Sunshine Valley, British Columbia
|Area code(s)||250, 778|
- This article is for the recreational community near Hope, British Columbia. For the similarly named ski resort in the Canadian Rockies, see Sunshine Village.
Sunshine Valley, formerly named Tashme, is an unincorporated settlement and former Japanese Canadian internment camp on the Crowsnest Highway between of the town of Hope (NW) and the entrance to Manning Park in the Cascade Mountains of British Columbia. Located just outside the 100 mile "quarantine" zone from which all Japanese Canadians were removed during World War II, it was a large camp housing 2400 people on the site of a former Depression-era Relief Workers' Camp. 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, and 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 & upon entering the town, turns southeast & enters Manning Park. In Hope, there is a Tashme Friendship Garden in memory of the camp and its residents.
- Hastings Park to Tashme 100 Mile Journey, Mike Gerard, The Bulletin, a Journal of Japanese Canadian community, history and culture, August 3, 2008,