Located northeast of the Okanagan, about 100 km from Kelowna, the glorious lake country of the Shuswap has a wonderfully warm climate and a distinctly friendly, laid-back atmosphere. Today, the name Shuswap is synonymous with houseboating as the lakes are overrun with fun-loving vacationers during the summer months. Who can blame them really - the refreshingly cool lakes are a great place to escape the scorching summer sun. It’s a great destination for families, adventurers, golfers, hikers and bikers, winter sports enthusiasts, and all types of water sports fans. Choose an accommodation from Owner Direct Vacation Rentals to escape routine, go for a romantic getaway, or for a family adventure.
Owner Direct offers the perfect lodging for everyone in every season of the year, all in close proximity to wonderful lakes, ski & snowmobile areas, and other attractions. The vacation rentals can accommodate 4 or more people, and you can choose if 1 bathroom is enough, or if you need more for everyone. Even though you can get cozy on the couch, enjoying the TV or the warmth from the fireplace, we’re sure you’ll spend your days admiring the Shuswap area. Before you head out, there’s a fully equipped kitchen complete with appliances and dishes - some of the owners even provide baking supplies and spices - to make snacks to enjoy during your day out or on the deck. From centrally-located condo rentals to cabin-style chalets, the perfect accommodations are waiting for you. Communities in the Shuswap Lake region include Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Blind Bay, Celista, Adams Lake and more.
C’mon, let’s go outside! There’s large covered decks with a grill, patio table and chairs where you can enjoy the lake and the local mountain scenery. The water is refreshing for swimming and you’ll find a dock and buoys for your boat and even a rowboat. Light up a bonfire on the beach at night while chatting and making s’mores. Do you think that’s it? There’s also laundry facilities, parking, some of the rentals are pet-friendly, and some even have a pool and or a hot tub! Some even provide boat slips and have a full-time caretaker on hand.
The Shuswap is down to earth, so when it comes to adventurous and not-so-adventurous activities, it’s pretty casual, laid-back, and focused on fun. If you enjoy boating, you have come to the boater’s paradise. Bring your own boat or rent one and cruise around the lake or along the shoreline. Admire the seemingly untouched wilderness or enjoy a relaxing walk in some of the local parks. Discover breathtaking waterfalls, the Giant Cedar Forest, and check out one of the 526 creeks flowing into the Shuswap Lake. Of course, let’s not forget that you can challenge yourself golfing in the region’s most beautiful scenery. There are lots of trails, or in the winter, go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skiing at Sun Peaks Ski Resort or snowmobiling.
Your vacation wouldn’t be complete until you’ve sampled the beautiful flavors grown locally as the place boasts casual, down to earth, great food in a variety of settings. There are intimate restaurants serving tasty plates, with local ingredients prepared by hand. Visit the farmers’ markets with amazing fresh produce at the hub of quiet rural neighborhoods. Local dairies serve mind-blowing ice cream and cheeses. Tour the wineries, breweries, farms, and sample the unique products that the Shuswap has to offer.
There are several access points to the Shuswap as the Trans-Canada Highway borders many sections of the lake. It is also conveniently located midway between Vancouver and Calgary. From Vancouver, follow the Trans-Canada along the Fraser River Canyon route or take the Coquihalla Highway 5. From Calgary, follow the Trans-Canada West past Revelstoke, until you get to the Shuswap Lake system. In addition to a number of routes accessing the region via wheels, you can also fly into the Kamloops Airport.
Being a year-round destination, just decide what you want to do during your vacation and pick the season to visit. If you’re visiting during winter. Make sure your car has snow tires to be safe!
There you have it, pack your things and bring your food, and some water toys for your stay because everything else is already waiting for you.