and Kayaking in the Shuswap
Lake Marine Provincial Park is among of the most popular boating
and canoeing locations in the Southern Interior. One of the best
places to begin exploring Shuswap Lake is at Sicamous, the 'houseboat
capital of Canada' and the service centre for Shuswap marine park.
Marinas and watercraft rentals are located here. Of note is the
MV Phoebe Ann, which can hold 40 passengers (and canoes or
kayaks) and acts as a vehicle barge. This vessel stops at numerous
lakeside locations year-round, except when ice makes travel impossible.
Lake is shaped like an addled H and is made up of four large
arms: the Shuswap Lake Main Arm, Salmon Arm, Anstey
Arm, and Seymour Arm. The product of the glacial scouring
that also rounded the surrounding Shuswap Highlands, all four arms
converge at Cinnemousun Narrows, northeast of Sicamous. Protected
waterways, secluded beaches, and more than 1,000 km of shoreline
make enormous Shuswap Lake a busy water-sport haven during summer.
Those mariners interested in an extended visit will find 14 campsites,
some vehicle-accessible but most the preserve of boaters and paddlers.
sites on Shuswap Lake include Shuswap
Lake Provincial Park, about 12 miles (20 km) northeast of Hwy
1 at Squilax. On Salmon Arm, launch at the public wharf in Canoe,
about 4 miles (6 km) east of Salmon Arm on Hwy 1, or in Sicamous,
13 miles (21 km) farther east on Hwy 1. There's also gravel-road
access from Hwy 1 to Seymour Arm at Silver Beach Provincial Park.
campsites with basic facilities include Two Mile Creek, Albas,
and Fowler Point on the northeast shore of Seymour Arm; Anstey
View on the northwest shore and Four Mile Creek and Anstey
Beach on the south shore of Anstey Arm; and Marble Point
on the south shore and Hermit Bay on the north shore
of Salmon Arm.
Canoeing and Kayaking in the Similkameen
A chain of lakes flows southwest from Manning
Provincial Park's Lightning Lake, the biggest in the
series, where there is an unpatrolled beach and swimming area. Visitors
are urged to mind their water safety: Never swim alone and be vigilant
when children are near or in the water. Lightning Lake provides
good canoeing - there is a launch ramp at the day-use area, but
powerboats are prohibited in the park.
For a refreshing
dip or paddle in the cool waters of the Similkameen River
on a hot summer day, stop at Bromley
Rock Provincial Park or Stemwinder
Provincial Park west of Hedley.
Watch out for poison ivy along the riverbank. Bromley Rock features
a large picnic/day use area, and Stemwinder is also popular as a
picnic stop for travellers along Hwy 3.
and Kayaking in the Kettle Valley
In summer, the Kettle River, accessible from the Kettle
River Provincial Recreation Area, is excellent for canoeing
and inner-tubing, although potential hazards such as submerged sweepers
do exist. Don't attempt this river during spring runoff.