Falkland is located on Hwy 97 about 40 km (25 miles) northwest
of Vernon and about 60 km (37 miles) southeast
Situated in the middle of a ranching and farming region, Falkland
is home to the famous Falkland Stampede that takes place during
the Victoria Day long weekend which occurs towards the end of May.
If you enjoy rodeos and stampedes, make time to attend this event.
Falkland has a reputation for some pretty exciting times with some
very skilled cowboys participating.
Make sure you get camping and accommodations reserved if you plan
to stay a night. Lots of the locals like to attend this event with
campsites filling up fast.
If you enjoy fishing, Falkland is just excellent. There are ten
lakes, all within 16 km (10 miles) of Falkland and many loaded with
some good-sized rainbow trout. Monte Lake situated east of Falkland
has a provincial park.
Forest Service Recreation Sites
There are also some BC Forest Service Recreation Sites at some of
the lakes if you don't mind a rustic campground. Check out the sites
at Joyce Lake, Chase Creek, Pillar Lake and Arthur Lake North.
While in Falkland you might want to check out the town. Businesses
include include the Falkland General Store, Ranch Cafe, Falkland
Inn Pub, and the local service station. The Ranch Cafe specializes
in homemade style food with fresh pies, cakes, breads, soups, pizza,
great hamburgers and fries. The people who work at the Ranch Cafe
are very friendly and can help if you require any local information
regarding the area.
Pillar Lake is one of those places you have to visit if you're in
the area. Named after a natural pillar that is about 90 feet tall
(28 metres), this hoodoo is mind-boggling. On the top of the pillar
balances a boulder that has been estimated to be about 8 tons. There
is a small uphill hike, about ten minutes, to get to see this marvel
but the walk is well worth it. You might want to have a fairly good
walking shoe and be prepared for slippery mud if it is raining.
To get here look for the Chase-Falkland Road right at the corner
Hwy 97 near the Ranch Cafe.
If you enjoy longer walks, try the hike up Tuktakamin Mountain or
as the locals say Tuk Mountain. Once you're at the top, the lookout
point and view is incredible. Tuk is on the south side of Falkland.
Estekawalan Mountain Trail on the east side is another good hike.
The elevation is about the same as Tuktakamin Mountain around 168-1800
metres (5800-5900 feet). For directions to both mountains, check
at the Falkland General Store as the trails are not that well marked.
to Salmon Arm
If you happen to be driving to Salmon Arm
from Vernon try taking a backroad in. One route goes along Bolean
Creek past Pillar Lake then along Chase Creek into Chase
or Tappen. The other two routes involve either Bolean Lake or Spanish
Lake and Yankee Flats into Silver Creek.