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The Slocan Valley is home to an extraordinary number of artists. Painters, photographers, potters, fibre artists, writers, and other artists are drawn to the intense beauty of this lake and valley.


Hidden Garden Gallery

112 Slocan Avenue, New Denver

Mon.–Sat. 10 am–3 pm June through August for art shows, with performances by local musicians in the garden on opening nights. The volunteer-run HGG also hosts Friday night film club gatherings and a Food for Thought lecture series from fall through spring at Knox Hall in New Denver. The gallery and garden are wheelchair accessible.


Slocan Lake Arts Centre (Silverton Gallery)
21 Lake Ave. (Hwy. 6), Silverton

The Slocan Lake Arts Centre, formerly known as the Silverton Gallery, hosts art shows, concerts, theatre productions, and workshops. Its professional lighting and sound system make it a popular rental for performing arts shows. The lawn is an outdoor museum for old mining equipment.


Columbia Basin Culture Tour

The Columbia Basin Culture Tour is a self-directed tour throughout the Columbia Basin on a weekend in August. It’s a chance to see artists in their studios and to visit art galleries and museums in the Basin.


Valhalla Fine Arts Program

The Valhalla Fine Arts Society (VFAS) offers summer programs for children and adults, as well as a Community Concert series. Children and youth can participate in programs in music, theatre, and dance. For adults, there are string and voice programs.


New Denver and Slocan each have volunteer-run community libraries. Nearby public libraries are in Nakusp, Kaslo, Nelson, and Castlegar.

Village of New Denver Reading Centre
Village of  Slocan Library



Kohan Reflection Garden, New Denver

A beautiful Japanese-style garden on the lake, near the Health Centre in New Denver. You’ll see a profusion of exotic species, quiet pools, a dry grass garden and breathtaking views of Slocan Lake and the Valhalla Mountains. Some couples exchange vows under the natural confetti of blossoms in the cherry grove.


Heiwa Teien Peace Garden, New Denver

This traditional Japanese garden at the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre was designed by a master gardener and former internee.

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