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.
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.
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 include Canada Day, July 1, celebrations and
Burton May Days in Burton 32 km (20 miles) south of Nakusp and Nakusp
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.
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.
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.
& 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
If you continue south on Hwy 6, there is Burton Historical Park
featuring a campground overlooking Arrow Lake.
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.
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.