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

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.

Heart of the Selkirk Mountains
Salmo is very picturesque with the Salmo River meandering through town with the Selkirk Mountains surrounding it.

Stone 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.

Salmo Museum
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.

The Salmo Hotel
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.

Knights 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.

RV Camping
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 distance

Big 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 school.

Erie Creek
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.

Outdoor Recreation
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 at Stagleap Provincial Park.

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.

Dragon Fly Café
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.

Check Your Brakes
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.

Information on Salmo



Map of Salmo, British Columbia
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Stone Murals
Stone Murals


Salmo Hotel
Salmo Hotel


Salmo Ski Hill
Salmo Ski Hill




Salmo River
Salmo River


Dragon Fly Café
Dragon Fly Café

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