Shuswap Lake Haven Llamas and Alpacas is a family business, now entering its third generation. We are located on the Shuswap Lake, in north central British Columbia, Canada. Our family has been on this land since the mid 1950's.
Shuswap Lake Haven Llama and Alpaca Farm is located on the south east arm of the Shuswap Lake. This is one of the largest lakes in British Columbia, with four long arms in the shape of an "H" and over 1000 miles of shore line. Warm summers, moderate winters, and the background scenery of the Monashee Mountains create a year round tourist destination.
The word "Haven" in our name originated with a gentleman who lived here before our family. A retired man of many talents, he called his home "The Haven". He lived in a small log cabin that was one of two residences on the land, the other being occupied by his lady friend and land owner ~ at least that was the story they maintained. It was, after all, a time when living together needed to be kept discreet. In any event, nestled in a large bay, with no immediate neighbors, and very much away from urban activity, "Haven" remains a fitting description.
Decades ago, before our time here, our farm was an apple orchard. There were no roads to the land, and the produce was taken out by boat in the summer or on the ice in the winter. In our early years we raised cattle, but soon grew tired of fixing fences. In the early 1990's we developed an interest in llamas and alpacas.
This land is an ideal location to raise llamas and alpacas. We think they enjoy the view, they get enough visitors to quench their desire to be the center of attention, the moderation and breezes from the Lake keeps them cool in the summer, and any animal that can survive the high mountain plateaus of South America can readily handle our winters.