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

Nakusp is located 99 km (59 miles) south of Revelstoke on Hwy 23 and by 47 km (29 miles) north-west of New Denver on Hwy 6.

Slocan Valley
Situated along the lower end of Upper Arrow Lake, Nakusp sits at the crossroads of the Slocan Valley, the Upper and Lower Arrow Lakes and the Okanagan with Vernon being only 192 km (115 miles) away.

Supply Route to the 'Silvery Slocan'
Nakusp has historically been an agricultural community with some logging and forestry. During the mining era of the late 1800's, Nakusp served as a supply route along Upper Arrow Lake to the city of Revelstoke and the CPR. The supply route then connected via the railway with the minefields of the Silvery Slocan through the community of Rosebery near New Denver.

Festival and Events
Festival and events include Canada Day, July 1, celebrations and Burton May Days in Burton 32 km (20 miles) south of Nakusp and Nakusp Medieval Days.

There are a lot of recreational pursuits around Nakusp especially along the Arrow Lakes. Canoeing, boating and fishing come to mind as well as excellent swimming at McDonald Creek Provincial Park and Summit Lake Provincial Park. Both of these parks feature excellent beaches and will be a hit with the kids.

'Valley of Hot Springs'
One reason why you'll want to visit Nakusp has to be for its famous hot springs. Often referred to as the, 'Valley of Hot Springs,' the Nakusp Hot Springs are located just north-east of the town centre up Kuskanax Creek road. The facility has all amenities including the hot springs, campground, horseback riding and hiking trails.

Hot Springs Near Nakusp
There is also Halcyon Hot Springs Resort located 32 km (20 miles) north of Nakusp. Halcyon features beautiful chalets and hot springs overlooking Upper Arrow Lake. Then for people who don't mind a short drive, you can either go south to Ainsworth Hot Springs near Kaslo or Canyon Hot Springs just east of Revelstoke.

Nakusp & Slocan Railway
Nakusp can also offer you great hiking along mountain trails or mountain biking down the abandoned railbed along Bonanza Creek to Rosebery and Three Forks just north of New Denver. The Three Forks to Nakusp 57 km (35 miles) route uses the abandoned Nakusp & Slocan Railway right-of-way. For people who like multi-use trails the section between Nakusp to Summit Lake is open to ATV's and other motorized recreational vehicles.

Summit Lake and Kimbol Lake
If you enjoy fishing Summit Lake and Kimbol Lake have some good fly-fishing opportunities available. Summit Lake Provincial Park is located just 12 km (7.5 miles) south-east of town on Hwy 6 towards New Denver. Kimbol is located by taking the backcountry road from south Nakusp Hot Springs across Kuskanax Creek.

There is camping available at Summit Lake Provincial Park. For people biking the N & S Railway Trail a good spot to stay is at Three Island Resort on Summit Lake. There is excellent access to the N & S Trail for biking either to Nakusp or New Denver.

Motorcycle Friendly
Plus, if you enjoy motorcycle rally's there is the annual Horizons Unlimited in August, featuring three filled days of valuable information gathering regarding world adventure riding. BCBeemers also holds an annual event at the municipal campground. Riders Retreat a motorcycle friendly campground is located near the golf course.

Box Lake
There are also forestry recreation sites close by near Box Lake. Box Lake is a small lake that limits boat motors to electric. It is located by travelling on Hwy 6 just east of town before Summit Lake.

Forestry Recreation Sites
There are other FSR sites close by including Wilson Lake and Little Wilson Lake. You take the rough road in near the west side Box Lake. There is quite a good selection of rustic campgrounds available.

Arrow Park
You can explore around the Nakusp area in all directions. Towards the south 20 km (12.5 miles) on Hwy 6 is East Arrow Park. Located here is the small ferry across Arrow Lake to the communities of West Arrow Park and the backroads to Mosquito and Whatshan Lakes.

Burton Historical Park
If you continue south on Hwy 6, there is Burton Historical Park featuring a campground overlooking Arrow Lake.

Galena Bay
Travelling north from Nakusp on Hwy 23, you can take the ferry at Galena Bay to Shelter Bay and travel towards the historic CPR rail town of Revelstoke.

Information on Nakusp

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying Nakusp and the countryside around British Columbia, please remember this, BC is bear country. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.


Map of Nakusp
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Visitor Info Centre
Visitor Info Centre


Waterfront Walkway
Waterfront Walkway


Nakusp Hot Springs
Nakusp Hot Springs


Biking N&S Railway Bed
Biking N & S Railway Bed


Summit Lake Provincial Park
Summit Lake Provincial Park


Agriculture around Nakusp
Agriculture around Nakusp


Leland Hotel
Leland Hotel


Wilson Lake
Wilson Lake


Beach at Nakusp
Beach at Nakusp


K2 Rotorlodge
K2 Rotorlodge


McDonald Creek Provincial Park
McDonald Creek Provincial Park

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