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1. Houseboat on Shuswap Lake
The town of Sicamous, nestled between the lake and the Monashee Mountains, is home to many houseboat rental centres that tailor their watercraft to your vacation, whether you want to discover hidden fishing spots or take the family to far-flung beaches. Waterway Houseboats’s fleet of “floating cottages” sleep up to 30 people, while Bluewater Houseboats lets you choose among on-board waterslides, hot tubs, barbecues and fireplaces.
• Bluewater Houseboats, 110 Weddup St., Sicamous, B.C., 800-663-4024
• Waterway Houseboats, 1 Mervyn Rd., Sicamous, B.C., 877-928-3792

2. Hike the Enderby Cliffs
The provincial park around Enderby Cliffs – sheer rock formations that sit 1,200 metres above the Shuswap River – has hike-worthy birch and Douglas fir forests as well as moose, cougars, golden eagles and bears. The classic excursion to the summit is a steep seven-kilometre hike, but more casual walkers can head for the viewpoints at the two- and three-kilometre marks, where the terrain is less arduous. Be sure to pack insect repellant, snacks and plenty of water.
• Enderby Cliffs Provincial Park, Enderby, B.C.

Kayaking down a calmer section of Shuswap RiverKayaking down a calmer section of Shuswap River

3. Paddle or float down the Shuswap River
Adventure seekers can raft or kayak at the Skookumchuck Rapids with Shuswap Paddle Adventures, which offers guided rafting and kayaking trips as well as one- to five-day kayaking courses. Or you can just while away an hour or two “tubing” down a calmer section of the Shuswap River on an inflatable plastic lounger or "floatie.” In July and August, local river ambassadors are stationed at launch sites to help you plan your route, but you can plan your own trip by consulting the tubing timetable.
• Shuswap Paddle Adventures, 3130 Mabel Lake Rd., Enderby, B.C., 250-838-7721

4. Catch a show on the farm or the big screen
Every year, Caravan Farm Theatre puts on outdoor shows, including a full-length musical in the summer. Performances are original works that reflect the rural B.C. experience and are often staged among the trees, barns and fields of its 80-acre working farm near Armstrong. Nearby, on the southern outskirts of Enderby, the Starlight Drive-In offers an old-fashioned movie-going experience at North America’s largest drive-in movie screen. Projections happen on weekends from May through September and every night during July and August.
• Caravan Farm Theatre, 4886 Salmon River Rd., Armstrong-Spallumcheen, B.C., 866-311-1011
• Starlight Drive-In, 5341 Hwy. 97A, Enderby, B.C., 250-838-6757

5. Try the local beer
In Salmon Arm, stop by Barley Station Brew Pub to sample seasonal brews that travel just 15 metres from tank to table. Crannóg Ales, located along the Trans-Canada Highway toward Sorrento, is the country’s first certified organic farmhouse microbrewery. Owners Rebecca Kneen and Brian MacIsaac make their ales, including the dark and delicious Back Hand of God Stout, with their own well water and farm-grown hops. Book ahead for a tour and tasting at the facility on summer weekends.
• Barley Station Brew Pub, 20 Shuswap St. S.E., Salmon Arm, B.C., 250-832-0999
• Crannóg Ales, 706 Elson Rd., Sorrento, B.C. 250-675-6847

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BRITISH COLUMBIA     OUTDOOR TRAVEL     SHUSWAP    

Getting There

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Comments… or add another

Brigitt J

Monday, March 2nd 2015 11:12
If you're visiting on August 16th, stock up on locally grown fresh produce, arts and crafts and musical entertainment at the 6th annual Grindrod Garlic Festival --Everthing Garlic!!!

Suzanne Boe

Monday, March 2nd 2015 14:13
Why is it that you STILL don't have direct flights from Edmonton to Kelowna. Considering that almost every flight I take from Edmonton in Westjet is sold out, u would think its commercially viable for you.
I recall you may have put one or maybe two direct flights in in the summer months but I travel year round so that's not useful for me. Please send me a meaningful answer not just your usual "thanks for your email" blurb.

Blair Acton

Tuesday, March 3rd 2015 15:34
And of course visiting the Adam's River "Salute to the Sockeye" in the North Shuswap - where millions of sockeye salmon spawn in the fall.
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