Sparks of Interest

Where the energy of nature, sparks the energy of the people. No matter where you sit on the energy dial. Where birdwatching recharges some, wakeboarding refuels others. All ultimately are inspired, rejuvenated and enthused. Because in Sicamous…we believe in a life lived with spark.

Sicamous is the meeting place, the start of everyone’s adventure.

Conveniently located at the intersection of two major highway routes, the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 97A, Sicamous connects travelers from the Lower Mainland and neighbouring Alberta to the sought-after destinations of the Okanagan and Shuswap.

At the heart of the community 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.

It is no surprise the dominant industry in Sicamous is tourism. Beyond water recreation, the community inspires travelers with two scenic golf courses overlooking the Eagle River and Mara Lake and is home to numerous walking trails featuring breathtaking mountain views and waterfalls. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of hang gliders who fly from the Sicamous Lookout on Queest Mountain and a proposed bike park for the lower portion of Owlhead Mountain is sure to draw biking enthusiasts to the area.

Winter tourism is also on the rise with Sicamous making a name for itself in the snowmobiling world with award-winning riding on the Queest and Owl Head mountains. In 2019, Sicamous received gold in the Snoriders Rider’s Choice Awards for favourite overall snowmobiling area in B.C, among others, and in 2017 was named champion of B.C.’s Sled Town Showdown. The community is within 200 kilometers of the Kelowna International Airport and world-class heliskiing and ski resorts including Revelstoke Mountain, Silver Star, Big White and Sun Peaks.

As well as being the “Gateway to the Shuswap”, Sicamous has become the northern gateway to an exciting new intercommunity project, the Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail. Unfolding the story of the traditional Secwépemc territory, the trail will link to the Vernon-Kelowna rail-trail greenway and extend 200 kilometers south to Osoyoos, opening opportunities to promote recreation and cultural tourism in the area.

Sicamous is the meeting place waiting to be discovered.

 Elevation  250 m
 Area  12.71 km2
Population 2,613 (2021)
Total Private Dwellings 1,905
Occupied by usual residents 1,244

Sicamous has seen a 7.6 per cent population increase rising from 2,429 in 2016 to 2,613 in 2021!

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Sicamous participates annually in British Columbia Communities in Bloom in which participating communities are evaluated by their livability. 

"The Communities in Bloom program inspires communities to enhance and sustain the visual appeal of neighbourhoods, public spaces, parks and streetscapes through the imaginative use of regionally-appropriate plants and landscaping with attention to environmental stewardship and to preserve heritage and cultural assets. An integral component of this very popular program is the friendly competition between communities, engaging citizens of all ages, service groups, businesses and associations in a public-spirited effort to succeed and be recognized." (BC CiB) 

Sicamous Communities in Bloom 

The District collaborates with Sicamous Communities in Bloom in initiatives that help to beautify the community such as the Annual Community Cleanup held in April. 

"Committed to helping Sicamous achieve the Official Community Plan priorities of Town Centre Revitalization and Encouraging and Enhancing Community Beautification, while fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility, and improved quality of life." (Sicamous CiB)

UPCOMING EVENTS!

April 9, 2022 | GARDENING 101 FOR BEGINNERS

An introduction to gardening taught by the Shuswap Food Action Society. The class will meet 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at Municipal Hall (446 Main St) on Saturday, April 9th.


April 30, 2022 | Senior's Flowerbed & Community Cleanup

Volunteers meet at the Curling Rink parking lot (1121 Eagle Pass Way) at 8:00 a.m. Lunch is provided following the cleanup at 1:00 p.m. Please email sicamouscommunitiesinbloom@gmail.com to register!

Community Waste Pick-Up

This is a free two-day community clean-up event! Take advantage of the opportunity to clean up your yard and dispose of unwanted items. No household garbage please! Place your items at the end of your driveway by 7:00 a.m. for curbside pickup.

Monday, May 2, 2022 | Metal Materials

Disposal of white goods only such as hot water tanks, stoves, washers, dryers, fridges and freezers.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 | Organic Yard Waste

Includes items such as grass clippings, leaves, pruning and weeds to be placed in clear garbage bags. Tree limbs in lengths and up to 8” diameter, wrapped in bundles. 

Prohibited Items: 

  • Auto bodies or parts
  • Toxic waste (i.e. paint cans/solvents)
  • Batteries
  • Commercial wastes
  • Household waste

Contact Information: 

For more information, please contact sicamouscommunitiesinbloom@gmail.com.

Follow the Sicamous CiB Facebook page @SicamousCommunitiesInBloom. 

 

 

 

 

Community Facilities

Sicamous is fortunate to have access to a number of facilities operated by community groups and organizations.

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District-Owned Facilities 

Sicamous Curling Rink

The Sicamous Curling Rink is owned by the District of Sicamous. During the winter, the building is utilized by the Sicamous Curling Club and by Sicamous Pickleball in the spring and summer.

District Parks & Greenspaces

Little Bears Child Care Program

Little Bears Child Care Program is open to children 3-5 years of age and is operated by the Eagle Valley Community Support Society

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Sicamous Preschool

The Sicamous Preschool is a Non-Profit Society that has been in operation for over 20 years. It is run by the parents the preschool student, for which for an Executive Board oversees the functioning of the Preschool.

The classes are run by a qualified Early Childhood Education Teacher and in many cases an additional Early Childhood Education Assistant.

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After-School Kids Club 

The After-School Kids Club is operated by the District of Sicamous and provides weekly childcare after-school childcare for children Kindergarten to Grade 6. 

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Elementary and Secondary Education