Follow the winding mountain road, ride the scenic ferry, and travel along the expanse of our beautiful lake until you find the hidden gem of the Kootenays. Where the Selkirk, Purcell, and Monashee mountains meet is a valley decorated with old growth forests, multiple hot springs, dozens of natural lakes and streams, waterfalls, white sand beaches, cliffs, trails, and some of the best views in the Kootenays.
The first inhabitants of this valley were the Sinixt, or Arrow Lakes people. They have a 10,000 year history of occupation that is verified by archaeological and historical records. For various reasons, in the last two centuries they have all but vanished from the landscape but are fighting back from the edge of extinction to once again become an integral part of their homeland. Nakusp’s settlement history began in 1892, when it became part of the fur trade route, as well as the jump-off point for some of the early silver, lead, and zinc mining in the Slocan Valley.
Our quiet, lakeside mountain town, is known for its outdoor recreation, quaint shopping and friendly people.
Soak in the healing waters of our Hot springs, hike among old growth cedar forests, revel in our rich history, golf at one of our beautiful courses, or take your mountain bike down one of our world class trails.
Walk along historic Broadway St and stop in at one of our fantastic cafes, check out the neat shops, and don’t forget a stop at our local chocolate shop.
Travel along the West Koot Route and you will discover BC’s best kept secret – The Valley of the Hot Springs.
Take in a full service experience including spa treatment at Halcyon Hot Springs, a private soak in the secluded natural pools at Halfway River, or hike to the Nakusp Hot Springs with the cleanest, clearest mineral pools in the region – right from the winery! Take a trip up the valley, stop in beautiful New Denver or historic Sandon, on your way to Ainsworth Hot Springs where you can swim through a cave.
More Hot Springs information:
Nakusp Hot Springs – Relax. Refresh. Return.
Halcyon Hot Springs – Soak Into The Moment.
Halfway Hot Springs – Escape Off the Grid
Ainsworth Hot Springs – For Body, Mind, and Soul.