AINSWORTH

NAME: Ainsworth
COUNTY: Slocan-Kaslo
ROADS: 2WD
GRID: 1
CLIMATE: Snow in Winter, Warm in Summer - on Kootenay Lake @ Ainsworth Hot Springs
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Depends on what activity you want to enjoy
COMMENTS: Small townsite still. Ainsworth Hotel is nice place to stay. Beautiful scenery. Short drive (within 1 hour) to Nelson (to the south) or to Kaslo (to the north). Right on the shore of Kootenay Lake, not far from the Kootenay lake ferry to Crawford Bay (which puts you into the Mountain Time Zone on the East side of the Lake). Short drive (within 15 mins)to Cody caves and the Kokanee Glacier on a hard packed logging road - Inaccessible in the winter due to snow. And of course as the name indicates, wonderful hot springs.
REMAINS: Some buildings surviving. Dock and mine remnants. Old Cemetary still existing.
49.50' north: 117.0' west. In the heart of the "slippery silvery slocan". In 1883 thomas hammil located the lulu and spring claims at ainsworth. In the late 1880s, jim brennan, a prospector working west of ainsworth, collected some high grade silver samples which sparked considerable interest in this new and virtually unexplored area. After initial interest at sandon, prospectors extended their range of exploration to the south and west, discovering several deposits containing appreciable gold on memphis creek and locating the dayton claim in 1893 near slocan city. Submitted by: Lorilei


Kootenay Lakeside Rd mine remnants Nov 2001
Kataz Digital Photography


Kootenay Lakeside Rd mine remnants Nov 2001
Kataz Digital Photography


Ainsworth Cemetary Nov 2001
Kataz Digital Photography


Ainsworth Cemetary Nov 2001
Kataz Digital Photography


Creek showing Iron run off Cody Cave Road Nov 2001
Kataz Digital Photography


Woodbury Mine Museum on Kootenay Lake Hwy open during summer months Nov 2001
Kataz Digital Photography


Woodbury Mine Museum on Kootenay Lake Hwy open during summer months Nov 2001
Kataz Digital Photography


Ainsworth View 1898
Courtesy BC Archives


Woodbury Mine Concentrator 1898
Courtesy BC Archives


Ainsworth View from Mountain behind town 189x
Courtesy BC Archives

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