BC Road Trippin’: Slocan Valley and Castlegar
Baaad Anna’s will be concluding its 2nd Baaad Anna’s Roadtrip with two events in the Kootenays: first a stop near Winlaw, BC with the Slocan Valley Threads Guild , and then to Castlegar, BC revisiting the Selkirk Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild of the West Kootenays.
The Slocan Valley Threads Guild has been operating since 1981 aiming to foster fibre arts in the Slocan Valley. They provide its members access to a diverse and growing selection of fibre arts literature and equipment through their library. We will be hosting a pop-up and trunk show at their Guild building near Winlaw, BC from 6-9pm on Friday June 22nd.
The Selkirk Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild has been active in the West Kootenays since 1972. The objectives of this non-profit are to foster the art and craft of weaving and spinning, to mentor the skills and development of beginning weavers, to encourage achievement of high standards in members’ work and to collect literature for the use of members. They provide rental equipment, workshops, seminars, wholesale yarn supply and an extensive and growing library to its members, and additionally an opportunity to participate in the Guild’s annual exhibit and sale each November.
During the summer, from June to mid-September, the Guild operates a gift shop of handcrafted works at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre. On Saturday June 23rd from 11-2pm, Baaad Anna’s will be joining the Guild at Doukhobor for their annual picnic and launch of summer! If you can’t join us that day, be sure to drop in throughout the summer as the Guild demonstrate the traditional art of weaving and spinning in this unique museum. Throughout the rest of the year Guild meetings are held once per month at the Centre where guests are welcome. The Selkirk Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild can be contacted through their Facebook page.
The valley is home to the villages of Slocan City, New Denver, Silverton, as well as the unincorporated communities of Crescent Valley, Slocan Park, Passmore, Vallican, Winlaw, Appledale, Perry Siding, Lemon Creek, Rosebury, and Hills. Valhalla Provincial Park is located on the western side of the upper part of the valley, and is adjoined on its south by the valley of the Little Slocan River. Just east of Slocan Lake are the ghost towns of Sandon, Cody and others, which were busy mining towns during the silver and galena mining era known as the Silvery Slocan (1890s-1900s).
Castlegar is the second largest community in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada and is located within the Selkirk Mountains at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. Castlegar is a regional trade and transportation centre, with a local economy fueled by forestry, mining and tourism. Castlegar was recently cited as one of the Top 8 Places in British Columbia for most promising growth. It is home to Selkirk College, a regional airport, a pulp mill, and several sawmills. The population of 7,259 people includes a large number of Doukhobors, who were largely responsible for much of Castlegar’s early development and growth.