The Village of Slocan has a colourful past. With the loss of so many of the buildings that would highlight the history of the community, our challenge was to recognise and honour the past without the physical buildings of yesteryear. This tour is about the beginnings of our community and the significant developments along the way. It about the people who built and re-built the community. It’s about resilience and determination. This is a tour of what can no longer be seen, but is the story of the Village of Slocan.
In 2013, an opportunity to fund an historic walking tour came through artsVest, a signature program of Business for the Arts in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust. The Slocan Valley Historical Society participated in this program locally and developed partnerships with local businesses and corporations to raise just under $10,000 for the project. This was not enough to realize the vision and plans stalled until early 2017. After a successful grant application with BC|Canada 150 and a partnership with the Village of Slocan, the gears started working again. Funding through Columbia Basin Trust small grants program and a grant through Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance topped up our available funds to see the completion of Slocan’s History Walk.