Things to Do in the Shuswap

A Myriad of Attractions

At the Quaaout Lodge, our cultural coordinator will be happy to take you on a tour of the grounds or answer any questions you may have about the area. We have canoes available for our guests to enjoy the quiet waters on Little Shuswap Lake as well as outdoor games like bocce and plenty of other things to do. Our guest service agents can assist you in recommending activities in the area such as the Zip-Line in Chase, a visit to a local farmers market or securing a boat rental. The World Famous Adams River salmon run attracts visitors to see the west coast’s largest salmon spawning event. The Roderick Haig-Brown provincial park is the best viewing location for this and is located minutes from the lodge.

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The Roderick Haig-Brown Park

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The Roderick Haig-Brown Park is a splendid place to visit at any time of year, but particularly in early October during the run of the Adams River sockeye salmon. Every fourth year is a “dominant” run, with millions of fish to be seen (2018 and 2022 will be dominant runs). The Adams River Salmon Society coordinates the celebration known as the “Salute to the Sockeye” during the dominant years. The following years are “sub-dominant” runs of sockeye: 2019 and 2022. These years often have substantial returns of sockeye and offer excellent viewing opportunities. During the first three weeks of October in years where there isn’t a “dominant” or “sub-dominant” return, a small number of salmon begin their spawning cycle. The best place to view spawning salmon will be the viewing platform near the parking lot.

Tree Top Flyers

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Head to the Zip Line in Chase for an unforgettably breathtaking ride through the forest canopy. Learn more.

Berry Picking

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Request Tour / 2 hours June – August ($40 per person or $225 per group of 6+)
Learn the different types of berries the Secwepemc picked over the course of the seasons. Go on a short trip and pick the berries as you listen to the guide share the Shuswap history of the area.

Adams River Salmon Run

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Every year in October, just around Thanksgiving the salmon come back to Adams River. Every four years there's a huge run and that is a sight and something to see for everyone! The river turns red with salmon as they struggle to spawn near the mouth.

You can walk along a self-guided path and climb down onto the riverbanks to see the salmon. There is information on display explaining the run. The salmon come up the Fraser River, turn into the Thompson River and then split into the South Thompson at Kamloops, and then into Little Shuswap Lake, Little River, and then into Shuswap Lake and to the mouth of the Adams. It is an incredible journey and when they arrive they have lost their silver sheen and turned almost scarlet. It is easy to get there off the Trans Canada just past Chase.

Sweat Lodge

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Request Tour / 2 hours (Honorarium for Elder) No Children   
The sweat lodge is a place of spiritual refuge for mental and physical healing. A sweat is typically four sessions called rounds. Each round will last 20-30 minutes. The round ends when the leader of the sweat announces “all my relations” and the door opens. Waiver must be signed. Requires good health.

Wildlife Park Kamloops

: 30 minutes
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Home to over 40 wildlife species, this 106-acre animal sanctuary features species of grey wolves, coyotes, cougars, lynxes, bobcats, reptiles, amphibians, bears, birds of prey and more. Additional attractions include mini steam locomotive rides, an amphitheatre for live events, a petting corral for the kids, and a splash park and playground.

Little Shuswap Lake

: 2 minutes
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The Lodge is located on The Little Shuswap Lake, with a lakefront beach available for use by registered guests.

Cascades Casino

: 45 minutes
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Boasting thrilling high-stake slots and table games, superb restaurants and spectacular live entertainment every weekend, Cascades Casino is a fun, family friendly destination with something for everyone.

Secwepemc Museum

: 40 minutes
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With Historical First Nations exhibits ranging from photographs, illustrations and artefacts to a five-hectare heritage park located on the banks of the South Thompson River, Secwepemc Museum offers visitors a comprehensive and fascinating look at the oral history, legends, culture and heritage of the Secwepemc people.

Hotel

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The Quaaout Lodge

1663 Little Shuswap Lake Road,

Chase,

BC V0E 1M2.

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