New Denver, British Columbia

New Denver, British Columbia

Village of New Denver
British Columbia

Coordinates: 49°59′29″N 117°22′19″W / 49.99139°N 117.37194°W / 49.99139; -117.37194

Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region Slocan Valley, West Kootenay
Regional district Central Kootenay
Founded 1892
Incorporated 1929
 • Governing body New Denver Village Council
 • Mayor Ann Bunka
 • Total 0.87 km2 (0.34 sq mi)
Elevation 560 m (1,840 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 504
 • Density 579.6/km2 (1,501/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Highways 6
Waterways Slocan Lake
Website Town of New Denver

New Denver is a village in southeastern British Columbia, Canada, along the shore of Slocan Lake. New Denver was founded as a mining town in 1892, and briefly known as Eldorado City before being renamed after Denver, Colorado. It was incorporated as a village in 1929 and currently has approximately 504 residents.


During World War II, New Denver became a Japanese Canadian internment camp. Not long after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, men between the ages of 18 to 45 were sent to labour camps in the Interior of British Columbia or farther into Eastern Canada. Approximately 1,500 women, children, and elderly men were sent to the "Orchard", a small section of New Denver set up to house them. New Denver's Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre is dedicated to the history of the 23,000 Japanese Canadians that were interned by the Canadian government and is a National Historic Site of Canada.[1]

In the 1950s, children of Freedomites, a Doukhobor extremist group, were removed from their parents and sent to residential school in New Denver. The Freedomites refused to send their children to school because of their religious beliefs.[2]


Ken Kasley served as mayor until 1989, and then stepped down for health reasons. He was succeeded by Gary Wright.[3] Wright continued in the position until his retirement in 2011, and was succeeded by Ann Bunka.[4]


The town is also notable for its lack of mobile phones. In a 2008 referendum citizens voted against the introduction of cellular telephone service.[5] Despite this, on July 20, 2010, Telus Canada began installation of a cell phone facility in the heart of the village with many citizens peacefully protesting the installation.



External links

  • New Denver town website
  • Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre website

Coordinates: 49°59′30″N 117°22′17″W / 49.99167°N 117.37139°W / 49.99167; -117.37139