Salmo is located 42 km (26 miles) east of Castlegar
on Hwy 3 known as "The Crowsnest," 46 km (29 miles) south
of Nelson on Hwy 6, and approximately 80
km (50 miles) west of Creston at the junction
of Highway 3B and Highway 6 in the South Kootenay Region.
of the Selkirk Mountains
Salmo is very picturesque with the Salmo River meandering through
town with the Selkirk Mountains surrounding it.
Murals at Salmo
Salmo also has a distinction of proudly presenting some stone murals
as you visit the town. The 1990 project of local quarry owner, Iris
Lamb, the Salmo Stone Murals depict Salmo scenes through the beauty
of chiseled rock.
There is a small museum in Salmo that mostly pertains to the historical
events that happened locally in the Salmo Region. Artifacts, such
as photographs and old outdoor placer mining exhibits plus some
emphasis on the Dewdney Trail is displayed.
Salmo is a small community with most of the business on Hwy 6 towards
Nelson. If you need a place to stay there is the Salmo Hotel. This
historic hotel, originally completed in 1912, is a living example
of Salmo's past days. Make sure you view some of the old photos
that are displayed in the pub.
of Pythias Park
There is a nice public park called Knights of Pythias Park that
has all facilities including washrooms; picnic tables and a kids'
play area. It makes a very good spot to have lunch if you're travelling
through this area.
If you have an RV, the Knights of Pythias Park has fairly large
parking for easy maneuvering. There are also camping facilities
in this location with the Salmo River and town within a short walking
Rock Swimming Hole
There are a number of local swimming holes located in Salmo if you
would like to cool off. Some of the swimming holes are located just
east of town on Hwy 3 on the Salmo River. One other, called Big
Rock, is at the end of Baker Avenue near the east side of the high
Take the short path 100 m (328 ft) to the nice clear waters of Erie
Creek. The feature of the Big Rock swimming hole is a large boulder
in the middle of the water and the small beach which has some smooth
rocks for basking in the sun.
There is plenty to do around the Salmo area for recreation. Hiking
along the local trails like Jap Mountain and the Lower Erie Creek
Walk is very nice. Please go to Visitor Info Centre for maps and
information for finding the trail heads. There is also a small community
ski hill that operates here offering a T-bar lift.
Salmo-Creston Highway - Hwy 3
If you're travelling east to Creston make sure your car is in good
working condition when coming to Salmo. The Salmo-Creston highway
pass has claimed many a vehicle trying to go over Kootenay Pass
For accommodation there is the Salmo Hotel (250) 357-9414 or the
two motels in Salmo, the Reno (250) 357-9937 or the SalCrest (250)357-9557.
When you do travel through Salmo make sure you get a chance to try
a very good place to eat called the Dragon Fly Café. Situated
on Hwy 6 near the Salmo Hotel the Dragon Fly serves up one of the
best Caesar salads in British Columbia.
In the summer the problem is overheating and use of brakes; in the
winter lots of snow, blizzard conditions, black ice and possible
road closures. Please make sure your brakes are working well as
there are long gradual hills at both ends near Salmo and Creston.