Take the short side trip to Sandon and you'll be thrown back into a valley and a time that will seem unlikely.
A steep valley is bisected by the (at times) bulging Carpenter Creek where Sandon was a major mining city in the 1890's which boasted many churches and even more bars and brothels. Prospectors travelled from far for a chance at riches from the silver, lead and zinc found in the valley's Galena Ore.
Today you will find a few buildings including a small cafe in season, a museum (very worth the visit for history buffs) and a working generating station. Most buildings were washed away when the river which ran through the center of town burst its banks. Of those structures that remained, fires and decay have claimed many more. Worth the trip for those who wish to immerse themselves in the mining history of the Silvery Slocan.
Sandon is where you find Km 0 of the Forest Service Rd which will bring visitors up to Idaho Peak. Arguably BC's most accessible alpine paradise during the short summer when the road is free of snow. Snow depths in one of the alpine basins can exceed 50 ft in a good snow year! The road to Idaho Peak is rough but usually accessible by passenger vehicle. From the parking areas at the upper limit of the road, visitors can enjoy great views of the basin, wildflower filled, steep alpine meadows or they can hike the easy to moderate trail to the Idaho Peak summit. Ask in New Denver about Forest Service Rd conditions before heading up.