The municipality of Sicamous is located at the northern end of the Okanagan Valley, about halfway between Calgary and Vancouver along the Trans-Canada highway. The Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 97A, which travels south through the Okanagan Valley to the United States border, intersect in the centre of Sicamous.
Sicamous has a strong tourist industry and is known as both the ‘Gateway to the Shuswap’ and the ‘Houseboat Capital of Canada‘. Visitors are drawn to its lakes in the summer and mountains in the winter – the community has a resort feel, and offers a variety of resort experiences, including water-based recreation, houseboating, golf, backcountry hiking and snowmobiling. The strength of the recreational market, combined with local residents and highway travelers, allows Sicamous to support commercial and business services sectors that are larger and more diversified than what is typical for rural municipalities of its size.