Columbia River - Burton, BC
Burton is a small community situated on the eastern shore of Lower Arrow Lake. The Arrow Lakes are located in the Kootenay Rockies and are a popular destination for those who enjoy the outdoors. Golfing, fishing for Dolly Varden, Kokanee and freshwater Ling Cod, plus trophy fishing for Gerrard and Rainbow Trout bring avid anglers to the area. Just 25 minutes away is Nakusp known for its several fine natural hot springs that attracts many to relax in the pools.
In the summer the regions natural landscape provides excellent opportunities for hiking, kayaking or wildlife viewing. The nearby hills provide hiking trails to Saddle Mountain Peak, Idaho Lookout, or the Wilson Lake Trails, all of which provide beautiful scenic views. In the winter, the region becomes a popular destination for cross-country skiing. Enjoy the fresh, crisp air while taking one of the trails found near the Nakusp Hot Springs.
The village of Burton is located on Hwy 6 36 km (22 mi) southwest of Nakusp in the Kootenay Rockies region.
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 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.