The Shuswap is one of BC’s most popular tourist destinations. Located in southeastern BC, “the Shuswap” is used to refer to communities located on or around Shuswap Lake, which is a large lake consisting of four arms of water. There are multiple provincial parks and private campgrounds located on all four arms and you could spend a month in the area without running out of things to do.
I recently spent four days camping on the south arm of Shuswap lake with family. We stayed at the Sky Blue Waters Resort, which is just a 15 minute drive from Salmon Arm. Waking up to this view every day was pretty fantastic.
Our first day on the lake we decided to just lay back and relax. Most of it was spent kayaking or swimming. Early mornings were the perfect time to take the kayak out because the lake was still calm and peaceful. If you are in the mood for exploring, check out the Shuswap Trails website, there are hundreds of trails to explore in the area! We didn’t get out for a hike this time, but it’s high on our to-do list for next time.
Friday morning we decided we were ready to get off the lake for a while. We headed to the Shuswap Farm and Craft Market, which runs every Tuesday and Friday from 8am to 12:30pm. We picked up some fresh corn, potatoes, cherries, blueberries and kettle corn to snack on at our campsite – all of it grown or made in the Shuswap.
Later in the afternoon we decided to drive a few kilometres down the road to visit the Sunnybrae Vineyard and Winery. If you are in the area, don’t miss this winery. It’s a small family owned vineyard with delicious wine and a gorgeous view of the lake. After you taste their selection of white and red wines enjoy a glass of your favourite blend with an assortment of cheese and crackers on their balcony while overlooking the lake – we did!
On our last day we rented a boat and headed out on the water to do some fishing and some tubing. The Shuswap sees some of the best weather in British Columbia with mild temperatures and long sunny summer days. With hiking, fishing, boating, golfing and several wineries in the area there really is something for everyone.
We spent our last evening walking along the beach across from our campsite and took in the beautiful Shuswap sunset.
I wrapped up the four days feeling relaxed, refreshed and very grateful that I can drive an hour from my home and have a vacation like this one. Who needs to book a plane ticket out of the country when we have all of this in our backyard?
If you are interested in camping on the Shuswap the following two provincial parks take reservations online through Discover Camping. But be ready at your computer next spring, you can book a spot three months in advance and these parks fill up fast:
Check out this website for a list of private campgrounds located on the Shuswap.
Camping in the Thompson Okanagan region of BC
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