Shuswap Lake consists of four arms, forming a shape reminiscent of the letter H. To me, it looks like a chromosome!! ò.ó The four arms are called Salmon Arm (southwest, near Town Salmon Arm), Anstey Arm (northeast), Seymour Arm (north), and the main lake (west, connected to Little Shuswap Lake via the Little River). The name “Shuswap” is derived from the Shuswap or Secwepemc First Nations people, the most northern of the Interior Salish peoples. There are several provincial parks in Shuswap Lake, but only a few have waterfalls.
List of Waterfalls in Shuswap Lake
- Herald Provincial Park: Margaret Falls
Hiking Distance: 0.5km one way (10min)
Description: This very scenic hiking trail is short easy and flat, following up Reinecker Creek, with many slanting trees and moss-covered rocks.
Directions: Margaret Falls Hiking Trail
- Albas Park of Shuswap Lake Marine Provincial Park: Albas Falls
Hiking Distance: 3.0km round trip (60min)
Description: This 3km trail loop follows both sides of Celesta Creek up through a series of five impressive waterfalls.
Directions: Approx 9.4 km west of Sorrento on Hwy 1, turn left onto Squilax-Anglemont Rd and follow it for approx 46 km to St. Ives. Continue along the Forest Service Rd far up the west side of Seymour Arm to the Albas Provincial Park sign and turn right. The falls drop in a series to the left of the road, with parking at the bottom of the road at the campsite. For water access, dock at Steamboat Bay, located on the other side of the creek from the campsite.
- North to Silver Beach Provincial Park: Seymour Falls (Seymour River)
Directions: Traveling west on the Trans Canada Hwy, turn left at Squilax onto Squilax-Angelmont Rd and proceed at least 100 km to the Seymour Arm town site. Follow the Forest Service Rd #1100 past the town site and at the 15 km sign you will cross the Seymour River. Proceed for approx. 1.2 km to the wide spot where the river bends. Park and follow signs.
- Sicamous Creek Falls Trail
Directions: Take Hwy 97A along the east side of Mara Lake for 3.6 km from Sicamous. Turn left onto Two Mile Rd and travel for 3.6 km and park on the right. The scenic path slopes down to the base of the falls.
Other waterfalls nearby Shuswap Lake are Crazy Creek Falls (Crazy Creek Boardwalk & Suspension Bridge), Gorge Creek Falls (Malakwa Suspension Bridge), Kay Falls, and Chase Creek Falls (Treetop Flyers Zipline Adventure at Chase Canyon). The first three are along Trans Canada Highway 1, east of Town Sicamous. Chase Creek Falls is located in Town Chase (west tip of Little Shuswap Lake) along Trans Canada Highway 1.