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Sicamous always does Canada proud on this national holiday. There will also be activities on Saturday July 2 including a pancake breakfast, car show and NHL Celebrity Golf Tournament. For up-to-date information on activities and events go the Sicamous Chamber of Commerce website at www.sicamouschamber.bc.ca or the District of Sicamous website www.sicamous.ca

Sicamous Show & Shine

Hundreds of vintage and classic cars will be at the Sicamous Recreation Centre Saturday, July 2. Stop on by, take a stroll and have a gander at some truly captivating vehicles from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission by donation. Morning folk can start their day with a pancake breakfast from 7 am to 11 am. There will be a concession and adult refreshment garden on site. Don’t miss the craft fair, helicopter rides and concert. Call 250-836-2855 for details.

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Canada Day

With the co-operation of various community groups and sponsored by the Eagle Valley Arts Council, Sicamous’ Canada Day celebrations are famous throughout the region as a perfect way to celebrate the nation’s birthday. This year marks our first Heritage Hockey Weekend to honour the 15 Sicamous Hockey players who have gone on to play semi-professional and professional hockey. Start Friday off with the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. Next enjoy family friendly activities, face painting, entertainment and a children’s art festival at the Red Barn. Then take in a ball hockey tournament, parade (11 am), Canada Day Cake, tailgate party & hockey celebration ( 5 pm Main Street), live music ( 7 pm Shoeswap) and our famous fireworks at the Sicamous Beach Park. This year there’s lots to see and do as

June 28th until July 3rd, 2016 Hosted by the Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club and Eagle Valley Arts Council at the Red Barn Arts Centre - 1226 Riverside Avenue, Sicamous, BC Be sure to take time to visit the Red Barn for this spectacular display of local arts and crafts. Meet the artist Tuesday, June 28th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Display Wednesday June 29th to Sunday July 3rd 10 am to 6 pm.

Red Barn Saturday Market

Held every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm the Red Barn Market hosts a variety of vendors including local artists and artisans, fresh baked goods, vegetables and a tail gate market in the parking lot. The Red Barn is on Riverside just south of Finlayson. For information call 250-836-2177.

District of Sicamous Please enjoy the many amenities offered in our growing and thriving municipality (incorporated 1989). If you are thinking of relocating, we invite you to take a look at the quality of life in Sicamous. Our staff would be pleased to assist you with information on the economic potential of our exciting community. Enjoy your visit!

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Mayor’s Message The District of Sicamous is strategically forget the waterfront walkway – it might located at the junction of the Trans be short, but it’s beautiful. Visit local golf Canada Highway and Highway 97A, courses, walking and cycling areas and midway between Calgary and Vancouver certainly visit the local dairy and petting (5 hours either way) and 1.5 hours from zoo and enjoy gourmet ice cream. the Kelowna International Airport. The In winter, Sicamous is rapidly becoming municipality fronts on both a destination for many Mara and Shuswap Lakes sledders with numerous and the vibrant “Channel” groomed trails to explore that connects the two lakes with little danger of together. Sicamous is proud avalanche. to be called the “Houseboat We are an energetic Capital of Canada” and is population that has a home to several houseboat strong sense of community rental companies. and an abundance of We a l s o o f f e r a n B r i t i s h C o l u m b i a ’s abundance of parks – our famous hospitality. It is Beach Park is a hub of a place where people feel family activity during the good about raising their summer months, complete family with serene and with a water splash park, scenic landscape, quality Mayor children’s play set and tennis community facilities and Terry Rysz courts for those who wish to programs that support play games. The swimming healthy lifestyles as well as area is surrounded by a log boom to provide solid education and social interaction. safety for swimmers. Finlayson Park offers Sicamous residents possess a strong sense a walking path complete with exercise of community pride and volunteerism is equipment and an enjoyable stroll through a part of our everyday lives. Whether its a mature forest. Baseball games and other sports groups, churches, schools or service activities are scheduled all summer long. organizations, we gladly share our resources For those with four legged family members, with them all. try the Dog Park where your furry friend On behalf of Council and our residents, can run to his/her heart’s content. If you are the District of Sicamous extends a warm into nature, try walking the Eagle River welcome to you as you explore our Nature Park or Sicamous Creek Trail. Small community. We wish you a wonderful neighbourhood parks are located through stay and extend our best wishes – enjoy the community for quiet serenity. Don’t another warm summer in sunny Sicamous!

