Sicamous with Shuswap and Mara Lakes from Sicamous Lookout, Photo Darren Robinson, Shuswap Tourism

Sicamous

Time to try a different sort of vacation perhaps? How about renting a houseboat? Sicamous is known as the ‘Houseboat Capital of Canada’. Located at the northern end of the Okanagan Valley, between Mara Lake and Shuswap Lake some 200 houseboats are rented out annually. Slowly navigate the quiet waters of these lakes and enjoy the scenery and relaxed atmosphere that this region offers. There are many other activities and areas to explore however. Golfing, fishing and hiking are popular and you can try some fabulous locally-made icecream from the farm store at the “D” Dutchmen Dairy. And the kids will love the animals too. In the winter cross-country skiing is a popular pastime.

The beautiful community of Malakwa is just 19 km (12 mi) northeast along the Trans Canada Highway, and well worth the trip.

A Twin Anchors Houseboat in Sicamous.

Location

Located in the Thompson Okanagan region 30 km (19 mi) east of Salmon Arm and 73 km (45 mi) west of Revelstoke on Hwy 1 and 77 km (48 mi) north of Vernon on Hwy 97A.

Twin Anchors Houseboats on the lake in Sicamous.

A Step Back in Time

Sicamous was unofficially formed in 1885 and prospered during the years following the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the late 1880s. Sicamous 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. The name Sicamous is derived from the Shuswap First Nations term for Narrow. First Nations pictographs can be seen on the shores of Mara and Shuswap Lakes.

Contact Information

Sicamous & District Chamber of Commerce
Shuswap Tourism

Sicamous & Nearby Accommodations

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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
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
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
Hidden Valley Campground & RV Park

Hidden Valley Campground & RV Park

Salmon Arm

Family and pet-friendly. Family and pet-friendly. Well-treed and open 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 ... 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
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
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
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
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