The Quaaout Lodge sits on the southern andy shores of Little Shuswap Lake, just down the road from the incredibly popular vacation destination, Shuswap Lake.
*UPDATE* Due to a devastating fire, the Quaaout Lodge is currently closed. Read more about the Quaaout Lodge fire and follow updates on their Facebook page.
Here, you will find something to suit every adventurer. From incredible local-inspired cuisine, countless outdoor activities, rejuvenating spa treatments, stunning countryside, unique indigenous cultural opportunities – and, of course, the one-of-a-kind Talking Rock Golf Course – there isn’t a dull moment to be found between Quaaout Lodge and the Shuswap Lake Resort!
Welcome to Quaaout Lodge
Like many of the best places British Columbia has to offer, Quaaout Lodge is located in the thick of a wild heartland rich with natural beauty, historical culture, and adventure opportunities galore – while still offering a bounty of must-do activities on-site, of course.
At the top of our list is Albas Falls, located in Shuswap Lake Marine Provincial Park. Although it will take you about an and a half to get there, it will be worth your journey.
Five breath-taking waterfalls cascade down the Celestia Creek hiking trail. The rest of this relatively untouched dreamland boasts serene lakes and beautiful sand beaches, as well as plentiful opportunities for peaceful outdoor exploration.
The whole place is so magical that it was where we got engaged. We’re not sure we can provide a better endorsement than that! We actually considered having our wedding at Quaaout Lodge, but we had already booked elsewhere when we stumbled on this gem. I had a little moment because this place right here? My dream wedding destination.
The rest of the surrounding area will come with your very own local guide, the cultural coordinator provided by Quaaout Lodge, who will be more than happy to answer all questions and even provide knowledgeable tours of the resort grounds.
Quaaout Lodge offers peace and serenity with its quiet waters nearby, complete with a plethora of water-based activities. The nearby Tsútswecw Provincial Park also provides a wealth of natural splendor, as well as an opportunity to witness the largest salmon spawning event on the west coast.
Quaaout Lodge is close to a number of other nearby entertainment options, such as boat rentals, Zip-Lines, farmers market visits, and games like bocce. If you would rather not leave the resort, you would still struggle to get your fill of their beautiful facilities, amazing food, and cultural opportunities.
A Cultural Hotspot: British Columbia’s Indigenous Tourism
One of the best things about British Columbia is its deep connection and history with the land and its Indigenous peoples. There are a staggering 203 different Indigenous communities across B.C.’s six regions, with 30 different languages that have been passed down from generation to generation over thousands of years. Each of these cultures offers a unique and wise take on the world we all share, the animals we live alongside, and the supernatural realms that surround us.
The website Indigenous Tourism BC is a treasure-trove of both opportunities to truly immerse yourself in these cultures and explore them, as well as essential advice on how to ensure that you are traveling responsibly to respect the careful balance between these unique cultures, the land they inhabit, and your right to an adventure.
On their website, you will be able to find Indigenous campgrounds, truly unique dining opportunities, tours, services, and all the information you could possibly need to fully experience the vibrant cultures that call this area their home.
Quaaout Lodge: Talking Rock Golf Course
The Little Shuswap Band is home to one of Canada’s most unique golfing settings, the Talking Rock Golf Course.
Designed by the acclaimed Canadian architects Wayne Carlton and Graham Cooke, this gently meandering course combines the very best of outdoor sightseeing and golf.
The course itself was built around the constraints of the landscape, with minimal alteration meaning that the full majesty of the surrounding sandy forest and shoreline can be experienced throughout your game. As well as safeguarding the natural landscape, this ensures a thoughtful and strategic game that will provide a challenge for the players of all ability levels.
Quaaout Lodge even offers special bundles and deals if you are planning to arrange a small group outing, team-building exercise, tournament, or corporate getaway.
If you are new to the world of golf or just looking to improve your swing, the Talking Rock Golf Academy also offers season-long instruction programs that are personally designed around your skill level. As these are season-long programs, they are best for locals or long-stayers.
Quaaout Lodge Room Options
Quaaout Lodge offers a large range of guest rooms, so whether you are looking for an affordable piece of Indigenous-inspired luxury or a deluxe Presidential Suite, you will be able to find something for your needs.
Standard King or Queen Rooms
Quaaout Lodge’s standard rooms come with your choice of either two queen beds or one king bed, to sleep between 2-4 people as needed.
Both rooms enjoy approximately 255 square feet of space and come complete with either your own private balcony or a ground-floor walkout patio. Either of these will guarantee you a beautiful view of the surrounding gardens, forest, and Little Shuswap Lake.
Every room includes its own mini-fridge, A.C., coffee maker, iron, hairdryer, and bathrobes, as well as a 37” HDTV – if you manage to tear your eyes away from the view!
Deluxe King Rooms
If you are in search of even more space to stretch out, Quaaout Lodge’s standard king rooms are also available in deluxe for just a small amount extra!
This will bag you an extra 50 square feet of room to put your feet up.
