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Mara

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Mara is a scenic town that sits on the pristine banks of Mara Lake. This town is known for its white sandy beaches at the regions’ Provincial Park. The lake offers ideal relaxation opportunities along its unspoiled shores and provides recreation seekers many outdoor activities including houseboating, water-skiing and swimming. Fishing is also popular with an abundance of Rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, Kokanee, and Lake trout.

Some flowers at the Whispering Pines RV & Tents in Mara.

Location

Located on the Shuswap River 20 km (12 mi) south of Sicamous and 18 km (11 mi) north of Enderby on Hwy 97A.

The beach in Mara near the Whispering Pines RV Park.

A Step Back in Time

The region was originally the location of the Ranch owned by the Canadian Merchant and Polotician, John Andrew Mara. He lived there sometime during his life from July 21, 1840, till his death in February 11, 1920. It was from him that the town gained it’s name, along with the Mountains and Lake in the region.

Mara found success in polotics in both the provincial and federal levels. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the province of British Columbia. He sat in the provincial legislature as the member from Yale. He ran for election as well as sat as both Government and Opposition – this was before political parties were allowed in the House. Federally, Mara was a Conservative and was twice acclaimed as a Member of Parliament in the federal riding of Yale before being defeated by Hewitt Bostock in the 1896 election in the new riding of Yale—Cariboo.

He owned the large ranchlands between Enderby and Sicamous where the Okanagan and Shuswap countries meet. The mountains east of the original ranch, and the Lake south of Sicamous, bear his name. Today Mara Lake Provincial Park is a popular tourist destination during the summer months.

Mara’s wife Alice was the daughter of Frank Barnard, founder of the Barnard’s Express Co. or “B.X.”. Her brother, and therefore Mara’s brother-in-law, was Sir Francis Stillman Barnard, 10th Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia (1914–1919).

The pool at the Whispering Pines RV & Tents in Mara.

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Mara & Nearby Accommodations

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Kingbaker Creek Resort

Kingbaker Creek Resort

Mara

Enjoy a family-friendly environment at Kingbaker Creek Resort, where many families return year after year to create unforgettable memories. Spend the hot sunny days at our sandy beach with a low slope, perfect for the kids to safely swim. We have ancient cedar trees scattered throughout our well mai ... Read more
Whispering Pines RV & Tent

Whispering Pines RV & Tent

Mara

11 acres of park, heated pool, trees, open play areas and picnic areas. Large shaded sites, full hook-ups, power, water, tenting, pull thru sites and sani-dump. ... 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
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
Anchor Riverfront Motel

Anchor Riverfront Motel

Sicamous

Located along the Trans Canada Highway, the Anchor Riverfront Motel is the ideal destination for overnight travellers or week-long guests. With a campground situated at the back of our property, we also invite RVers and campers to stay with us. Our motel offers a variety of accommodation, including ... Read more
Joe Schmuck's Roadhouse

Joe Schmuck's Roadhouse

Sicamous

Situated along the Eagle River with spectacular views rests Joe Schmuck’s Campground. Our tree-lined campsites provides privacy for guests and each campsite has a picnic table and firepit. We have a combination of full-service and non-serviced sites to suit every need. Our campground is perfect fo ... Read more
Salmon Arm Camping Resort

Salmon Arm Camping Resort

Salmon Arm

Camp among the lush, green natural forest near Shuswap Lake at Salmon Arm Camping Resort. If camping isn’t your style, then sleep in our one or two bedroom cabins! Our well-maintained resort is ideal for families to spend their holidays and create unforgettable memories. We offer spacious and priv ... 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
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
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