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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Kootenay Rockies > Malakwa

Malakwa
Malakwa is located approximately 11 km (7 miles) east of Sicamous and around 60 km (38 miles) west of Revelstoke on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1.

Local Industry
Malakwa is a small community along both sides of the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 a number of kilometers (miles) long. The local industries around Malakwa are made up of tourist attractions, agricultural and some small-scale forest enterprises set in a beautiful valley with the Eagle River meandering through it.

Eagle River
The Eagle River starts from high in the Monashee Mountains near Three Valley Gap and flows west through Malakwa. Eventually the river flows west on its way to the Shuswap Lake at Sicamous. During the summer the Eagle River is very popular for fishing, swimming and tubing destination for the locals.

Salmon Run
If you would like to try your luck at fishing, try angling in nearby Yard Creek or the Eagle River. Both of these areas are famous for the annual salmon run that occurs usually beginning in late September between Sicamous and upstream to Three Valley Gap.

Malakwa Suspension Bridge
Malakwa is also the site of an exciting suspension bridge spanning the Eagle River. Originally built in 1915 to connect the farmers with the local community and school system, the Malakwa Suspension Bridge was later rebuilt to better standards in 1940 by the Ministry of Highways.

Watch for Malakwa Road
Take Malakwa Road which is near the Malakwa Café for 1.5 km (1 mile) until you see the railroad tracks, then turn left onto Summerville Husted Road, being careful while crossing the tracks, then you go down the Malakwa Suspension Bridge Road to find a small parking lot and a sign pointing out the bridge.

Shuswap Speed Way
For kids young and old there is the Shuswap Speed Way situated along the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 in Malakwa. At the Shuswap Speed Way, you'll have a chance to test your skill at driving Go-Karts up to a speed of 50 km (30 miles) an hour along a very challenging course.

The Enchanted Forest
Another tourist attraction found at Malakwa is the Enchanted Forest. The site of an old-growth forest, the Enchanted Forest will take you through a beautiful woodland property featuring a forest trail taking you to a giant 800-year-old cedar tree and over 350 handcrafted Jolly Fairy Folk figurines. The attraction park is open from 8 am to dusk from May 15 to September 15th.

Snowmobiling
Other recreational activities in Malakwa include world-famous snowmobiling in the local Monashee Mountains during the winter time. The local club Eagle Valley Sledding in cooperation with the Eagle Valley Snowmobile Grooming Society have a number of beautiful areas featuring groomed access trails set in an awesome powder snow terrain second to none.

Queest Mountain
For exploring in the mountains, one area near Malakwa worth pursuing is 2,087-metre (6,847-feet) high Queest Mountain that is an area popular for snowmobiling. There is an old forest service road to the summit of Queest Mountain to an old forest fire lookout tower. Just remember to be 'bear aware' and be prepared for a possible overnight trek if hiking.

Malakwa Market General Store
For services at Malakwa look for the Malakwa Market on the north side of the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 through Malakwa. Situated here you can find A Plus Auto Towing a laundromat, Mal-Mar Country Kitchen, Race Trac Gas Station and the Malakwa Market General Store. The Malakwa Market General Store features food items, liquor outlet and very cold beverages for those hot days on the Eagle River.

Craigellachie
If you happen to travel to Malakwa, make sure you also visit the historic site of Craigellachie. Located 45 km (28 miles) west of Revelstoke, Craigellachie is the location of the ceremonial last spike on November 7, 1885 during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad into British Columbia.

Seymour Arm
For the more adventurous, there is also the Perry River Forest Service Road that takes you into Shuswap Lake's Seymour Arm. Perry River Forest Service Road is towards Revelstoke 3 km (1.8 miles) east of Craigellachie, just before Taft.

Cedars Campground and RV Park
For people who enjoy RV camping, there is a good campground located at Malakwa called Cedars Campground and RV Park. The park features fairly private sites, an indoor pool for the kids and a beautiful nature trail that takes you to the Eagle River where, beginning in September, you can view the spawning salmon.

Pasasito Ranch Cabins
For accommodation there is the Pasasito Ranch Cabins which is located at 4282 Johnson Howard Road in Malakwa. Open year-round the ranch offers cabin rentals for both winter and summer getaways. Pasasito Ranch is also home to a variety of farm animals and features an outdoor hot tub. Phone: (250) 836-5357

Yard Creek Provincial Park
There is also a provincial park at Malakwa called Yard Creek Provincial Park. The provincial park features a campground that has 65 sites, many of them conveniently shaded to help protect you from the hot summer sun.

Accommodation
Other accommodation in Malakwa includes the Red Cedar Bed & Breakfast. Telephone: (250) 836-3725 and the Eagle View Motel, telephone: (250) 836-2703.

Information on Malakwa

 

 

Map of Malakwa and area
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Photo of the Eagle River at Malakwa
Eagle River at Malakwa

 

Photo of the Malakwa Suspension Bridge
Malakwa Suspension Bridge

 

Photo of the Malakwa Suspension Bridge
Malakwa Suspension Bridge

 

Photo of Fishing on the Eagle River
Fishing on the Eagle River

 

Trans-Canada Hwy 1 through Malakwa
Trans-Canada Hwy 1 through Malakwa

 

Phot of the Malakwa Market
Malakwa Market

 

Photo of the Malakwa Nature Trail
Malakwa Nature Trail

 
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