Sicamous Creek Falls, Shuswap, British Columbia
Sicamous Creek Falls in the Shuswap, British Columbia is located short drive just off of Vernon-Sicamous Highway 97A on the outskirts of Sicamous. There are several trails within in the park including a short hike down to the falls and if you feeling brave you can hike along the falls using ropes to climb some sketchy steep areas, you can also hike up the mountain to the Canyon Lookout to take in the fantastic views of Mara Lake.
When doing research online about the hike down to the falls there were several blogs that said it was an easy hike, which is true if you only hike down to the first falls and then call it a day. On the other hand if you can channel your inner daredevil and follow the somewhat treacherous trail that goes along the creek it will bring you to some gorgeous spots.
We hiked the trail on the very first day of summer and the water was still raging, but if you come deeper into the summer the water gets low enough to swim in certain areas.
The steep areas are equipped with strategic ropes to help you climb up and down. There are some steep and washed out areas from flooding that are dangerous and unfortunately people have lost there lives on this trail. While hiking along the falls, I could see there was spots where if you slipped, that would be a wrap. So please be careful!!!
You gotta let a primate be a primate.
We took along my mother in-law, who is in her mid 50s, so it was interesting to see her trying to conquer her fears. I helped her up some of the more crazy spots and overall I think she enjoyed the thrill, although she did have nightmares of falling into the rapids that night, so…..
The forest surrounding the creek is green with all kinds of ferns and mosses giving it a lush rain forest look.
We got lucky and came right in wild blueberry season, so we foraged around for a few minutes and enjoyed and fresh delicious snack straight from mother nature. I also spotted raspberries, saskatoon berries, thimble berries, currents and strawberries, though none of those were quite ready to be picked.
After our crazy hike along the creek we decided we might as well hike up to the Canyon Lookout. The trail is moderately difficult, but good exercise and you will be pleased with the scenic views of Mara Lake you get near the top.
After our hike, we stopped at one of the beautiful white sand beaches on Mara Lake and relaxed for a few.
The Shuswap region has so many fantastic beaches with crystal clear, clean and refreshing water. The region is also more untouched by commercialism and remains relatively quiet compared to it’s busy, but beautiful neighbor the Okanagan Valley.
We live in the Okanagan and love it, but when we want to escape the busy summertime traffic and beaches full of vacationers, we drive out to the Shuswap where we can sometimes get a whole beach to ourselves for the entire day.
Sicamous Creek Falls is the perfect trail to hit anytime during the summer, early summer if you want to pick wild berries and later in the summer if you would like to take a dip in the pools of the falls. I suggest doing the falls fairly early, then head up to the Canyon Lookout for some incredible views and afterwards take your cooler to one of the picturesque beaches for a picnic and a nice cool refreshment.