‘The Shuswap’, as it is called, is actually a series of connected lakes in the central interior of British Columbia.
Wide open connections between bodies of water make the system behave as one. Surface level changes apply to the whole lake system. The outflow of these lakes is controlled by a dam operated by BC Hydro.
Thousands of people rush up here every summer to head out for some house-boating.
Though I have never been (I suffer dramatic motion sickness – and YES – I do sometimes get sick during storms and rough waters in our float home), I have many friends who swear on their yearly Shuswap house-boating holidays.
There are many other things the region is popular for – biking, geocaching, hiking, horseback riding, rafting, rock climbing, scuba diving, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, zip-lining, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are a few good examples.
The Shuswap is an all season outdoor recreation Mecca.
The summers can get really hot here, when rain is not something you will often experience.
Most years, you can count on a fire ban by mid July (at the latest). But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the incredible nature (and heat) of the stunning Shuswap region.
…And did I mention that the sandy beaches are actually golden? I was unable to capture it properly with my cheap camera, but the shores are filled with sparkling pyrite (fools gold). Beautiful!
- Shuswap Tourism (shuswaptourism.ca)