Nakusp stories: The Jewel of the Arrow Lakes

“Oh come all you tourists afar and near, To our part of the world that we hold so dear.”

“Oh come all you tourists afar and near

To our part of the world that we hold so dear

The most beautiful town and up-to-date,

Nakusp is known as the Jewel of the Lake.

With ne’er a crop failure form the tempest blast

The climate on the Lakes is unsurpassed.

Large spacious farms and orchards bear

Rosy apples, peaches, plums and pear.

You can find our fruits in an African abode

Our apples are shipped to four corners of the globe,

And the British Empire people dine

On tables manufactured from White Pine.

Mining, fur, farming and chicken ranching

All help to keep our community advancing

Electric light from a water source

Keeps our disposition from remorse.

Free mineral Hot Springs to give us Health

Dispense an untold amount of wealth.

Rowboats and motorboats for hire

Or perhaps a sail boat to suit your ire.

Excellent fishing in lake and stream

Is like the fish you saw in your dream,

And in Wilson Lake you still get a bite

That it makes you get out bed in the middle of the night.

Black and grizzly bear and deer,

Roam near by without fear

Blue and willow grouse, duck and goose

Flee in frenzy from the moose.

Lo for the People of the Place

Tend to make a grand race.

‘Neath mighty crags on either hand

They make Nakusp the gem of the land.”

From the Women’s Institute Anthologies, Volume 2

Trysten Goodridge Junior Manager,

Nakusp and District Museum