Visitor Services For The Western Shuswap Gateway
We would first like to acknowledge that we are located on the traditional territory of the Secwepemc, the Indigenous Peoples who have lived and stewarded these lands since time immemorial. We invite you to walk the lands, wade the waters and take in the natural beauty of the west end of Shuswap Lake by exploring the three vibrant regions that make up this western gateway – the Village of Chase and the small communities that make up the North and South Shuswap sides of the lake. By clicking on the three links below, you will be able to explore the best of what each region has to offer.
South Shuswap Chamber
South Shuswap Visitor Info: 250.515.3276
The South Shuswap sits conveniently off of Highway 1 and along the southern shores of Shuswap Lake. The communities of Sorrento, Blind Bay, White Lake, Eagle Bay, Wild Rose Bay, Notch Hill and Tappen/Skimikin make up the region.
With its many beaches and boat launches, the area is ideal for on-the-water activities. For a myriad of culinary experiences, be sure to check out both waterfront and their off-water dining. Award-winning wineries, golf courses, museums and retail shops are also here for you to discover.
The South Shuswap is a burgeoning arts & cultural scene. The region is home to Music in the Bay, a Thursday night summer live music concert series, attracting attracting hundreds of people in the summertime. In winter, you can cozy in at one of the monthly coffee house concerts or take in the Small Hall Music Crawl series. The Shuswap Artisan Market in Sorrento is open year-round, featuring the work of many artists and artisans. In August, you can take in Art on the Green, an art show located on the Cedar Heights Golf Course in Blind Bay.
The South Shuswap boasts two summer markets – the Sorrento Village Farmers Market Saturday mornings in Sorrento and Market by the Bay, an evening market on Thursdays on the waterfront in Blind Bay.
For the ultimate winter experience, be sure to visit Walters Sleigh Rides. Other popular winter activities include ice fishing at White Lake, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Look for the Visitor Information Kiosks located throughout the region to access cycling, trail, motor touring, food, wine or golf vacation guides.
North Shuswap Chamber
North Shuswap Visitor Info: 250.804.8097
The North Shuswap region stretches along 100 kms of shoreline from Lee Creek to Seymour Arm and includes the communities of Scotch Creek, Celista, Magna Bay, Anglemont & St Ives. The region offers an impressive array of spectacular sights and activities. Its natural beauty and terrain creates an exceptional four-season playground.
This region is home to the Shuswap Lake Provincial Park, one of the province’s most desired camping locations. It represents the best of what the North Shuswap has to offer in summer – sandy beaches, fabulous views of Copper Island, great boating and other on-the-water activities. Due to its location, the warmth of the sun hits this side of the lake for just that much longer, earning it the title ‘the sunny side of the lake’.
The North Shuswap is home to the Sockeye Salmon Run, an astounding feat of nature. If you are visiting in the Fall, it is a must-see while you’re there. The Tsutswecw Provincial Park (Secwepemc name meaning ‘many rivers’ and pronounced choo-chwek) is fascinating and beautiful to explore at any time of the year.
Pebble beaches, miles of back-country trails, amazing waterfalls and delicious homestyle diners, pubs and bakeries make this a truly authentic Shuswap experience.
Look for the Visitor Information Kiosks located throughout the region to guide you along your way as you travel up the northern shoreline.
Chase Visitor Info: 250.679.8432
Chase is a vibrant village nestled between the mountains and along the sandy shores of the Little Shuswap Lake, serving as the western gateway to the Shuswap. The lakeside location with numerous amenities makes Chase a wonderful year-round spot to create your Shuswap experience.
There are many ways to enjoy the water in Chase, from a paddle, swim, or skim on the Little Shuswap Lake, to fishing at the source of the South Thompson River, or cooling off in the mist of the Chase Creek Falls. For young families, the village offers a splash pad, a skate park, a swimming pier, a wading pool and even a zipline! Music lovers will enjoy the free Music on the Lake concert series on Tuesday evenings in July and August, and at various local venues throughout the year.
As a small community, you can walk, bike, and even drive a golf cart almost anywhere. Be sure to stroll downtown, taking in the specialty stores, the museum, markets and cafes. For those looking to get a different perspective, a hike up Mount Scatchard is great anytime of year, and will reward you with incredible views and picturesque landscapes.
The region is rich in Indigenous history and culture. Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort is nestled on the banks of Little Shuswap Lake. One can immerse themselves in the Indigenous cultures of the Secwepemc while visiting there.
In winter, head to the hills to ice fish at Sk’mana Lake or explore the surrounding cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. If you want to make it a true small town experience, grab your cowbell and join the community in cheering on the Chase Heat hockey team!