The Shuswap

Shuswap Houseboats

‘The Shuswap’, as it is called, is actually a series of connected lakes in the central interior of British Columbia.

Shuswap Lake, Seymour Arm, Anstey Arm, Salmon Arm and Mara Lake make up what is commonly referred to as ‘the Shuswap’.

Mara Lake View of Mara Lake

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.

Houseboating The Shuswap

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.

Holiday in the Shuswap View of the Shuswap

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.

Golden Shores

…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!

You can follow this trip by heading to the ‘Mountain Retreat‘ section, or you can enjoy many more photos of British Columbia by heading to the Habitual Runaway on Facebook.

7 responses to “The Shuswap

  1. Great place! I’d love to cruise the lakes. Just found your other site and subbed it. Sorry your boat sank!! Love all the photos.


    • We were able to pull the boat up – it actually worked again (after draining the motor!) Good old junker she is! Cruising the lakes is super fun – especially when you pass a floating restaurant or shop – very cool!


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  3. Just checked out your floaty life (about time, I know ;-)) Great story about how it came to be! For a habitual runaway to have found a place to belong must feel all the more special!


    • Awe, thank you :D. Yes, I have to admit, I find the ‘floaty life’ very calming. It is nice to be settled – never thought I would say that!! 😛


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