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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Lumby

Lumby
Lumby is located 25 km (15.5 miles) east of Vernon by about 20 minutes on Hwy 6 going towards the Arrow Lake ferry crossing at Needles.

Regional District of the North Okanagan
Lumby is a small community whose economic growth has traditionally been based on the agricultural and forestry industry. Lumby, along with Cherryville, Lavington, Coldstream, Spallumcheen, Vernon and Armstrong all combine to form the Regional District of the North Okanagan.

'The Gateway to the Monashee'
Lumby is situated on the western side of the Monashee Mountains and is often referred to as 'The Gateway to the Monashee.'

Recreational Activities
The Monashees can provide you with some excellent recreational activities. Hiking, back-country skiing, snowmobiling, mountain biking, hang gliding and discovering the miles of backcountry roads are all available. The Monashees are quite remote and provide access to massive areas of unspoiled territory in all directions.

Lumby Murals
Once you're at Lumby, take time and look at the artistic murals depicting historical events. The murals are very colourful and seem to be located at every street corner as you're wandering through town.

Lumby Museum
Lumby is also home to a small local museum featuring a large outdoor display building that contains some large agricultural and forestry machinery for history buffs.

Food and Beverage
For a cool beverage and pub fare there is the Lumby Hotel as well at the Blue Ox Neighborhood Pub. For family food outlets, try the Family Café, Huberts Restaurant or Frieda's Pizza. Groceries and supplies are provided at Lumby that has a few stores including a Super Valu.

Mabel Lake Provincial Park
Mabel Lake Provincial Park is located just north of Lumby if you enjoy boating and fishing. This crystal clear lake is absolutely beautiful. There are various campgrounds and beaches located around the lake including Mabel Lake Provincial Park. If you find it too hot in the Okanagan for sleeping, you'll like Mabel Lake as it tends to cool down at night.

Shuswap River
Other areas close by that you might also want to discover include the Shuswap River and Sugar Lake just north of Cherryville. Take Sugar Lake Road off Hwy 6 and head towards Monashee Provincial Park. The road follows the Shuswap River providing ample fishing opportunities.

Sugar Lake
Once you're at Sugar Lake, get out the boat and enjoy some great action on your fishing rod. Hikers can continue on road to Monashee Provincial Park and hike up 2,679 m (8,789 foot) Mount Fosthall for a great view.

Cherryville
Cherryville is a small village 20 km (12.5 miles) east of Lumby. There is a small museum that you can visit here plus a nice campsite called the Gold Panner Campground and Café which is located on Hwy 6 just east of Cherryville.

Festivals
There is an annual artisans' festival that happens every year called Cherryville Artisans' Summer Festival that is held on the second weekend of August. Also you can enjoy the yearly Cherryville Days celebration that takes place on the first weekend in June.

Lavington
Lavington is located about halfway between Vernon and Lumby in the east end of the Coldstream Valley. Lavington is a small agricultural community with one main industries - Tolko Sawmill. Bluenose Mountain, a rock formation that resembles a face, is located in Lavington and is one of the main features as you drive into this part of the Coldstream Valley.

Golfing
There are three golf courses available to play in the Lumby-to-Cherryville region. They are all 9-hole courses that can offer a challenging play without the big lineups or high cost.

Self Drive Tour of Creighton Valley
This valley is located south of Lumby and offers a great circle route for a driving tour past Echo Lake Provincial Park. If you also enjoy fishing, Echo Lake has a provincial park plus a fishing resort. The drive is around 80 km (50 miles) and will take you past some excellent photo opportunities of Camel's Hump Mountain, an outcrop of basaltic lava.

Camel's Hump
This mountainous landmark is 1,331 m (4,336 feet) high and can be seen as far as Kalamalka Lake in Vernon. If you enjoy hiking there is a fairly easy 6 km (3.75 mile) hike that goes to the top with excellent views of Lumby and the Coldstream Valley.

Lumby Web Links

 

 

Map of Lumby, BC
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"The Gateway to the Monashee"
"The Gateway to the Monashee"

 

Lumby Murals
Lumby Murals

 

"The Gateway to the Monashee"
"The Gateway to the Monashee"

 

Excellent Photo Opportunities
Excellent Photo Opportunities

 
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