings, its abundant and diverse wild animals and plants, its down-to-earth people, and its birth at the turn of the 19th century during a short-lived Silver Rush.
Slocan is beside Valhalla Provincial Park, renowned for world class hiking, climbing, mountaineering, ski touring, and beautiful wildlife such as its very friendly mountain goats.
The village sits on the south shore of Slocan Lake: 40 kilometers of clear, pure water. It is great for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, or simply sun tanning. Multiple public or remote little beaches are accessible, many only by water, along the approximately 85 kilometer shoreline. The cliffs along the Slocan shoreline are also home to pictographs dating from the time before the Europeans.
Two blocks down from the Blue Moon B&B, on the lake shore, we have the Slocan Bluffs, one of the most easily accessible rock climbing areas in the West Kootenays. Unlike climbing meccas, Slocan Bluffs is quiet and still offers a nice variety of routes ranging anywhere between 5.4 to 5.12, both sports and mixed. The beauty of this crag is, on hot days climbers can plunge into Slocan Lake to cool off. Make sure you unclip first!
Of special appeal in our area is the Slocan Valley Rails to Trails. It is fantastic in the summer for walking, cycling, horseback riding, and accessing special swimming spots on the Slocan River. A very popular day-trip for both locals and visitors, is to cycle or ski to Winlaw, the next town along the trail, and eat at one of its very popular restaurants before heading back. The Slocan River is very popular for floating, kayaking or canoeing.
Summer isn't the only great season in Slocan! Two to three months with lots of snow and temperatures that average around -5 to +2 Celsius (23 to 35 Fahrenheit), make winter a delight. If you cross-country ski, or would like to try, just put your skis on your shoulder and take a 5 minute walk from the B&B to the Slocan Valley Rails to Trails. Slocan is at the north end of this 45 km trail which follows the beautiful pristine Slocan River. The trail is groomed for both classic and skate-style skiing. Whether you decide to ski, walk, or snowshoe, plan to stop along the trail to admire a flock of Trumpeter and Tundra Swans who have chosen a wildlife refuge along the Slocan River as their winter home.
For cyclists and motorcycle enthusiasts, keep in mind that Slocan is part of the North Kootenay & Silvery Slocan Side Trip of the International Selkirk Loop circuit. Stop for a swim on a hot day, book a room with us and have a shower, a great night's rest, and a perfect breakfast before you hit the road again!
Read this inspiring blog post written by one of our cycling guest from Nebraska, US during his stay at the Blue Moon. He was touring around the Selkirk loop. http://www.cedarcreekneb.blogspot.ca/2014/08/selkirk-tour-day-5-slocan-british.html
If you are driving by on your way to or from your skiing vacation, stop in for a night's rest and a gourmet breakfast.
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