Life in the Shuswap is beautiful, casual and down-to-earth. But while there’s no hurry, there’s plenty to do .
The varied terrain of mountains, valleys, lakes, and rivers makes the Shuswap perfect for outdoor adventures of all kinds. In the summer, the water is irresistible, waiting to be experienced – by houseboat, paddling, swimming, and playing on pristine beaches. Trails invite hiking, biking, horseback riding, skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound, including the renowned Adams River Salmon Run, and it’s a great place to get up close to nature with fishing and birdwatching – or admire the landscape while taking in a round of golf at an exceptional course.
Cultural life in the Shuswap is rich. The area is home to many talented artists of all kinds, and you can find them and their work at local studios, galleries and shops, community halls and theatres. Annual events like the famous Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, Squilax Pow-Wow, Falkland Stampede, Chase Cornstock celebrate all that the area has to offer – rich heritage, great music, art, and theatre, agriculture, and community.
There’s lots of family fun to be found around the region, from classics like mini-golf and go-karts to unique enchanted forests, zip-lines, farm tours, and plenty of parks. Culinary adventures await at the Shuswap’s cafés, restaurants, and wineries – tasty baked goods, comforting home-cooked meals, or elegant fine dining.
Finally, tour the Shuswap and you'll find unique shopping experiences throughout the region. From Salmon Arm to smaller communities like Enderby, Sicamous, and CHase, friendly home-based businesses, boutique sotrefronts, and neighbourhood shopping malls feature a variety of local producs and international brands.