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Your next adventure awaits at Shuswap Lake vacation rentals

In Shuswap Country, all you need to bring with you is your sense of adventure. There's plenty of it waiting for you no matter when you head for your Shuswap Lake vacation rental. In warmer seasons, you can swim, fish, or scuba dive in the lake. Or you can explore the lakeside trails on foot, on a bike, or on horseback. In winter, you can plod on these same trails on snowshoes or ski down the mountainside. And no matter what season, there's always a funky festival happening where you can find great local food and wine. So whether you're bringing your tent, your skis, or your party clothes, Shuswap Lake is an ideal getaway for solo travellers, families, and couples. Just don't forget to bring your sense of adventure with you, too.


Two histories run parallel in Shuswap Lake – that of the Shuswap First Nations people who lived on the land for thousands of years, and that of the European pioneers who set up farming communities around the lake. To experience Shuswap First Nations culture firsthand, you can visit Shuswap Centre and participate in scheduled pow-wows or hike a lakeside trail where the Shuswap people hunted and gathered food. To get a glimpse of pioneer life in Shuswap Lake, drop by the R.J. Haney Heritage Village, a reconstructed pioneer town made up of original historic buildings from that era or their replicas.

Restaurants and bars

The Shuswap Lake region is one of the food baskets of British Columbia, and it's especially known for its organic produce, meats, and dairy. Shuswap Country is wine and craft beer country too. Local chefs are geniuses at creating unforgettable farm-to-table dining experiences. While in Shuswap, check out these fabulous restaurants:

  • Barley Station Brew Pub. Barley Station in Salmon Arm is an ideal place to kick back, throw back a few pints, and munch on classic bar chow. This restaurant serves house brews and fusion comfort food like lobster mac and cheese, rockfish in Malaysian red curry, and reuben sandwiches with kimchi.
  • Finz Bar and Grill. If you're craving for salmon or king crab, Finz Bar and Grill in Blind Bay is the place to go. It has slips where you can park your boat while you eat. And if fish isn't your thing, you can always sink your teeth into their steaks, burgers, or pizza.
  • Jack Sam's Restaurant and Lounge. The perfect spot for a romantic date, Jack Sam's has enchanting views of Little Shuswap Lake. Here, you can enjoy elevate rustic dishes like elk stroganoff, grilled wild salmon, and rabbit cacciatore.

Essential info

Fast facts for your Shuswap Lake vacation rentals holiday

Shuswap Lake is an H-shaped lake in southern British Columbia, 150 kilometres north of Kelowna. Four arms make up the lake's H-shape: Shuswap Arm to the west, Seymour Arm to the north, Anstey Arm to the northeast, and Salmon Arm to the southwest. The lake lies at the centre of Shuswap Country, a rich and colourful farming, wine, and holiday region. Communities around Shuswap Lake include Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Chase, Sorrento, Seymour Arm, and Falkland. The people of these communities are primarily English speakers and use Canadian dollars as currency. Shuswap Lake is said to be home of the Shuswaggi, the Shuswap Lake Monster.

Good for couples

Enjoy quality time at your Shuswap Lake vacation rental

Looking for a bit of private time together? Leave the kids behind (not home alone of course) and enjoy busy days out and cozy evenings in at your romantic Shuswap Lake vacation rental. Whether you're hiking on the many trails, sampling the local gastronomy or enjoying music at one of the area's many summer festivals, you can leave the stresses of normal life behind for a few days and enjoy a spot of solitude in a beautiful natural setting.

Where to stay near Shuswap Lake?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 556 house rentals near Shuswap Lake. From 175 Houses to 80 Cabins, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Shuswap Lake for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Shuswap Lake?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Shuswap Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Kamloops: 321 vacation rentals
  • Salmon Arm: 268 vacation rentals
  • Okanagan Valley: 2,166 vacation rentals
  • Sun Peaks: 300 vacation rentals
  • Sicamous: 112 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Shuswap Lake! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Shuswap Lake?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Shuswap Lake:

  • Kamloops: 321 rentals
  • Salmon Arm: 268 rentals
  • Sun Peaks: 300 rentals
  • Sicamous: 112 rentals
  • Blind Bay: 116 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Shuswap Lake?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Shuswap Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Silver Star Mountain: 278 vacation homes
  • Shuswap Lake Provincial Park: 329 vacation homes
  • White Lake Provincial Park: 265 vacation homes
  • Niskonlith Lake Provincial Park: 392 vacation homes
  • Shuswap Lake Estates Golf and Country Club: 268 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around Shuswap Lake listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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