This map is not drawn to scale and it is not representative of the
vast province of British Columbia. It exists to give you an approximate
indication of where the towns are located. The three regions are many
hundreds of miles/kilometres travelling distance. Ghost towns are
marked in black, nearby towns are in brown. The written directions
read from east to west. Get yourself a good road map, follow the directions
and have fun exploring.
Southeast B. C.
As westbound travelers approach the continental divide and border
of Alberta and British Columbia on Hwy. 3, there will be a service
road on the south side of the highway. It leads into the hamlet, about
a kilometer off Hwy. 3.
About 15 kilometres west of Crowsnest on Hwy. 3, westbound travelers
should watch for a sign to the current mine operations at present-day
Corbin. Take the paved Corbin Road for about 25 kilometres and it
will take travelers directly to the town site and mine.
About 10 kilometres past the Corbin Road turn off, westbound travelers
on Hwy. 3 will first pass a bridge over Michel Creek. About a kilometer
past the bridge travelers will see the pink Michel Hotel on the south
side of the highway. The hotel is all that remains of the former coal
mining town. About a kilometer further west, is the site of Natal.
Twenty kilometres south of Natal on Hwy. 3, travelers will see the
Elk River Hotel on the east side of the highway, which is part of
Hosmer. Half a kilometer further on the east side of the highway is
a road into the town site.
Leaving Hwy. 3 to enter Fernie, travelers can get to Coal Creek by
heading east to Coal Creek Road, a gravel roadway. Once on Coal Creek
Road, the ghost town is eight kilometers east. Very little remains
of the former mine and town sites.
Fourteen kilometers south of Fernie on Hwy. 3, travelers will come
up to a road on the east side of the highway called Morrissey Road.
Drive about one kilometer east over a bridge and turn north Cokato
Road. The former town site is about half a kilometre from the turnoff.
Fifteen kilometres past Morrissey Road on Hwy. 3, travelers should
exit south on Hwy. 93. Another 10 kilometres south take the Baynes
Lake Road turn off, which will take travelers to Lake Koocanusa, where
the town site of Waldo lies underneath.
Valley of the Ghosts
The former town site is located on the south side of Hwy. 31A, nine
kilometres west of Kaslo. Access to the town site is by service road.
There is an abandoned campground visible as visitors enter the site.
About 20 kilometres west of Nashton on Hwy. 31A is the former town
site of Retallack. Travelers will come up to two large red abandoned
mine buildings on the north side of the highway.
Five kilometres west of Retallack on the south side of Hwy. 31A is
the abandoned mine and town sites of Zincton. The sites are almost
invisible from the highway as vegetation has overtaken both. The only
access to the site is by foot and it is difficult.
Six kilometres west of the Retallack site on Hwy. 31A travelers will
come up to the road to Sandon. At this intersection is the former
town site of Three Forks. Nothing remains. Also at the intersection,
there is a sign marking the Galena Trail. Visitors can walk five kilometres
west on the trail to the mine and town sites of Alamo. The ruins are
From the Three Forks turnoff on Hwy. 31A, travelers can drive seven
kilometres south on the gravel road and they will reach the ghost
town of Sandon.
About two kilometres east of Sandon on the main gravel roadway from
Three Forks is the ghost town of Cody. The mine and town sites are
clearly visible on the north side of the road.
The former town site of Eholt is 14 kilometres northeast of Greenwood
on Hwy. 3. Travelers will see a commemorative sign on the north side
of the highway. On the south side of the highway, there are some concrete
ruins. Nothing else remains of Eholt.
The former site is off a service roadway called Phoenix Road, which
can be accessed from Greenwood. The former mine and town sites are
about 11 kilometres east of Greenwood. Before reaching the sites,
travelers will pass the cemetery on the south side of the road. A
little farther east is the war memorial. Nothing remains of the town
site, now an abandoned pit from surface mining that ended in 1978.
The town site is about a kilometer south of Greenwood on Hwy. 3.
Anaconda is clearly distinguishable by the abandoned smoke stack –
once considered the highest in British Columbia – used in past