Beach days are the best days in the Shuswap. From open beaches with plenty of parking, play areas and shaded picnic spots such as Canoe Beach (be sure to stop in to Top Jimmy’s Canoe Beach Cafe while there) to more secluded, boat access only hideaways, whatever your preference, pack up and head out. There are river banks too, ready for you after a day of floating gentle waterways. Hike further afield to mountain top lakes. Either way, our variety will leave you feeling“beach-side” yourself.
Choose your destination:
Located at the historical site where paddlewheelers once docked, Belvidere Park is said to offer the best view of the Enderby Cliffs and Shuswap River. The city park features the Visitor Centre and Chamber of Commerce offices, with public washrooms, picnic tables, Riverwalk access, and a canoe launch on the Shuswap River. The park is conveniently located near to the downtown and beside the Enderby bridge.
Beswick Road Community Park is a lakefront swimming and picnic area in Seymour Arm. The lake access is 20 metres wide by 70 metres long. This site includes a vault toilet, picnic area, fire ring, garbage receptacles and recycling container for public convenience. Parking is available for 12-15 cars. This park is crown land operated under a license of occupation held by the CSRD.
Caen Road Park is a grassy park located in Blind Bay. Used as a day-use park and swimming area, Caen Road Park is a beautiful destination for relaxing and having picnics. Visitors enjoy a grassy area, picnic tables, washroom, benches, and a swimming area. For boats, this is a hand-launch site.
Cambridge Road Lake Access is one of seven lake accesses to Mara Lake in Swansea Point. The park has a vault toilet, four picnic tables including one that is handicap accessible. Garbage and recycling bins are available for park users. This grassy park is a great place to bring your family to spend the day outside, especially with the addition of a playground spinner for the kids to enjoy.
Canoe Beach has a beautiful pebbly-sand beach, big shady trees, roped off swimming area, beach volleyball courts, grassed area for picnics, boat launch washrooms and change facilities, group shelter and concession stand. The park is ideal for families, corporate picnics and large group gatherings. Within steps of the beach are baseball diamonds, the Park Hill Trail system and the community of Canoe.
Near the town of Enderby, Gardom Lake is a popular fishing and recreational destination. This family lake is visited throughout the year as it provides fun for both park goers and anglers alike. Location: From Vernon, travel north on HWY 97A through the town of Enderby and turn left at HWY 97B towards Salmon Arm. The next major left is Gardom Lake Road, which leads to the park and lake.
This lake is great for fishing year round and is conveniently located just east of Enderby. This lake is home to 3 separate recreation sites with a total of 46 campsites and each site has a boat launch. Location: 24 KM east of Enderby. From the town of Enderby on HWY 97A travel east along Enderby-Mabel Lake Road. At the community of Ashton Creek follow the Trinity Valley Road south over the Shuswap River to Hidden-Shuswap Road.
Magna Bay Wharf Road Community Park is a popular swimming and picnic area for local residents and visitors in Magna Bay. There is over 100 metres of south facing beach with a picnic area, vault toilet, garbage receptacles and recycling containers for public convenience. There is also a public boat launch and dock for temporary moorage while loading and unloading.
Turn off Trans Canada Highway onto Squilax Anglemont Road. Proceed acoss Little River Bridge and east on Squilax Anglemont Road for 9.3 km to Martinowski Community Park. This is a pedestrian only lake access. Parking is limited to the end of Freeman Road. Take care crossing Squilax Anglemont Road.
The Pinaus Lake Chain is NW of Vernon and south of Falkland. Access to this chain is best through the Ingram Creek Forest Service Road (please seek map books and resources for direction to these lakes). The lakes accessible on Pinaus Lake Road include Square, Lady King, Will, Pinaus and Little Pinaus Lakes.
Reedman Road Community Park is a small, 10-metre wide public lake access that extends approximately 50 metres from Blind Bay Road to the shore of Shuswap Lake. There is a gravel pathway with planted native species on either side. At the lakeshore, there is an artisan's bench and interpretive sign providing information on local pioneer John Reedman.
Ross Creek Community Park is a popular swimming and picnic area. There is over 200 metres of south facing beach, a picnic area, a vault toilet and a recycling container for public convenience. Parking is available for 10 - 12 cars. To the west of the beach, Ross Creek feeds into the lake. Explore and enjoy this beautiful park.
It is a popular destination in the summer months for locals and visitors alike. There is over 100 metres of south facing beach, with a picnic area, vault toilet, garbage receptacles and recycling container for public convenience. Scotch Creek Wharf Road is crown land operated under a License of Occupation held by the CSRD. Parking is available for 6-8 cars.
This site is 18.33 hectares in size, including over 400 metres of shoreline on Shuswap Lake. There is also a small picnic area overlooking the lake. A short trail leads across Eagle Bay Road (watch for traffic) to the beach. The beach area expands as the lake water recedes during the summer.
The park is situated on the old delta of Scotch Creek, has one kilometer of sandy, pebble beach, and includes the whole of Copper Island. The park also offers a large grassy play area, an adventure playground, a large boat launch. and a self-guiding nature trail.
Silver Beach Provincial Park is located on the north end of Seymour Arm of Shuswap Lake, on the site of an historical gold rush town called Ogden City (now called Seymour Arm). The campground has sites located next to the beautiful sandy beach of the Seymour River estuary. The park provides destination camping for people arriving by boat and by vehicle (Forest Service road from Anglemont)
Sunnybrae Park is a great spot for family recreation which includes a playground, ample parking, washrooms, a vault toilet and a beach on Shuswap Lake. It has a picnic area adjacent to one of the best beaches in the Shuswap. For swimmers, there is a large swim raft on site in the protected swimming area.
Wild Rose Bay is secluded and rarely visited park mainly due to its distance from the Highway. A recreational trail has been constructed leading from the parking lot down to the shoreline. The parking lot is substantial and includes a public washroom and garbage receptacle. Access by boat is difficult at low water periods due to the rocky shoreline; however, the views across the lake from the point are unsurpassed.