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Japanese Canadian Museum

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Address: 447 A Avenue, Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada

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Saturday rainy afternoon visits: This museum, previously an older hotel that has gone though many stages of restoration, included both art galleries, a theatre and history museum... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2016
Bonnie P
Edmonton, Canada

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Talkeetna, Alaska
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Kaslo is a nice smaller town with art shops, bakeries and great cafes. The restored Kaso Hotel looks like the place to stay (although we were a bit south, at Ainsworth). The museum is houses in an old building that struggles to survive, the museum consists of photos and information hung on the hallway walls. A lot to read but... More 

Thank Ontheroadsince64
Kamloops, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

There is amazing pictures, so much history to be read. The building was all renovated you could just feel the people there as you walked around and read about them.

Thank bonnieburns54
Kimberley, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Well worth a visit... It gives you an understanding of what happened to Japanese people being relocated to the West Kootenays during WW2

Thank danielacarizzoni2016
Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Saturday rainy afternoon visits: This museum, previously an older hotel that has gone though many stages of restoration, included both art galleries, a theatre and history museum of WW11 Japanese internment in Kaslo on the upper floors...need to climb stairs. Older very knowledgable gentleman in main lobby. Great photos, newspaper articles and one room display of where a Japanese family... More 

Thank Bonnie P
Bellingham, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Amazing collection of photographs and captions about the internment of Japanese Canadians during WWII. This internment was in a hotel in Kaslo and was mainly for women, children and old people. It is very welcome.

Thank Xcleeglee2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2016

The museum clearly communicates how appalling was Canada's treatment of Japanese Canadians in the second world. I don't know how anyone could fail to be moved by the photos and the stories. A bigger budget for the museum would help, but it's a great job given (evidently) limited resources.

Thank Simon A
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2015

Came to see where my Mom was born and my family was housed during the war by the government. Got a tour by Ian and wow what a wealth of knowledge this guy has about the wrongs done during the war. The place was reserected from ruins and now is a great place to visit. Worth a trip.

Thank Gibber1968
Spokane, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2015

Was very surprised about the Japanese-Canadian history, I guess as an American I thought we were the only country that treated the Japanese people like we did during WWII . Was eye opening to see history.

Thank cheri1252
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2015

This is a great little slice of what life was like for Japanese Canadians during WWII - what a sad chapter in our history. Some great artefacts - news stories, clothing, luggae, furniture, school desks, etc. Cute little enclosure that you can walk around with original structures. Very quaint and not pricey.

Thank Happy T
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 20 September 2014

It's important that we remember that civil liberties we take for granted today are very new to our society. To be aware that equality based on ethnic origins is only a recent right, everyone should visit the museum for an over view on how Canadian citizens were interned and that the government used the isolated Kootenay region for this, repurposing... More 

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