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SICAMOUS VOLUME 30 2016/2017 PUBLISHER:

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Hard work and determination will pay off for Shea Weber in February when he suits up in the red and whites of Team Canada. The 24-year-old Sicamous product was tagged last month to represent the nation in the 2010 Olympic Games. It’s a goal Weber had been working towards, and an opportunity he’s proud to be part of. “The Olympics are a very special event, not only for hockey but for winter sports and to be able to play for your country and compete for a medal is kind of neat,” says Weber. The 6’4”, 234 lb. Nashville Predators defenceman will be sporting the maple leaf with other big names in hockey like Scott

Niedermayer (Anaheim Ducks), Roberto “Whatever they want him to do, he’ll do Luongo (Vancouver Canucks), Chris Pronger it,” said James. “He’s a team-first guy, he’s (Philadelphia Flyers) and Sidney Crosby not a selfish player at all.” (Pittsburgh PenBoth parents guins). share what could Apart from a be described as a camp held last subdued exciteThe Olympics are a very summer, Wement for their special event, not only for ber guesses the son and the honhockey but for winter sports team may have a our that’s been and to be able to play for couple of days to bestowed up on gel in February him. Shea Weber before hitting the “Shea phoned Team Canada ice in Whistler, home and said and he’s interest‘I’ve been chosen ryone fits Olympics and I said ‘okay,’” ed in seeing how everyone fits. But Weber’s to play in the Olympics, mom and dad, Tracy and James, don’t ex- Tracy commented, explaining it’s kind of a pect Shea will have any problems. family trait not to overreact – one that Shea

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shares. But she and James who, share roots in Sicamous minor h definitely excited, and are hopin at least one of their son’s games. Sicamous Eagles manager Wa is also pretty excited by the Shea, an Eagle alumni, will be his community and country at t March says Shea has been total throughout his career on what he do: make it to the NHL. In the pro helped the Eagles win the KIJ ern Canadians in 2001-02; he h the Kelowna Rockets to three c WHL Memorial Cup champions including the win in 2004; and, af with Nashville in 2004, he help

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Sicamous Music in the Park The Sicamous and District Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce our music in the park series. The series will run the following 6 Mondays, July 11, 18, 25 and August 8, 15 & 22. This is a free concert event and all are welcome to attend. It will take place at the Sicamous beach park and will start at 6:30 pm. Come early, bring your friends and a blanket. A good time will be had by all!

Summer Events for Kids

Classic Boat Festival

The 6th Annual Sicamous Antique & Classic Boat Festival, presented by the Okanagan Antique & Classic Boat Society, will be held this year on August 5th to 7th and will host up to 45 vintage boats of all types. The public is welcome to come down to the Main Street Landing Docks in the Sicamous Channel on Saturday August 6th from 10 am until 3 pm. On Sunday the Boat Show participants will be running north up the lake to enjoy a day on the water. For more information please contact Paul Harrison at paulfharrison1@shaw.ca or visit www.oacbs.ca

B.C. Day Long weekend

Celebrate the long weekend on Saturday July 30 with a pancake breakfast at the Sicamous Legion and a parade downtown.

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The District of Sicamous will be offering our Summer Kids Club once again this summer. Running Monday through Fridays time TBA . Starting July 4th Cost is $25 dollars per day open to ages 6 to 12. Drop In’s welcomed however 24 hours’ notice is required. The District of Sicamous will also offer Red Cross Swim Lessons this summer. Starting July 4th running through to August 26th. Lesson’s held at the Sicamous Beach Park For more information on both programs, please contact Recreation Programmer Jamie Sherlock 250-836-2477 or recreation@sicamous.ca

Sicamous Fungi Festival The annual Weekend Fungi Festival will be held at the Red Barn Arts Centre Sept. 23-25. The mushroom mania will showcase exhibitors, live entertainment and beer gardens, cooking classes and guided mushroom tours throughout the weekend. For information, call 403-970-0114 Email debheap@hotmail. com , visit www.fungifestival.com or see our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1724027631148667/

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Go-Karting

There are two opportunities to go go-carting within minutes of the District of Sicamous on the Trans-Canada Highway. Kelly’s Go-Carts is located near D Dutchmen Dairy on the eastern outskirts of town call 250-836-0009 for information. Speed Way Fast Cars is located in Malakwa,15 minutes east of Sicamous, where the four-way ends. The only fully-paved race track in the Shuswap, go-karts at Speed Way Fast Cars run up to 50 km/hr. For information, call 250-836-4165.

