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.
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,
Vernon and Armstrong all combine to
form the Regional District of the North Okanagan.
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.'
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.
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
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.
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.
Lake Provincial Park
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.