Community Organizations

LARDEAU VALLEY Nonprofit, cooperatives and other GROUPS

We have between 30 and 40 groups in the Lardeau Valley area, most who operate as nonprofit societies or cooperatives and others who formed to focus on a purpose. Some of these listed offer programs in the Lardeau Valley, but are located in Kaslo.

“NEW” Lardeau Valley Rideshare! through the Kootenay Rideshare Network. Those offering a ride and those looking for a ride please go to lardeauvalley.ride-share.org

Advisory Planning Committee – RDCK Area D  Representative/s from Area D plus  Area D Director sit on this committee which makes recommendations regarding land use in the area. Regular updates are posted in the Pennywise, or you can contact the RDCK for more info: 1 800 268 7325

Argenta Cemetery – A committee which cares for the Argenta Cemetery and arranges for burial there for anyone who resides north of Schroeder Creek in the Kootenay Lake / Lardeau Valley area. The Argenta Cemetery was opened officially in 1953. Contact Argenta Cemetery Committee, GD Argenta BC V0G1B0

Argenta Community Association – A Nonprofit group which cares for the physical building (the Argenta Community Centre) and all things related to this, such as events, workdays, etc. To book the hall, please email:  argentabooker@gmail.com. or for other info contact: Argenta Community Association, G.D. Argenta BC V0G1B. or email: argentaboard@gmail.com

Argenta Library – Located in the basement of the Argenta Community hall, the collection consists of books for all ages, audiobooks, and DVDs.  Materials may be borrowed with an annual membership.  Public Internet access computers and wireless are available.  Open part-time Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Contact the library for hours at argenta.library@gmail.com

Argenta Emergency Preparedness Group –  A group formed to obtain firefighting equipment, train firefighters (for wildfires) as well as  helping to prepare the community  for evacuation in case of emergency. Contact

Argenta Post Office – read about the colorful history of the Argenta Post Office

Argenta Monthly Meeting of Quakers – founded in the 1950’s by a group of Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) who had relocated from the United States. The original meeting house, located on the shore of Kootenay Lake, is now privately owned. The current Meeting House is half way up the Argenta road (driveway on the left). Meeting for worship is at 11:00 each Sunday. All are welcome. Contact: Clerk, Argenta Monthly Meeting General Delivery Argenta BC Canada V0G1B0

Argenta Water Power Co-op – A cooperative formed in the 1950’s to share in the ongoing operation of the power plant which provides power to a percentage of the community. Hugh Elliot, an electrical engineer and resident of Argenta, designed and helped to care for the power plant for many years as well as designing and helping to run a community freezer which was used extensively up until a few years ago.

Friends of the Lardeau River – A nonprofit society formed to help protect and care for the Lardeau River corridor.

Gar Creek Water Users Association – Formed in 2012, this group was formed to find a permanent source of drinking, irrigation and fire suppression water for the south side of Johnsons Landing. Contact

Grizzly Bear Coexistence Solutions – To prevent bear conflicts and protect fruit trees and livestock from bears, or for bear safety information please call
Gillian Sanders PH:(250) 366-4232

Howser Water Users Association

Jewett Elementary School  – PH: (250) 366-4224 Our local elementary school is well supported in the Lardeau Valley.

Johnsons Landing Community Association – A nonprofit society focused on the care and maintenance of the community hall and grounds in Johnsons Landing. Contact: President, JLCA: RR1 S4 C25 Kaslo BC V0G1M0.

 Kaslo Area Birders – This group meets in various locations around the north Kootenay Lake area for birding outings. They also have nest box programs in this area. Contact: Marlene: 366 4474

Kaslo InfoNet – Lardeau Valley.com – The Kaslo infoNet Society (KiN) is a non-profit society formed in 1996 to build a community Internet access network for Kaslo and its neighboring communities. KiN is dedicated to achieving local access to global information and creating a presence for the North Kootenay Lake communities on the World Wide Web. Contact

Lakehead & Beyond Produce Society – The purposes of the society are to: grow, promote and encourage sustainable agriculture for distribution to members of the Lardeau Valley and beyond. They also assist and educate community members in sustainable agricultural practices. Contact PO Box 14, Meadow Creek BC V0G1N0   www.lakeheadproducts.webs.com

Local grown food organically supplying community supported agriculture (CSA) offering produce deliveries weekly. Check out the history of the Lakehead & Beyond Produce Society

Lardeau Fire Protection – A local (Lardeau) group of volunteers formed to protect their community from fire emergencies. Contact: Ph. (250) 366-4100

Lardeau Valley Community Club – The purpose of the society is to manage and maintain a community hall to be used for cultural, recreational, education and other community activities and to promote community improvement. Contact: LVCC PO Box 108 Meadow Creek BC V0G1N0 PH: (250) 366-4236 email: (hall manager 🙂 lvccmanager@gmail.com

Lardeau Valley Emergency Preparedness Committee – A group formed to share information and host events of benefit to LV residents in order to raise awareness and understanding about being prepared for emergency events that may occur. Contact

Lardeau Valley Food Co-op – A long running cooperative located in Argenta BC for bulk food purchases.

Lardeau Valley Historical Society – Incorporated for a second time in September of 1989, this nonprofit society was formed to care for the historic buildings and values of the Lardeau Valley area. The Museum is located on Highway 31 in Meadow Creek, just past the Lardeau Valley Community Club hall and is open during July and August on the weekends, or by appointment. Contact, or: PO Box 74 Meadow Creek BC V0G1N0.    Email: museum.lvhs@gmail.com

Lardeau Water Users – Ph. (250) 366-4467

North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society –  North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society offers support services for the communities of Kaslo, North Kootenay Lake, the Lardeau Valley and the East Shore of Kootenay Lake. Our Family Centers at JVH School in Kaslo and Jewett Elementary School in Meadow Creek offer programming for families with young children. From our office in Kaslo we offer counselling for mental health and addictions, children, women, victims of crimes, and family support. The Food Hub in Kaslo has books on food and gardening, a baby emergency supplies cupboard, garden and kitchen tools for rent, a bulk buying club and a Food Cupboard for families and individuals who need emergency food. We also offer the Lifeline service, a button that you wear that can summon help if you need it while you are in and around your home. Please check out our website to learn more: www.nklcss.org

North Kootenay Lake Arts & Heritage Council  – the North Kootenay Lake Arts & Heritage Council sponsors the Kaslo Saturday Market; an annual Art Walk in the downtown area; a scholarship for students wishing to pursue post-secondary training in the arts, history, or journalism; Art in the Market summer programs; and an annual Gallery Show at the Langham Cultural Centre. In addition, NKLAHC provides access to grants made available by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance. Arts Advocacy is at the top of their list of concerns. Contact P.O. Box 1045 Kaslo BC VOG 1MO

Parent Advisory Committee – Jewett Elementary School 250 366-4224