The Shuswap Region has long been regarded as a piece of paradise in British Columbia. With miles of pristine shoreline, beautiful beaches, warm lakes, and plenty of sunshine – it’s an ideal place for a summer vacation. Take a road trip through the communities and lakes, or relax on a houseboat in the sun. Here are 5 Ways to Experience the Shuswap This Summer.
Home to the Houseboat Capital of Canada, the Shuswap is the perfect place to relax on the water and soak up the sun during the summer. With a variety of sizes to choose from (some have water slides or bike racks on the back), houseboating is a quintessential Shuswap experience.
Live Music & Arts
Live music and culture are abundant in the Shuswap. Check out some incredible artists at the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, or take in the Enderby Arts Festival. Music lovers rejoice in this live music-themed itinerary from Tourism Shuswap.
We love our food here at Route 97, and pairing stunning views with delicious plates is one of our favourite things to do. The Shuswap has an abundance of fresh, farm-grown treats to enjoy, beautifully paired with local wines. Make sure you check out the first annual Turtle Valley Bison Ranch Festival to celebrate ranching & foraging with enthusiastic foodies and renowned BC chefs.
If you want to brag a little, you’ll need a few stellar photos to make your friends jealous. Overlook the entire Shuswap at the Instagram-famous Sicamous Lookout, snap lush waterfalls at Herald Provincial Park, or hike parts of the extensive trail network throughout the Shuswap.
Experience Interior Culture
Whether you’re looking for a quiet getaway, or want to experience authentic First Nations Culture, Quaaout Lodge near Chase is a great stop. Quaaout Lodge is situated on Little Shuswap Lake, surrounded by forests in a territory known as Skwlax (meaning black bear). The Lodge’s cultural program offers guided canoe tours, sweat lodge experiences, open-fire cooking in a winter home and much more.
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