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Nakusp (Village) / Mount Burnham / The Columbia River / Fosthall / Incomappleux River / Kuskanax Creek / Mount Odin

Phone : (250) 265-3689
Your Host(s) : Municipal Administration

Nakusp, BC (Nearby: Glenbank, Brouse, Shoreholme, Summit Lake, Arrow Park)

  • Mount Burnham
  • The Columbia River
  • Fosthall
  • Incomappleux River
  • Kuskanax Creek
  • Nakusp
  • Mount Odin
  • The Arrow Lakes Historical Society
  • The Arrow Lakes Historical Society
  • The Arrow Lakes Historical Society

91 - 1st Street NW
Nakusp, British Columbia
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British Columbia Tourism Region : Kootenay Rockies

Description From Owner:
  • Mount Burnham named after Brigadier General Frederick L. Burnham, MD (1872-1955). During World War I, he had a distinguished career as a medical officer with the army of Montenegro.
  • In 1924 he acquired the Halcyon Hot Springs Hotel on the east side of the lake, perishing in the fire that destroyed it many years later. He was one of the really notable eccentrics in the area.
  • The Columbia River first named the Rio de san Roque by the Spaniards after Bruno de Hezeta discovered the river's mouth in 1775.
  • It was rediscovered in 1792 by Captain Robert Gray, an American, who named it after his ship, the Columbia.
  • Fosthall - Gets its name from the clerk in charge of the post maintained here in the mid-nineteenth century by the HBC.
  • Incomappleux River - From the Okanagan Indian word meaning 'head end of lake' or 'end of the water.'
  • Kuskanax Creek - From an Okanagan-Colvile Indian word meaning 'a point of land sticking out,' descriptive of the creek's delta.
  • The Lakes Indians, who speak a dialect of Okanagan-Colvile, have not lived in the Arrow Lakes area since the early 1900s; they now live on the Colvile Indian Reservation in Washington State.
  • Nakusp - From an Okanagan Indian word meaning 'closed in' or 'come together.' Illustrative is an anecdote preserved by Kate Johnson in her Pioneer Days of Nakusp:
  • The late Frederick W. Jordan oft told the story of asking Chief Indian Louie how Nakusp got its name. Chief Louie was holding a Big [Old?] Chum tobacco bag in his hands at the time and this is the answer he gave:
  • 'Indians come down lake in canoes, storm very bad, canoes nearly lost at Kuskanax Creek, but on entering big bay at the point (at this point Chief Louie pulled the string of the tobacco bag tight) Nequ'sp — 'safe.'' (p. 9)
  • Randy Bouchard and Dorothy Kennedy, in their typescript Lakes Indian Ethnography and History (1985), are inclined to agree with one of their Indian informants, who maintained that the name indicated a place where the lake closes in or narrows.
  • Mount Odin - Named by G.M. Dawson after the chief of the Scandinavian gods. Similarly Dawson named a neighbouring mountain after Thor, the god of thunder.
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

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  • Pingston Creek

  • After 'Al' Pingston, successively mate and captain of the 49, the first steamboat on the BC stretch of the Columbia River. It crossed the international boundary, coming up from Marcus, Washington, in 1866.

  • Pingston Creek

  • St. Leon Creek

  • An early hunter and trapper in this area had relatives living in St. Pol de Leon, Finistére, France. The hot springs here were discovered by Michael Grady, a young prospector from Ontario, who built a lodge on the site in 1906. He went bankrupt in World War I but never left the place until he had grown too old to look after himself .

  • Belly Up Canyon

  • A guide, Eugene Foisy, lost a horse when it fell over a precipice and into the canyon. When Foisy descended into the canyon, he found the horse alive but 'belly up.'

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Nearby Lakes and Mountains:
  • Twin Lakes, 2km
  • Box Mountain, 7km
  • Kuskanax Mountain, 9km
  • Mount Jordan, 6km
  • Box Lake, 7km
  • Mount Abriel, 11km
  • Allshouse Peak, 9km
  • Mount Islip, 11km
  • Upper Saddle Mountain, 10km
  • Saddle Mountain, 12km
  • Horseshoe Lake, 10km
  • Mount St. Leon, 17km
  • Mount Leary, 15km
  • Kimbol Lake, 12km
  • Wilson Lake, 12km
  • Mount Sanderson, 18km
  • Summit Peak, 13km
  • Scalping Knife Mountain, 18km
  • Summit Lake, 15km
  • Silver Mountain, 20km
  • Blue Grouse Mountain, 22km
  • Mount Shelling, 19km
  • Cameron Lake, 17km
  • Grady Lake, 23km
  • Little Wilson Lake, 16km
  • North Caribou Lake, 16km
  • Catherine Lake, 22km
  • South Caribou Lake, 17km
  • Mount Herridge, 23km
  • Larson Lake, 18km
  • Rugged Peak, 21km
  • Mount Ferrie, 18km
  • Mount Benton, 20km
  • Big Sister Mountain, 21km
  • Mount Steenhoff, 26km
  • Tillicum Mountain, 29km
  • Hamling Lakes, 20km
  • Mosquito Lake, 21km
  • Hailstorm Peak, 29km
  • Mount Marshall, 31km
  • Mount Hohenleitner, 22km
  • Shannon Lake, 25km
  • Golden Hope Peak, 30km
  • Mount Ingersoll, 27km
  • Little Mosquito Lake, 22km
  • Grey Wolf Mountain, 31km
  • Mount Vingolf, 27km
  • Upper Arrow Lake, 32km
  • Halcyon Mountain, 34km
  • Mount Niord, 31km