Family SUPing at Burton in the southern interior of B.C. Canada
by Kristy Verigin
(Robson, B.C. Canada)
At the waters edge of Burton, B.C. Canada is where my mom and I launched our paddle boards each day. This is our second year at this location, both times arriving at the end of August. This tiny community of 7,300 people located at the southern end of the Upper Arrow Lake and the top of the Lower Arrow lake in Southern B.C. is a 45 minute drive from Nakusp to the north.
Burton Historical Park Campgrounds is where we camped…the water was low, the beach was long and the weather was fabulous! We experienced gentle moving water and sunny skies 95% of our 5 day stay. We were fortunate. The weather and water conditions can change quickly and they did…a 1 hour thunder storm barrelled through one day, quickly evolving back to sunny clear skies once again.
Those who are looking for flat water conditions will naturally savour these waters. The scenery is spectacular, the waters are safe and paddlers have the choice of touring north or south to view lush forests, private waterfront homes and others enjoying little beach bays all along the shoreline to the north. And, you’ll see plenty of friendly Rainbow Trout fish propelling all around your paddle board or tumbling up and out of the water. Note: this portion of the Arrow Lake is no secret to those who kayak — a few of them coloured the waters now and then while we paddled our boards.
Families with children will love this place.
Fortunately there were few boats out at the same time as us and sometimes none at all. This sleepy townsite will impress if you are looking for a quiet, solemn, calm paddle experience.
And bonus!… there are two hot springs near by… Nakusp Hot Springs Resort 45 minutes away and Halcyon Hot Springs Resort 1 hour away in the same direction. Or if you are really adventurous there is a natural, undeveloped hot springs in Naksup. To get there, cycle up the marked easy to find dirt road about 7 km then cycle or hike down a quickly descending scenic trail leading to a creek where you will find 2 small rocky hot spring sites to enjoy.
We’ll be back.