The Shuswap Trail Alliance is working to develop a linked system of natural trails and waterways around Shuswap Lake. And what a system it is! There are so many trail heads that it's relatively easy to dock the boat and spend the day exploring, either on bike or on foot. The next day could mean an entirely different hike or ride on an entirely different trail. If you're on a houseboat, that’s almost like having luxury waterfront property, isn't it?
The Shuswap region has five championship courses that are as beautiful as they are challenging. It’s even possible to dock on Mara Lake right at the Hyde Mountain course, take the complimentary shuttle service to Loggers Restaurant and Lounge, golf a round and then return to the lake. The best place to find out about area courses is www.golfshuswap.com.
Located two kilometres east of Cinnemousun Narrows, where Anstey Arm and Salmon Arm meet on the Shuswap Lake, this adult-only resort features unique accommodations such as a treehouse, honeymoon teepee and a vintage Airstream trailer. Visitors can tour waterfalls and gardens, charter the Phoebe Ann paddle wheeler, go on an ATV ride and end the day with a Mongolian feast dinner party. Visit www.narrowsvillage.com for more information.
Head for Albas Provincial Park, on the northwest end of Shuswap’s Seymour Arm, and hike up these gorgeous falls, which actually are a set of six falls that grow in size as they approach the lake. The hike can be steep, but it’s also circular — meaning you can hike up one side of the falls and down the other. And when you’re through, head on to Seymour Arm to finish off the day with a bite to eat.
Skookum Cycle and Ski in Salmon Arm has plenty of information about local mountain biking trails: 141 Shuswap St. NE; 250.832.7368; www.skookumcycle.com
Copper Island Diving in Salmon Arm is one place to learn about dive sites on Shuswap Lake: 430 7th Street SW; 250.832.5737; www.copperislanddiving.com
There are a number of dive sites close to the Shuswap Lake narrows and up the Shuswap Arm that make for interesting exploring. The best way to find those locations is to check in with a dive shop such as Copper Island Diving in Salmon Arm. Then just head to the coordinates, set anchor and dive in!
There isn’t a bad picture out there of the Shuswap Lake region — the view is simply spectacular, given the area waterfalls, flowers, cliffs and wildlife. And talk about a pastime that anyone can enjoy. Just point and click!
The beaches are far too numerous to count. They can be found on both sides of the narrows, in the provincial parks, up the Seymour and Anstey arms and, well, around nearly every corner. Some have room for several boats to dock and some for just a few, so the degree of privacy is really up to you. There’s never a problem finding a place.