Premier Lakeview Jacuzzi King Rooms
Quaaout Lodge’s most popular room is the Jacuzzi King Room – and for good reason!
With this room, you get 390 square feet of space, as well as your very own private in-room Jacuzzi hot tub. After you’ve soaked with a glass of wine, you can transfer yourself to in front of your personal fireplace.
These rooms come with all the amenities included in the standard rooms, as well as an upgrade to a multi-head shower. But if you are into multi-head showers, we might suggest you visit their amazing spa!
The Honeymoon Suite
If you are looking for the perfect place for romance, or just an added level of luxury, you might consider booking Quaaout Lodge’s Honeymoon Suite.
The gorgeous wrap-around balcony of this room will allow you to feast your eyes on a panoramic view of the lodge’s gardens, Little Shuswap Lake, and the Lodges two most popular wedding ceremony spots!
The Honeymoon Suite comes complete with a king-sized bed, its own sitting room, an ensuite bathroom with double sink, adjacent two-piece bathroom (complete with its own 37” HDTV!), Jacuzzi soaker tub, fireplace, and a special towel warmer – as well as everything else included in the standard room packages.
You will truly find everything you need in this suite, whether you are entertaining family, friends, or a blossoming romance.
The Presidential Suite
For the more professional side of luxury, Quaaout Lodge offers a fully-kitted-out Presidential Suite.
This room comes with a separate sitting room perfect for holding small meetings, entertaining clients, or even simply as an extra space to get away. Your wrap-around balcony is accessible from either the sitting room or bedroom and will even give you the perfect view of the gorgeous 18th hole of Talking Rock Golf Course and Little Shuswap Lake. An atmospheric and relaxing fireplace is also included in the sitting room.
As well as this, you get a king-sized bed, ensuite bathroom with a double sink, and huge five-head walk-in shower, complete with a towel warmer. There is also a two-piece bathroom adjacent to the sitting room for guests, also with its own 37” HDTV.
You will, of course, benefit from all the amenities included in the standard rooms as well.
Quaaout Lodge’s Food Philosophy
When you dine at the Jack Sam’s Restaurant at Quaaout Lodge, you will enjoy meals whose every last bite is carefully considered.
Executive Chef Chris Whittaker is committed to only using the very freshest local ingredients on a seasonal basis, meaning that you will only be enjoying local delicacies that support the community in a sustainable way. The lodge has special partnerships with the local area’s very best farmers and producers to ensure you only get the very best in fresh, in-season produce used in your meals.
The dining area itself is as quaint and authentic as the food, making every mealtime an immersive sensory experience of warm and intimate ambiance, backed by dazzling views of Little Shuswap Lake.
On-Site Cultural Immersion
One of our favorite things about Quaaout Lodge is its understanding that tourism should never be separate from the authentic qualities of the area itself.
In their commitment to upholding this aim, the lodge has employed a number of cultural interpreters to give you a true Secwépemc cultural experience.
We will provide an overview of the various experiences, but a full brochure complete with prices and durations can be found here.
Quaaout Lodge Secwepemc cultural experiences include:
- Smudge ceremonies – which are a Secwepemc traditional ritual to cleanse the body and mind.
- Tours – both a ‘Walk the Lands’, and ethnobotanical tour are available to share teachings about the local traditions, landmarks, and the astounding medicinal properties of the area’s plants and foods. Adventure tours for snowshoers or hikers also offer a cultural take on the region’s leading outdoor activities.
- Storytelling – where you will hear stories passed down through generations, sat snuggly around a fire in the traditional Kekuli winter house of the Secwepemc people.
- Traditional painting and workshops – these craft activities will allow children and adults alike to get immersed in traditional painting teachings for paddles, rocks, or the creation of your very own traditional dreamcatcher.
- Spiritual guidance – these personalized experiences will work to cleanse your mind, body, and soul with custom-tailored advice and traditional guidance.
As well as providing these organized cultural experiences, Quaaout Lodge also celebrates Indigenous culture with every wander through the grounds.
Across the site and throughout the buildings, you will stumble upon a myriad of beautiful and intricately detailed carvings and sculptures, each embodying the key beliefs, stories, and legends of the local people.
Things to Do While You Are Near Quaaout Lodge
Although that night sky might make you never want to leave the grounds, the Shuswap area is one of our very favorite places in all of British Columbia for so many reasons.
Outside of our Happy Place (Albas Falls) mentioned above, we also love Margaret Falls nearby, too! It is a super short, stunning trail to the falls.
You will find a myriad of things to keep every style of adventurer occupied. We are going to be sharing many more cool places to explore around the Shuswap, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, with everything from foodie taste-trails to outdoor sports galore, you can find an excellent breakdown of the area’s very best adventure opportunities through Shuswap Toursim.
Where to find Quaaout Lodge
You will find Quaaout Lodge midway between Calgary and Vancouver. Getting there could not be easier, with the lodge located only minutes from the TransCanada Highway. It will only take you a 45-minute eastward drive from Kamloops or 2-hour scenic road trip from Kelowna International Airport.
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