Sicamous was unofficially formed in 1885, and prospered during the years following the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railways in the late 1880s, as it was a key point on the trans-continental mainline, as well as an important paddle wheeler connection to the rail lines and paddle wheelers of the Okanagan and Kootenays.
Sicamous was incorporated in December 1989, becoming the 148th municipality of British Columbia, and is also the home of Mr. Moose Mouse. The name Sicamous derives from the Shuswap First Nations term for Narrow. First Nations pictographs can be seen on the shores of Mara and Shuswap Lakes.
Sicamous is located 30 km (19 mi) east of Salmon Arm and 72.6 km (45 mi) west of Revelstoke on Hwy 1 and 77 km (48 mi) north of Vernon on Hwy 97A. Known as the 'Houseboat Capital of Canada', Sicamous is located on the northern end of the Okanagan Valley, between Mara Lake and Shuswap Lake.
Open from late June to late August, the Eagle Valley Musuem features exhibits of native, railway, and settlers history and artifacts.
"D" Dutchmen Dairy was founded in Sicamous, British Columbia, Canada in 1978 by Chris and Nellie Dewitt and their family. The Dairy continues to be wholly-owned and operated by the family and provides employments for 20 non-family members.
Visiting "D" Dutchmen Dairy at the farm store has become a tradition for thousands of families traveling through Sicamous. Not just for the fabulous ice-cream, but for the chance to visit with the animals at the farm adjacent to the dairy, and with the animals in the mini-zoo.
Shuswap Lake Marine Provincial Park is popular for fishing and water sports; hiking and nature study are also popular. Shuswap Lake is shaped like an addled H, and is made up of four large arms: the Shuswap Lake Main Arm, Seymour Arm, Anstey Arm, and Salmon Arm. The product of the glacial scouring that also rounded the surrounding Shuswap Highlands, all four arms converge at Cinnemousun Narrows, northeast of Sicamous.
Silver Beach Provincial Park is located on the north end of Seymour Arm of Shuswap Lake, on the site of an historical gold rush town called Ogden City (now called Seymour Arm). It is located on the beautiful sandy beach of the Seymour River estuary. Silver Beach provides the ideal summer holiday for those whose interests are swimming, house-boating, scuba-diving, fishing, water-skiing or just soaking up the sun.
The Larch Hills cross-country ski area, 20 kilometres from Salmon Arm, is home to some of BC's finest ski trails. With 125 kilometres of trails, about 43 kilometres of which are track set, there is no shortage of variety for the cross-country ski enthusiast - classic, skating, and backcountry/unset. The Larch Hills Nordic Society maintains a chalet next to the parking lot, Cec's Cabin about 6K up Larch Hills Road, and Tom's Shelter about 4K up Woodlot Ramble. It also maintains all the tracksetting equipment, including a Pisten Bully 200 and safety toboggans. There are no trail fees but donations are encouraged to help with these expenses.
More than 200 houseboats are rented out each and every year in Sicamous. Houseboating is an incredible vacation experience. Imagine traveling wherever you want around a massive warm water lake. This is the ideal family vacation and a must-do Shuswap activity.
Try out your beluga swing at the Eagle River Golf & Country Club, a local nine hole course located near the Eagle River. Regardless of your golfing ability, Hyde Mountain on Mara Lake Golf Course will take your breath away with its dramatic elevation changes, phenomenal lake views, and cliffside golf shots.
Rent a canoe, ski boat, pedal boats, water skis, & water toys from the many rental companies in the community.
Shuswap Lake contains 19 species of fish. Hire a fishing charter and try to catch the 'Big One'.
Slow it down a bit and enjoy the sights of the alpine and sub-alpine areas of the North Shuswap/Monashee range.
Sicamous & District Chamber of Commerce
Background Photo Credit: Destination British Columbia