Shuswap Lakes are big beautiful lakes that are very popular with Calgarians. Mara Lake, is the closest of the Shuswap Lakes and is actually slightly further than Galena Shores from Calgary. From NW Calgary it is 5 hours and 15 minutes to arrive at Galena Shores.  To get on a property at Mara Lake (provided you are doing the speed limit) it is about 5.5 hours. The large majority of available property on Shuswap is another 1-3 hours further drive than Galena Shores.  If you can stand the 6-8 hour drive from Calgary AND if you can afford it is great! However, 100', 1 acre of flat sandy beachfront is $500,000 and up WITHOUT a house.  Prices of $1 million and more are common place. If you want peace and quiet and MORE beautiful surroundings than Shuswap, check out Arrow Lakes.

  • All of the arms on Shuswap amount to 1,000 kilometers of shoreline.  Arrow Lakes has 500 kilometers of shoreline.  These are both very large lake systems.  
  • More beautiful surroundings.  Shuswap is characterized by low mountains that surround the lake.  Arrow Lakes are characterized by beautiful green mountains topped by glaciers perfectly reflected in the mirror smooth water.
  • There are only 3,000 people in the Arrow Lakes valley.  Shuswap while not as busy as the Okanagan is still far busier than Arrow Lakes. If you want peace, quiet and beauty Arrow Lakes are a far better bet.  If you want to water ski at Mara, you had better get up at 6:00 AM.  You can water ski all day at Galena Bay on flat calm water.  

If you are looking for a more affordable, quiet lake, that is stunningly beautiful, then come visit Galena Shores!