Fun Food In The Shuswap!

Ok so the sun is in the sky nine hours a day and most ice cream shops have closed for the season but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some super fun places to eat because fall and winter in the Shuswap offers a whole new way to enjoy cosy, comfort and cheerful!

Shuswap Tourism challenged us to develop an itinerary that is fun and can last all winter so here goes.  We grouped our finds into “adult fun” and “kid & family fun”.  We reached out to our friends who are moms, Sarah from Shuswap Adventure Girl and Angela from Shuswap Shop Local for some help because our kind of fun definitely falls in the adult category.  We also crowd sourced on our Instagram @TasteoftheShuswap.  Their ideas (and ours too) we think are awesome and we hope you do too!

Here goes!

While once a roll up the carpet by five town, Salmon Arm is getting hip and we now boast some pretty awesome downtown local date night spots.

We recently had a wonderful experience at The Night Café. Opened in the fall of 2020, Adam and Jenna Meikle have created an eclectic, warm and stunningly beautiful space that mixes powerful art and delicious food. There is absolutely nothing like it anywhere in the Shuswap and it should be on everyone’s must do fun list. The menu is perfectly unpretentious incorporating smoked brisket done on site and tasty flatbread pizzas. The cocktails are dreamy and we loved their wine list offers patrons something different but remaining local to BC when they can. I had a perfect glass of rosé from Quails Gate which paired so nicely with my Greek pizza which was topped with smoked chicken and was smoking good! Carson Meikle was at the bar and also is the crepe master. Our Nutella with bananas and strawberries was a perfect end to a perfect date night.

No strangers to hospitality, Hanoi 36 owners Jenny and Michael Vu opened Weekends Restaurant & Lounge on Alex this October. “Fun and Fresh Dining” is their tag line and by all accounts its true as they introduce unique flavours to the Shuswap featuring poutines, French rolled sandwiches and shared plates. I am most excited to try their fried chicken which is receiving rave reviews and we love they have partnered with local artisans Inspired Breads and Flaked Pastry to complement their menu. Their décor has been developed with local artisans including a gorgeous cherry blossom painting, a living wall and a colourful sunset mural.


We were excited to hear that downtown Salmon Arm coffee favourite Anvil recently received their liquor license and will be opening later offering yet another casual fun vibe place to hang in the Shuswap. Speaking of hangouts, Marionette Winery hosts a very cool winter lounge on the weekends complete with fire pit, mulled wine and tunes.

If you’re looking for laughs paired with great food you can’t beat Small Axe Roadhouse in Enderby. We absolutely love their honest view of the world and their funky decor. Their food is so creative, delicious and fun. I mean how can you go wrong with menu items like The Crispy Kenny Rogers (a finger licking chicken burger) and Sweet Dreams are Made of Cheese, Who am I to Diss A Brie, I mean come on, you know you’re going to have so much fun!

Rachel and Les Biernacki owners of Ranchers Pizzeria & Bar in Blind Bay have created a place where “everybody knows your name” and the welcoming vibe is so awesome. They serve up really, I mean really good pizza, local wine and beer and if the Oilers are playing you can count on the game being on the big screen and Les sporting his jersey. But don’t hold that against him and to be fair, they offer a discount for anyone wearing any jersey on Saturday Hockey Night in Canada. We have had so many great times at Ranchers, and you will too!

Nothing is more fun on the North Shore than time at the Scotch Creek Hub. Live music, comedians and more paired with local beverages including Nigel’s favourite Crannog Ale Back Hand of God on tap. We love that their burgers are served with really fun choice of sides including baked beans with marshmallows on top and mac and cheese! Their specialties come from The Hub Smoke House which makes pretty much anything taste delicious.

While all the suggestions for date night are welcoming to children and families, there are some super fun places that mix fun and food especially for kids!

They may not cover all the food groups, but the Candy Vault is high on fun and we love their seasonal window displays. It is soooooo hard to decide which treat we want when we visit, I guess the answer is to visit all the time!

Our Moms tell us that Hungry Panda in Salmon Arm is a regular go to when kids are in tow. What kid doesn’t like to slurp out of a box with chopsticks and the quality ingredients mean that they are getting their veggies if they know it or not! So are you a noodle or a rice lover? At Hungry Panda you can have both and they have special Kids Boxes at very affordable prices.

