Slocan Lake is used by canoeists, kayakers, sailors and small motorboat operators. Strong winds can blow up without warning, so paddle close to shore, carry flares and tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return.
Public boat launches are located at the Summit Lake Rest Area, Rosebery, New Denver, Silverton, and Slocan.
Bicycling is popular here. Highways 6 and 31A have very narrow verges so cycling can be hazardous. Please take care and be aware of vehicle traffic coming towards and behind you.
Slocan and Summit Lakes contain Rainbow and bull trout, kokanee salmon, mountain whitefish and lingcod. You can get a fishing license at the hardware store in Winlaw and Mountain Valley Station in Slocan or online at The BC Parks website. Be familiar with the Fishing Regulations.
Slocan Lake Golf Course: One kilometre north of New Denver on Hwy. 6. Public nine-hole course. The restaurant opens during the golfing season.
Valley View Golf Course: In Winlaw, just south of the Village of Slocan. Public, nine-hole course. Restaurant opens during the golfing season.
The winding roads through spectacular scenery draw motorcyclists from afar. During the summer season, traffic is heavy so be aware when riding.
Scuba divers can find historic wrecks below Rosebery (the hull of the S.S. Slocan sternwheeler), on the western shore (a partially submerged old CPR barge), and off Silverton (three boxcars). Elsewhere aquatic explorers can find many other relics of the late 19th and early 20th-century mining era.
From mid-November to mid-May, annual average snowfall of 1.7 to 2.6 m across spectacular, varied terrain lures snowmobilers to the backcountry.
The terrain makes for superb backcountry skiing, and the Kootenays are known worldwide for their deep powder. The best months for skiing and snowboarding are December to February with an average of 130 cm of snow per month in December and January and 65 cm in November, February and early March.
See the Canadian Avalanche Association website for avalanche conditions before venturing into the backcountry.
Summit Lake, Hills, and Sandon have fully groomed cross-country ski trails.
Summit Lake Ski Hill & Snowboard Area is family-oriented and affordable. Day lodge, ski rentals, lessons, T-bar and rope tow, bunny hill to expert slopes.