At the heart of Sicamous is the Sicamous Channel, bridging the Mara and Shuswap lakes which have long been popular destinations for vacationers.
Trademarked as the Houseboat Capital of Canada, Sicamous offers the unique experience of houseboating that welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Sicamous also attracts a rush of travelers and seasonal residents called by the lakes to boat, swim, fish, and paddle, tripling the population in the summer months.
Zebra and Quagga mussels are propeller blade shaped freshwater mussels that can reach up to 30mm in size. They are not yet in BC and pose a serious threat to native species and fisheries in our lakes and rivers.
Live mussels attached to boats, other watercraft and recreational equipment can easily be transferred from one body of water to another. Mussel larvae can float undetected in water in bait buckets, live-wells, pumps and bilges.
Once introduced, zebra and quagga mussels are very difficult to eradicate and costly to remove. They threaten native species and fisheries, and increase maintenance costs of hydroelectric, domestic water, industrial, agricultural and recreational facilities.
Help us protect the Shuswap and Mara lakes by inspecting your watercraft for invasive mussels. Remember, they're small and hard to spot! By taking good care in checking your watercraft, you're helping to protect the ecosystems that make Sicamous so magical.