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Nakusp

Nakusp is located on the shores of Upper Arrow Lake in the Kootenay Rockies region. It is best known for its amazing hot springs that attract thousand of visitors each year. The natural hot springs which are open year-round provide relaxing opportunities to chase away the daily stresses. Fly-fishing and trolling are popular and kayaking on Arrow Lake, golfing and hiking on nearby trails, plus horseback riding, offer the outdoor enthusiast lots to see and do. And in the winter the snow provides ample opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and more.

Nakusp Hot Springs, Photo Destination BC Kari Medig

Nakusp Hot Springs, Photo Destination BC Kari Medig

Location

Nakusp is at the junction of Hwys 6 and 23 in the Arrow Lakes & Slocan Valley of the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, 99 km (61 mi) south of Revelstoke, 146 km (90 mi) north of Castlegar, 507 km (315 mi) west of Calgary, 755 km (470 mi) east of Vancouver. Other communities in the area to explore include: Burton, New Denver, Winlaw and Slocan.

A Step Back in Time

When the glaciers of the last ice age receded from the Arrow Lakes, the Sinixt (Arrow Lakes People) were the first to inhabit this valley. They have a 10,000 year history of occupation that is verified by archaeological and historical records. For various reasons, in the last two centuries they have all but vanished from the landscape but are fighting back from the edge of extinction to once again become an integral part of their homeland.

In August 1811, Finian McDonald came up the Arrow Lakes stopping just above Revelstoke. He was the first white man on the Arrow Lakes. The first steamers to the area arrived during the 1865 Big Bend Gold Rush, and the first settlers arrived in 1890.

Nakusp’s settlement history began in 1892, when it became part of the fur trade route, as well as the jump-off point for some of the early silver, lead, and zinc mining in the Slocan Valley.

In 1882 the Nakusp Townsite was put up for sale by the Rand brothers. Twenty-five feet lots sold for as much as $30 each. The demand was fueled by the speculation that Nakusp would become a mining town if the Slocan Valley mining boom continued.

Since there were no roads or railways between the Kootenay mining areas and Vancouver, goods had to be shipped via waterways from Nakusp, up the Arrow Lakes to Revelstoke, where the main CPR line was located. For a time Nakusp became a thriving community on this shipping route.

In 1905 Nakusp had a population of 300 residents. This number steadily grew until the 1960s, when BC Hydro began studying the possibility of damming the Arrow Lakes. The Lakes were dammed in 1969, thereby raising the level of the Lake.

The Village of Nakusp was incorporated on November 24th, 1964 with Joseph Parent as its first mayor. The area around the airport was annexed in 1979 and the Brouse/Glenbank areas were annexed in 1994.

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Nakusp & Arrow Lakes

Nakusp & Nearby Accommodations

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Nakusp Municipal Campground

Nakusp Municipal Campground

Nakusp

The Nakusp Municipal Campground is owned by the Village of Nakusp and is located in the heart of the Village, adjacent to the Community Park which includes the arena, ball-parks, soccer field and is 3 short blocks from the public beach. There are 40 treed camping sites, including 10 with power servi ... More Details
Murphy's Landing Resort

Murphy's Landing Resort

Nakusp

Murphy's Landing charming chalet, cabins and spacious RV sites are delightfully designed with you in mind, having all the comforts with added touches.  Murphy's Landing 40 acre property has an Upper Landing terrace over looking the Lower Landing, the Kuskanax Creek, Arrow Lakes and majestic mountai ... More Details
KBR Campground

KBR Campground

Nakusp

A family-friendly scenic campground nestled between the picturesque Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges. We cater to all campers from large luxury RV’s to tents. We are a family-owned business dedicated to providing each camper with a safe, relaxing and enjoyable environment. Your goal is to rela ... More Details
Nakusp Hot Springs, Chalets & Campground

Nakusp Hot Springs, Chalets & Campground

Nakusp

Relax, refresh and return. Come and enjoy the jewel of Nakusp! Nestled amongst the towering trees in the Selkirk Mountains, Nakusp Hot Springs is the perfect base camp for all of your outdoor adventures. Explore our spectacular natural and end the day with a relaxing soak in our mineral pools. We of ... More Details
Burton Historical Park Campground

Burton Historical Park Campground

Burton

Burton Historical Park Campground is one of the best kept secrets of the Kootenays. This lakeside campground offers a peaceful, relaxing and family-oriented atmosphere. The sites are spacious with views of Arrow Lake and surrounding mountains. Campers have access to beach and boat launch. Centrally ... More Details
Centennial Campground

Centennial Campground

New Denver

Centennial Campground, located along the shore of the pristine Slocan Lake and in the friendly walkable town of New Denver offers 43 sites available, reservations can be made online. Right next door is the Municipal Park which features a playground, playing field, beach volleyball court and a cordon ... More Details
Springer Creek RV Park & Campground

Springer Creek RV Park & Campground

Slocan

Come and stay at Springer Creek RV Park & Campground and experience the serene beauty of the Slocan Valley mountains and lake. Be busy each day or relax and take the time to reflect upon the existence of huckleberries. Enjoy the peaceful sound of waterfalls. ... More Details
Lemon Creek Pioneer Campground

Lemon Creek Pioneer Campground

Slocan

A pioneer campground with grass and treed lots. Nestled between Kokanee and Valhalla Provincial Parks, the Slocan Valley offers a playground of activities. A beautiful 10 min. drive to Slocan beach. Cycling on the Rails to Trails right next to us. Excellent fishing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking and go ... More Details
Karibu Park Cottages & Campground

Karibu Park Cottages & Campground

Winlaw

Situated in a quiet, natural setting on a large property with beautiful gardens rests Karibu Park Cottages & Campground. Nestled along the Slocan River, Karibu Park offers pristine views of mountains and towering trees. Spend your days at our grassy beach on the river, where the whole family will ha ... More Details
Williamson Lake Campground

Williamson Lake Campground

Revelstoke

Quiet and pristine lakeside setting. Minutes away from downtown Revelstoke. No trains or traffic nearby. Hiking and biking from campground or quick drive. Boat rentals, mini-putt, fishing, swimming. Follow signs from Hwy 1 to hospital and airport. Low season and high season rates. Best camping in Re ... More Details
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