Skookumchuck BC Homes & Real Estate
Included below are homes for sale and real estate in Skookumchuck, BC.
Skookumchuck is located in the East Kootenay Region of British Columbia, along highway 93/95, where Skookumchuck River and Lussier River join the Kootenay River. The small village has served as a stopping ground for travellers exploring the Columbia Valley Region. Especially by those travelling between southern cities like Kimberley and Cranbrook and northern towns like Golden. You can find two motels and RV parks, a tack shop, a pulp mill, a coffee shop and a gas station. Canal Flats is the nearest village to the north, and Kimberley is the nearest city to the south.
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Skookumchuk was home to the native Indians who relied on the land for hunting and fishing. David Thompson (English explorer, geographer, and fur trader) arrived in the Rockies in 1806 and enlisted the help of some natives to guide him through his journey along the Columbia River to Kootenay River at Canal Flats. During his travels, he established trading posts like Kootenae House, Kullyspell House and Saleesh House.
The discovery of minerals brought more white people to the area. Gold was discovered in Skoo Kum Chuck Creek around the mid-1860s and as a result, mining settlements were established in the area. The wagon road from Fort Steele to Canal Flats was constructed in 1886, and a bridge was built across the Kootenay River in Canal Flats in 1887. Later other sectors like ranching, logging and tourism took off, and more people settled in the area.
Skookumchuck Real Estate
Skookumchuck has a population of about 70 people, so there are not that many houses in the area. However, the area is a great place to set up your house as you’ll have access to beautiful wilderness and lots of recreational activities. Amenities in the area are also a few minutes away in Kimberley.
That said you can find spacious lots for sale in the area. These can be in Skookumchuck or in nearby Wasa and Ta Ta Creek. Other homes you may find in the area include cottages, single family homes and riverfront properties.
Skookumchuck Pulp is an important part of the Skookumchuk community. It is located a few minutes to the west via Skookumchuck Road. The company is a major employer in the area and is a leading producer of high-quality Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft pulps. The mill prides itself on environmental conservation, with 91% of the mill's energy coming from renewable sources. Tours to the facility can be arranged.
Skookumchuck Recreational & Outdoor Activities
Skookumchuck Motel & RV Park
The Skookumchuck motel & RV park is a great place to stay in the area as they offer clean and comfortable motel rooms. The motel's central location close to Kimberley, Cranbrook, Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs and Premier Provincial Park makes it the perfect place to stay when touring the area.
Also available is a boat launch, where you can go kayaking, canoeing, swimming or fishing in the nearby Kootenay River. The motel's RV site is a great place to park your RV and enjoy the campsite, easy access to the river and the spectacular views of the Rockies.
Skookumchuck Motel & RV Park offers a camping site with access to the Kootenay River, which is suitable for boating, swimming and fishing. Also nearby is Springbrook Resort Motel & RV Park, which offers an RV site and campsite.
To the south, Wasa Lake Campground features a calm and peaceful lake area with camping amenities. The amenities include large picnic sites, fire pits, flush toilets and free showers, a bike park and a nice beach area.
Premier Lake Provincial Park is also a good camping spot located to the east of Skookumchuck. The park is accessible via a 12-km gravel road.
Premier Lake Provincial Park
The provincial park is one of the major attractions in the area. The park is a popular spot for fishing, with several lakes offering a variety of fish and unique experiences. Ice fishing is popular at Premier Lake where you can catch trout, eastern brook, and Gerrard rainbow. Other lakes in the park that offer unique fishing experiences include Cats Eye, Canuck, Yankee, and Quartz.
Canoeing and kayaking are allowed at Premier Lake and Quartz Lake. Boaters can launch into Premier Lake at the main boat launch adjacent to the campground or the Gun day-use area.
Hunting is allowed from September 1 to June 30 during lawful game hunting season.
The park features 57 vehicle/tent campsites which can be reserved. When reservations are not available, campsites are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. These campsites are great since they are close to boat launches, lakes, hiking trails and fishing spots.
Buhl Creek Hot Springs is worth a visit if you don't mind driving through logging roads. The hot springs are situated 44 km from the Skookumchuck Forest Service Road. Situated at the confluence of the Buhl and Skookumchuck Creek, the hot springs are usually only hot during the late summers and early falls due to the pools being flooded by spring run-off.
Other hot spring pools are situated in Fairmont Hot Springs. You can have fun in Fairmont Hot Springs resort which features naturally heated pools or explore other pools like the famous Kutenai baths.
There are plenty of fishing spots in the Skookumchuck area. Apart from the Premier Lake Provincial Park, the nearest spot is the Kootenay River which features whitefish, kokanee fry, and bull trout. Fishing in the nearby Skookumchuck River is also interesting. The river features boulder gardens, pocket water, cascades and deep holding pools that hold a variety of fish including cutthroat and bull trout.
To the north in Canal Flats, Columbia Lake offers a chance to catch rainbow trout, mountain whitefish, burbot, kokanee, bull trout and cutthroat trout.
Wasa Lake is another great spot for fishing. Species available at the lake include largemouth bass, rainbow trout, and yellow perch.
However, before you get ready to go fishing, make sure you have the appropriate fishing license.
The best trails in the Skookumchuck area in Premier Lake Provincial Park. They connect Yankee, Canuck and Turtle lakes and are perfect for families who want to access these lakes. They are short loop trails that can be explored by foot or bike and may take anywhere from 1.5 to 4 hrs. Keep in mind helmets are required and electric bikes or e-bikes are not allowed.
Fort Steele Heritage Town
A few minutes to the south of Skookumchuck, the heritage town of Fort Steele offers a lot to explore about the 18090s and early 1900s. The town features 98 historic buildings restored to their original charm and splendour. You can take a guided tour and explore or partake in various activities including, live theatre shows, blacksmithing, leatherworking, tinsmithing, gold panning, interpretive demonstrations, photography studio, train rides, wagon rides and animal programming.
Schools in the area are concentrated in nearby Kimberley. They include Lindsay Park Elementary School, Purcell Pre School, McKiM Middle School, Kimberley Independent School, Marysville Elementary School, Kimberley Alternate School, Blarchmont Elementary School and Selkirk Secondary School.