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Slocan City

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

Population: 379

Elevation: 450m (1476ft)

Although having 'city' in its name, Slocan City is a small village of 379 in the West Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia, located at the south end of Slocan Lake where the Slocan River begins.

Slocan City was founded in 1892 by Frank Fletcher to service the Slocan Valley galena-mining boom. It became a city in 1901 but declined rapidly with the demise of the mines. It was re-incorporated as a village in 1958.

Benefits of living in here in 2023 are:

It offers a remote work-friendly environment for people who want to enjoy a better work-life balance and escape the hustle and bustle of urban life. The village has high-speed internet access and a supportive community of digital workers.

Slocan City is part of a tiny home movement that promotes ecological sustainability, self-reliance, permaculture and minimalism. The village has several tiny home developments that offer affordable and comfortable living spaces with shared amenities and gardens.

There is a rich cultural heritage that reflects the diversity and resilience of its people. The village hosts events and festivals that celebrate its history of mining, logging, sawmilling and Japanese Canadian internment, as well as its arts and crafts scene.

Slocan City is a gateway to outdoor adventure that offers access to stunning natural beauty and recreation opportunities. The village is close to Slocan Lake, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, Valhalla Provincial Park and Springer Creek Provincial Park, where residents can enjoy fishing, boating, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and more.


Village of Slocan City

503 Slocan Street, PO Box 50 - Slocan, BC - V0G 2C0

Phone: (250) 355-2277


Slocan Valley Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 448 - New Denver, BC - V0G 1S0

Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK)

Box 590 - 202 Lakeside Drive - Nelson, BC - V1L 5R4

Phone: (250) 352-6665

Toll Free: (800) 268-7325


Office Hours: Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

(Closed from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm daily)

Slocan City Demographics Information

Slocan Valley Community Directory


W.E. Graham Community School

915 Harold Street - Slocan, BC - V0G 2C0

Phone: (250) 355-2212


Mt. Sentinel Secondary

1014 Playmor Road - South Slocan, BC - V0G 2G0

Phone: (250) 359-7219


(Mount Sentinel is a 47km ~ 36min drive from Slocan City)

The Whole School

5614 Highway 6 - Winlaw, BC - V0G 2J0

Phone: (250) 226-7737

(Whole School is 20km ~ 16min drive from Slocan City)


Kootenay Lake Hospital

3 View St - Nelson, BC - V1L 2V1

Phone: (250) 352-3111

(70km ~ 54min drive from Slocan City)

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

1200 Hospital Bench - Trail, BC - V1R 4M1

Phone: (250) 368-3311

Toll Free: (866) 368-3314

Patient Care Quality Office: (877) 442-2001

(95km ~ 70min drive from Slocan City)

Slocan Community Health Centre

401 Galena Avenue - New Denver, BC - V0G 1S0

Phone: (250) 358-7117

(32km ~ 27min drive from Slocan City)


West Kootenay Regional Airport

Hall Road, just off of Highway 3A

Castlegar, BC - V1N 4M5

(250) 365-5151

(66km ~ 49min drive from Slocan City.)


Trail Regional Airport

Airport Operations

9019 BC-22A - Trail, BC - V1R 4W6

Phone: (250) 367-0029

(104km ~ 75min drive from Slocan City)

Flights and Reservations

Pacific Coastal Airlines

4980 Cowley Crescent - Richmond, BC - V7B 1C1

Phone: (800) 663-2872

Approximate driving distance from Slocan City to...

Nelson, BC - 70km / 43mi

Castlegar, BC - 69km / 42mi

Kelowna, BC - 324km / 201mi

Vanvouver, BC - 681km / 423mi

Cranbrook, BC - 291km / 181mi

Calgary, AB - 683km / 424mi

Seattle, WA - 689km / 428mi

Spokane, WA - 294km / 182mi

Sandpoint, ID - 329km / 204mi

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