Premier Lake Provincial Park, Skookumchuk, Photo Destination BC Kari Medig

Skookumchuck

Skookumchuck is located in one of North America’s truly unique features – the Rocky Mountain Trench. There are several parks in the area including: Canal Flat Provincial Park on Columbia Lake which is popular with swimmers, boaters and windsurfers. Wasa Lake Provincial Park, just south of Skookumchuck offers swimming, hiking, cycling, boating and nature viewing. Northwest is Premier Lake Provincial Park, nestled against the west slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Premier Lake is one of the key recreational fishing lakes in the East Kootenays. The emerald green lakes of Premier and four smaller lakes, Canuck, Yankee, Cats Eye and Quartz offer a unique and varied fishing experience in a secluded and pleasant park atmosphere. The area is also rich in wildlife.

Location

Skookumchuck is located on Hwy 93/95, where the Lussier and Skookumchuck Rivers join the Kootenay River. It is 54 km (33.5 mi) north of Cranbrook, 80 km (50 mi) south of Invermere.

A Step Back in Time

The area was first traveled north and south along the Columbia and Kootenay rivers by a nomadic group who fished and hunted sheep and went over the mountains to hunt bison in the lowlands of Alberta.

The first Europeans in this valley were looking for new worlds to explore and exploit, but found an old world where cultures were robust and the people settled in their own traditions. In 1806, David Thompson journeyed into the Rockies, engaging some natives to guide him across the portage from the Columbia River to the Kootenay River at Canal Flats and down to the mouth of the St. Mary’s River. Thompson continued to trade, explore and survey from 1807 to 1811, covering all trade sources in the southeastern part of British Columbia.

Prospecting and mineral exploration later brought more white men to this area. Gold was discovered on Skoo Kum Chuck Creek (about 1864), and more mining developments started up and people converged on this corner of BC. The wagon road from Galbraith’s Ferry at Fort Steele to Canal Flats was made in 1886, and in 1887 a bridge was built over the Kootenay River at Canal Flats.

The large expanse of land known as the Skookumchuck prairies was settled in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. People came to homestead and ranch; they were given grants of land to settle and grow wheat crops and other produce to supply and feed the country. In the immediate area, mining, horse trading, logging and ranching were the beginning of the influx of people. Mining camps were followed by squatters settling and land was granted for homesteads. This was the way of life for the early settlers in the Wasa Lake, TaTa Creek, Skookumchuck and Canal Flats area.

Contact Information

Kimberley Tourism

Skookumchuck & Nearby Accommodations

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Golden Golf Club RV Park
Skookumchuck Motel & RV Park

Skookumchuck Motel & RV Park

Skookumchuck

Nestled in the heart of the Rockies, Skookumchuck Motel & RV Park is a fantastic location for guests travelling or wanting to unwind in nature. Near the Kootenay River, our RV lots accommodate for smaller RVs, fifth wheels and trailers. Pull-thru sites and full hookups with 30 amp electric, water an ... Read more
Springbrook Motel & RV Park

Springbrook Motel & RV Park

Skookumchuck

Nestled on the banks of the Kootenay River, Springbrook Resort is a perfect setting for any seasonal getaway, reunion or wedding. Located in the heart of the Rockies, use Springbrook Resort as your centre to explore the wilderness or relax in paradise. Our motel provides you with comfortable beds, k ... Read more
Fort Steele Resort & RV Park

Fort Steele Resort & RV Park

Fort Steele

Nestled in the heart of the Kootenay Rockies, Fort Steele Resort & RV Park is an ideal destination for guests wanting a relaxing and peaceful vacation. With endless recreational activities and wonderful weather, you will be returning year after year with the whole family. At our campground we have b ... Read more
Kimberley Riverside Campground

Kimberley Riverside Campground

Kimberley

RV resort nestled in the pristine St. Mary Valley. 130 spacious well-treed sites with scenic river and mountain views. Clean modern facilities, beautiful grounds, and friendly staff. Many golf and recreation opportunities including onsite playground and trails and a new 18-hole putting course! Enjoy ... Read more
Cranbrook/St. Eugene KOA

Cranbrook/St. Eugene KOA

Cranbrook

Situated at the beautiful St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino surrounded by picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains, St. Eugene RV Park is a great destination for campers to enjoy the perks of resort amenities while sleeping in nature. The RV Park offers deluxe riverfront sites, both back-in and pull-t ... Read more
Mount Baker RV Park

Mount Baker RV Park

Cranbrook

Mount Baker RV Park is located alongside scenic Joseph’s Creek at 1501 1st Street South in Cranbrook, BC. The park is located within walking distance to downtown Cranbrook for convenient shopping and restaurants. We are close to the Cranbrook History Centre, Fort Steele Heritage Town and much more ... Read more
Fairmont Vacation Villas Mountainside

Fairmont Vacation Villas Mountainside

Fairmont Hot Springs

Surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Fairmont Vacation Villas Mountainside is the perfect vacation destination that offers all conveniences of your own home and more. With 116 spacious villas, guests will be spoiled with gorgeous views of the mountains and golf course at their front door. Ca ... Read more
Spruce Grove RV Park & Campground

Spruce Grove RV Park & Campground

Fairmont Hot Springs

Situated alongside the beautiful Columbia River, many of the 172 large sites enjoy direct river frontage. Popular with families and groups, RVs and tents welcome. Outdoor heated pool. Only 5 minutes from Canada's largest natural mineral hot springs at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Pet friendly. ... Read more
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Fairmont Hot Springs

Experience Canada's largest mineral hot springs at this family-friendly BC Rockies Mountain resort. Enjoy 45 holes of golf, family ski area, spa, recreational programs, dining and 2 RV parks. Lodge guests enjoy exclusive access to guest hot springs complex. ... Read more
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