About Sicamous and Mara Lake - Sicamous and Mara are both lake towns in the Shuswap region of British Columbia, and Sicamous is referred to as the “Houseboat Capital of Canada”. Sicamous has abundant recreational opportunities, while Mara is known for its white sandy beaches at Mara Provincial Park. Both offers ideal resting places along their unspoiled shores perfect for recreation seekers who are keen for the outdoors. If you want a vacation to remember, choose an accommodation from Owner Direct Vacation Rentals and enjoy everything the Shuswap has to offer.
Where to Stay & Why - The lakes and beaches are perfect for water lovers. Pick a vacation rental home that has 2 or more bedrooms, and 1 or more bathrooms, making sure it can accommodate each and everyone comfortably. All beds have quality mattresses, covers, and pillows, and the rooms have large closets - some have a fold down couch for extra space or a patio door leading to the front porch with seating. Curl up on the couch by the window. Grab a book/magazine, play a board game or watch a movie while being surrounded with views overlooking the lake, manicured lawn or backyard. The kitchen is fully equipped with a dining table and an island bar, outfitted with everything you need to cook any meal.
Outside, you can choose a bigger home that has a large backyard for family reunions and games, or a condo rental with a wrap around balcony and views of the mountains and lake. Maybe a home with a deck that has a grill, dining table, an outdoor hot tub, fire pit and lounging chairs is better. Some of the vacation rentals even have a playhouse and trampoline for the kids and kids at heart. Other amenities can include the bar area with a pool table, toys and games to further entertain the little ones, internet, and cable, pool, laundry facilities, and some even provide bikes, golf clubs, and boat slips for rent. Our accommodations are really an excellent place to stay for a summer or winter vacation that you won’t regret.
What to See & Do - One of the activities most enjoyed here and in the surrounding areas is house boating, of course! There are also water sports like water skiing and fishing. On land, enjoy some hiking or biking. During winter, there’s snowmobiling and xc skiing. If you’re interested in sightseeing parks, lakes, and trails - aside from the Shuswap Lakes - there’s the Sicamous Creek Falls Trail, Sicamous Riverfront Nature Park, Mara Provincial Park, Eagle River Paddle Route, Sicamous Sands Public Beach, Simm Creek Bike Loop Quest Mountain Hiking Trails, and the Larch Hills Cross Country Ski Trails. There’s really a lot going on here so check out our travel guide for more!
Where to Eat & Drink - Moose Mulligans is a great bar & restaurant that serves a variety of sandwiches, seafood, Mexican cuisine and more. It’s also child-friendly with its menu for kids. It has indoor and outdoor seating, parking, and space to moor boats as it overlooks the river. For sweets, Licks and Splits offer 30 to 50 flavours of ice cream that you can enjoy the picnic seats outside, and D Dutchman Dairy where everything is freshly made from the farm’s cows served in different sizes (from kids to mammoth size). Yes, there are drinks at Mulligans, but let’s not forget Brothers Neighbourhood Pub that’s attached to a liquor store on the main street that has a community feeling and offers a good night out.
How to Get Here & Getting Around - The towns are located along the Trans-Canada Highway 1 and BC Highway 97A, so traveling by car is the best way to get anywhere. If you want to see the lakes, it’s best to see them by boat. Why not rent a houseboat and tour around the lake? If you’re short on time, hire a speedboat for a fun and quick way to admire the scenery.
When to Go - Any season is a good time to rejuvenate, cuddle up by the fireplace, or have romantic evenings on the dock or patio, but breaking it down - SUMMER is when the place becomes a bustling community for the beach and water lovers. FALL is a gorgeous time for hikers, bikers, strollers, and those looking for a more quiet setting to relax and enjoy the outdoors. WINTER is a prime time for snowmobiling and SPRING is the perfect setting for that golf trip you have always wanted. Golfing, hiking, and biking are activities that bring most people to the region in springtime.