Deep in West Kootenay’s mountainous terrain is the Valley of
the Ghosts, once a rip roaring locale for pioneer silver prospectors
and entrepreneurs. The valley is arguably the most famed locale for
ghost towns in Canada. The area is book ended by Kootenay Lake in
the east and Slocan Lake in the west - linked by the 47-kilometre
long Hwy. 31A.
The heart of the Valley of the Ghosts was Sandon, once a city of more
than 5,000 miners and their families. Throughout the valley dozens
of towns and camps sprang at the turn of the 20th century but all
fell victim to the ghosts when silver markets crashed.
Today, all the towns and camps are deserted and lay in ruins. They
have faded into history. A few hang on in Sandon but its glory days
have long past. The ghosts have taken over.