Sorrento is a small community located 31 km (19 miles) west of Salmon
Arm and 80 km (50 miles) east of Kamloops
on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1. Sorrento, along with Tappen, Balmoral,
Blind Bay and Squilax make up a few of the smaller communities that
you will find along Hwy 1 between Salmon Arm and Chase.
Sorrento serves as a business centre for these communities plus
Adams Lake and the communities of Scotch Creek, Celista, Magna Bay,
and Anglemont that are located past Squilax on the north shore of
Sorrento was named by J.R. Kinghorn, an eastern capitalist, after
he had developed the original townsite speculating on the Canadian
Pacific Railway. The breathtaking view of Copper Island in Shuswap
Lake reminded him of the view of the Isle of Capri in Sorrento,
Italy where he had just spent his honeymoon.
Rafting, Boating and Plenty of Hiking
Sorrento provides various recreational pursuits from whitewater
rafting on the Adam's River to enjoying boating on the Shuswap Lake.
Plus if you love cross-country skiing Sorrento has some nice areas
Lake Provincial Park
For fishers, there is great fishing on Shuswap Lake and White Lake
Provincial Park located on the paved backroad just east of Blind
Bay on Hwy 1. You can either take the White Lake Road at Balmoral
or a little farther east at Carlin.
There are also plenty of walking trails around Sorrento and history
buffs will enjoy Sorrento's Notch Hill and Sorrento Centre. Both
are historical sites dating back to the early 1900's when the Shuswap
was first settled.
Centre for Peace and Quiet
Every once in a while during your BC travels, you'll want to find
a place for peace and quiet. In Sorrento there is one such spiritual
place - the Sorrento Centre. Located near the 18-hole golf course
at Shuswap Lake Estates Golf and Country Club, the Sorrento Centre
can you a peaceful setting complete with white-water rafting, canoe
opportunities and a great network of hiking trails. There is a wide
choice of accommodation at the centre including RV sites, cabins
and walk-in campsites.
Wineries and Vineyards
If you enjoy sampling some of British Columbia's quality wine, try
taking a short drive to Tappen. The grapes grown in the Tappen area,
because of the hot summer climate of the Shuswap region, are of
the finest quality and of the right sweetness for a fine vintage.
If you do happen to visit Tappen, take a side trip from the wineries
Herald Provincial Park. This park features a very nice white,
sandy beach, self-guided nature trail, limestone canyons, a viewpoint
and Margaret Falls.
On the east side of Blind Bay you will find the exit off Hwy 1 for
access to the small community of Eagle Bay. Here you will find some
summer resorts situated on the north shore of Shuswap Lake allowing
you closer access to Cinnemousum Narrows.
Cinnemousum Narrows is at the H point on Shuswap Lake where the
four "arms" meet. Located here is a boat access-only provincial
campground complete with campsites, a beach, a marine sani-station
and a hiking trail leading to a magnificent view of Shuswap Lake.
Lake Forest Service Recreation Site
After Eagle Bay, the road does continue a little way up the peninsula
to Armstrong Pt. that is directly across from Anglemont and Horseshoe
Bay that are situated on the north side of the lake. There are forest
service access roads throughout the area with a free rustic campground
located at Herman Lake.
If you happen to be driving through Sorrento on the Trans-Canada
Hwy 1 and you're hungry, there is a Home Restaurant located right
on the main highway route in town.