Nakusp is a village of about 1,600 people (2011) in the West Kootenays of southeastern British Columbia.
Nakusp is known primarily for its nearby hot springs, which are a popular destination for tourists, as well as its picturesque mountain lakeside setting.
phone: +1 250-265-4234address: 92 6th Ave. NW
HistoryThe area around Nakusp was occupied by Aboriginal peoples from the Secwepemc, Sinixt and Ktunaxa peoples. In 1811, the first reported European explorer on the Arrow Lakes was Finan McDonald, an associate of David Thompson.
European settlers arrived in 1890, and the settlement took shape in 1892 with opening of the first post office, the first store and the first sawmill. The nearest train link was the Canadian Pacific Railway at Revelstoke, so all goods were shipped to the fledgling port of Nakusp.
The construction of the Keenleyside Dam north of Castlegar in 1968 and the resulting rise of the lake level caused the rearrangement of the village and its waterfront.
Mining used to be the most important industry in the area, but it was eclipsed by forestry which is today the major economic base of the village.
Nakusp is on the east side of Arrow Lake (Columbia River) about an hour drive and a 20-minute ferry ride south of Revelstoke on the Trans-Canada Highway.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays there is a BC Transit bus that travels between Nelson and Nakusp.
By planeThe nearest commercial airports are Castlegar Airport and Kelowna International Airport. Both have car rental services available.
Nakusp also has an air strip available, and there is a weather cam at the airport.
Nakusp is small enough to be easily walkable.
BC Transit operates local bus services around Nakusp and Kaslo.
See and do
- Go for a walk along the waterfront overlooking the Nakusp harbour. The town has done an excellent job of making the promenade attractive with benches, flower and shrub gardens and pleasant shade trees.
phone: +1 250-265-4528address: 8500 Hot Springs RoadTwo pools fed by water from natural mineral springs set in the forest a ways from the pools. The Hot Pool is kept at in the winter and in the summer. The Warm Pool is kept at in the winter and in the summer.
- Play a round of golf at the Nakusp Golf Course.
- Back country skiing: there are back country ski lodges around Nakusp.
phone: +1 250-265-1799address: 91 4th Ave. NWIce cream, handmade chocolates.
phone: +1 250-265-3554address: 5655 Highway 23 NorthFresh, local food, and farm-raised meats, seafood, vegetarian-friendly, gluten-free options.
Gabi's Fairytale Cafephone: +1 250-265-0089address: 211 6th St NWBreakfasts, bakery, sandwiches.
Karl's Woodfire Pizzaphone: +1 250-265-0060address: 312 BroadwayPizza, German food, gluten-free options.
Three Lions Pub and Chumley's Restaurantphone: +1 250-265-4944address: 401 BroadwayGreat fish and chips, burgers, nice patio.
phone: +1 250-265-3554address: on BC 23Spa, hot pool, warm pool, seasonal mineral water pool, cold plunger. A variety of accommodations, from cottages to cabins & luxurious chalets. (The camping and RV site has been closed.)
address: 515 Broadway St WHotel and restaurant.
phone: +1 250-265-3737address: 937 Highway 23 NorthCable television, fridge, microwave and coffee maker in all rooms, larger units with full kitchen and separate bedroom, free wireless Internet connection, air conditioning in all rooms, free parking, 9 rooms, German spoken.