- Sicamous, British Columbia
official_name = District of Sicamous
settlement_type = District
mapsize = 220px
map_caption = Location of Sicamous in
dot_x = |dot_y =
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = CAN
subdivision_type1 = Province
subdivision_name1 = BC
subdivision_type2 = Region
subdivision_type3 = Regional district
subdivision_name3 = Columbia-Shuswap
leader_title = Governing body
leader_name = Sicamous Council
leader_title1 = Mayor
leader_name1 = Lorriane March
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1989
area_total_km2 = 14.39
population_as_of = 2006
population_total = 3,192
timezone = PST
utc_offset = -8
latd= 50 |latm= 50 |lats= 0 |latNS=N
longd= 118|longm= 58|longs= 52|longEW=W
elevation_m = 360
blank_name = Highways
blank_info = 1, 97A
blank1_name = Waterways
footnotes = Sicamous, British Columbia is a
townin British Columbialocated adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highwayat the Highway 97A junction of Mara Lakeand the Shuswap Lakesystem. It is known as a popular all season tourist destination attracting visitors from throughout Canadaand the United Statesas well as worldwide. It has a population of 3,192 which nearly doubles during the summer months.
In the 1800s Sicamous and area was inhabited by a semi-nomadic Indigenous nation called the
Secwepemcor Shuswaps. They crossed the Rocky Mountainsto huntbuffalo on the plains. In this area they were called the "Schickamoos". In 1871, a Provincial Map shows Schickamoos Narrows which in early history was known as a "meeting place of Indians".
goldwas discovered on the Columbia. Seymour Arm became a supply centre in the Big Bend gold rush.
In 1885 permanent settlers arrived after the driving of the Last Spike at
Craigellachiewhich linked Canadasea to sea. Among the first settlers in Sicamous were the families from Finland. Old Town, or Eagle Pass Landing as it now known, became an almost instant town in 1871. It was the central supply centre for railway construction. Today it is used primarily for recreational purposes such as sledding, houseboating, hiking, swimming, and biking.
Later in the early 1900s CPR hill became a residential development. Finlayson's store and a jail was built in 1892 adding a post office in 1904. Also, the first school was opened around the years of 1908 and 1910. In 1949 the bridge was built across the channel, having previously been just a ferry crossing. Several hotels were opened over the years. In the early 1900s the well known
Sicamous Hotelwas built. The hotel was Tudor style with 75 rooms and a large elegant dining room. The numerous dances were locally popular and well attended events. The hotel was demolished in 1964.
Eagle Valley, in Sicamous, became the home of many settlers. They came and farmed the land putting up with forests, deep snow and hordes of mosquitoes. Then the well known
D Dutchmen Dairywas built. The first newspaper in Sicamous was the Eagle Valley News, printed for the first time on October 22, 1958 and it continues to print today.
Sicamous was incorporated in 1989.
Hometown of NHL Player
Shea Weberas well as fellow Nashville Predatorsdraftee Cody Franson. [http://stats.theahl.com/stats/player.php?id=1964] Sicamous is well known for starting numerous NCAA hockey careers. Most notable are Kelowna minor hockey products, Matt Crowell and brothers Tyler and John Mazzei.
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