15th Annual Scottie Hyde Golf Tournament

September 10, 4 person scramble, shotgun start 10 am, 25 team limit! All proceeds to Eagle Valley Resource Centre/ The Food Bank. Join us for fun, dinner and prizes. Call 250.836.4653 or visit www.hydemountain.com for more information.

The Enchanted Forest

A rainforest complete with native plant signage is the setting for 350 handcrafted fairy-folk figurines set up in whimsical displays throughout the beautiful old growth forests of the Monashee Mountains. Take an escape on a wetland boat tour at the far end of the boardwalk, paddling through lily pads and enjoying the sights and sounds of the area. The Enchanted Forest offers a view of B.C.’s tallest tree house and access to its delightful gift shop. Now open daily. To be enchanted, call 250-837-9655 or visit www.enchantedforestbc.com.

Skytrek Adventure Park

Experience adventure among the treetops at the Skytrek Adventure Park located at The Enchanted Forest. Park attractions include an adult zipline course, adventure tower, jungle gym and kids tree adventure. At the Skytrek Adventure Park you

Last Spike

Located at Craigellachie, 20 minutes east of Sicamous, is the historic last spike of the railroad. The last spike linked Canada from the Pacific to the Atlantic ocean and was hammered more than 100 years ago. The historic spike is celebrated as a park complete with a picnic area and cairn. Forming the base of the cairn are rocks from each province and territory, as well as one from Craigellachie, Scotland.

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Local food markets

Fruit World is a locally owned and operated open air fruit and produce market. Emphasis is always on fresh, local, and naturally grown products some of which are unique to Fruit World. They also carry a large and ever expanding selection of locally produced specialty foods from within BC and across Canada. Located directly across from ‘D’ Dutchmen Dairy, which has a selection of dairy products including ice cream and a variety of exotic animals to see, it’s a snap to please everybody in the family!

Sicamous Visitor Information Centre

Dragon Boating

The Eagle Valley Dragon Boaters Society gives paddling enthusiasts and the curious a chance to try the sport. Visiting paddlers can pay per excursion for the unique boating experience. No experience is necessary. You can spot them (and join them!) on the water in the early mornings. Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, call Carol at 250-836-4762.

Seniors Activity Centre

From carpet bowling to cards and billiards, the Seniors Activity Centre is a busy place most days of the week. Special events include music, crafts, Wii bowling and chairbiotics, lunch by donation, lunch on Fridays $5. For information on what’s happening at the centre, call 250-836-2446 or visit www.sicamouseniors.ca.

I.D.A.

Sicamous’ Visitor Information Centre is the perfect compass for those who want to explore the greatest place on earth. Locals and visitors can benefit from the variety of services and information available. The centre offers road maps and regional guides to help travelers get the most out of their vacation experience – even those looking for something off the beaten path. For weekend trippers or those looking at a staycation the information centre may lead you to unexplored adventures that are practically at your doorstep. There’s much more to the information centre than travel, passes for local marine parks, local restaurants, maps of Shuswap Lake and extensive guides of local hiking and biking trails are also available. Travel services are free of charge. Discover all your town, region and province have to offer. The Visitor Centre is located in the Sicamous Civic Centre and can be reached at 250-836-3313.

Father’s Day On the Water Boat Show

Looking to buy a pontoon boat? Visit the docks in front of Moose Mulligans on Father’s Day weekend and test drive some new models June 18 & 19 . Enjoy product sampling at Moose Mulligans Pub, tour a Twin Anchor’s houseboat and check out Red’s Rentals. Call Seadog Boat Sales at 250-836-4567 for info.

