Greenwood

At the western limit of the the west Kootenays (actually part of the Kootenay Boundary region), sits along Hwy 3, connecting the Kootenays with the Okanagan region and points west. Greenwood is rich in history from the boom-followed-by-bust copper mining era from the 1890's until 1918 when the BC Copper Company smelter was closed. Visit the Lotzkar Memorial Park, site of the former smelter and the visitor Centre to learn more.

At the Visitor Centre and Museum visitors will also learn about the next influx of residents beginning in 1942, when the town became one of many BC locations where Japanese Canadians were interned during the second world war. Explore nearby Jewel Lake for some great fishing. Other recreation includes canoeing and kayaking, great hikes and biking trails including the Trans Canada Trail. Take the leisurely hike up Jubilee Mountain for grat valley views. Or wander the Phoenix Interpretive Forest on foot or by vehicle to explore remnants of the bygone mining days. Check out the historic store fronts along the highway for shopping, dining or maybe just a refreshing ice cream. Oh, and residents of Greenwood boast of having the best drinking water in the world!