Garbage & Compost

The campground rules state that guests must pack out what they pack in. This is largely because I offer a free composting service, and there is no garbage dump close by.

Nevertheless there is a garbage can, along with recycling bins, in the community building, and composting buckets are provided for any organic wastes. I verbally ask all guests to separate any organic waste (food waste or diapers) as much as possible from the garbage and recycling (several bins provided for recycling). Nevertheless when it gets busy, there are guests who mix all of their garbage, recycling and organics into one or more bags and leave them behind. I usually end up immediately dumping these bags and sorting all the recycling and organic wastes out. If I don’t do that, I will need to drive 50 km to the dump within days.

I wonder if these people think about me having to clean up after them. I also wonder about the people who leave garbage and cigarette butts on the ground. Its a mystery. Do they not notice that there is not one cigarette butt or scrap of garbage on the ground? Do they not realize that I need to pick up every tiny bit of garbage that they leave behind. The worst are those that pull an old disintegrating rotten tarp off of their vehicle, leaving hundreds of tiny bits of plastic on the ground. I have to pick up each tiny bit. I will keep trying to get the message through, but until then, I just have to accept reality the way it is.

Quite a few people leave food behind. Microbes belong in the compost, not in the garbage. I love composting and other types of organic matter recycling. I have several compost streams and love examining the diversity of life in each. My various compost streams consist of fresh and aged, organic, non organic, and composts with manures in them. My problem is with the non-organic and processed foods that guests often leave behind. I don’t really want that stuff in my compost, but its better there than in the garbage.

Right now – July 26 2023

There has been very little smoke and there are no wildfires near here at this time. As this is a dry pine forest, this campground has far fewer mosquitoes (virtually none) than other areas of the valley. The campground is green and has been running smoothly with great guests who have virtually all expressed that they like it here. At first I thought it was because of the extreme quiet (when its totally quiet), but I later realized its because of the big tall, shade providing trees. There are so many things to do right now. One needs to deal with FOMO. When I am not hanging around the campground (ideally in a hammock) I choose to go to ecstatic dance events or open water swimming in one of the rivers or at Red Sands (nude) beach. I really enjoy just wandering around Baker Street at this time of year. There are the markets, Artwalks (next one is Saturday, August 5th) and best of all are the Marketfests, where they close the street and put live entertainment stage at either end. This years market festivals are Market Night July 28 2023, and the harvest Market Festival September 23 2023.

Things to do

in the Slocan Valley

The Slocan Valley offers a variety of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy. Here are some of the top things to do:

  • Float down the Slocan River, canoe on Slocan Lake, hike into the alpine in Valhalla Provincial Park
  • Explore the beauty of Valhalla Provincial Park, with its hiking trails, camping areas, and stunning mountain views.
  • Spend a day at Slocan Lake, where you can swim, paddleboard, kayak, or simply relax on the sandy beach.
  • Visit the historic towns of New Denver, Silverton, and Slocan City, known for their charming small-town atmosphere and rich mining heritage.
  • Take a scenic drive along Highway 6, which winds through the picturesque Slocan Valley, offering stunning views of mountains, rivers, and forests.
  • Experience the vibrant arts and culture scene in the valley, with numerous galleries, studios, and live music events.
  • Go fishing in the Slocan River, known for its abundance of trout and beautiful surroundings.
  • Embark on a mountain biking adventure on the trails that crisscross the valley, offering an adrenaline-filled experience for riders of all levels.
  • Visit the Slocan Valley Rail Trail, a scenic 50-kilometer trail that follows the historic railbed, perfect for walking, jogging, or cycling.
  • Indulge in locally grown and produced food and drink, with numerous farm markets, wineries, and craft breweries in the area.
  • Take in the stunning fall colours during the autumn months, as the valley transforms into a kaleidoscope of red, orange, and yellow hues.

in Nelson, BC

  • Visit the historic Baker Street, known for its charming shops, restaurants, and galleries.
  • Explore the beautiful Lakeside Park, perfect for picnics, swimming, and enjoying the scenic views.
  • Take a stroll along the Nelson Riverfront Walk, and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and stunning views.
  • Visit the Nelson & District Museum to learn about the region’s history and culture.
  • Go hiking or mountain biking on the numerous trails in the surrounding mountains and forests.
  • Visit the Kootenay Co-op grocery store, known for its organic and local products.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive along the Kootenay Lake and revel in the breathtaking views.
  • Visit the Oso Negro Coffee House, a local favourite for its delicious coffee and baked goods.
  • Explore the ArtWalk, a self-guided tour showcasing local art throughout the town. Nelson is known for its vibrant arts community, with numerous art galleries and theatres to explore.
  • Go fishing or kayaking on the Kootenay Lake or nearby rivers.
  • Attend a live performance at the Capitol Theatre, a historic venue known for its diverse shows.
  • Visit the Nelson Farmers’ Market to shop for fresh local produce, crafts, and more.
  • Go on a scenic hike to the iconic Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park.
  • Explore the shops and galleries in the vibrant downtown area.
  • Take a dip in one of the many nearby hot springs for a relaxing experience.