Significance of Resort

The Chief and Council of the Little Shuswap Lake Band welcomes you to the territory known as Skwlax. The settlers could not say the Shuswap name so it is known today as Squilax. Skwlax in the Shuswap language is known as black bear.

A limited amount of hunting on the reservation has preserved the abundance of wildlife in their pristine environment minutes from the highway. Most of the recreational areas are especially scenic with excellent fishing close at hand. The flora and fauna of the Little Shuswap are a photographer’s dream.

With all that we have to offer, we invite you to visit as a guest and leave as a friend. All that we ask is that you treat the land and the people with respect. This is our home for the short time that we are here on Mother Earth, but it is the home of the great spirit for eternity.

Resort History

Band members conceived the idea of a hotel in 1979 to spur economic development. Elder and former chief, William Arnouse, named the lodge “Quaaout” which means, “When the sun’s rays first hit the water” in Secwepemctsin.

Councilor “late John Anderson” designed the logo and the previous “Chief Felix Arnouse” worked closely with the architects in designing the Kekuli “Shuswap winter home” that is now the hotel’s magnificent lobby!
Groundbreaking ceremonies finally took place in June 29, 1991.

Since the opening there has been additions and renovations added to the lodge over the past 20 years. The first change was the conference rooms. This gave people and businesses the opportunity to hold weddings and business meetings. The date when this was added was 2001.

The next project the community had on the go was the development of the “Talking Rock Golf course.” They first had golf architect “Les Ferber” who helped design the outline of the course. The band could not afford to start the course right away so they let it alone for about ten years. When they finally got the money in place they hired golf architects “Graham Cooke & Wayne Carlton” to complete the course. The golf course grand opening was in March 2007.

The course is well liked by all the types of golfers who play it today. There is an additional nine more holes that are going to be designed in the near future.

The next addition that was added was the Jack Sam’s lounge that is located in the lodge. It was added in February 2008. The lounge helped separate the dining room and lodge. The guests had a choice now of sitting in the lounge to relax after a round of golf or sit in the dining room to have a full course meal!

The last major change happened in November 2009. The hotel was renovated to a 5 star hotel from a 3 star hotel. A lot of hard work came to building and planning the hotel where it is today.

The latest addition to the resort is the spa. It was built and completed in May 2011.

The goal is to see the hotel and golf course to be one of the tourists’ destinations to come see in the Shuswap area. It is a very unique resort based on the native traditional values that Little Shuswap community has put in to the hotel’s design and history of the lodge.

Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort is the pride of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band.

1979 Little Shuswap Lake Band members conceived the idea of a hotel to spur economic development with a sustainable business venture, offering employment and long term security for the band and its members. Elder and former Chief, William Arnouse, named the lodge “Quaaout” which means “when the sun’s rays first hit the water” in Secwepemctisin. Councillor John Anderson designed the logo and the former Chief Felix Arnouse worked closely with the architects in designing the Kekuli (Shuswap winter home) that is now the hotel’s magnificent lobby!
1991 Groundbreaking ceremonies took place in June 29, 1991
1992 Grand Opening of Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort. Planning began with golf architect Les Furber to design the outline of a chamionship golf course.
1995 At a general band meeting, overwhelming support was given to designate 500 acres of Band land for the golf course. Graham Cooke & Wayne Carlton, architects of Cooke Carleton International, start to design the golf course. Clearing the land starts to take place
2001 The Quaaout Conference Centre was added to the hotel, providing the opportunity for the resort and the community to host events including weddings, business meetings, trade shows, community gatherings, theatre shows, and other special events.
2006 After employing up to 50 people including project manager, superintendent of maintenance, machine operators, ditch diggers, pip layers, seeder, maintenance workers right down to the finishing crew, the last of the 18 holes was seeded as of October 13, 2006
2007 After a soft opening in August of 2006, the 18-hole championship golf course grand opening was held March 2007. The name “Talking Rock” was selected by the Band it recognition of their ancestors who often recorded historic events and legends by painting or carving on large rocks, known as pictographs. There is an additional 9-hold executive course including in the original design to be developed in the near future.
2008 The Sports Lounge was added to the dining room of the Lodge. Resort guests now have the choice of the casual atmosphere of the lounge to relax after a round of golf, or the more formal yet welcoming Jack Sam’s Dining Room for the fine dining experience.
2009-2010 The resort closed during the winter months and re-opened in the spring of 2010 after an extensive renovations including a redesign of all hotel guest rooms, Jack Sam’s Restaurant, and hotel exterior. Balconies were added to all rooms and suites so our guests can better enjoy the breathtaking views of the land and surrounding woods.
2011 The Le7ke Day spa opened to the public June 15, 2011
2016 Leyke Day spa reopens

Pictographs

Pictographs are symbols or hand drawings that were an ancient way of communicating, before the written word. They have been found all over the world as testimony to the ones that have gone on before us. They were used to record events, and could have been about any number of subjects, such as family events, rites of passage, vision quests, or marking hunting grounds.

In the Shuswap area, pictographs were drawn on rock faces. Many of them were painted red symbolizing: life, virtue, and all good things. Red ochre was made by using the mineral ferrous oxide, commonly known as iron, found in hematite stone. (Also known as bloodstone). Ochre is a mixture of iron oxides and clay. Ochre added to bear grease; fish oil or tree pitch then became paint.

The pictographs here in the foyer of Quaaout Lodge, and at Talking Rock golf course, are replicas of actual ones found in Shuswap Territory, and these are the meanings they are believed to represent.