Jay Agassiz Salmon Arm & Shuswap Lake Real Estate Agent

About the Shuswap

Salmon Arm is conveniently located in the South-Central region of British Columbia along the Trans-Canada Highway and approximately half-way between the major centres of Calgary, AB to the east and Vancouver, BC to the west. The area is known to some as the site of the famous "Trudeau salute" back in 1982. It's a unique place to live: with a wonderful balance of modern infrastructure, including rich assets of arts and culture, yet the pace is comfortable and uncongested.

The area's centrepiece and crown jewel is Shuswap Lake itself. The crystal clear warm waters and 4 season outdoor recreational opportunities are highly appreciated. Known as the "Houseboat Capital of Canada", Shuswap Lake boasts 1,600 kilometres of shoreline and is surrounded by an impressive setting of mountains, forests and valley farmlands. The rural geography creates a very attractive panorama admired by both local residents and visitors.

From Putting To 18 Hole Challenges

Get out to the links: discover the region by playing some of the 12 excellent golf courses. These range from Talking Rock Golf Course to Les Furber-designed Hyde Mountain Course, overlooking Mara Lake. Serious golfers can be challenged in the Shuswap area and all will enjoy the variety.

Winter Action

Perhaps you like skiing. There are 2 world-class resorts within an hour: Revelstoke Mountain and Silver Star Mountain Resorts. These are just examples: once you start exploring, finding your place here is easy.


The City of Salmon Arm is Shuswap's main hub for commerce. With a population of approximately 18,000 it is one of the fastest growing cities in BC. It's still quaint enough to bump into your neighbours downtown at a small bistro and still large enough for significant amenities such as a general hospital, college campus and twin sheet hockey arena.

The outlying region has a population nearing 50,000 people and extends from Revelstoke to Chase including the popular communities of Sicamous, Tappen, Sunnybrae, White Lake and Sorrento. There are lots of exciting activities just off your doorstep.


The region boasts a very moderate climate with 4 distinct seasons, each year you can count on a sun-drenched summer and white Christmas. The area receives the perfect amount of annual precipitation, so it's graced with more lush scenery than the semi-arid neighbours of Kamloops or Kelowna. If you love gardening then Shuswap is a very satisfying place for any green thumb to work the soil and enjoy the fruits of their labour.


The local economy is very diverse with tourism, forestry and agriculture playing major roles. Farmer's markets abound in the region and fresh organic products are readily available. The communities are also very supportive of the Buy Local movement and have adopted popular health and wellness shopping trends.

The cost of living in the Shuswap is notably more affordable than other outlying cities. Here you will find a selection of mostly mid to upper priced homes for sale, many offering breathtaking lake views. Waterfront homes and cabins are common, smaller acreages and hobby farms are also regularly available if you're seeking more elbow room.

Fly fishing

One of Jay's favourite pastimes is fly fishing and the options here are unbelievable! The local lake and river systems are hard to match anywhere else in the province. Jay says "There's nothing much more exciting than when stripping in a bucktail fly and suddenly having a 10 pound Shuswap rainbow trout strike!"


A welcome surprise for newcomers is the vibrant arts and culture scene. Tour a winery or craft brewery then visit local art galleries and museums all in the same day. The Adam's River sockeye run, Salmon Arm curved wharf and the Roots and Blues Music Festival are world-renowned and attract thousands of visitors to the area each year.

Find What You Love

When you make the decision to buy or sell a home, Jay is committed to going the extra mile to ensure that all of your needs are met in a professional and honest manner. For Service and Commitment, let him help guide you with your next purchase or sale.

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