Nikkei centre is going strong
Declared a national historic site - the only one of its kind in North America - New Denver's Nikkei Memorial Internment Centre is a place where visitors can learn about the internment of Japanese Canadians in the West Kootenay during World War II. There are a number of fascinating exhibits, and there is also an active Buddhist temple located on site.
The centre was established 20 years ago, and only took about a year to construct, with the help of recovered documents and artifacts, and the heart-wrenching stories from former internees who had survived the difficult conditions. Some of the original shacks were moved onto the centre grounds.
To find out more, call the Nikkei Memorial Internment Centre at 250-358-7288.