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Arrow Park Cemetery

The following is a transcription of the Arrow Park Cemetery located in Nakusp, British Columbia, Canada.

Location

  • Latitude: 50o 15'9.30"N
  • Longitude: 117o 46'39.06"W
Arrow Park Cemetery

Historical Background

Arrow Park (or West Arrow Park as it was also known along with the settlement of East Arrow Park) is located approximately 28 km south of Nakusp on the west bank of Lower Arrow Lake. The flooding of the Arrow Reservoir with the Hugh Keenleyside Dam was going to inundate the West Arrow Park cemetery and because of soil instability in that area it was decided the interments needed to be relocated.

Arrow Park Cemetery

The Glenbank extension of the Nakusp cemetery was opened in 1966 when the main cemetery in the downtown village area had reached near capacity. The south-east corner of this new cemetery was agreed upon to become the finally resting spot of the Arrow Park Cemetery interments.

The relocation of the graves took place prior to the 1969 opening of the dam.

Layout

The cemetery has two sections, one serving as the normal extension of the Nakusp cemetery and the other containing the relocated Arrow Park graves. Many of these relocated graves are marked only by a small plaque containing their name. In addition a number of former residents of West Arrow Park have been buried in this section after the original cemetery was relocated.

This section of the cemetery contains 68 burial plots with six cremation plots. Currently 63 of the burial plots are filled.

A stone marker at the corner of this area is inscribed as follows

        ARROW PARK CEMETERY
          
THIS SECTION CONTAINS THE GRAVES OF  
FORMER RESIDENTS OF ARROW PARK WHO 
 WERE BURIED IN THE CEMETERY THERE.
  IN 1967 THE ARROW PARK CEMETERY 
 WAS CLOSED AND THE GRAVES MOVED TO
  THIS SITE IN PREPERATION FOR THE  
        ARROW LAKES RESEVIOR.
        
Arrow Park Cemetery Plaque

Driving Directions

From the West

Approaching Nakusp on Highway 6, turn east (right) onto N. Nelson Ave and proceed for approximately 600 metres. This road is the connector avenue to Highway 6 leading to Nelson.

Upon reaching Highway 6, turn south (right) and proceed for 1.4 km to Alexander Road. There is a convenience store and service station at the intersection.

Turn north (left) onto Alexander and follow it for 1.8 km to the cemetery, which is on your right hand side.

From the East

Turn south (left) from Highway 23 onto Highway 6 towards Nelson and proceed approximately 3.5 km until you reach Alexander Road. Then proceed as above.

Arieal View - Arrow Park Cemetery

Interments

The interments for the Arrow Park Cemetery can be viewed as a pdf file » here

Additional sources of information:

  1. Arrow Lakes Historical Society
  2. BC Vital Events Index
  3. Village of Nakusp
  4. Whistle Stops Along the Columbia River Narrows by Burton New Horizons Book Committee, 1982

Last updated 2007