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Kaslo, British Columbia
Town
Kaslo in 1946 with Moyie at bottom left
Kaslo in 1946 with Moyie at bottom left
Kaslo, British Columbia is located in British Columbia
Kaslo, British Columbia
Kaslo, British Columbia
Location of Kaslo in British Columbia
Coordinates: 49°54′48″N 116°54′41″W / 49.91333°N 116.91139°W / 49.91333; -116.91139Coordinates: 49°54′48″N 116°54′41″W / 49.91333°N 116.91139°W / 49.91333; -116.91139
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region Kootenays
Regional District Central Kootenay
Government
 • Mayor Greg Lay
 • Governing body Kaslo Village Council
- Rob Lang
- Jimmy Holland
- Suzan Hewat
- Molly Leathwood
 • MP Alex Atamanenko (NDP)
 • MLA Michelle Mungall (NDP)
Area
 • Total 2.48 km2 (0.96 sq mi)
Elevation 591 m (1,939 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,026
 • Density 413.6/km2 (1,071/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Postal code span V0G 1M0
Area code(s) 250
Highways Highway 31
Highway 31A
Waterway Kootenay Lake
Website Village of Kaslo

Kaslo (Ktunaxa: qaǂsu [2]) is a village in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada, located on the west shore of Kootenay Lake. Known for its great natural beauty, it is a member municipality of the Central Kootenay Regional District. As of 2011, it had a population of 1,026.[1]

Originally designated as a sawmill site in 1889, Kaslo grew on the silver boom of the 19th century, and retains much of the history from its mining days. The town today relies mainly on the industries of forestry and tourism.

History[edit]

Kaslo was originally incorporated as a city on August 14, 1893, making it the oldest incorporated community in the Kootenays.

It was an important center for shipping and silver ore mining.[3]

After the silver rush Kaslo's fortunes faded but it was re-incorporated as a village on January 1, 1959.

Climate[edit]

National Historic Sites[edit]

Kaslo is home to two National Historic Sites of Canada:

  • The SS Moyie, which worked on Kootenay Lake from 1889 until 1957, found a permanent home on Front Street in Kaslo. Beautifully restored by the Kootenay Lake Historical Society, it is the oldest intact sternwheeler in the world and draws thousands of visitors every year.[5]
  • Village Hall, built in 1898, is one of only two intact wooden municipal buildings that are still in use in Canada.

Attractions[edit]

  • The Kaslo Canada Day Folk Music Festival: Celebrate the Canada Day long weekend at Front Street Park in Kaslo with the annual Kaslo Canada Day Folk Music Festival. One of the most amazing outdoor venues in the world, Kaslo boasts a breathtaking mountain backdrop and all the charm of small-town living.
  • The Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival, held every August long weekend in Kaslo Bay Park, is a popular music event which attracts international performers and draws large audiences. [1]
  • The Kaslo Golf Club is a 9-hole course which plays as 2,824 yard, men's par 35, women's par 37 course with well conditioned grass greens and well-manicured fairways. The course is tight with rolling hills which offer nuances of play to both the average and more experienced golfer. Kaslo's Golf Club dates back to 1923, when locals invested and donated their efforts and created a 4 hole course. This makes it one of the oldest in British Columbia. A new timberframe clubhouse was built in 2007.

Japanese internment[edit]

In 1941, Kaslo was selected as one of many sites throughout BC for the internment of Japanese Canadians.

Television[edit]

Kaslo has been featured on the historical television series Gold Trails and Ghost Towns, season 2, episode 2.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Statistics Canada. "2006 Census Statistics for Kaslo, British Columbia". Retrieved 2007-07-03. 
  2. ^ "FirstVoices: Nature / Environment - place names: words. Ktunaxa.". Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  3. ^ Kaslo.ca. "Kaslo history". Retrieved 2007-07-03. 
  4. ^ "Calculation Information for 1981 to 2010 Canadian Normals Data". Environment Canada. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ Kootenay Lake Historical Society. "SS Moyie National Historic Site". Retrieved 2007-07-02. 

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