September 2nd, 2009 – by: Jennica11
Morning After. The rain cleared away a lot of the haziness from the fires.
Shuswap Lake is shaped in a sort of X or H shape it has four main arms that branch out. This really is a very huge lake and we did not traverse all of it during our 7 day trip. We started in Salmon Arm
, visited Seymour Arm, and then Anestey Arm before making our way back. This lake is known as the house boating capital of Canada. There were a lot of houseboats everywhere. Especially when it was time to beach for the night, and also the Narrows area which is the intersection between all the different arms- lots of boat traffic there. The Narrows have two floating sea stores with a gas station, dump station, restaurant, and store. The stores prices were inflated.
For instance, a bottle of pepsi cost $3, an ice cream bar anywhere from $2.50- $3.80 depending on what type you wanted. This is Canadian dollars... but when you pay in USD they still give you change in Canadian.... so basically we didn't get an exchange rate. The gas in the narrows is cheaper than at Twin Anchors marina which we took advantage of.
Basically, our days consisted of swim, fish, kayak, sun bathe, eat, sleep, cruise, and repeat. The days went by slowly. I loved when the ship was moving.... sitting on the top deck with the breeze blowing in your face and surrounded by beautiful views all around..... pure bliss.
Most of the beaches were pebbly or rocky with a sandy beach showing up once in a while. Albas Falls beach was sandy, very beautiful and very popular.
There were many houseboaters anchored in this area. Steamboat bay was just around the corner, more pebbly but with no one in sight so we moved there for the night. We visited Albas Falls which had a beautiful trail leading to it. The trail is a loop, but we came back the way we started, because I had hijacked a very sculptural rock from the falls (for my coffee table) and it was very heavy. The whole area is filled with beautiful rocks.... and this will serve as a beautiful sculpture and a great memory jog from this trip. Not many people made the effort to go up to the falls, which is a shame because it is a very nice hike.... especially if you don't wear flip flops like
I did, lol. I only brought beach clothes and a windbreaker.... no sneakers or hiking shoes.... thinking we would be on water the whole time. I then made the hike in flip flops and got a strap burn on one of my feet... because the trail was rocky and bit steep at times.
Anyway, I really liked Seymour arm and wouldn't mind a return trip here. The water was very clear, and warm... and the views were of course spectacular.