Internment Bus Tour 2019

Five days: July 8-12, 2019

Visit Japanese Canadian internment sites and Nikkei communities in beautiful British Columbia.

Five days: July 8-12, 2019

The Nikkei National Museum is making it easy for you to access remote locations where Japanese Canadians were interned during the Second World War. This fascinating 5-day bus tour drives through some of British Columbia’s most gorgeous scenery.

The tour offers a unique opportunity to learn about the first difficult days of internment at Hastings Park in Vancouver, and to visit historic communities, such as Greenwood, Christina Lake, New Denver, Kaslo, Slocan, and Sandon. In these towns, existing buildings were repurposed to house Japanese Canadians. The tour will also locate remote town sites that no longer exist, including Tashme, Lemon Creek, Popoff, and East Lillooet. While they have a solemn past, several of these locations still have small but thriving Japanese Canadian communities. We will also stop to view the eight highway commemorative signs which were installed in 2017/2018 as a partnership with the Provincial Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.

During the tour, Nikkei National Museum staff will present comprehensive information, and local historians and residents will fill in site-specific details. And you never know who will be on the bus to share a great story.

We welcome everyone interested to join. The tour will be both educational and enjoyable, with a wealth of great information, including slideshows and Nikkei films during the bus ride, as well as comfortable accommodations, and good food.

Application and deposit due April 30, 2019. Capacity 50 guests.

NHK from Japan may film the tour, but you can opt out if you don't want to be filmed.

Download Internment Bus Tour Application form 2019

This tour is now sold out. Next tour will be summer 2020.

For inquiries, please contact Nichola Ogiwara, Museum Programmer 604.777.7000 ext.109 |

Exploring Lemon Creek, July 2017. Photo by Noriko Tidball