Significance of Resort
The Chief and Council of Skwlāx te Secwepemcúl̓ecw (Little Shuswap Lake Band) welcomes you to the territory. 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.
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 Skw’lax te Secwepemcúl̓ecw community has put in to the hotel’s design and history of the lodge.