Boating British Columbia's Shuswap and Thompson Nicola

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BC's Thompson Nicola & Shuswap

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    Shuswap Lake:

    Welcome to the Shuswap . . . to the lake and the communities along the lake shore. Shuswap Lake is one of the most popular boating spots in British Columbia. This odd shaped four armed lake that makes a ragged H has approximately 1000 km. (630 mi.) of shoreline. The Monashee Mountains and the Shuswap Highlands with peaks reaching up to 2,200 metres (7,200 ft.) surround the Shuswap making it a very stunning and scenic part of BC's High Country.

    Every summer visitors come from all over to enjoy the sunny weather and the extra ordinary natural beauty of the lake. Shuswap Lake, with its four arms is a haven for boating, water skiing, fishing, swimming, sunbathing, and houseboating. On land recreational activities include biking, hiking, birdwatching (Salmon Arm Bay), golfing, and tennis. Visit museums, discover historic sites, explore the craft shops and art galleries. The Shuswap area has something for everyone.

    Shuswap Houseboating
    Photo taken at Sicamous

    Houseboating is a very pleasant and relaxing way to see the lake. There are many houseboat rental and charter facilities at Sicamous and Salmon Arm. In fact, Sicamous is known as the Houseboat Capital of Canada. A houseboat, your home away from home on water, makes exploring fun. Hideaway for an afternoon in a quiet cove and watch the world go by. Visit the quiet and secluded North Shuswap, where there are many private campgrounds, and Shuswap Provincial Park. Explore both the Seymour and Ansley Arms where the wilderness meets the lake and civilization is left alone.

    Serving as the hub of the region is Salmon Arm, situated on the shores of the Salmon Arm of the Shuswap. It is the centre for commerce and government services. The regions' communities of Chase, Sorrento, Tappen, Canoe, Sicamous and Salmon Arm offer an excellent selection of accommodations including RV parks, camp sites, motels and hotels, marinas and moorage, restaurants and pubs. Discover the sun and fun of Shuswap Lake and the nearby communities.

    Kinbasket Lake and Lake Revelstoke:

    The Columbia River Treaty, signed in 1964 between British Columbia and the United States, changed the Columbia River forever. This was the start of a mega hydro electric power project that eventually built dams and reservoirs, flooding and closing the Big Bend Highway, flooding small communities, a hot springs pool, and the road between Golden and Valemount.

    The Mica Dam holds back the greatly enlarged Kinbasket Lake, and the Revelstoke Dam keeps Lake Revelstoke in check. Both lakes offer hours of pleasure boating and great fishing. The catch of the day could be kokanee, Dolly Varden, Mountain whitefish, rainbow and cutthroat trout.

    The community of Revelstoke and it's surrounding area means great hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, golfing, and canoeing. Take a trip down the Columbia River, glimpse into the past with a self guided heritage walking or driving tour of Revelstoke. Visit Craigellachie, see where they drove the Last Spike into the CPR Line. Learn about hardships encountered by the men who toiled building the railway with a visit to the Revelstoke Railway Museum. In winter enjoy snowmobiling, down hill and cross country skiing, for the adventurer there's heli-skiing and snowcat skiing.

    View the great Columbia River and how man has harnessed the water power to make electricity. Both the Revelstoke Dam and the Mica Dam offer free tours. Mica Dam, is the highest earth-filled dam in North America. 146 km. (90 mi.) north of Revelstoke it holds back Kinbasket Lake and offers a spectacular mountain view of the Columbia River Valley. Tours of the underground powerhouse and the four huge generators are opened to the public from June to September. The Revelstoke Dam, only minutes from Revelstoke is a huge structure with an excellent mountain view.

    Revelstoke and area have top notch facilities, hotel and motel accommodations, RV and tenting campgrounds, restaurants, pubs, shopping and other needs. For a holiday that has superb natural scenery, history, topped with excellent boating and fishing head to Lake Revelstoke and Kinbasket Lake.

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