Community Organizations

Lardeau Valley nonprofits, cooperatives and other groups

We have about 30 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.

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: or for other info contact: Argenta Community Association, G.D. Argenta BC V0G1B. or email:

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 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.

Argenta Post Office
Rread about the colorful history of the Argenta Post Office. Go to directory listing.

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.

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) 353-1137.

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 (JLCA)
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.

Johnsons Landing Culinary Tools Lending Library: Contact the JLCA.

Kaslo and Area Hospice
Services are offered throughout the Regional District of Central Kootenay including Ainsworth, Kaslo, Lardeau, Cooper Creek, Meadow Creek, Howser, Argenta and Johnsons Landing. Well trained volunteers provide confidential support than can include: Phone calls and visits with clients and families to give emotional support; Help with practical day to day needs like appointments and outings; Respite time to give at-home caregivers a break; Bereavement / grief support after the death of a loved one.  Families may contact hospice office directly or ask doctors, home care provider or hospital staff to contact hospice on their behalf. All services are free. Training programs for hospice volunteers available.  Kemball Memorial Building, 201 – 312 4th Street Kaslo, BC, V0G 1M0, PH: (250) 353-2299

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 and Area Chamber of Commerce –

Kaslo and District Community Forest Society –

Kaslo Community Services Society
Kaslo 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.  Some counselling services are available via phone or online. 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 and also has a weekly outreach food cupboard in Meadow Creek. 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:

Kaslo Food Hub 250-353-7120.  Mobile unit at the LVCC every Wednesday from 12-2 pm.

Kaslo InfoNet
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. Visit for more info.

Lardeau Fire Protection
A local (Lardeau) group of volunteers formed to protect their community from fire emergencies. Contact: Ph. (250) 366-4696

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. Email: (Hall Manager)

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.

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: PO Box 74, Meadow Creek, BC V0G1N0.   Facebook page.  Email:

Lardeau Valley Opportunity LINKS Society
Shares community information, events and updates through our website and newsletter  Facilitates workshops, courses, surveys and larger programs tailored to the social, economic and environmental interests of residents. Incubates and supports local projects and groups.  Holds in trust a Lardeau Valley Community Fund.  Liaises with local government and other organizations to assist with distribution of funding and services.  Contact:, 250-353-8675.

Lardeau Water Users
Ph. (250) 366-4467

Mt. Willet Wilderness Forever
At the North West corner of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy is a unique and vital piece of wilderness that was not included in the PWC and is under the imminent threat of being logged. The time to protect this land forever is now!  Mt. Willet Wilderness Forever is a group of dedicated community members working towards including the Argenta-Johnsons Landing Face in the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy.

North Kootenay Lake Arts & Heritage Council
The North Kootenay Lake Arts Council sponsors the Kaslo Front Street Banners, ‘Art in the Market’ at the Kaslo Saturday Market; a scholarship for students wishing to pursue post-secondary training in the arts;  an annual un-juried art exhibit at the Langham Cultural Centre for local creatives and provides access to grants made available by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance.  To become a member or for more information contact: / P.O. Box 1045, Kaslo BC VOG 1MO / or visit the North Kootenay Lake Arts Council page on Facebook. 

Parent Advisory Committee
Jewett Elementary School 250 366-4224