GIVE THE ULTIMATE WINTER SHUSWAP EXPERIENCE – A COZY STAYCATION!
Consider giving someone special a Staycation in the South Shuswap. While we are not inviting out-of-region tourists to visit at this time, we are promoting our residents to experience a winter staycation! Why not treat someone to a one- or two-night stay at one of our local winter accommodators?
Our region is a four-season playground. To many, a winter escape could mean outdoor hikes, sledding, snowshoeing, ice fishing, skiing, skating, and more. Or it could mean lazier days with a good book curled up by the fire.
Blind Bay Hideaway, Carmel Beach Private Lodges, Graces B&B, Quaaout Lodge, Suite As It Gets B&B, White Lake Cabins & Woodland Cabinsall offer cozy winter experiences! Check out our Winter Visitor Info Pageto see what's open and for great winter activity suggestions.
FOR THE FOODIES
Taste of the Shuswapstoryteller Margaret McCormick shares that Jack Sam’s Restaurant,Quaaout Lodge on the shores of Little Shuswap Lake, is “arguably one of the Shuswap’s marquee dining destinations.” Indigenous authenticity touches everything that Chef Chris Whittaker and his team creates. A gift card here will elevate a dining experience into something truly special as one enjoys an exquisite meal served in the warmth and culturally rich atmosphere of Jack Sam’s.
HEALTH, WELLBEING & SOOTHING RELAXATION
The South Shuswap is known for its laid-back, relaxing lifestyle. We have a number of spas, salons and natural food stores to serve the region.
Shirley at The Spa Sorrento offers facials, microderm, infrared, micronized current treatments, pedicures, manicures, waxing, tinting, dermaplaning, makeup, and well as massages. Time spent at The Spa is sure to leave that someone special in your life feeling pampered and relaxed!
Aria MediSpa, Laser Clinic & Hair Salon offers superior services in the South Shuswap. Their highly trained staff and professionals offer advanced services which provide quality results through proven treatments.
GET INTO THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS
No matter what your preference, you will find some great authentic, locally grown and produced wines in the South Shuswap. Visit Recline Ridge Winery or Sunnybrae Vineyards and Winery during their Open House Weekend on December 12th and 13th. Pre-orders for pick-up are also available by calling each of the wineries in advance.
Treat those ale lovers in your life to a filled growler from Crannog Ales in Sorrento. Their ‘Back Hand of God’ is provincially renowned. Visit them on December 19th from 1-4pm for their annual bonfire, market and open house. Not only will you be able to pick up your growlers for the holidays, but you will also be able to sample all their beers, including some special beers. They will have all their swag available - t-shirts, glassware, badges, mustard & BBQ sauce - plus Om Naturale beer soap! They are doing some special gift packs as well. Check their online shop or contact them for more information or to reserve your pack. Their special guests this year will be PURE, with super delicious Dutch baking from Armstrong.
Lake Life Boutique Spa, located in Salmon Arm is just a skip away from the South Shuswap. They invite you to reset, nourish and reconnect with a luxury spa treatment from one of their gifted therapists. They specialize in massage, corrective yet relaxing facials, pedicures and waxing.
With each replenishing service Le7ke Spa at Quaaout Lodge transports you on a journey to ultimate relaxation. Inspired by First Nations design and décor traditions, the spa’s professional products and services allow for a totally customizable experience.
Helpful owners and staff at either of the two health food stores in the South Shuswap Nature’s Bounty or Goodness Blind Bay Health Foods will result in you getting whatever you need to gift to that highly health-conscious person on your list.
It has been a year like no other. To help prepare you for the holiday season and brighten your spirits, we have put together a spectacular gift guide. Our local small merchants have had a difficult year and we hope that everyone will consider shopping local this year and show support. We uncovered a treasure-trove of amazing items that everyone on your list will love. We are sure you will find something for even that most difficult person to buy for on your list.
FOR THE KIDDOS
Kids love shopping at dollar stores and one of the best is located in Sorrento. Loonie on the Lake has a large aisle filled with kids’ toys, games and party needs.
Munro’s Sorrentoalso have a great variety of toys, games, puzzles and activity sets for ages infant to teen.
FACES Fine Arts Studio is selling Gift Certificates for Christmas. Why not give the gift of music, dance or art lessons for when the studio reopens in January?
