Skookumchuck, British Columbia

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For other places with the same name, see Skookumchuck (disambiguation).

Skookumchuck is a locality in the East Kootenay region of the province of British Columbia, Canada, along British Columbia highway 93/95 at the junction of the Kootenay and Lussier Rivers.[1]


Located nearby is Paper Excellence's Skookumchuck Pulp Mill which produces NBSK. The area features fishing, canoeing, hiking, and hot springs.

Name origin[edit]

The name of the town of Skookumchuck dates from the time of fur trade explorer David Thompson and refers to the large rapids in this area on the Kootenay River. Skookumchuck means "strong water", meaning effectively "big rapids" or "heavy current" in the Chinook jargon, and in ordinary use it is a generic name for any rapids, especially the great saltwater rapids at the mouths of the coastal inlets. Some locals believe the name refers to the series of strong-smelling hot springs that occur along a fault plane on the west side of the Rocky Mountain Trench in southeastern British Columbia. These naturally-occurring springs bring hot sulphurous-smelling water to the surface in several locations from the small springs on Ram Creek (not far from Top of the World Provincial Park) northward to the more well-known Radium Hot Springs at the east gate of Kootenay National Park.

Other "Skookumchucks in BC"[edit]

In common use, referring to Skookumchuck as a placename, may refer to two other specific locations in British Columbia:


Coordinates: 49°55′N 115°44′W / 49.917°N 115.733°W / 49.917; -115.733