What to do

Box Lake, Photo: Deb Booth

Kuskanax Bridge through trees, Photo: Craig Pulsifer Photography

approaching Kuskanax Bridge, Photo: Craig Pulsifer Photography

On Kuskanax Bridge, Photo: Craig Pulsifer Photography

Boletus mushroom, Photo: Jozsef Szabo

Nakusp Hot Springs, Photo: Deb Booth

Summit Lake Racers, Photo: Eric Waterfield

Nakusp Beach, Photo: Beth McLeod

Nakusp Museum: Don Weixl

Hiking Saddle Mountain, Photo: Bill Sones

Snowmobiling in the Kootenays, photo: Bill Regner

Plant Creek, Photo: Crystal Volansky

Boating on the Arrow Lakes, Photo: Bill Regner

Four Wheeling, Photo: Bill Regner

Chantarelles, Photo: Wikipedia

Summit Lake Tube Park, Photo: Eric Waterfield

Nakusp Farmers Market, Photo: Beth McLeod

Recreation Trail, Nakusp, Photo: Beth McLeod

Lobster mushroom, Photo Paul Noll

Halcyon Hot Springs, photo: Don Weixl

Many incredible recreation opportunities await you in Nakusp and Arrow Lakes, including:

  • Two golf courses
  • Commercial and natural Hot Springs
  • Summer hiking, fishing, ATVing and horseback riding
  • Winter snowmobiling, skiing (including heli-skiing and cat skiing), snowboarding and snowshoeing
  • A vibrant Arts and Culture scene

For a more leisurely adventure, amble on the beautiful mountain and valley trails, lounge on one of the clean, sandy beaches, and check out the many stores and restaurants.

Check out a list of adventure and recreation providers in Nakusp and Arrow Lakes.


BC Day

Nakusp hosts an Annual Slo-Pitch tournament on August long weekend.

Canada Day

Join us on July 1st in Nakusp, which starts with a Pancake Breakfast by the volunteer firefighters, a parade, and then a variety of activities at the community park such as kid’s races, games, a concession, and music in the gazebo. A fireworks show tops it all off just after dark. Come down to the waterfront for the best view.

Nakusp Celebration of Light

Follow the Santa Clause Parade to the park for an evening of caroling, children’s games, delicious food, contests and dancing.


Ongoing events in the summer include the ArtWalk in Nakusp, farmers’ markets in Nakusp, Burton and Edgewood, as well as Music In The Park every July and August Wednesday evening at the gazebo in Nakusp.


During winter the Arrow Lakes Ridge Riders host poker runs (on snowmobiles), one can try for “the big one” in a fishing derby or watch the races at the Summit Lake Ski Hill and Tube Park. The Arrow Lakes Arts Council hosts a series of fine cultural events such as pianists and plays between September and March.

Stop by the Visitor Centre for a schedule, or view our events calendar.

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