|Population: 1,687 (2021 Census)
Elevation: 457 m (1,500 ft)
Fact: The oldest continuously operating
hotel in BC is the Leland Hotel.
It began in 1892 as a port for conveyance of the Slocan ore. There were no roads, only railways from the Kootenay mining areas where goods had to be shipped by water transport from Nakusp to Revelstoke and Castlegar. Nakusp became a thriving community on this shipping route. Forestry overtook mining as the economic base and the village was incorporated in 1964.
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Visitor Centre on-site electric vehicle charging station
The village of Nakusp is set on the shores of the Upper Arrow Lake alongside the Monashee Mountains. It offers a quaint downtown with a museum, art gallery and many eateries and shops such as HomeGrown Market & Juice Bar.
In summer, travellers are drawn to the fine 9 hole Centennial Golf Club and the great fishing in the many streams and lakes in the area. Take a relaxing walk along the waterfront pathway to a lovely Japanese Garden.
The Nakusp and Halcyon Hot Springs invite visitors to relax in their soothing waters. Pools are naturally heated and range in temperature from 38C (100F) to 41C (106F). Each property offers a range of overnighting options. Halfway River Hot Springs are located in a wilderness setting, accessed via a gravel road and hike. This area is an ideal mountain getaway.
More Things to See and Do in Nakusp
Nearby Fauquier and Nakusp are both challenging and beautiful nine-hole golf courses.
Kuskanax Creek Footbridge
A covered bridge with seating and glass viewing panels spans the Kuskanax. On a hot day, it’s a great place to spend some time. Easy to get to, accessible to wheelchairs and a short walk from the Nakusp Hot Springs.
Mountain Biking & Hiking
The Visitor Centre offers a free Biking & Hiking Trail Map brochure which provides descriptions and general locations of a number of the area’s wonderful trails and camping options within the network. Trails range from gentle to adrenaline-inducing. Alongside Arrow Lakes and Highway 23, the Mt. Abriel Trails offers adaptive biking, single track, family-friendly accessible routes.
Over 5,000 artifacts, display of Sinixt stone tools and a replica of the sturgeon-nose canoe.
New Moon Tea Company
An organic loose leaf tea company. All of their teas are made with high quality organic ingredients sourced from Canada or ethically worldwide. Teas are hand blended in small batches in Nakusp and available at various shops throughout BC.
Rolling Moss Creations
Handcrafted earth friendly products, from organic vegan dish soap to reusable facial rounds. Online shopping only, curbside pick up and shipping available.
Art Walk, Farmers Market, Saturday mornings downtown, Music in the Park, free concerts on Wednesday evenings at the Community Park gazebo.
Stroll along Nakusp’s Waterfront Park – featuring a Japanese Garden and the Spicer Garden. (Wheelchair accessible)
Watersports on Arrow Lakes
A holiday destination for swimming, boating, jet skiing, water skiing and fishing.
Heli-skiing based out of Nakusp features some of the finest snow and ski terrain in British Columbia. The cross-country ski trails in the winter and backcountry hiking in the summer provide pleasant pastimes.