FOR THE GOLF ENTHUSIAST
The South Shuswap is home to two championship golf courses, Talking Rock Golf Resort& Shuswap Lake Estates Golf & Country Club. Both have fully stocked pro shops for purchasing golf-related items. Gift Certificates for lessons or rounds of golf are also available for gift-giving.
And, the best part is, many of these retailers are part of our Shop the South Shuswap Passport Campaign. Each time you visit participating retailers you will receive a stamp for your passport. For every stamp earned you will receive one entry into our grand gift basket draw on January 31st, 2021. Passports can be picked up at retailers listed on this link: https://www.southshuswapchamber.com/shop-the-south-shuswap.html. Passports can be dropped off into the entry box at Munro's IDA by January 31st.
GIFTWARE, ARTISAN WORKS & COLLECTIBLES
Debbie Reeves of Vintage Revisitedoffers handmade jewelry and accessories, created using vintage baubles, wood, stone and glass beads. You will find simple yet elegant designs for everyday wear through their online store.
The Shuswap Artisan Marketlocated in Sorrento is the place to find one-of-a-kind products created by local artists, artisans and designers. When you shop at this non-profit cooperative, 100% of your shopping dollars go back to support the local artisan community.
Located right next to the artisan market is Steamers Coffee Co. where one can find a wide variety of artisanal products created by local and BC artists. Enjoy a hot drink while you browse through the gifts.
Munro’s Sorrento has a wide variety of grown-up gifts to help with your shopping list. Women’s wear & accessories, home décor items, greeting cards and a full floral department are offered in-store.
Rather new to the community is Love is Blind Bay Gifts, a fabulous store offering something for everyone. You will find pottery, home décor, glassware, custom signs, candles, lotions & soaps and great eco-friendly products as well. Check out their great inventory of Shuswap-themed gifts and souvenirs. For that custom gift, owner Lisa McCoy will take requests for personalized gifts as well.
Lastly, for a truly unique shopping experience, visit the online store of Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum. Mark Lane offers anything motorcycle or road touring related – bikes & accessories, shirts, signs, models, collectibles, memorabilia, and more. Shipping in Canada is available.
FOR THE FASHIONISTAS IN YOUR LIFE
Lindy’s Boutique located in Blind Bay is a lovely boutique store. Most who visit will not leave empty handed as the store’s inventory is kept fresh and current with the times. Choosing something special in-store or purchasing a Gift Certificate for a future shopping excursion are sure to please anyone on your list.
Shuswap Marina, also located in Blind Bay, has now launched its new online store for shopping year-round. Be sure to check out their fashion lines including tees, hoodies, shoes, sandals and beachwear.
Treat your loved ones to an outing for breakfast, lunch or dinner with a gift card from one of our local restaurants or diners. Local favourites include Duffers Den, Spinnaker Café, Steamers Coffee Co., Home Restaurant, Chinese Garden or Stratis Mediterranean Grill. During COVID, it is recommended that you call ahead to determine if sit-down or take-out is available.
Great culinary gift baskets, many featuring local cheeses, meats & wines, are being offered by the Blind Bay Village Grocer.
Shuswap Coffee Co., one of the region’s best-known secrets, is putting its Christmas coffee gift packs together, featuring Belly Warmer, Rudolf’s Remedy and The Beancracker available at the Blind Bay Village Grocer and at Eagle Bay Mercantile. These gift packs are sure to please the coffee lovers in your life!
And finally, many local culinary artisans who also call the South Shuswap home are certainly worthy of a mention. Los Lobos Artisans, famous for their SHUcuterie platters, will create a fabulous meat, cheese & condiment platter for gifting. Hello Cupcakes, The Fridgelight and Celine’s Just Desserts offer outstanding confectionary creations for anyone in your life who has a sweet tooth!
FOR OUR 4-LEGGED FRIENDS
John’s Pampered Pets located in the Blind Bay Marketplace Mall, offer daycare, boarding and grooming services. As well, the store stocks food, treats, leashes and collars, dog toys and more. Know someone that could use a little help with a new puppy? Paul’s Dog Training, also available through John's Pampered Pets, offers professional training services for dogs or pups.
Shuswap Veterinary Clinic provides exceptional service to for family pets. Gift certificates for pet service are also available during the holidays.