The legend of Sandon: A link to the past

This weekend was different.

This weekend was different.

There was a point where it looked like it was going to be the exact same as every other weekend for me. I take Friday off, maybe I have to go to a photo shoot, then there’s plenty of events that I have to go and cover and write about before our deadline hits on Monday.

But something happened.

It started off the same. I awoke a bit later Friday morning, got up, made breakfast and proceeded to sit in front of my television and flicked on my Playstation.

The lovely Stefania Seccia came over and joined me, and I thought we would have a laugh and enjoy each other’s company.

This is when things changed.

She quickly grew bored and restless. And before I knew it, she just curiously asked, “Do you want to go visit a ghost town today?”

As soon as those words came out, I knew I would be in for some kind of adventure out and about the countryside.

I remembered what I had been told about Sandon, an abandoned mining village out past New Denver. I relayed that information on to miss Seccia, and before I knew it, we were out the door and in the car.

I had never been to Sandon before this. I had always gone out to New Denver and had heard stories of how you could visit there and there were still folks who maintained the museum. I had always put it in my memory bank for the right time, but for whatever reason, it never came out – until now.

Luckily Friday was a rather gorgeous day.

The sun was shining and the awful snow had been melting for a few days already, so the roads weren’t bad at all.

We whipped up past New Denver and started heading down Sandon Road which led to, you guessed it, Sandon.

The road wasn’t nearly as well maintained as the highway, for obvious reasons, but a plow had recently gone over it and we were confident we could make the trip.

Slowly, we drove through the snowy road with the thick brush around us and the cold air ventilating all throughout the car.

We packed a camera to take some snapshots of the place when we got there, because we didn’t know what to expect. But nothing prepared me for what hit.

When we arrived, the place felt like Silent Hill (game reference, I apologize for losing some of you).

There was nothing there, save for old, rusted trams and buses, and some abandoned houses and the museum. And this was exactly what we had expected.

Well, minus the snow.

You see, when you visit Sandon in the winter, there’s no entry into the actual buildings or the museum.

Snow piled high, even reaching the second floor of some buildings.

We weren’t disappointed in this. Not in the least. We were actually excited to see such a place and get a glimpse at what life almost felt like years and years ago.

We’ll just have to remember to come back in the summer.

Sam Smith is the reporter/photographer for the Arrow Lakes News based out of Nakusp, B.C.


Just Posted

Company granted leave to appeal Lemon Creek charges

Executive Flight Centre won a decision in the BC Court of Appeal

Interior Health study offers take-home drug testing kits to spot fentanyl

Interior Health to evaluate safety of at home drug testing kits aimed at reducing fentanyl overdoses

Nakusp students get CPR, defibrillator training

Advanced Coronary Training program visits high school

Cannabis promoters call for ‘reset’ of federal pot rules

Changes in regulation are causing chaos for small growers, say letter’s authors

Trail firefighters quash a string of suspicious brush fires

Seven brush fires started Friday night; Trail police investigating

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Raptors beat Bucks 120-102 to even series at 2-2

Lowry pours in 25 as Toronto moves within two games of NBA Finals

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from Great Slave Lake

Police confirm the body is that of one of three missing snowmobilers

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Cost jumps 35% for Trans-Canada Highway widening in B.C.

Revelstoke-area stretch first awarded under new union deal

Is vegan food a human right? Ontario firefighter battling B.C. blaze argues it is

Adam Knauff says he had to go hungry some days because there was no vegan food

Winds helping in battle against fire threatening northern Alberta town

Nearly 5,000 people have cleared out of High Level and nearby First Nation

B.C. sends 267 firefighters to help battle Alberta wildfires

Out of control fires have forced evacuations in the province

Most Read