The lively community of Blind Bay is located in a pristine setting on the west side of the bay of the same name on the southern shore of Shuswap Lake.
Beautiful Blind Bay is so named because of the angle at which the bay joins Shuswap Lake. It is easy to travel down Shuswap Lake without noticing the bay at all, as it is almost concealed from sight.
The Shuswap Lake system in Southern Interior of British Columbia offers more than 1,000 kilometres of shoreline to explore, amidst spectacular scenery and a pristine environment.
The Shuswap boasts the largest houseboat fleet in Canada, and one of the largest in the world, offering a fabulous way to vacation with family and friends, lazily drifting along the lake gazing at blue skies and gorgeous mountains.
The South Shuswap region of BC includes the communities of Balmoral, Blind Bay, Carlin, Eagle Bay, Notch Hill, Skimikin, Sorrento, Sunnybrae, Tappen, White Lake, and Wild Rose Bay.
The beautiful Shuswap Lake takes its name from the Shuswap Indians, northernmost of the Great Salishan Family, and one of the largest tribes in the interior of British Columbia. Once numbering over 5,000, these people were fishermen and hunters, roaming in bands through the vast land of lakes and forests, reaching 240 kilometres to the west, east and north. Salmon Arm takes its name from the southwest arm of the Shuswap Lake, due to the large runs of salmon that used to run up the creeks that empty into the lake.
Visitors to Blind Bay are attracted by the natural scenery surrounding Blind Bay, and the great waterfront location overlooking Shuswap Lake – a perfect location for a fun-filled vacation.
Location: Blind Bay is located on the southern shore of Shuswap Lake, in the Shuswap region of British Columbia, northwest of Salmon Arm and 4 miles (6 km) east of Sorrento (10 minutes). Access to Blind Bay from Sorrento is via Blind Bay Road, 5 minutes off the Trans-Canada Highway.
Follow Notch Hill Road up the hill to the ruins of the 1920s buildings that are all that remain of the once-booming railway town of Notch Hill. Notch Hill road is south of Highway 1, accessed via Hilltop Road.
The full-service Shuswap Marina is located in Blind Bay on the shore of Shuswap Lake. The marina is located at the end of Ingram Road, just off Blind Bay Road. From the lakeside, the marina is opposite Copper Island, to the west of Blind Bay.
Golf: The Shuswap Lake Estates Golf & Country Club offers a scenic 18-hole professionally designed championship course with well-bunkered, undulating greens, generous fairways, and four beautiful lakes. The par-71, 6,467-yard course provides a variety of challenges for both the accomplished and casual golfer. Practice facilities include a driving range, 2 practice greens, and practice sand bunkers. Golf Vacations in British Columbia.
Shuswap Lake Marine Provincial Park is one of the most popular boating and canoeing locations in the Southern Interior. Shuswap Lake is the product of the glacial scouring that also rounded the surrounding Shuswap Highlands, and is made up of four large arms: the Shuswap Lake Main Arm, Salmon Arm, Anstey Arm, and Seymour Arm.
Shuswap Lake Provincial Park is a wildly popular park located on the north shore of Shuswap Lake across from Blind Bay. Everything you need for summer fun is there: camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, paddling, swimming, hiking, windsurfing, sailing, houseboating, water-skiing, nature study, photography, visitor programs, and bicycling. With 12 km of paved trails, Shuswap Lake may also be the cycling capital of the BC Parks system. The park is open in the fall during the Adams River salmon run. Don’t confuse this park with Shuswap Lake Marine Provincial Park. For access by road, turn off Hwy 1 at Scotch Creek, then go about 20 km farther.
White Lake Provincial Park is situated on the north shore of White Lake, due east of blind Bay. The park has a reputation for excellent recreational rainbow trout fishing – it is one of the top three angling lakes in the province in terms of angler days. White Lake is popular in winter for ice fishing, in addition to fly fishing and trolling in the summer.
Take a boat over to Copper Island, just a short ride from the shores of Shuswap Lake Provincial Park. Copper Island offers 3 kilometres of winding trails that circle the island, and a trail up to the summit (488 metres) that provides superb vistas of Shuswap Lake. An impressive variety of plants and animal life are to be found on Copper Island.
West of Blind Bay is the lakeside vacation community of Sorrento. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, alpine meadows, rivers and forests on the shores of Shuswap Lake, Sorrento is enveloped by motels, resorts, campgrounds and summer cottages, offering a fabulous array of recreational activities, during both summer and winter.
South of Blind Bay on the Trans-Canada highway is the small community of tappen. Vintage car fanatics shouldn’t miss the White Post Auto Museum in Tappen. The museum displays restored vintage vehicles and special interest vehicles, and also offers for sale vintage vehicles in need of restoration.
Circle Tours: See the best of the area on Okanagan and Kootenay Rockies Circle Tour. Travel the sunny interior of British Columbia, north through the Okanagan to Sicamous, following Highway 1 into the mountains of the BC Rockies. From Golden, head south through the Columbia Valley to Creston, and west through the Southern Okanagan, starting and ending your sun-drenched voyage in Osoyoos, the place where two lakes come together. Circle Tours in British Columbia.