Nakusp: a place worth visiting

If you’ve been a long time StuffwithSvet follower, you’ll have seen that I regularly visit small towns. I went to Terrace this summer, Bella Coola last summer, Souk the summer before, regularly visit Nelson…the list goes on. You’re probably wondering out of all places to travel to, why would I choose these small little bitty towns.

I have no desire currently to live in a small town but I loveeee taking a break from my busy life in the city to get away to one.

A couple weekends ago you would’ve seen on my IG stories that we went to Nakusp. Nakusp is located about 3.5 hours away from Kelowna in B.C.

A few fun facts about Nakusp. The population is around 1,500 people with logging as the main industry. There isn’t a single stop light in the whole town. They have a Save-On-Foods but beware, it closes at 7pm as well as everything else…we found that out the hard way lol! There are a only a couple restaurants to choose from (you can imagine this is shocking for me). But everybody is super friendly. It reminded me of when you go to a Mexico all inclusive resort and the people are super nice to you and chatting to you and asking how you are. Or, it could be the fact that we were the youngest people there hah! We literally didn’t see anybody our age or younger the whole weekend we were there. Regardless, we felt super welcomed.

To get into the village of Naksup, you have to take the Needles Ferry. It runs across Lower Arrow Lake and can take up to 30 vehicles.

Last time we visited Naksup we stayed at the Lodge, which was great because it was in the heart of downtown so we could walk everywhere. This time we stayed in the cutest Airbnb which was approximately a 15 minute walk to downtown and a two minute drive.

We are coffee lovers so we were itching to know where the best coffee was. We checked out What’s Brewing on Broadway – they serve Kicking Horse Coffee and serve cappuccinos, caramel macchiatos, and most of the standard drinks you would expect from a coffee shop. Each morning I stumbled over in my pjs to get that fresh cup of java.

Breakfast on Saturday we checked out Broadway Deli Bistro. Now I knew coming to Nakusp to not expect gourmet meals, but let me tell you, I had one of the best omelettes I’ve ever had from here – the Mexican Omelette!

After breakfast, we strolled downtown and popped into all the Nakusp shops. It ended up being gorgeous out so by the time we made our way down to the waterfront, the sun was shining! It was a beautiful fall day. We also managed to catch the rest of the Farmer’s Market.

Nakusp’s water front actually reminds me of Kelowna’s (probably why I love it so much). The lake, the mountains…what could be more stunning than that.

Naksup is also home to the oldest hotel in BC, The Leland Hotel. It’s been in operation since 1982!! Talk about history.

Of course, we had to make our way to some hot springs. I love visiting hot springs in the cooler months of the year. Nakusp is home to three different ones: Halycon Hot Springs, Nakusp Hot Springs, and Half Way Hot Springs. Though I would love to try them all, we’ve only visited Halycon Hot Springs. If you’ve read my hot springs blog post, you’ll know that Halycon is one of my favorites I’ve been to. Each hot springs has its unique attributes. I love Halycon as it’s situated upon Upper Arrow Lake offering a stunning view of the lake and mountains.

Each hot springs are rich in different minerals. Halycon Hot Springs’ water contains high lithium content – lithium is known for antidepressant properties and help with neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, depression, anxiety, among many others. Halycon is one of the few hot springs in the world where the water is still bottled and drinkable today.

Nakusp Hot Springs are located up in the Kuskanax Valley above the town of Naksup. Although I have never soaked in these hot springs, I have hiked beside them and seen them from the outside.

If you’re looking for the full package, I would recommend Halycon Hot Springs as it has the more luxurious accommodations and a full service restaurant. If you’re wanting something a little more rustic, Naksup Hot Springs are up in the mountains with cabin accommodations and is less expensive. Depends what kind of experience you’re looking for!

Lastly, there is also Half Way Hot Springs which is even more rustic than Nakusp Hot Springs. These are non-commercial natural hot springs that I have never been to. It is free to attend but about 15km up a service road in between Halycon and Nakusp Hot Springs. Again, I haven’t been but would recommend taking a truck due to unreliable road conditions.

One day I hope to check out all these hot springs!

After a nice soak, we dined at Kingfisher Restaurant at Halycon Resort. Nothing beats gazing upon the beautiful view of the lake while having dinner. If you’re looking for a restaurant that is more upscale and romantic, this is the fanciest you will find in Nakusp.

The last day we were in Nakusp, we had to of course check out some of the beautiful scenery. We checked out Lone Creek Rest Stop to gaze upon a massive waterfall.

We also made a quick stop at another waterfall just below Nakusp Hot Springs.

And lastly, we hiked Kuskanax Creek Nakusp Hotsprings Trail which is located directly beside Nakusp Hot Springs.

Nakusp is a very small, simplistic village. It’s not busy, it’s not pretentious, and there’s not a lot to choose from. Which is exactly why I wanted to visit there.

It’s so easy to get caught up in my “Kelowna” life. I crave coming out to the country and slowing down my pace once in a while. It’s rejuvenating to the soul. Nakusp is scenic, has friendly people, and has three surrounding hot springs. I definitely recommend it as a place worth visiting.

-Jenna xoxo

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