Have you been to Sanctuary Games new location yet? They have more room which means more games and more events! Kids love going there and we love that they offer bubble tea which flavours change with the season. Fall offers include Maple Spice, Vanilla Spice, Caramel Apple Butter and you know it …. Pumpkin Spice! Perhaps a treat spot after great behaviour?

Sarah and Angela tell us that sometimes you need to some “to go” options and we hear that the “mac and cheese” at Blind Bay Village Grocer is a special favourite. Do your kids love Greek food? We love Stratis Mediterranean in Sorrento and their takeout is fast and yummy.

We could go on but writing about all this fun and fantastic food is making us hungry so we will sign off here and encourage you to get out, make it a date or a family event, but get out and make the most of fall and winter in the Shuswap. The Tastes here are amazing!

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Scotch Creek Hub

Five Ways to Get Cozy in the Shuswap | November Edition

By Sarah Tokarek



Welcome to Secwepemcúl’ecw Territory.

The Shuswap is located on the traditional unceded territory of the Secwépemc Peoples.


Five Ways to Get Cozy in the Shuswap | November Edition

Fall and early winter in the Shuswap are a time for adventure and connection. The coziest season is here and is the perfect time to soak up the golden afternoon sun, ever-changing lake views, and our unforgettable landscapes.
Whether you love to snuggle up in the warm glow of a fire, embrace the great outdoors or find that special moment with friends and family, here in the Shuswap, we invite you to step into the beauty of the season.

Five Ways to Get Cozy in the Shuswap | November Edition
Five Ways to Get Cozy in the Shuswap | November Edition

Here are our top 5 ways to warm up, snuggle up and get cozy!

1. Warm Up in a Cozy Coffee Shop

The Shuswap is bustling with fall delights; whether it’s a signature hot cocoa or specialty coffee, our locally-owned cafes and eateries will keep you toasty! Stay awhile or bring a few cozy blankets, get it to-go and pick a scenic spot to have warm drinks and sweet treats.

Around Town
Salmon Arm has a vibrant downtown brimming with time-honored cafes offering an extensive array of wholesome good eats. Anvil Coffee Collective, Ecotreats, Forage General, Shuswap Pie Company, and The Pink Cherry are our favorite coffee shops for your perfect warm-up. The Salmon Arm hot chocolate trail is designed for kids and those who are kids at heart!

When visiting the South Shuswap, Sprokkets Cafe is made-from-scratch goodness. And if vintage motorcycles spark your interest, the museum is a local favorite for adults and kids.
At Steamers Coffee Co in Sorrento, take your coffee to-go and browse the neighboring Shuswap Artisan Market. Or, for a quiet moment in nature, head to the North Shuswap and take a riverside stroll in the renowned Tsútswecw Provincial Park to savor your sips.

The village of Chase has a colorful downtown where you can find wholesome homespun bakeries. Craigs Bakery & Deli and Natty Cakes Confectionery & Bakeshop are local favorites. The waterfront Memorial park and iconic red wharf are great places to enjoy your sweet treats and good eats lake-side.

2. Relax and Unwind Fireside

In the Shuswap, relaxation and a deep connection to the outdoors are among our specialties. What better way to enjoy the casual and cozy feeling this season than gathering fire-side with your nearest and dearest in our great outdoors?

A few of our favorite places to have a responsible campfire this season include recreation sites, warming cabins and huts, and our own backyards!

Best Places to Have a Campfire

In the South Shuswap, Skimikin Lake is a family favorite. With designated firepits, over 100 km of hiking trails, and spectacular scenery, it is ideal for gathering fireside and spending the day.

The village of Falkland is surrounded by easily accessible recreation sites that offer an inviting place to beat the chill and bring the autumn glow with a crackling fire. Check out Bolean Lake, Pillar Lake, Joyce Lake, and Chase Creek Recreation Sites.

Travel to the North Shuswap and discover one of the hidden gems of the Shuswap! Skmana Lake offers a year-round lakeside spot for a fire and a welcoming hike-in cabin with a beautiful handcrafted, dedicated firepit area.

