The beautiful Shuswap is situated in south-central British Columbia, northeast of Vancouver. The Shuswap Lake system offers more than 1,000 kilometres of shoreline to explore, amidst spectacular scenery and a pristine environment. The Shuswap offers a four-season playground that 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 mountains surrounding the shuswap provide trails for snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing in the winter, and hiking and mountain biking in the sun-drenched summers.
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.
Location: The Shuswap is located in south-central British Columbia, midway between Vancouver and Calgary, Alberta. The Trans Canada Highway 1 and Highway 97 provide easy access from all directions.
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Salmon Arm and Area is the economic and service center of the Shuswap. A pleasant climate and vast outdoor opportunities ensure an exciting stay in this area. Salmon Arm is the largest community in the Shuswap.
Sicamous and Eagle Valley are nestled amid the Monashee Mountains on the shores of Mara and Shuswap Lakes. This is the Houseboat Capital of Canada, providing visitors with many recreation options, from water activities to hiking and camping, and snowmobiling in the winter months. Communities include Sicamous, Grindrod, Mara, and Malakwa.
South Shuswap offers a relaxed lifestyle with a great variety of recreational choices and accommodation properties for the visitor. South Shuswap communities include Balmoral, Blind Bay, Carlin, Eagle Bay, Notch Hill, Skimikin, Sorrento , Sunnybrae, Tappen , White Lake, and Wild Rose Bay.
North Shuswap is a recreation and vacation paradise, with abundant sunshine and beautiful beaches. Tourism is the North Shuswap’s main economic activity and the area offers numerous facilities and services to the ever expanding number of visitors. North Shuswap includes the communities of Chase, Anglemont, Celista, Lee Creek, Magna Bay, Scotch Creek, Seymour Arm, and St. Ives
Falkland and Area is proud of its rural agricultural lifestyle and offers an abundance of small lakes and varied outdoor activities. This region of the Shuswap includes the communities of Falkland, Deep Creek, Ranchero, Silver Creek, and the Salmon Valley.
Shuswap Lake 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.