The hot springs were first visited by the Ktunaxa First Nations peoples who experienced the waters as a welcome respite after a long day of hunting, fishing, and gathering roots and berries in what is now known as the Kootenay region. The Ktunaxa First Nations peoples embraced the nupika wu’u, or hot mineral waters, for their healing and rejuvenating powers and Ainsworth Hot Springs has been welcoming guests since the 1930s.
The Best Views In The Kootenays… Welcome to Nakusp, BC where we live and play on the Traditional Territory of the Secwepemc, Sinixt, and Ktunaxa.
Based along the shores of the Upper Arrow Lake in the West Kootenay region. We are in the heart of the Kootenays with paradise right outside our door. Endless hiking and Mountain Biking trails with the most picturesque lakeside views and landscape. From up on high mountain tops with breath-taking views, healing mineral hot springs, or many lakeside beaches, Nakusp has it all for you to explore locally and beyond. From small groups to custom trips AME is here to make your visit one to remember.
HOT POOLS, CAMPING, ACCOMMODATION OPEN YEAR-ROUND
BEST REST STOP WITH HOT POOLS, SUSPENSION BRIDGE & MORE
When traveling between Alberta and BC take a break in Eagle Pass. Park awhile and stroll the boardwalks through majestic forests… right from the highway-side pull-thru parking spots perfect for RV’ers. Experience the Suspension Bridge to get close to the falls; then make time to warm-up in the hot mineral-rich pools. You can enjoy the amenities for an hour, or choose to stay at this resort on Eagle River for an extended time. We offer a wide array of accommodation choices from simple tent sites… to a luxury 3-bedroom executive suite close to the waterfalls.
AdventureRafting & Tours
Specialized in professional guiding experience.
Endless Adventure has been the local go-to rafting and kayaking company in the West Kootenays since 2006! We provide adventure and gentle rafting trips down the Slocan River, and offer kayaking and paddle boardings lessons and courses for all ages! We have a fleet of kayaks, paddleboards, and tubes for rent and we provide expert advice on where to go on the river to maximize your safety and fun!
Open 365 days a year, Halcyon is home to some of the most restorative hot spring waters you will find in North America. General Frederick Burnham, who owned the “Halcyon Sanitarium” until 1955 believed these waters should be shared with the world. We hold the same philosophy, along with a dream to create a village where everyone is welcome to relax and enjoy the healing waters of Halcyon Hot Springs, British Columbia.
Open May-October! The coolest new activity in the Kootenays! Kokanee Mountain Zipline will provide customers with an incredible adrenaline rush of flying high above Kokanee Creek and a view of the variety of natural flora and fauna, while at the same time encouraging the preservation of the area’s significant natural resources and history.
No wings required. From high up in the forest canopy, experience a bird’s eye view of the stunning natural environment as you soar above the canyon at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park on six awe-inspiring ziplines. It’s the only outdoor adventure that’ll leave you breathless without breaking a sweat.
Situated just south of Nakusp, McDonald Creek Provincial Park is one of a system of four provincial parks on the Arrow Lake reservoir. With facilities on the eastern shoreline, it is a holiday destination for swimming, boating, jet skiing, water skiing and fishing opportunities. It features several kilometers of fine sandy beach, waterfront sites and open grassy meadows. You can always find a quiet spot for yourself, try some beachcombing, or join in the fun at the main swimming area. A boat launch is available, offering good fishing opportunities for kokanee, bull and rainbow trout – a tempting invitation for anglers of all ages.
The Arrow Reservoir bisects McDonald Creek Provincial Park and protects lakeshore riparian habitat on the east side and forested upland habitat on the west side. This combination offers outdoor recreational opportunities in a unique forested/lakeside setting.
For over a century hot springs enthusiasts have sought out the Nakusp Hot Springs to soak away stress, invigorate energy and re- store inner balance while enjoying the healing mineral water. The Nakusp Hot Springs has a warm welcome for those who have yet to experience this rare gem, and a warm spot in the hearts of those who have been here before.
Relax in our spacious creekside RV and tenting campground, or one of the comfy Cedar Chalets, just steps away from the hot spring pools. Be sure to make your reservations early as it’s a hot spot for camping.
Sandon is a ghost town in southern British Columbia, Canada. It is home to Western Canada’s oldest continuously operating hydroelectric station.
Sandon is the glorious heart of B.C.’s famous Valley of the Ghosts. The former wild silver mining town was once a wild, wild place with saloon and casino brawlers living up to the town’s brazen hell-raising image as the heart and soul of the Silvery Slocan. The West Kootenay wilderness community, nestled along a creek bank in a narrow valley, is today mostly still and hauntingly quiet.
Newly renovated boutique accommodations with antique and custom furnishings, all new beds and bedding. A very comfortable stay located right in the heart of Nakusp 1 block from the Arrow Lakes. Ideal for groups with common areas for socializing and a large back deck with BBQ. Stairs are used to access as it is located on the 2nd floor above a retail bike and ski shop.
Shon’s is where classic antique and modern functionality intersect, the result is clean and comfortable yet super stylish and funky. It’s the perfect match to complement the history of the building, which was built in 1910 as an opera house and now finds itself completely renovated, yet still retaining the vibe of a building that was built to welcome its guests.
Summit Lake Provincial ParkPark visitors enjoy canoeing, fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout or swimming in the lake’s clear, refreshing mountain water.
Mountain goats can often be viewed on rocky outcroppings and in late summer a natural spectacle occurs as thousands of toads emerge from the lake and migrate to the nearby forest to hibernate for the winter.
This 6 hectare park lies within the Nakusp range of the Selkirk Mountains. Park visitors enjoy canoeing or kayaking, fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout or swimming in the lake’s clear, refreshing mountain water. Mountain goats can often be viewed on rocky outcroppings and in late summer, thousands of western toads emerge from the lake and migrate to the nearby forest to hibernate for the winter.
Formerly K2 Rotor Lodge
LIFE IS FULL OF SURPRISES
At The Lodge at Arrow Lakes, they are all great.
Whether your idea of fun is quiet sunset reflections or late night beverages in the bar, The Lodge at Arrow Lakes is more than happy to accommodate. Tucked away in the town of Nakusp, British Columbia, the lodge is away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And that’s why it’s great. That and the scenery, food, drinks and social life. On the drive-up-kick-back scale, we rank #1.
Whether you’re weary or full of wanderlust, we are centrally located, with comfortable rooms to return to at the end of each day.
Valkyr Adventures is owned and operated by Martin and Shelly Glasheen who have made their home in the foothills of the Valkyrs since 1977. Starting from scratch we build a homestead and raised our two children in the mountains. Martin’s vision to create a series of cabins in the mountains was hatched in the late ‘90’s and finally made it through the provincial application process in 2003 when we obtained our Commercial Licence of Occupation to operate our Adventure Tourism business. Each lodge is handcrafted and built from locally sourced timber. Construction began with falling the trees and milling them on our Woodmizer sawmill into posts, beams and dimensional lumber. All the building material had to be trucked up the mountain on logging roads then flown into the building site by helicopter. Needless to say it takes a monumental effort to build lodges in the alpine! We’ve done it not once, not twice but three times! Valkyr Lodge opened in winter 2005, Hilda Hut in 2012 and The Outpost in 2017. It has been a rewarding experience and it has given us great pleasure to host our ski touring and alpine hiking guests up at our mountain retreats.
Welcome to the heart of the West Kootenays. Quiet roads. Restful villages. Unspoiled landscapes. A place where time passes slowly and life is less complicated. Where aimless wandering is not just accepted, but encouraged. Where the journey truly is the destination.