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Hyde Mountain

This 18-hole championship course, sculpted against the rising shoreline of Mara Lake, provides a unique golf experience with elevation changes, cliffside golf shots and a spectacular licenced dining experience. On the lake? No problem. The golf course offers a free shuttle service from its dock on Mara Lake to the clubhouse. Hyde Mountain also offers a full-length driving range and a 100,000 square feet putting and chipping green. Hyde Mountain is located at 9851 Old Spallumcheen Road. Call 250-836-4653 or visit www.hydemountain.com.

Eagle River Golf & Country Club

A fully appointed pro shop, clubhouse and licensed lounge await the golfer after a challenging, rated nine-hole course interspersed with naturally occurring water hazards and sand traps. A picturesque golf course, Eagle River Golf & Country Club’s immaculate greens beckon the most demanding putter. Eagle River Golf & Country Club is located on the Trans-Canada Highway. Call 250836-4454 or visit www.eaglerivergolf.com.

Fastball tournaments

This summer Sicamous is hosting several Fastball tournaments including May 28 & 29 - Ladies A & B Fastball Tournament, June 25 & 26 - Ladies C & D Fastball Tournament and July 8 -10 - Midget B Fastball Provincials. All tournaments are located in Finlayson Park from 8 am - 8 pm.

Hockey Schools

Sicamous has always been known for its high-quality hockey schools and this year is no different! The Sicamous Hockey School runs from August 8 to 13. Guest Instructors are Shea Weber and Cody Franson. For information call 250-836-4882 or visit sicamoushockeyschool.ca. From August 15, 16, 17 the Sicamous Eagles Jr. B Hockey

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Camp is underway. This is an exciting opportunity for elite bantam/ midget players to showcase their talents to coaching staff. For information call 250-517-9243

Sicamous 2nd Annual Beach Park Run

Join the run September 25 at 9 am (registration starts at 7 am $35 fee) Net proceeds to be used to start a rail trail fund. New this year Family Walk & Mutt Strut. For more information contact 250463-9865 or email sicamousbeachparkrun@gmail.com

Sicamous Beach Park

Equipped with playground equipment, a water park and an outdoor beach-volleyball court, the beach is the preferred spot for many in the summer. You can either take Silver Sands Road (turn north off the Trans-Canada Highway east of the bridge) or walk to the end of Finlayson Street.

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For a fee, park and make a couple minute hike to view the falls from the suspension bridge. Relax in the hot pools of Crazy Creek. Guests can enjoy three geo-thermally heated hot pools and one cold plunge pool. The pools range from 39 to 42 degrees and do not contain any sulphur. Guests can experience Crazy Creek’s camping, condos and modern shower and change facility. Take some time to appreciate the crisp mountain air and majestic beauty of the Eagle Pass Valley by relaxing at Crazy Creek’s hot pools. Call 250-836-4097.

Mara Lake Provincial Park

Mara Lake Provincial Park is a day use facility appreciated by picnickers and swimmers. The 5.9 ha property lies along the eastern shores of Mara Lake along Highway 97A and is 12 km south of Sicamous. The water is also a vital salmon habitat.

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Located 12 km east of Sicamous off the Trans-Canada Highway, Cedars Campground offers secluded camping spaces, camping cabins and RV sites. Cedars Campground has 45 RV sites with water, power and many with on-site sani sewers. There are 70 sites for tenters and vehicle campers who don’t require services. Laundry, showers, free-wireless internet, a playground, convenience store and indoor pool and hot tub are available for use. This campground is surrounded by a 198-acre nature park, offering hiking and biking trails. For further information, call 1-877-836-3988.

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A couple of kilometres past the Perry River bridge on the way to Revelstoke lies an opportunity to gaze up close as gallons upon gallons of water crash over the rocks at Crazy Creek Waterfalls.

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Originally built by farmers who wanted a way to connect their farms to the rest of the community in the early 1900s, the bridge was rebuilt in 1940 by the Department of Highways. Drive east of Sicamous on the Trans-Canada Highway and turn onto the service road just past the Malakwa Cafe. From there, follow the road until it meets the railroad tracks and turn left on Summerville Husted Road. Signs will lead the way.

