In the Heart of the Kootenays

Situated in the heart of the Slocan Valley, the small unincorporated Village of Winlaw is a place of history, uniqueness, and most importantly a strong sense of community. With a population of only 400 people, and named after local pioneer John Brown Winlaw, who built a sawmill on the railway line in 1900, Winlaw is home  to everything from golf shirts, dread locks, lumberjacks, outdoor enthusiasts, and even a couple Mercedes.

Frog Peak, Valhalla Provincial Park

Conveniently located close to popular tourist destinations like the Valhalla and Kootenay Provincial Parks, and the towns of Nelson, Castlegar and New Denver, Winlaw is the perfect getaway for the traveler seeking to ‘get away’. It is also the perfect destination for all mountain bikers as Winlaw is the starting point for the annual Shreddin’ the Loop mountain bike race. In addition to mountain biking, the Village of Winlaw and its surrounding area has much to offer its visitors. Scuba divers can even make the short drive up to Slocan Lake and search to discover the sunken Silverton Box Cars. This popular recreation destination offers hiking, fishing, camping, golfing, and a number of winter activities from skiing to ice fishing which attract visitors from all over British Columbia and Canada on a yearly basis.

The most important part of a holiday to a community such as Winlaw, is finding accommodations that provide a true representation of the culture and community. And when visiting Winlaw, Arica Gardens Bed & Breakfast does just that. A beautiful and luxurious timberframe home on ten acres of land, Arica Gardens is the perfect spot to seek your respite from city living. And with three rooms/suites available, all with great views, your stay at this wonderful Kootenay bed & breakfast will leave you wanting to come year after year!

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