The Community

The Community

North Shuswap - the Community

The community of North Shuswap is located on the north shore of the Shuswap Lake approximately one hour east of Kamloops.   Residents call it the 'Sunny Side of the Lake' as most properties face south for maximum sunlight. The community is comprised of 6 hamlets known as Lee Creek; Scotch Creek; Celista; Magna Bay; Anglemont and St. Ives. The road through the North Shuswap leaves the Trans Canada Highway at Squilax, is paved and well maintained with many scenic kilometres following the shoreline. Once you cross the bridge over the Adams River, you are officially on the North Shuswap and soon in Lee Creek. The paved road ends 55 km to the east at St. Ives. From St. Ives east you travel the Seymour Arm Road. The road is gravel of 1 & 1/2 lanes, in moderate condition and mainly used by loggers and residents of Seymour. The average travel time from St. Ives to the village of Seymour is 50 to 70 minutes.


The community of the North Shuswap is located in Area F of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD). The CSRD office is located in Salmon Arm. The CSRD Director for Area F is Larry Morgan; our MLA is Liberal - Greg Kyllo and our MP is Conservative - Mel Arnold.


The communities of the Celista and St. Ives currently have no zoning.  Anglemont brought in zoning through Bylaw 650 in 1998, Magna Bay brought in zoning through Bylaw 800 in 2003 and Scotch Creek & Lee Creek got their zoning through Bylaw 825 late in 2005.  All areas in the North Shuswap require building permits and building inspections as of June 2001. Some subdivisions may have building scheme registered on title.

First Nations

We are proud and fortunate to have the Little Shuswap Band and Adams Lake Band as our neighbours. They have been good stewards of their resources, involved in our community with a healthy respect for their heritage combined with progressive social and business programs.


99.99% of the 4500 separate properties in the North Shuswap are serviced by good public roads, electricity and telephone. Telus Mobility; Bell Mobility and Rogers Mobility are adequate while some other service is minimal. Internet service is available through several providers. Most of Scotch Creek, Anglemont, Magna Bay & parts of Celista have cablevision while other areas rely on satellite dish reception. Most properties use septic tank & field for sewage disposal. There are a few small sewer systems in a few neighbourhoods.

Water systems are everything you can think of. Some of the most common are bored-well; shallow well; lake intake; private water system and co-op water systems. The North Shuswap is not serviced by natural gas however, propane can be delivered to those with gas appliances.


Most day-to-day items are available at the local shops. If you should need to go to 'town' most North Shuswap residents use Kamloops or Salmon Arm as their major shopping destinations. The North Shuswap social and economic connection is more to Kamloops and not Salmon Arm as is usually assumed. Travel time to Salmon Arm is only 5 minutes shorter than that of Kamloops. Selection of stores and services is several times greater in Kamloops than that of Salmon Arm. On the North Shuswap, Scotch Creek is the village with the most services to offer such as Drugstore; doctors office; Realtors; fuel sales; hardware; groceries and restaurants.




  • North Shuswap Christian Fellowship
  • St. David's Community Church
  • North Shuswap Roman Catholic Services - Summer only


Health & Protection

  • Chase & District Health Centre - Emergency/ Out-Patient/ Ambulatory Care/Primary Health Care Organization
    • Home Nursing Care
    •  Home Support Services
    •  Public Health Nursing Services
    •  Mental Health Service
  • Scotch Creek Medical Clinic
  • People's Drug Mart Pharmacy
  • North Shuswap First Responders
  • Lee Creek/Scotch Creek Volunteer Fire Department
  • Celista Volunteer Fire Department
  • Anglemont Volunteer Fire Department
  • RCMP & Victim's Assistance


Principal Sources of Employment

  • Tourism & Recreation
  • Forestry
  • Agriculture, and Trades


Clubs / Organizations / Associations

  • Adams River Salmon Society
  • AWE (Aging with Ease) Society
  • Anglemont Ladies/Mens Golf Club
  • Anglemont Ratepayers Association
  • Artistic Community
  • Baseball Club
  • Coffee House
  • Country Gardens Garden Club
  • Crimestoppers  1-800-222-8477 FREE
  • Crowfoot Snowmobile Club
  • Community Futures Development Corporation of the Shuswap
  • Health Centre Society
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon
  • Imai Ball Park Foundation
  • Karate Club
  • Lakeview Centre
  • Lee Creek Ratepayers Association
  • Little Shuswap Indian Band
  • Magna Bay Ratepayers Association
  • Meadow Creek Properties Park Association
  • North Shuswap Cemetery
  • North Shuswap Chamber of Commerce
  • North Shuswap Community Association
  • North Shuswap First Responder Society
  • North Shuswap First Responders
  • North Shuswap Historical Society
  • North Shuswap Lions Club
  • North Shuswap Naturalist Club
  • North Shuswap Parents Advisory Committee
  • North Shuswap Players
  • North Shuswap Police Advisory
  • North Shuswap Women's Institute
  • Okanagan Regional Library
  • Parks Commission
  • Saratoga Ratepayers Association
  • Seymour Arm Community Association
  • Seymour Arm Snowmobile Club
  • Shuswap Business Development Centre
  • Shuswap Environmental Action Society
  • Shuswap Hospice Society
  • Shuswap Volunteer Search & Rescue
  • Shuswap Needle Arts Guild
  • Shuswap Rock Club
  • Shuswap Waterfront Owners Association
  • Skamana Ski Club
  • St. Ives Ratepayers
  • Tai Chi
  • Whittlers Club