Dealing with Winter Snow Melt and Springtime Clean-up in the Shuswap

Winter snow melt and spring clean up can present unique challenges for those living in the Shuswap region of the North Okanagan. Whether you own a farm, acreage, or are simply navigating the real estate market in this idyllic area, it's important to be prepared for the seasonal changes that come with winter's end.

As the snow and ice begin to melt, it's crucial to address the potential issues that can arise on your property. The frozen ground can lead to pooling water and debris, which may cause flooding or damage if not properly managed. This is especially true for those who have livestock, horses, or crops that rely on a healthy and functional environment to thrive.

This time of year can present some quick melting, and surface water runs freely...

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Managing Winter in the BC Interior for the First Time

As a first-time buyer in the BC Interior, or if you've recently moved to an interior region such as the Shuswap, experiencing winter can be both exciting and challenging. The breathtaking snow-covered landscapes and cozy homes make this region a desirable place to live. However, dealing with freezing temperatures, icy conditions, and other winter-related tasks require careful planning and preparation. As a trusted REALTOR® in the area, I understand the importance of providing valuable information to make your winter realty experience a smooth one.

When it comes to buying homes in the BC Interior during winter, there are a few factors to consider. One crucial aspect is the insulation of the property. Proper insulation ensures that your home...

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Local Events in Salmon Arm and the Shuswap

Salmon Arm and the Shuswap region are bursting with vibrant local events that are sure to captivate both residents and visitors alike. From exhilarating music festivals to enchanting art showcases, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this picturesque corner of British Columbia.

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the area by attending the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival. This annual event is a harmonious celebration of music, featuring renowned artists from various genres. Lose yourself in the soul-stirring melodies as you dance alongside fellow music enthusiasts, creating lifelong memories under the starry Shuswap sky.

For those seeking a deeper appreciation for the arts, the numerous craft and farmers markets are a...

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Things to be Aware of When Moving from the BC Coast to the Interior

Whenever you’re planning a big move - such as from the BC coast to the BC interior - it’s a good idea to do some research about the area that you want to move to: what the weather is like, what the schools are like, and the job opportunities available. Depending on what type of life you live the interior might be a better option for you than the coast. However, there are some differences that you should know before committing to the big move.

WEATHER

The weather in the interior versus the coast has some dramatic differences. While the coast is known for its heavy rainfall, cloud cover, wet slushy winters, and tends to have a chill for many days that gets into your bones, the interior is quite the opposite. With warmer summers, dry...

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Springtime in the Shuswap

As winter releases its icy grip, the snow starts to melt away, revealing beneath it the lush soils that soon begin to thrive with life. Springtime is here in the Shuswap, and now we can begin to see what a wonderful place this is, and why is so good to move here.

Temperatures can still be chilly overnight here, but daytime warms up and the afternoons can be pleasantly warm, stimulating the growth of plants, flowers, trees and grasses.

And of course, it pays to be aware that bears come out of hibernation at this time, so if you go out spring hiking on the many beautiful trails, make sure you take your bear bangers!

Springtime events and things to do are abundant around the entire Shuswap region; here’s a shortlist of some of them:

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Tips for moving in the winter

Even during the warmest seasons and under ideal circumstances, moving home is a massive undertaking. And if your time line happens to coincide with those colder seasons of the year, cold temperatures and unpredictable weather can easily cause things to go sideways at the wrong time. Sometimes, the only way to forward is to be as prepared as you can be, so here are some tips to help you prepare for a successful move during the winter.

Seek Help

Moving all of your furniture and belongings during the winter won’t be easy; you’re going to need some help, whether its friends and family or a moving service.

If you’re only moving around the corner with a few items, a few friends and family will probably do the trick, but if you are...

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Seasonal Change in the Shuswap

The nice thing about the Shuswap region and Salmon Arm, well known for its beautiful, lush setting amidst mountains, lakes and valleys, highlighted by magnificent Shuswap Lake, and rich in culture and arts and our diversified economy includes forestry, agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and commerce, is the simple fact that the climate is moderate and has four distinct seasons.

This setting continues to attract and maintain a stable, happy, productive workforce and is attractive for retirement and semi-retirement, as well as those looking to move away from the hustle and bustle of BC’s bigger cities. Relative to many Canadian centres, the costs of housing, industrial land, business services and infrastructure can be somewhat lower.

In...

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Welcome to Hillside Terrace!

Hillside Terrace is a new 15-unit townhome complex that will check all the boxes and leave you with nothing to do but move in.  Fully finished including appliances and window coverings.

 

The entry level will have a 39'9 deep garage for your vehicles, boat, quads, sleds or other toys.  Maybe this is a space for a workshop/office? The main level consists of an open floor plan, shaker style cabinets, quartz countertops, an 8ft island for entertaining and if it’s an end-unit a N/G fireplace.

And, by pre-purchasing you will be able to choose certain colors as well as your desired city and mountain views.

All units have 3 bathrooms, vinyl plank flooring throughout, and forced air heat/A/C.  The upper floor has either 3 bedrooms,...

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The Shuswap and its Communities

The Shuswap and its Communities

The Shuswap is the region around Shuswap Lake in the South-Central interior of British Columbia, and is at the heart of Shuswap Country. The area is well-known for its recreational lakeshore communities, and Salmon Arm is the administrative capital of the region.

The name 'Shuswap' derives from the Secwepemc First Nations people, who are the most northern of the Interior Salish peoples. Their territory includes the Shuswap and surrounding areas.

The Shuswap is well-known for its busy lakeside communities and activities. From mid-Spring and into the fall, the region thrives with vacation activity, attracting visitors for its camping, boating, hiking, horse events, festivals, and more. Anyone...

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Why buy real estate in the Shuswap?

Why buy real estate in the Shuswap?

If you’re interested in making a move to the BC interior, check out Salmon Arm and the Shuswap to see what this community has to offer.

Salmon Arm is frequently mentioned as one of the best places to live n BC, and in Canada as a whole; the city and its surrounding communities have grown and developed over the past few years into a thriving lakeside community, and for those who no longer need to go into the office to work, the Shuswap offers plenty of opportunity for home office locations set in a beautiful rural environment.

Here a just a few good reasons why a move to the Shuswap might work for you:

Outdoor adventure on your doorstep

No matter the time of year, there is always something to do in and...

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