On the Water

People & Paddle Power, Languid Lakes & Rushing Rivers

Paddle, float, swim, or skim the waters of the Shuswap.

Get up close and personal with our lakes by canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, SCUBA diving and stand-up paddle boarding.

The Shuswap is a paddler’s paradise, with easily accessible small lakes perfect for an escape on the water – so why not visit a few? You’ll find serene settings at Mara Lake, near Sicamous, and White Lake, close to Salmon Arm. White Lake Provincial Park, an oasis near the north end of the lake, features a gravel boat launch and undeveloped camping area. Near Enderby, Mabel Lake and Hidden Lake boast boat launches, camping, and soul-soothing wilderness.

With hundreds of kms of shoreline, numerous beaches, provincial parks, marine parks and campsites, Shuswap Lake offers endless day trips and overnight paddling excursions.

The Shuswap River offers a variety of opportunities for paddle sports from kayaks and canoes to rafts and paddleboards. Thrillseekerscan find class 3+ whitewater rapids through the famous Skookumchuck canyon.

Tap into the local knowledge about current conditions and avoid the hassle of bringing your own gear: rent a kayak or paddleboard and lifejacket from one of several rental businesses throughout the Shuswap. You can borrow a lifejacket for a child free of charge from a “Kids Don’t Float” Personal Flotation Device (PFD) loaner station.