Sunshine Valley, British Columbia

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Sunshine Valley
Sunshine Valley is located in British Columbia
Sunshine Valley
Sunshine Valley
Location of Sunshine Valley in British Columbia
Coordinates: 49°16′00″N 121°14′00″W / 49.26667°N 121.23333°W / 49.26667; -121.23333Coordinates: 49°16′00″N 121°14′00″W / 49.26667°N 121.23333°W / 49.26667; -121.23333
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
RegionFraser Valley
Regional DistrictFraser Valley Regional District
 • Total177
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (Pacific Daylight Time)
Area code(s)250, 778
Highways Hwy 3 (Crowsnest Highway)

Sunshine Valley is an unincorporated community consisting of cabins, tiny homes, and RV parks on the Crowsnest Highway between the town of Hope (NW) and the entrance to Manning Park in the Cascade Mountains of British Columbia.[1][2][3] The community has its own volunteer fire department (SVVFD), recreation centre, heated outdoor pool, and playground.[4][5] As of 2016, the population of Sunshine Valley is 177.[6]


During World War II, Sunshine Valley was named Tashme. The area was used as a Japanese Canadian internment camp. Opened September 8, 1942, it was designed to house 500 families, making it one of the largest and last camps in B.C., and was located just outside the 100-mile "quarantine" zone from which all Japanese Canadians were removed.[7] Men housed in the camp were employed in the construction of the highway during the war.

After the war, the site was sold off and has continued in existence as a proposed Boy's Town, the Allison Lumber Company (a combined lumber and mine venture) and then a small campground and recreational community. It served as the basetown for the small Silvertip Ski Area which was located at the head of Tearse Creek, a tributary of the Upper Sumallo River which flows north into the town from the south and upon entering the town, turns southeast and enters Manning Park. In Hope, there is a Tashme Friendship Garden in memory of the camp and its residents.

In popular culture[edit]

The Tashme internment camp is one of the settings in the 2018 novel Floating City by author Kerri Sakamoto.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sunshine Valley (community)". BC Geographical Names.
  2. ^ "Tashme (community)". BC Geographical Names.
  3. ^ "Sunshine Valley RV Campground - Camping Sunshine Valley RV Resort". Holiday Trails Resorts. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  4. ^ "Sunshine Valley teens burning with promise". Hope Standard. 2019-07-20. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  5. ^ "Amenities". Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  6. ^ Government of Canada, Statistics Canada (2017-02-08). "Population and Dwelling Count Highlight Tables, 2016 Census". Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  7. ^ "George Takei visits Sunshine Valley's Japanese internment museum". Hope Standard. 2019-09-03. Retrieved 2020-02-05.

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