Salmon Arm is located 108 km (67 miles) east of Kamloops
on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1.
Situated on beautiful Shuswap Lake, Salmon Arm will give you the
opportunity to experience British Columbia's and North America's
best freshwater boating and cruising destination west of the Rockies.
Shuswap Lake has been estimated to have more than 1,000 km (621
miles) of navigable shore line. Shaped like an "H," the
lake can offer you days and days of exploring sandy beaches and
untold mountain scenery down four different arms of a very pristine
Community on Shuswap Lake
Salmon Arm is the largest community on Shuswap Lake with a population
of around 16,000 (2005) people. Within the city is a recreational
facility, park and walkway along the lake and convenient shopping
including an Overwaitea Foods, Safeway and Askew's Foods, plus very
friendly people downtown.
Lake Provincial Park
Lake Provincial Park is located at Scotch Creek on the northwest
side of the lake from Salmon Arm. This park has one the best campsites
in British Columbia and if you get the chance to stay, one of the
most private. The park is also quite kid-friendly featuring a sandy
beach with a great swim area.
If you decide to stay here make sure you get reservations early
as the park fills up fast. The park is accessed by taking the Squilax
exit from Hwy 1 near Adams River and heading towards Scotch Creek.
Best Destination for Recreation
Recreation includes golfing, backcountry skiing, biking and hiking.
The whole area of Salmon Arm is surrounded by lakes and has some
incredible fishing all within an hour's drive.
During the wintertime, you can enjoy snowmobiling, curling, cross-country
skiing and for downhill and snowboarding check out Sun Peaks considered
to be one of BC's best destination mountains.
J. Haney Heritage Park and Museum
Once you're in the city, take time to enjoy the heritage that has
evolved around Salmon Arm's history. Go to R. J. Haney Heritage
Park and Museum - a 40-acre park owned by the District of Salmon
Arm. Operated by the Salmon Arm Museum and Heritage Association,
this park and museum is absolutely first class. Lots of displays
and exhibits are there for you to glance over and wonder in awe
what a great land this truly is.
Once you're visiting Salmon Arm, take advantage of visiting some
of the Agri-Tourism attractions that have been established. These
attractions are based on lifestyle and the environment and how you
can adapt to the local landscape. The whole family will enjoy the
educational tours for which the Agri-tourism sector is noted.
You will able to learn about Lamas at Canoe Creek Alpacas, make
traditional Holland Gouda cheese at Gort's Gouda Cheese, raise farm
animals at DeMilles Farm - all the way to growing apples by Hanna
Orchards. There is even a tour and educational seminar in the art
of growing hops at the certified organic farmhouse microbrewery
called Crannóg Ales.
Salmon Arm because of its location of being between the hot dry
climate of the Kamloops Nicola Region and the arid climate of the
Okanagan, produces some of British Columbia's best grapes. Various
wineries have started to take notice and have set up vineyards and
are now producing some excellent wines.
If you are doing any wine tours in British Columbia, try and visit
some of the Salmon Arm wineries and sample some of the fine vintages
that have been produced. You will be quite surprised at the fine
Columbia's Provincial Parks
Salmon Arm and Shuswap Lake are hosts to a large number of provincial
parks that dot the area. Some are a little more remote but there
are a number that you can get to quite easily. Most of the parks
have access to the lake for fishing opportunities with boat ramps
If you like fishing, Shuswap Lake has year-round fishing with 19
different species of fish with Rainbow Trouts as large as 10 kg
Provincial Park (just north of Salmon Arm) features rock outcrops,
an excellent beach area and a beautiful waterfall called Margaret
Falls. A real experience is the trail next to the falls; take caution
walking around the rocks and waterfall as it is dangerous. Herald
Provincial Park also features almost 1 km (.6 miles) of sandy beach
and a beautiful trail through the forest leading up to an excellent
view point of Shuswap Lake.
are the Secwepemc?
The Secwepemc or Shuswap Nation is the First Nations people located
throughout south central British Columbia. The Secwepemc is comprised
of 17 bands located throughout approximately 18% of British Columbia's
Secwepemc Museum and Native Heritage Park
Throughout the Shuswap region there are four bands - the Adams Lake
Band, Little Shuswap Band, Neskonlith Band and the Spallemcheen
Band. If you are interested in the Secwepemc Nation, please visit
The Secwepemc Museum and Native Heritage Park in Kamloops only 108
km (67 miles) away.