Nakusp, B.C.

Last Thursday we headed off to Nakusp in the West Kootenay area of B.C.. We were meeting friends at McDonald Creek Provincial Park on Friday for the weekend and we had hoped to get into our site a day early.

Maxx was pretty excited about the trip because our route took us over Highway 6 to the Needles/Fauquier ferry where Maxx enjoyed his first ferry ride 🙂

Maxx was pretty excited about his first ferry ride and he had a great view during his ride!

Arrow Lake

The ferry is diesel powered and uses a winding drum on a pair of 1-inch-diameter (25 mm) cables, which are suspended in the lake. The crossing across Arrow Lake is normally 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) in length but the water level is so low right now that I’m sure it was much shorter. The ferry was full of RVers and even though we were the second unit on we were one of the last off. Normally that wouldn’t bother us but this time it really worked against us! By the time we arrived at the campground all the other RVers had taken up the empty sites, in fact the fifth wheel in front of us got the last spot 😦

So we headed into Nakusp and checked out the municipal campground but we weren’t overly impressed, we then decided to head up to the Nakusp Hot Springs where we have stayed before and we knew there is a really nice campground. Alas, that wasn’t meant to be either, the campground was full. Off we went back to the municipal campground and actually found a site that wasn’t too bad and since we were right in town hubby thought we should ride our bikes to a local pub and have dinner.

The next morning we headed back to MacDonald Creek Provincial Park and checked into the site we had reserved for the weekend. We were really please with the park and the site our friends had reserved.

View of the lake from our campsite.

The water level is the lowest it’s been since 2003. It’s a long walk out to the water for a swim but there sure is lots of sandy beach!

The next morning we woke up to heavy fog, which made for some interesting pictures of the lake.



We decided to take a trip into Nakusp and walk the promenade along the lake. In 1968 the Hugh Keenleyside Dam at Castlegar was completed. The dam raised the water level of the Arrow Lakes by 24m/80ft which caused the loss of thousands of acres of farmland and numerous First Nations archaeological and burial sites. Entire towns along the valley were submerged and thousands of people were forced to relocate. Nakusp fared a little better since is was built on the elevated flood plain of Kuskanax Creek and only two residential streets and some industrial land were submerged under the lake.

As we walked along the promenade the fog started to lift but it was still heavy along the water.


The promenade is anchored by the Nakusp Marina on one end and the public beach on the other. The paved walkway takes you past the Spicer Garden, the Japanese Garden and the historic Leland Hotel, the oldest continually-operating hotel in B.C. where of course we had to stop for lunch on the deck.

You can’t beat the view from the hotel deck!

With a final walk through the streets of Nakusp we arrived back at the truck and headed back to the campsite for happy hour on the beach :-).

The town if full of beautiful flowers!

Happy hour on the beach as the sun sets.

Until next time …

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