Salmo and Sandon, BC, Canada
Salmo is a village in the West Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia, Canada. It is located in the Salmo River Valley, surrounded by the Selkirk Mountain range.
Situated at the junction of the Crowsnest Highway and Highway 6, Salmo is about a 30 minute drive from the communities of Castlegar, Nelson, and Trail. Salmo is the western terminus of the Salmo - Creston highway constructed in the late 1950s (now Highway 3) as a shortcut to avoid the long route north to Nelson and crossing Kootenay Lake by ferry between Balfour and Kootenay Bay.
Originally known as Salmon Siding (named for the abundance of Salmon fish), the village was founded as a small mining town near the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway during a gold rush in 1896. The name of the town was changed to Salmo to avoid confusion with other places with similar names. When dams were created along the Columbia River in the 1960s and 1970s, Salmo's fish stocks were depleted.
It is a quiet community with numerous outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, biking and skiing.
Shambhala Music Festival
Since 1997, the quiet community of Salmo tends to get a bit louder with the arrival of the Shambhala Music Festival, which takes place during August every summer. A growingly popular annual event, Shambhala temporarily transforms the quiet Salmo River Ranch into a haven for all things strange.
For more information, visit Shambhala Music Festival's official website: http://www.shambhalamusicfestival.com/
Sandon, British Columbia is one of many mining ghost towns in British Columbia, Canada. It is also the birthplace of hockey legend, Cecil 'Tiny' Thompson.
For a short time, Sandon was among the most important and most sophisticated of all the many silver towns in the Kootenay and Slocan regions. Two different railways reached the town from New Denver on Slocan Lake and Kaslo on Kootenay Lake, and the town's narrow streets were jammed around the train terminals and between the steep, mountainsides hemming in the city, which was as sophisticated as any in the province at the time. As with the other silver-fueled towns in the shadow of Idaho Peak, southwest of town, Sandon faded with silver prices and remained as a nearly-intact ghost town of some prestige until devastating floods in the 1950s wiped out most of the town's old frame structures, elegant and otherwise. Today Sandon has a population of fewer than a dozen, and some old buildings have been restored.