Day 2: Osoyoos to Nelson

Trip Start Jun 30, 2012
Trip End Jul 05, 2012

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Doukhobor Discovery Centre

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

On Day 2 of the roadtrip I travelled from Osoyoos to Nelson, British Columbia. 

Upon leaving Osoyoos, note the rolling grassy hills around Bridesville. They are beautiful. 

The first stop was the historic town of Greenwood. The tourist information centre is at the local museum. It is a small museum but provides an excellent introduction to the towns history. Greenwood is a historical boomtown created from the discovery of copper. After growing to over 3,000 people by 1907, the fall in copper prices following the end of World War I led to the city's population dwindling to only 200. This changed in 1942 by the creation of an internment camp which saw the addition of 1,200 displaced Japanese-Canadians into the area.  I would recommend purchasing the "Heritage Comes Alive" walking tour from the museum ($10) and enjoy at least half a day wondering this pleasant city.

My next stop was Grand Forks to have a bowl ot borscht at the Home of the Borscht Bowl. Sadly, it was closed so I can not verify the claims that it is the BEST borscht.
Next was the small city of Castlegar.  The city has a number of attractions to celebrate its history and heritage.  I found the tourist information centre quite helpful too. The main attraction in Castlegar is the Doukhobor Museum just outside of town. As you can see in the picture, visiting the museum on a holiday Sunday was not a good idea. Everything was closed so I was only able to walk the grounds and take pictures of the historic buildings.  

From Castlegar, I travelled a windy mountain road to New Denver.  New Denver is situated on Slocan Lake within the Selkirk Mountian Range.  This was a detour from heading directly to Nelson but I would highly recommend it. With a population of 560 people, the town is founded from the 1890s mining boom for silver.  What brought me to New Denver not its former mining roots but instead the other important piece of hisotry which resides in the town - the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre. I have explained this below under the highlights of this part of the trip.

From New Denver I travelled to a town with a thriving artistic community: Kaslo.  Leaving Kaslo I passed Mirror Lake. I did not stop but it looked like a great place to go swimming and camping.  There were many families with small children. 

Final stop of the day was at one of the "Best Small Town Arts Communities in North America" - Nelson.  Nelson is home to some of the most incredible heritage architecture in British Columbia. Take a driving tour of the city (from the tourist information centre) to get the best orientation of the city.        


1.  Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre in New Denver

The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre (NIMC) is the only site in Canada dedicated to telling the story of thousands of Nikkei (people of Japanese descent) who, through racist legislation and dispersal policies, were forced from their coastal British Columbia homes.

The NIMC aims to enrich our understanding of internment history as well as emphasize the fragile nature of democracy and importance of civil rights for all Canadians.

2.  Walking tour of Greenwood

3.  Heritage Architecture of Nelson
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