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Kaslo

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Kaslo is a village in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada, located on the west shore of Kootenay Lake. Known for its great natural beauty, it is a member municipality of the Central Kootenay Regional District. As of 2011, it had a population of 1,026.Originally designated as a sawmill site in 1889, Kaslo grew on the silver boom of the 19th century, and retains much of the history from its mining days. The town today relies mainly on the industries of forestry and tourism.HistoryKaslo was originally incorporated as a city on August 14, 1893, making it the oldest incorporated community in the Kootenays.It was an important center for shipping and silver ore mining.After the silver rush Kaslo's fortunes faded but it was re-incorporated as a village on January 1, 1959.National Historic SitesKaslo is home to two National Historic Sites of Canada: The SS Moyie, which worked on Kootenay Lake from 1889 until 1957, found a permanent home on Front Street in Kaslo. Beautifully restored by the Kootenay Lake Historical Society, it is the oldest intact sternwheeler in the world and draws thousands of visitors every year. Village Hall, built in 1898, is one of only two intact wooden municipal buildings that are still in use in Canada.
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