The Shuswap was as gorgeous as ever this summer. But Remote Escapes’ summer season didn’t turn out exactly as planned.
June 25 a freak overnight storm not only terrified the 15-person group on Remote Escape at the time but severely damaged the boat when the surging waves flooded the engine compartment. Hours later, the boat was towed to the marina where it sat, out of the water, for much of the summer while repairs were done. Kudos to the group on the boat at the time for remaining level-headed and handling the crisis so well. Many other houseboats were also damaged in the same storm.
Unfortunately, as the repairs took dragged on, future bookings had to be cancelled. Thank you to all for the graciousness with which you accepted these necessary changes-of-plans, sometimes on short notice.
The good news is that Remote Escape is repaired, in better shape than ever, and back in the water. We look forward to a great season next year!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is Shuswap Lake dangerous?
It can be. Storms most often develop in the late afternoon but they can come at any time. You need to keep both an ear and an eye on the weather and, at the first sign of a storm build-up, find a safe place to beach, or a sheltered cove where you can wait it out. A safe place means where there is not a long “fetch” behind you for the waves to build up. Mara Lake is much safer.
2. Which are the best beaches?
It depends what you are looking for. There are so many beaches for so many different tastes. Among the favorites are Hungry Cove, Marble Point, Tillis Beach and Horseshoe Bay. Neilsen Beach is very rowdy, and off limits for rental groups. Beaches along the Salmon Arm between Sicamous and the City of Salmon Arm are nice but you have to deal with the constant train noise along that stretch. One of them is a reputed nude beach, so that may either attract or repel you.
3. Where is the best place on the Lake to spot wildlife?
There probably is no “best place.” Wildlife are everywhere. But that doesn’t mean you’ll always encounter them. It’s always hit-and-miss. This August a mother bear and two cubs came down to the water almost right beside our houseboat while parked at Marble Point. But, beware of the wildlife at Hungry Cove. It’s the mice that are hungry there, and they may clamour up your ropes to get onto the boat.
4. Is there really a sea monster in the Lake?
Legend has it that there is a Shuswaggi, a 25-ft long serpentine creature living in the Lake. It is believed to be of unfriendly disposition and sometimes responsible for freak storms. Its furry can, apparently, be quelled by feeding it live chickens.
EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNTS
We’re decided to hold all 2019 prices to the 2018 levels, even though costs keep escalating. And here’s the good news: For all bookings received before Nov. 11, 2018, we’ll give you 10% off those prices. From Nov. 12, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018, you’ll get 5% off those prices.
The prices are always the same for a 3-day weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun nights) or a 4-day midweek (Mon – Thurs nights).
Before June 6; June 7 – July 4; July 5- Aug 18
After Sept 2 Aug 19 – Sept 2
3 Day Weekend $1895 $2440 $3540
4 Day Mid Week $1895 $2440 $3540
Full Week $2740 $3895 $5295
Custom dates: email for a quote.
Note: rarely is a regular mid-week available, so those trips must usually be customized.
Have you house-boated before? And got some great photos? We’d love to have you submit them for our use in future newsletters and social media. We’ll reward you by giving you a discount on your next booking with us. Simply reply to this newsletter and attach your photos.