**Always use BC Recreation Sites and Trails Responsibly. Do not leave campfires unattended. Before leaving, extinguish fires and make sure the campfire bed is cool to the touch. Know the Rules

Five Ways to Get Cozy in the Shuswap | November Edition
Five Ways to Get Cozy in the Shuswap | November Edition


3. Shop and Stroll the Charming Streets

As the air becomes crisper and the days shorter, the lure of warm shops and festive window displays welcome us to discover fall indoors. Spend the day strolling through charming bookstores, artisan shops, unique mercantiles, specialty boutiques, and lively nosheries.

Around Town

The communities of the Shuswap each offer their own unique downtown experience. In Sicamous, Main Street Landing is in the heart of downtown and offers a lovely waterfront stroll along with a selection of locally-owned shops and boutiques. Enjoy Enderby’s downtown charm and quaint stores on Cliff Ave.

The historic downtown of Chase is pleasing to walk and has a variety of specialty stores and restaurants. Blind Bay and Sorrento in the South Shuswap is a lively scene with pop-up markets, artisan shops, wellness boutiques, and a fantastic array of restaurants.

In Salmon Arm, vibrant shops line the streets of downtown where the perfect textured blanket, warm sweater, artisan mugs, locally made gifts, and more can be discovered.

 4. Take the Scenic Route

November often brings drizzling and grey days in the Shuswap, and what better way to stay warm while enjoying the scenery than a road trip? No matter which direction you choose, the Shuswap is bursting with notable routes filled with picture-perfect views, historical stops, epic lookouts, numerous trailheads, and some tasty lunch options!

New sights and experiences are around each bend, and these are some of our favorites.

1. Sunnybrae Canoe-Point Road- A scenic lakeside drive to Margaret Falls. A family-favorite fairytale-like destination, and the journey there is nothing short of spectacular.

2. The North Shuswap is located on the north side of Shuswap Lake and is accessed by the Squilax-Anglemont Road, just off Highway. Our curated Waterfall Tour will guide you on an epic day of exploring waterfalls in the North Shuswap!

3. Notch Hill. Who doesn’t love a good story? Take a delightful autumn drive along the countryside in historic Notch Hill. The rustic farms, charming old homes, and landmarks tell a beautiful story of a once-bustling railway town’s fascinating past.

4. The journey along Eagle Bay Road to Wildrose Bay is stunning. Panoramic views of Shuswap lake and Copper Island adorn most of this route. A quick, forested hike to Wildrose Bay at the Community Park is well worth the drive.

5. For anyone chasing iconic Shuswap views without the hike, Sicamous Lookout, Fly Hills Rotary Skyview Lookout or Bastion Mountain are among our most accessible.

Five Ways to Get Cozy in the Shuswap | November Edition
Five Ways to Get Cozy in the Shuswap | November Edition

5. Plan Heart-Warming Experiences

November is the ultimate time to start planning for the busy holiday season ahead. Here in the Shuswap, we love all things winter! From dashing through the snow to idyllic cabin getaways, ice-skating on a frozen lake, or finding the joys of simplicity. We welcome you to find your new traditions or recreate your favored ones.

Around Town

Walters Sleigh Rides in Notch Hill is a delightful way to spend the afternoon for all ages, and freshly baked cinnamon buns are just one of the holiday highlights! Caravan Farm Theatre is a sleigh ride show that is a beloved winter holiday tradition. Book your spots now to avoid disappointment.

Locals love the annual CP Holiday Train that merrily rolls through the Sicamous, Salmon Arm, and Notch Hill on December 15th.

If a holiday workshop sparks your interest, Rustic Wedding and High Country Tree Farm offers fun and festive Christmas greenery-making workshops!

Community halls are often historic and offer joyful events in the months of November and December. Find nostalgia in craft fairs, artisan markets, bake sales, and kid’s holiday parties.

Is an idyllic cabin retreat on your wish list? Tin Poppy Retreat, Bluebird Chalets, or White Lake Cabins are just a few of our favorite Shuswap abodes. For a unique backcountry stay, Grizzly Lodge in the North Shuswap offers an exceptional snowmobiling experience. If you are looking for big mountains and big snow in the backcountry, Sicamous hosts some of the best alpine snowmobiling in Western Canada.

Here is a great list of Shuswap cottages and cabins for your winter stay.

Five Ways to Get Cozy in the Shuswap | November Edition