The area surrounding the tiny village of Burton was traditionally occupied by the Sinixt, who have been around for over 10,000 years. Western settlement began during the 19th century, when the the Big Bend Gold Rush in 1865 brought the first steamers to the area; the first settlers later arrived in 1890. In 1913, the roads from Nakusp and Edgewood to Burton were completed. In 1969, BC Hydro constructed the Keenleyside Dam, causing the Upper and Lower Arrow Lakes to combine.
The village of Burton is located on the eastern shore of Lower Arrow Lake, and can be accessed via Highway 6. Nearby are the villages of Nakusp and Fauqier.
Although the area is blessed with several fine natural hot springs, the accessibility and quality of the Nakusp Hot Springs continues to attract thousands of tourists every year. The pools are open year-round and there is a relaxing coffee shop offering many kinds of refreshments.
Both Nakusp and Fauqier feature two excellent 9-hole public golf courses set against the beautiful mountain and lake scenery. Pre-booked tee times are not necessary, so come out whenever you'd like.
The Arrow Lakes offer Dolly Varden, Kokanee, freshwater Ling Cod, and trophy fishing for Gerrard and Rainbow Trout. The creeks and small lakes located on the east and west sides of the Arrow Lakes offer great opportunities for fly-fishing.
Visitors can go whitewater kayaking, or explore 100 miles of lakeshore on the main and smaller lakes. Discover sandy beaches and waterfalls, or watch the unique wildlife.
Explore the nearby hills and hike to Saddle Mountain Peak, Idaho Lookout, or take the Wilson Lake trails. With the Selkirk Mountains to the east, and the Monashee Mountains to the west, there's an abundance of alpine lakes, meadows, prominent peaks, and groves of majestic old growth Western Red Cedars just waiting to be found.
Cross-country skiing is very popular in Nakusp and the Arrow Lakes region, and is an excellent way to stay in shape during the winter while enjoying the fresh, crisp air. Trails can be found near Nakusp Hot Springs, the Wensley Creek Cross-Country Ski Area, and along the abandoned railbed at Summit Lake.
Nakusp Music Fest is an annual event held in July featuring the finest classical rock musicians Canada has to offer. There's also a Bavarian Beer Garden, a 'Vendor Village', and a family zone!