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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Kootenay Rockies > Fauquier

Fauquier pronounced 'Folkyeah' or 'Folkier' is located 57 km (36 miles) south of Nakusp on Hwy 6 along the east side of Lower Arrow Lake.

Ferry Across Lower Arrow Lake
Fauquier is situated at a point on Hwy 6 where the Lower Arrow Lake joins the Upper Arrow Lake at a point called the Needles. In order to cross the two Arrow Lakes, you have to take a ferry to Needles and Edgewood over to the west side. Hwy 6 eventually goes on to Lumby and Vernon in the Okanagan Valley.

BC Hydro
Before the late 1960's Fauquier was at a geographical location that was farther to the west. Unfortunately, due to flooding caused by the raising of the reservoir by BC Hydro's Hugh Keenleyside Dam 8 km (5 miles) west of Castlegar Fauquier had to be moved. Across Lower Arrow Lake the other small community of Needles ended up being abandoned.

Local Businesses
There are around three hundred people residing in Fauquier. The small settlement has most of the conveniences required found at the general store J&S Snacks which features a liquor outlet. Most of the businesses are housed in one building complex near the ferry terminal. Unfortunately because of economic hard times the Mushroom Addition Restaurant and Fauquier Gas West is now closed.

Fauquier Golf Course
Also located near the ferry terminal is the semi-private 9-hole Fauquier & District Golf Course. The challenging par 3 course plays right next to the Lower Arrow Lake. The course features include following the shoreline, beautiful westerly views towards the lake and a boat launch. Please telephone (250) 269-7414 for more information.

For eco-tourism adventures that include guided hiking treks and back-country skiing tours in the winter you have the option of trying Valkyr Adventures. They offer a very pristine lodge set high in the mountains above Arrow Lakes.

RV Accommodation
If RV accommodation is required there are a few choices across Lower Arrow Lake. Just north of Needles by 2 km, there is the full-service Plum Hollow Camping, telephone (250) 269-7669. Also to the north, there is the non-serviced campground, Whatshan Lake Campground. Then south of Needles there is the community-managed campsite in Edgewood.

Recreation Sites
There are also two rustic forest service recreation sites south of Fauquier at Taite and Octopus Creeks.

Taite Creek Campground
The old forest service recreation site, Taite Creek, is a small lakeside campground set in a beautiful forest. The features include a boating area, stone beach area and a very sunny westerly view.

Gravel Forestry Road
Take the gravel forestry road on the south side of Fauquier situated near the ferry terminal. Taite Creek can be hard to find, so make sure you have a backroads map book or ask for directions in Fauquier.

Octopus Creek
Just south of Taite Creek there is the other forestry campsite at Octopus Creek. This campsite is not as private as Taite Creek but has lakeside access and features great boating.

If you are adventurous there are also some hard-to-find hotsprings located up through a bush trail following the Octopus Creek. Expect to have a round trip of around five hours. Coordinates are approximately 49° 44' 11" N, 118° 4' 48" W.




Map of Fauquier
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Fauquier-Needles Ferry
Fauquier-Needles Ferry


Photo of Arrow Lake at Fauquier
Arrow Lake at Fauquier


Fauquier & District Golf Course
Fauquier & District Golf Course

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