The first settlers in this area were from Finland and Sicamous has a history that consists of many interesting subjects; native heritage, Columbia gold discovery, paddlewheelers and construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. ‘Sicamous’ means ‘narrow or squeezed in the middle’ which pretty much describes the town looking at the aerial photo above. However, an alternate story has the name coming from “Schickamoos” – the settlers’ version of Secwepemc – the Indian nation of these parts that also gave us the name ‘Shuswap’.
Today, Sicamous – Houseboat Capital of Canada – is a small town of a few thousand that doubles in the summer months as visitors come to enjoy the two lakes, Mara and Shuswap, as well as the many attractions on land. A complete list of those year-round activities and attractions can be found here, while below are some of our favourites:
- Dutchman’s Dairy All our dairy comes from D’Dutchman Dairy. We all love the glass bottles. They have many, many flavours of hard ice cream which you can enjoy while seeing the calves, and other farm animals.
- Fruit World is full of seasonal fruit and vegetables, snacks, local honey, jams etc. Right across from D’Dutchman Dairy.
- Crazy Creek. Hot springs in outside pools and a 240 ft high suspension bridge.
- Hyde Mountain Golf Course has earned the reputation as one of the most challenging golf courses in the Shuswap. Even if you don’t golf, enjoy their patio with the beautiful view of Mara Lake.
- Eagle River Golf Course is minutes from our door, and a great 9 hole golf course beside Eagle River.
- Enchanted Forest kids will love this place.
- I Am Yoga Yoga with heart. A great place for a yoga workout.
- Audrey Nanimahoo Stone Sculpture Gallery Amazing and breathtaking sculptures, paintings, pottery and more.