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Family Tree Riverside RV & Campground

This pet-friendly vacation getaway offers 60 sites and hookups along with fire pits, coin showers, two cabins and mosquito control. Amenities include a heated pool. Group rates are available, making this a great place to celebrate family events. The campground is located on the Trans-Canada Highway on the eastern outskirts of Sicamous. Call 250-836-2583. www.familytreeriversidervcampground.com

Kingbaker Creek Resort

A summer retreat with beach access, Kingbaker Creek Resort boasts 25 campsites and five cabins. Don’t miss evenings on the beach. Kingbaker Resort is Located on Highway 97A 13 km south of Sicamous. For more information, call 250-838-7015.

Whispering Pines Tent & RV Park

Campers and their approved pets can choose from 140 sites on 11 acres including a park and open picnic and play areas. The campground has a heated outdoor pool, children’s pool, on-site grocery store and free showers. Whispering Pines Tent & RV Park is located 19 km south of Sicamous along Highway 97A. Call 250-838-6775.

Willow Shores Resort

Offering large campsites, Willow Shores Resort boasts beach access and a marina providing on-site laundry, showers and a playground that demonstrates both the necessities and extras that enhance a holiday. Willow Shores Resort has five rental cabins, two suites and 32 privately-owned recreational sites. It is important to book early as a limited number of owners place their RV sites into the rental pool every year. Willow Shores Resort is located 16 km south of Sicamous along Highway 97A. Call 250-838-6216.

Sicamous KOA

Just a few minutes east of Sicamous on the Trans-Canada Highway, the Sicamous KOA offers RV pull-through and back-in sites, one room cabins, two room cabins and washroom and shower facilities. Activities ranging from pancake breakfasts to movie nights are organized throughout the summer. Call 250-836-2507.

Eagle River Nature Park

Across the highway from Yard Creek Provincial Park, the Eagle Valley Nature Park is a suitable venue for walking or bird watching. Giant cedar trees can be found and the view of the Eagle River is astounding. Located about 13 km east of Sicamous, the hiking logo is visible from the Trans-Canada Highway. Turn on Clifford Road.

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Old Sicamous Road

This scenic trail provides walkers and bikers with a relaxing tour around the lake. It can be found by turning north off the Trans-Canada Highway onto Old Sicamous Road by the bridge.

Two Mile

Known to be one of the best biking trails in the country, the Lizard provides breathtaking views of the Sicamous Creek Canyon and Mara Lake. A more laid-back hike at Two Mile is the short journey leading to a view of the Sicamous Falls. Several benches and rest stops along the way make for an outing the whole family can enjoy. Young children should be supervised as there are steep slopes. Travel south on Highway 97A and turning onto Two Mile Road.

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North of Sicamous Beach Park, follow Sicamous Sands road to the end for parking, the nature park offers scenic walking and biking trails along the Eagle River and Shuswap Lake. Large cottonwoods and various birds greet both walkers and bikers.

Yard Creek Provincial Park

Near Malakwa, the Yard Creek Provincial Park is a great day trip destination. Plenty of hiking trails and camping facilities exist over the 60 ha of land. Fishing, hiking, swimming and golfing are available. The park is well-known for its birdwatching opportunities and is located along the roadside, 15 km east of Sicamous on the Trans-Canada Highway.

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Owl’s Head

In Sicamous,turn south off the Trans Canada Hwy then turn left onto McLean-McPherson Rd at the Esso and go to its end where the Owlhead Forest Service Rd starts. Drive to just before the 17 km marker where a sign on the right/south side indicates the trailhead. It’s a full day hike in alpine/subalpine terrain.This 8.2 km trail leads to a Forest Lookout Tower and features rugged mountain bluffs, alpine meadows, spectacular views of Mabel and Shuswap Lakes as well as the Monashee Mountains. Additional hiking and exploring is possible in the Mara Meadows. The hiking trail passes an old cabin then continues climbing up into the sub-alpine and the Eagle Valley Snowmobile Club’s chalet, approx. 1.5 hr. from the trailhead. Some route finding is required when you meet up with old tracks.An alternate road is at the 15 km marker, at the old Forestry Station. It provides access to a shorter hike, though it by passes the chalet. Beyond the chalet are multiple options to explore the meadows. The main route continues up to the Mara Mountain summit and old Forestry Lookout. This facility is maintained by the Kingfisher Environmental Interpretive Centre.

