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Magna Bay

Magna Bay is located on scenic Shuswap Lake in the Thompson Okanagan Region of British Columbia. The area offers every type of outdoor activity that you could desire whether it’s on the lake or at the surrounding parks and beaches. Boating, water skiing, canoeing, scuba diving are all available, plus trails for nature walks, hiking, mountain biking, cycling, horseback riding and so much more. Whether you just want to relax and recharge your batteries, or get a workout on the trails, you don’t have to go far once you have arrived in this popular destination.

Location

The small community of Magna Bay is one of several small communities (Scotch Creek, Celista, Anglemont) dotted along the north shore of Shuswap Lake. Located 130 km (80 mi) north of Vernon via Hwy 97, Hwy 1 W and Squilax-Anglemont Road. Alternatively, travelers can take Hwy 97A, Hwy 97B through Salmon Arm and Hwy 1W. From Kamloops, travel east on Hwy 1 to Squilax-Anglemont Road for 100 km (62 mi).

A Step Back in Time

The name Shuswap comes from the Secwepemc First Nations who were descendants of the indigenous peoples who lived in the North Shuswap area for hundreds of years. The first settlers however arrived here in 1895 from Minnesota, crossing the lake and landing at Scotch Creek where they settled. Others followed. The homesteaders made their money mainly from logging, fruit farming and trapping. The only transportation in those days was by water and a local named Henry Bischoff used a rowboat and raft to transport people and supplies. Ferry service began in 1914 between Scotch Creek and Sorrento and continued until 1956. When ferry service stopped, it became necessary to improve the road between Scotch Creek and Squilax.

The first post office was built in Celista in 1908. Anglemont had a post office by 1914 and Magna Bay by 1920. Schoolhouses were built in Celista, Magna Bay, Anglemont and Meadows Creek and were also used as community centres. Magna Bay schoolhouse, being the largest, was the most popular location for dances. Hydroelectric power arrived in the North Shuswap in 1957.

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Magna Bay & Nearby Accommodations

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Magna Bay Resort

Magna Bay Resort

Magna Bay

Enjoy the warm sun and pristine waters at Magna Bay Resort. We are an ideal destination for guests wanting to relax and unwind. Situated on the shores of Magna Bay, capture the breathtaking lake vistas on our beautiful park-like setting. We are located in the centre of Shuswap, known for offering en ... Read more
Ross Creek Country Store & Family Campground

Ross Creek Country Store & Family Campground

Magna Bay

Your family vacation is a very special time. We are hoping camping in the Shuswap will be a big part of that experience. Ross Creek Campground would like to welcome you to our quiet and secluded campground, all nestled in amongst the trees and foliage. Pull-thrus for the big boys. Pull out your lawn ... Read more
Finz Resort

Finz Resort

Blind Bay

We offer 47 sites all equipped with potable water, 30 amp power and sewage hookups. Choose from waterfront lots, lakeside lots and upper treed lots that are located just across the road. We are family and dog friendly. The Resort has washrooms, pay showers and laundry facilities for our guests. Brin ... Read more
Woodhaven Campground

Woodhaven Campground

Sorrento

Spacious treed sites, forest setting, lake access, picnic tables, firepits, hiking, biking, ATV trails, trout-stocked fishing lake, great swimming. ... Read more
Scotch Creek Cottages Resort/Shuswap Vacation Rentals

Scotch Creek Cottages Resort/Shuswap Vacation Rentals

Scotch Creek

Resting on acres of landscaped grass right on the lakeshore of Shuswap Lake, Scotch Creek Cottages Resort is a family oriented resort for families wanting to enjoy a fun filled vacation. We offer 20 individual cottages situated in a large U shape to take advantage of waterfront and ground views. Our ... Read more
Viewpoint RV Park & Cottages

Viewpoint RV Park & Cottages

Salmon Arm

Nestled between the forested mountains and crystal Shuswap Lake, Viewpoint RV Park & Cottages provides a family-oriented atmosphere for your fun filled vacation. Our spacious, countryside property offers space for the kids to play as they enjoy our playground, toys and basketball hoops. Our campgrou ... Read more
Hidden Valley Campground & RV Park

Hidden Valley Campground & RV Park

Salmon Arm

Family and pet-friendly. Well-treed and grassy level areas. Super clean washrooms, coin showers, laundromat. Firepits, playground, wireless, pay phone, sani-dump. 16 full hookup sites in upper level campground, 6 full hookups lower level and 32 partial hookups and unserviced tenting sites in lower l ... Read more
Pierre's Point Campground

Pierre's Point Campground

Salmon Arm

Pierre's Point your gathering place for families, friends and reunions. Friendly family atmosphere with zero tolerance for loud profane parties. 2,800 ft of white sandy beach on sunny Shuswap Lake. A separate pet beach included. ... Read more
Shuswap Lake Vacations/Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations

Shuswap Lake Vacations/Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations

Sicamous

Cruise around Mara and Shuswap Lake with Canada’s largest houseboat company, Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations. Bring family and friends to experience an unforgettable vacation on our luxurious houseboats, and enjoy sandy beaches, majestic waterfalls and warm waters. With a choice of seven houseboa ... Read more
Paradise Motel

Paradise Motel

Sicamous

Beautiful 3 acre property with lots of room to park boats and trailers. Kitchenette and family suites with private bedroom. BBQ, outdoor heated pool and picnic area. Conveniently located downtown Sicamous. Walking distance to all amenities. 4 blocks to beach and boat launch. CP 48 hours. ... Read more
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