The Shuswap & Salmon Arm
The Shuswap area is one of the most popular destinations in British Columbia. Located in south-central B.C., the Shuswap is west of the Canadian Rockies, nestled amongst spectacular mountain scenery, midway between Vancouver, B.C. and Calgary, Alberta. The Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 97 make it accessible from all directions. On this site we advertise Shuswap real estate and other Thompson-Okanagan homes for sale by owner.
Shuswap is water country and the centerpiece is Shuswap Lake. Shuswap Lake is named after the Shuswap Indians. The Shuswap Lake system is composed of several arms and lakes. They include Little Shuswap Lake, Shuswap Lake, Salmon Arm, Seymour Arm, Anstey Arm and Mara Lake. The many lakes in the area are perfect for house boating, waterskiing, swimming and fishing. The local rivers are well known for white water rafting and kayaking. Shuswap Lake has approx. 400 km of shoreline with many provincial parks and offers unlimited water and recreational opportunities. The Monashee Mountains and their sub-ranges are renowned for heli-skiing and are ideal for skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, biking and camping
The region is scattered with unique communities of every size, each with its own attractions and economic possibilities. Salmon Arm, located at the head of the southwest arm of Shuswap Lake, is the largest community in the Shuswap. Located on the Trans Canada Highway it is the economic and service center of the Shuswap. Salmon Arm enjoys a pleasant climate and vast outdoor opportunities. It also features the arts, cultural-based programs, festivals and sporting events. Visiting performers and entertainers continue to grow in number and offer many exciting options. The annual Roots & Blues Festival is an event not to be missed. It features world renowned jazz, blues, folk, and ethnic musicians.
The breathtaking North Shuswap boasts hiking and riding and over 100 km. of unspoiled shoreline. Anglemont, Celista, Scotch Creek and Seymour Arm are a few of the small communities lining the north shore of Shuswap Lake. Many artists, craftspeople and authors make the North Shuswap home. Their work can be found at numerous venues and local festivals year-round or at their own local studios.
Sicamous is nestled amid the Monashee Mountains on the shores of Mara and Shuswap Lakes. Sicamous is known as the "Houseboat Capital of Canada". In the area you can snowmobile, golf and houseboat all in the same weekend in the month of May. Hike the many trails or enjoy the deep powdered snow in the winter. Eagle Valley offers some notable family attractions such as Beardale Miniatureland, scenic Crazy Creek and the Enchanted Forest.
The Salmon Valley streches from Salmon Arm south to Falkland, a rural community located on Highway 97. The Falkland area includes Deep Creek, Ranchero, Silver Creek and the Salmon Valley. These communities are located in long, flat, inland valleys with rolling hills, rivers and mountains. The area is home to chicken and dairy farms and several cheese manufacturers. Watch the cowboys at the annual Falkland Rodeo or adventure off and explore one of the many side roads or trails that run through the area.
Some call the South Shuswap the "Heart of the Shuswap". It is conveniently located on the Trans Canada Highway. Here, you will find a recreation paradise. Boating, swimming, hiking, skiing and house boating are some of the many summer and winter activities you can enjoy in the very moderate year round climate The South Shuswap lines the southern shores of Shuswap Lake and boasts magnificent vistas northward with Copper Island as its centerpiece. Blind Bay, Eagle Bay, Sorrento and Tappen are some of the major centers in the South Shuswap.
Pristine lakes, abundant activities and ideal weather make the Shuswap an ideal place to live. Whether you are watching the yearly, world famous "Adams River Salmon Run" near Sorrento, enjoying dinner at the historic hotel at Seymour Arm or simply floating on the lake taking in the sunshine, the breathtaking Shuswap area has it all for you.
Many wonderful vacations have been spent houseboating on the Shuswap.
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