Nestled in the mountains of British Coumbia is the clean, clear Shuswap lake. With over 1000 km of shoreline the Shuswap boasts outstanding opportunities for year round recreation and adventure. Golfing, white water rafting, mountain biking, boating, wine tours or just sitting on the beach with a book and a beverage, are ideal ways to unwind from the hectic world.
The South Shuswap has been long renowned as the Heart of the Shuswap and offers a relaxed lifestyle with a great variety of recreational choices and accommodation properties. The area is conveniently located on Highway 1 along the southern shores of Shuswap Lake with magnificent mountain vistas and great views of the lake. The area is well known for its recreation and lifestyle, but also offers great dining, culture, scenic view scapes, specialty
hobby and traditional farms, and a large artisan community. Each of the South Shuswap’s communities – Balmoral, Blind Bay, Eagle Bay, Notch Hill, Skimikin, Sorrento, Sunnybrae, Tappen, White Lake, and Wild Rose Bay – are unique in character. Some are rich in history and others are relatively new settlements. At Notch Hill you will find preserved buildings depicting the area’s history as a railway stop. Sorrento is located on Highway 1 and offers all the amenities and services you may need to help make your visit to this area enjoyable. In Blind Bay visit
the Blind Bay Market Place as well as the area’s Visitor Information Centre. In Sunnybrae, walk the short trail through tall trees and cliffs to enchanting Margaret Falls, where 61 m (200 ft) of water cascades into Reinecker Creek. Ride your horse on the equestrian trails at Skimikin Lake and camp on its peaceful shores. Enjoy the many beautiful beaches Shuswap Lake throughout this area.
Farmers markets are a popular activity in Salmon Arm, Sicamous and Eagle Valley, Chase, North Shuswap, South Shuswap, the Falkland area, and Enderby. These markets provide visitors with a bounty of locally grown and organic meats, fruits, and vegetables and artisanal and locally crafted arts and wares. An essential Shuswap experience engages taste: so try our locally made jams, jellies, mustards, chutneys, marinades and dressings. The Shuswap is renowned for some incredible dairies that
export throughout the country. Fresh milk and great cheeses along with mind blowing ice cream contribute to the Shuswap taste extravaganza. The Shuswap spirit may also be discovered in its outstanding wineries and breweries. The region’s cool climate wines are produced by wineries that can compete on par with Canadian wines. Outstanding Gewürztraminers, Merlots, Ortegas, Reislings, Siegerrebes, just to name a few, which have all won national awards. The Shuswap region is also home to breweries in Sorrento and Salmon Arm that pride themselves using only the finest local organic ingredients to produce their beers and ales. The Shuswap is home to hundreds of creative and skilled artists and artisans, ranging from painters, potters, weavers, sculptors, quilt makers, photographers, blacksmiths, wood workers, glass and bead artisans. And that’s just the beginning…! There’s also a vibrant and burgeoning music, theatre and performance scene in the area, with regular events, such as the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues festival, NimbleFingers Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival, community theatre and more… Public art galleries, private studios and retail shops are plentiful and offer an eye-catching and appealing opportunity to see and purchase the talented products made within the Shuswap’s artisan community. The stories of the Shuswap are waiting to be discovered, as perceived through the eyes of our artists, artisans and performers. The Shuswap is a perfect place to indulge in a little retail therapy. Our boutique and owner-run stores are great for browsing, and galleries and artisan studios offer unique, locally crafted products. If you love the Shuswap so much that you want to bring a piece of it home with you, be sure to take some time to shop!
Spend a week or more out here where the sunshine is bright, the air is clear and the only thing to worry about is how many sleeps are left before you have to go home.
There are so many wonderful things to do here in the shuswap. Enjoy the outdoors, with one of our many
Spend some time on the water or exploring the beauty of our localparks. Tour a winery, brewery or go for a local farm tour.
Play a round of golf at one of the many nearby courses, take your bike out for a tour, or explore our amazing network of trails.
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