Narrows Village

Narrows Village is an adult-only wilderness resort accessible only by water. With 1100 feet of lakeshore frontage and a beautiful waterfall on 26 acres, Narrows Village offers a variety of activities and is the perfect setting for romantic getaways. For information visit www.narrowsvillage.com.

Artist’s House Heritage B&B

There is a rich patina of historical characters in the walls of the Artist’s House Heritage B&B. If the walls could talk, you could hear the echo’s of Rolf and Sarah Bruhn and their children Ted and Alvera who had the big house built in 1922 with the timbers from the Bruhn Lumber Company dragged up the hillside. You could hear the laughter from many a party with visiting dignitaries and perhaps hear the shouts

from Mrs. Abercrombie as she tried to get out of the bomb shelter in the basement. Others to add to the patina of the house are beloved historian and Grade 1 school teacher Mrs. Dorothy Abercrombie and the Mackie brothers Norm and Gordon who lived here as boys in 1948. And the laughter of newspaper woman and artist Joyce Simpson still resonate here. Gaze at the panoramic view of the Shuswap, chart your course and hear the stories. The Artist’s House Heritage B&B is located at 20 Bruhn Rd. For information, call your host Victoria at 250-8363537 or toll free at 1-877-602-3537. Bed and Breakfasts in Sicamous Off the Beaten Path 1 (250) 836-2641 Owlhead Creek B&B 1 (250) 836-2226 Bieri’s Paradise 1 (250) 836-4396 Mara Station on the River Bed and Breakfast 1 (780) 381-8991

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Sicamous and the surrounding Eagle Valley is rich in history and the museum reflects much of this history in an eclectic collection of artifacts, from the Finlayson General Store to pioneer kitchen utensils, and archival material. Years ago, local businessman Allan Bell started collecting various artifacts with the hope they would, one day, be displayed in a permanent museum in the community. In 1982, Bell turned the collection over to the Eagle Valley Museum and Heritage Society. This society later amalgamated with the Historical Society to form the Sicamous & District Museum & Historical Society. The museum located in the district hall on Main Street.

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The Red Barn Arts Centre is owned and operated by the Eagle Valley Arts Council. The Red Barn is a special meeting place for Member Groups and a wonderful venue for Performers and Community Events. Dody’s Arts for Everyone: Wednesdays 10am-3pm. Everyone is welcome to drop in to work on various art forms. Eagle Valley Photography Arts Club: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month 7 pm-9 pm. Everyone welcome. Be sure to take in the Photo to Canvas Presentation on Sunday, May 1st from 1 pm – 3 pm to see local artists interpretations photographer’s works. Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club: Friday 10 am-3 pm: Everyone is welcome. Check eaglevalleybrushandpalette.com for current information. The 38th Annual Summer Arts & Craft Show June 27th - July 3rd. The Red Barn Community Market: Saturday 10 am - 2 pm from April to mid October. Canada Day Celebrations, Friday, July 1st (sponsored by Canadian Heritage) Children’s Art Festival in the Red Barn parking lot from 10:00 am - 2 pm. Family friendly events include activities such as: face painting, art projects you can take home, tatoos, photo booth, karaoke and entertainment provided by Liz Blair. Canada Day Cake will be served between 11:30 am and 12:30 am when the participants from the Canada Day Parade are expected to arrive.  While waiting for the fireworks to begin, enjoy the music from our talented local band, SHOESWAP.

Art Walk

The Eagle Valley Arts Council and Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club organize this spectacular event that begins in May and runs until September. The Art Walk is an event that brings local artists, businesses and residents together. Locally produced art is stationed in local businesses that act as galleries, allowing locals and visitors to view marvelous creations in various venues. Participants in the Art Walk are provided with brochures to assist in locating businesses showcasing art. Every year Sicamous businesses partake in the Art Walk to support local artists. For more information visit www.eaglevalleyartscouncil.com

Banner Project

Unique community art! The Sicamous Community Banner Project was established in 2000 and has just completed its 17th year. Each year a new theme is chosen and painters of all ages and abilities are invited to design and paint a banner to be hung on Main Street. The 2016 theme is ‘Birds’, real or imaginary. This years flock of hand painted banners can be seen in full flight or fluttering on the light standards of Sicamous’s Main Street. The banners add a distinctive splash of local colour giving reason to slow down, look up, and enjoy a stroll of the sights & shops on Main Street. Each year some of the banners are chosen to be repurposed into “Banner Art Bags”. Banner Bags are available at the Red Barn Art Show July 1st weekend and in the Toonie or More Store throughout the summer season. We look forward to your visit.

Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club

The Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club meets at the Red Barn Arts Centre every Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to paint and participate in various visual art projects. Everyone is encouraged to stop in and bring their own supplies. The club hosts numerous events and shows throughout the year. For more information eaglevalleybrushandpalette.com or Amy Boutwell 250.836.4756 or Carol Southgate 250.836.3135.


Grindrod Garlic Festival

The 7th Annual Garlic Festival takes place at Grindrod Park Sunday, August 21 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. We will feature local garlic and produce, artisans, garlic contests, live music and kids’ entertainment all day. There will be a garlic themed art contest, interactive displays as well as other events. See more at greencroftgardens.com

Frontier Mini-Golf

Just off the Trans-Canada Highway at the corner of Gill Avenue and Finlayson Street is this frontier-themed 18-hole miniature golf course. Open May to September. Call 836-3140.

Houseboating

Houseboating isn’t just a pastime for the ultra-rich, many boats hold more than a dozen people and, if the costs are shared, it adds up to just dollars a day. Houseboating has been described by some as a floating tailgate party but keep in mind that drinking responsibly, as on land, is just as important when on a houseboat. Renting a houseboat is a good way to test drive different brands and types before making a purchase. If you are a responsible adult, you can operate a houseboat! Houseboats are a great platform for family reunions and other large gatherings. It is also a romantic alternative for an intimate getaway. Several restaurants along the shoreline of Shuswap Lake offer a chance to wine and dine your sweetheart before heading back to the seclusion of your floating love nest. And rain won’t even stop you from enjoying your vessel. Board games and cards can be moved inside without the worry of setting up a tarp or getting drenched in a downpour. Houseboating is often an addicting experience. Once you have got your feet wet, you are bound to return for houseboat fun year after year. Everything is right where you need it to be and there are no delayed flights, lost luggage or expensive fares.

Snowmobiling

Sicamous hosts some of the best alpine snowmobiling in Western Canada with deep snow, powder filled open bowls, endless meadows, groomed trails, breathtaking alpine scenery and spectacular lake views. Our alpine areas are reached by forest service roads that are carefully groomed PLUS four of our sledding areas offer cozy chalets to warm up in. The trails to our riding areas are approximately 25 kms and are groomed and well marked. After the chalets, the areas are uncontrolled and unmarked. With a selection of family friendly groomed trails to challenging and extreme terrain for the experienced sledders, Sicamous offers you an excellent variety of snowmobiling areas to choose from. Blue Lake is one of our more popular areas for sledding due to the recent trail improvements and regular grooming. Blue Lake can accommodate the novice and family sledders and those who like to explore the backcountry without overly steep terrain, it features wide open alpine and sub alpine terrain. For those who like to go mostly vertical, a little poking around can reveal some great climbing areas. The Blue Lake chalet is located in a nice open area that includes a training hill for novices Eagle Pass is big, steep and challenging. It offers breathtaking views, lofty peaks and a vast riding area well above 2000 meters. In mid-winter, considerable power and advanced skills are required to sled here. First timers to this area should go with someone that has been there before and who is familiar with the area. Owlhead This popular area features a great log chalet and a varied riding terrain for everyone from novices to extreme sledders. With an elevation of over 2000 meters, Owlhead ensures good riding until late spring. This is an excellent area for families and novice sledders and it is a great place for those who like to

climb. The area is large and for those who like to explore, If you are looking for some incredible mountain vistas, Mara Mountain lookout is one of the highest peaks in the North Okanagan.The chalet at Owlhead is a work of art in log building and it is worth the ride up, just to see it.The trail head for Owlhead is only 3 minutes from downtown Sicamous. Queest See hiking and sledding information on page 12. We invite you to come and discover our lakeside community where we have excellent food establishments, comfortable & friendly accommodations, top notch snowmobile sales & service shops. Snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, golfing, boating, fishing, kayaking, hiking or biking, Sicamous and our area truly have something for you to enjoy all year long.

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