A thriving, modern, First Nation Community of approximately 300 members, the Akisqnuk First Nation covers over 8,000 acres of some of the most picturesque land in the Columbia Valley. In fact almost the entire distance between Windermere and Fairmont Hot Springs crosses the Akisqnuk First Nation.
The single largest land holder in the Columbia Valley, the Akisqnuk First Nation’s spectacular land base stretches from the foot of the Rocky Mountains to the shores of Lake Windermere and the Columbia River.
Members of the Ktunaxa (pronounced too-na-ha) Nation, who have lived in their traditional territory for thousands of years, the Akisqnuk First Nation enjoys excellent working relationships with regional business and government partners.
Akisqnuk is the site of many business and development opportunities.
Rich in resources, including precious water, the First Nation owns and operates two capable water systems: the state-of-the-art Central Area Water System completed in 2010; and the North Area Water System.
The First Nation is home to leased residential subdivision Indian Beach Estates. Neighbouring the town of Windermere, the subdivision forms a neighbourhood in that community. Indian Beach Estates offers federal government-guaranteed, stable, and secure long-term land leases.
Planning is ongoing on 10 acres of Columbia Lake I.R. #3 at the corner of Highway 93/95 and the Windermere Loop Road which, in 2011, was voted by nation members to be legally designated for development and is awaiting designation approval by the federal government. This parcel will become the Columbia Valley’s newest highway-front commercial development.
Other businesses on the Akisqnuk First Nation include the Columbia Valley’s largest lakeside campground, the successful Lakeshore Resort and Campground; the popular Montessori curriculum-based Little Badger Early Learning Program; Highway 93/95 billboard leasing opportunities; a Hunting Guide Territory; a Forest Company; and a sustainable housing construction program in development.