“What should I say of this little town bordering the beautiful Arrow Lakes? Is there anything particular in it, for one who has been traveling and living in many different countries of Europe and America?

I’ve discovered here the rare beauty of nature and the appreciation of this by the human soul. I’ve met here the real monument to the spirit of the pioneers discovering new horizons.

But here is something else I do appreciate in this western town. A precious quality of the human spirit. A quality that is dying slowly in the big cities and is being killed by the giants of industry. I mean the spontaneous friendship of the people. The goodness of heart manifesting itself in hospitality and in the feeling of being members of one family.”



Excerpt from “Pioneer Days of Nakusp and The Arrow Lakes” By Kate Johnson (1964)
Photos by Mattie Gunterman via VPL