Mara Lake

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Mara Lake
Mara lake from the beach at mara provincial park.JPG
Mara lake from the beach at Mara Provincial Park
LocationShuswap Country, Southern Interior of British Columbia
Coordinates50°47′N 119°00′W / 50.783°N 119.000°W / 50.783; -119.000Coordinates: 50°47′N 119°00′W / 50.783°N 119.000°W / 50.783; -119.000
Primary inflowsShuswap River
Primary outflowsSicamous Narrows
Basin countriesCanada

Mara Lake is a lake in the Shuswap Country of the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada, located immediately south of the community of Sicamous and to the north of the community of Enderby. It is the outlet of the Shuswap River, which begins in the Monashee Mountains to the east. Its own outlet is Sicamous Narrows, which is a short canal-like stretch of water connecting to Shuswap Lake and passing beneath the Trans-Canada Highway and the Canadian Pacific Railway mainline at Sicamous. All are part of the drainage of the South Thompson River, which begins at the outlet of Little Shuswap Lake.

The lake is navigable from Shuswap Lahich is a popular boating area, and in addition to Mara Provincial Park its shores include the Mara Point Site of Shuswap Lake Marine Provincial Park.[1]

Name origin[edit]

"After John Andrew Mara, an Overlander of '62; born at Toronto; had store at Seymour on Shuswap Lake in 1865, later at Kamloops; merchant, miller, steamship operator, promoter of Kootenay Steam Navigation Company and Shuswap & Okanagan Railway (CPR, Sicamous-Okanagan Lake), MLA, 1871 - 86 (Speaker, 1883 - 86); MP, 1887 - 96. Retired to Victoria, where he died February 11, 1920, aged 79."[2]


An Internment camp was set up at Tents and Bunkhouses in Mara Lake from June 1915 to July 1917.[3]

Nearby community[edit]

The Sicamous region also sees many tourists every summer. Approximately 90% of the population of the nearby community of Swansea Point is seasonal, with thousands of visitors each summer during the months of July and August.


  1. ^ "Shuswap Lake Marine Park". BC Geographical Names.
  2. ^ 12th Report of the Okanagan Historical Society, 1948, citing Gosnell, p.346; Wade, p.164
  3. ^ "Internment Camps in Canada during the First and Second World Wars, Library and Archives Canada".