Life in the Shuswap

Imagine your new life in the Shuswap

Nestled between Vancouver and Calgary rests a picturesque community waiting for you to call home!

The Shuswap is a district of British Columbia, Canada, that covers a number of quiet communities within reach of Shuswap Lake. Located on the north tip of wine country and smack dab in the middle of lake country, the Shuswap is a popular destination for avid adventure seekers and those wanting to escape the city for somewhere that feels a bit more West coast because of the natural landscape and vegetation that boasts 4 solid seasons.

An iconic example of what “the great outdoors” means, the Shuswap is connected to a network of surreal hiking trails, waterways, and hot springs in the region. That has attracted many artisans to the area, sharing their talents with the local communities. You can find craft breweries, coffee roasters, woodworkers, artists and more practicing their trades and celebrating their work throughout the communities.

Salmon Arm, the “small city of big ideas”, is the largest city in the district with a population of 19,000 residents, is a popular tourist destination given its amenities and closeness to the great Shuswap Lake. There is more than 400 kilometers of shoreline and twenty provincial parks around the Shuswap Lake, offering nearly endless exploration for those inclined. For families, there are a range of well ranked public and private schools in the area covering K-12. With the population and job market in Salmon Arm rapidly growing, despite its small size and in 2019 Macleans rated it the best community to live in BC, and fifth best in Canada!

And I can tell you, everyone here is so damn nice!

Salmon Arm's "Long-range Planning"

The city of Salmon Arm will be investing in these key areas in the near and long-term:

  • Agricultural Area Planning
    • Planning for effective land use and the regulations surrounding it
  • Community Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    • Reviewing and addressing City initiatives towards carbon neutrality
  • Greenways Strategy
    • Developing a trail and path network throughout the City
  • Heritage Strategy
    • Strengthening the downtown core
    • Promoting protection and public awareness of heritage sites and resources
    • Establishing a greenway program to link and interpret key historical and cultural assets
  • Official Community Plan Review
  • Zoning Bylaw Review

You can read more about Salmon Arm’s long range planning & projects on their website!

Activities in the Shuswap

As for activities, many will be excited by the outstanding, world-class golf courses sprinkled throughout the Shuswap. You can even try them all with a Golf Trail pass to play at five of the major courses in one season. Shuswap is most famous for being the HouseBoat capital of Canada, and incredible for it’s vast selection of fishing hot spots. Same goes for cross country skiing in the Winter,  all throughout the Shuswap and some of the world’s best downhill skiing just next door, like Sunpeaks and Silverstar. With all these vacation destinations so close to home, you’ll be situated in the heart of it all when you want to get outside!

If you’ve been waiting for a reason to break out of the city, look no further! In the Shuswap, there’s a home waiting for you.