Woman and dog on cliff overlooking the Shuswap

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is located in the heart of the scenic southern interior of British Columbia on the Trans Canada Highway between Calgary and Vancouver. The Regional District is situated on the northern end of the Kootenay, Columbia and Okanagan valleys.

Our scenery is breathtaking and has a range of visual settings that is endless. Alpine mountains and glaciers and the magnificent Canadian Rocky Mountains dominate the vistas in the eastern half of the Regional District. The internationally renowned Shuswap Lake System is the dominating feature in the western half. Rivers and waterfalls, rain forests, evergreen forests and deciduous woodlands; dams; and thriving communities are but a sampling of what constitutes the CSRD.

Life in the Columbia Shuswap provides an abundance of social, cultural and recreational opportunities. Added to this is a stable economy that is based on the forestry, tourism and transportation sectors.

The CSRD has a total population of approximately 57,512 and is made up of seven unincorporated electoral areas and four member municipalities - Golden, Revelstoke, Sicamous and Salmon Arm. The Regional District is a form of local government that provides a variety of localized services to the electoral areas. It also provides regional services to the electoral areas and member municipalities, such as the 911 emergency telephone response service and solid waste management.

The CSRD Board consists of 12 Directors, one each from the municipalities of Sicamous, Revelstoke and Golden, two from Salmon Arm, as well as one each from the seven electoral areas. The Board governs the affairs of the Regional District. It meets monthly, usually on the third Thursday of the month.

Regional districts also functions as regional hospital districts to provide capital financing for the building of new hospitals, improvements, major renovations, and machinery and equipment. This cost is usually shared on a 60% provincial - 40% regional hospital district basis.