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Kayaker at sunset on Shuswap Lake
(Picture BC photo)

Sicamous

Geography

Sicamous is located in the Eagle Valley where the Eagle River empties into Shuswap Lake.

The village occupies a wedge of flat land that is actually the growing delta of the Eagle River, which has over time narrowed what was once an arm of Shuswap Lake, creating Mara Lake. Sicamous stretches along the Sicamous Channel and extends a short distance along the shoreline of Mara Lake. The Shuswap Highlands dominate the landscape beyond Shuswap Lake to the west, and to the east, the Monashee Mountains rise steeply, forested in cedar, western hemlock, fir, and pine.

Lakes, Rivers and Mountains

Shuswap Lake, Mara Lake, Sicamous Channel, and the Eagle River greatly contribute to the geographical character of and daily life in Sicamous, drawing visitors for endless outdoor activities like houseboating, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, water-skiing, camping and fishing. The forested hills and mountains are criss-crossed with trails for hiking and cycling in summer, and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in winter.

Climate and Weather

Sicamous enjoys a moderate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are warm with July highs averaging 27.3˚C/81.1˚F. In autumn, stands of birch, aspen and cottonwood turn brilliant yellow. Expect first snowfall around the end of November with winter lasting into March. Snowfall and temperatures are moderate, with January highs averaging -1.5˚C/29.3˚F. Spring is marked by an abundance of showy wildflowers. Sicamous receives about 551mm/21.7in of precipitation annually. However, snowfall is significantly higher in the Monashee Mountains, where increased altitudes can extend winter into June.

Prepare for the Weather

When visiting higher mountain altitudes (especially in summer), it is advisable to dress in layers, as weather conditions can quickly change and temperatures drastically vary. Winter tires are also strongly recommended when heading into the mountains from early autumn through late spring. Road conditions at higher elevations can be treacherous even when excellent in the valley. Four-wheel drive vehicles are best suited for rugged backcountry travel.