Singularly Salmon Arm

Salmon Arm is on the bay of one of the four arms of Shuswap Lake.The largest of the 8 areas in the Shuswap, it’s the service and shopping hub and it’s got plenty else to offer.

 

Start your Saturday at Cafe Tasse in the Prestige Inn Harbourfront Resort. In this french cafe, the answer is always “mais oui”! Burn off the sugary goodness enjoying the Salmon Arm Bird Sanctuary and Foreshore Trail.

 

Head over to the Downtown Salmon Arm Farmer’s Market at the Ross Street Plaza. Be sure to check out the beautiful mosaic. Can you find all 20 of the glorious tile creatures?

 

Next, it’s time to visit Alexander Plaza – a pedestrian only zone on Saturdays – and grab a selfie with the world’s largest treble clef in the background. On Hudson Ave, visit the Salmon Arm Arts Centre, a heritage building full of modern ideas. Throughout the downtown core, you’ll delight in the diverse mix of boutiques and cafes.

 

It’s time to cool off at Canoe Beach, a 10 minute drive east of town. Walk, swim, relax in the grass and snack at Top Jimmy’s Canoe Beach Cafe’s home of the Zombie Burger.

 

On your way back to town, visit the Blue Hills Lavender Farm just off the TCH with picture perfect fields and a gorgeous gift shop. At Marionette Winery just a 5 minutes away, enjoy beautiful scenery from the tasting room and outdoor patio.

 

Dinner downtown? The big flavours-in these few square blocks includes Andiamo Ristorante and the Barley Station Brew Pub among many others.

 

Finally, a walk down North America’s longest inland curved wooden wharf at Marine Peace Park is the quintessential way to end a Salmon Arm day.

Ace your day in Chase

At the north-western edge of the Shuswap region is Chase right off the Trans Canada Highway between Kamloops and Salmon Arm. The village is the first golf cart friendly community in Canada so enjoy the leisurely pace on local streets.

 

And speaking of leisurely, start your day at Inside Out Coffee House for breakfast. Popular with locals, it’s a great jumping off point for the day ahead. If you’re there on a Friday morning (10 am to 2 pm), head to the Chase Farm and Craft Market in the Safety Mart Foods parking lot where you can decide how best to spend your afternoon whilst browsing local produce and crafts.

 

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You can hike the nearby Chase Creek Falls or book a tee-time at to the community owned Sunshore Golf Course for a family friendly 9 hole round or visit the Chase and District Museum and Archives. If you want to head further afield, consider the Monte Creek Ranch Winery 15 minutes west or head to the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge about 15 km from town on Skimikin Road.

 

Be sure to get back to town to grab and ice cream at Eye Candy and browse their fun fashions and the other funky shops on Shuswap Avenue. Then head to Memorial Park for a swim at the beach, a walk down the iconic red pier, a cool visit to the water park or a workout at the new skate park. It’s an all age place to kick back for a bit.

 

By now you’ll be good and hungry so pop into the Railside Restaurant for a family style dinner with scenic views, great food and friendly service.

 

Chase is a four season place and you’ll soon be back for another visit. Question is, can you put snow tires on golf carts?. You’ll just have to ask the locals.

North Shuswap Serenity

Sundays in the Shuswap are typically laid back. No more so than in the North Shu, so named because it’s on the north shore of Shuswap Lake accessed off the Trans Canada Highway at the Squilax Anglemont Road turn off.

Celista Estate Winery

Start it off with the famous Quaaout Lodge Sunday brunch then head directly to Tsútswecw Provincial Park to walk the trails at the mouth of the Adams River, home of one of the world’s largest sockeye salmon runs. This sacred space holds a place of honour for the Secwepemc people and territory.

Next, head to Canada’s northern most vineyard. Celista Estate Winery is a 160 acre property and features award winning wines, a tasting room, winery tours and epic views . Pop into the Scotch Creek Farm and Craft Market (Sundays 9:30 am to 1:30 pm) across from Shuswap Lake Provincial Park on the way to Celista to meet local farmers and crafters.

Continue on to Anglemont enjoying the lakeshore drive all the way, you’ll see the Anglemont Estates Golf Course, the marina, the Anglemont Inn and Lakeview Community Park which is a popular swimming spot.

Heading back toward the TCH, consider stopping at the Scotch Creek Hub (open daily, 12 pm to 8 pm) for shared appetizers or Sharezies, as they call them. They also offer no hook up camping. It’s conveniently across the road from Shuswap Lake Provincial Park where you can enjoy the playground or the beach (and a campsite if you’re a BC resident lucky enough to have reserved one well ahead of time for the 2020 season).

Head back toward the highway junction and catch the sunset on the Little Shuswap Lake. The western facing exposure makes for spectacular sunsets. And if a day in the North Shu doesn’t relax you, well, it’s time to plan a return visit just as the sockeye salmon do year after year.

 

Scintillating South Shuswap

Start your Saturday with a hearty breakfast at the Home Restaurant in Sorrento. Over the road from 8 am until noon, you’ll find the Sorrento Village Farmers Market in the Shoppers Plaza parking lot. Meet the friendly bunch of local farmers, artisans, brewers and vintners.

From there, head east on the TCH to the Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum to visit a world-class collection of bikes and the like. If cars and antiques are more your thing, pop into the White Post Auto Museum and Antiques Mall. Just further east still is the Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road turn off. Stop by the Tappen Coop for a legendary giant ice cream cone and make your way to Herald’s Park to hike Margaret Falls.

On your way back towards the TCH, visit Sunnybrae Vineyards and Winery for a tasting (open Wednesdays to Sundays 11 to 5) and consider bringing home some Redneck Red for your next get together.

Head west again towards Blind Bay. Take the Balmoral turn off and be sure to stop in at the Blind Bay Village Grocer, a well-appointed locally owned grocery store known for its great selection and customer service. Then enjoy a wee drive as far as Eagle Bay to really capture the casual beautiful spirit of the area (approximately 20 km each way).

On your return, be sure to keep time for a stop at Finz Resort . Its legendary lakeside patio, and casual family friendly menu is a perfect way to end a Shuswap day. Enjoy the sparkle of the lake and the beautiful view of the bay.

You won’t soon forget the warm welcome from the South Shu.

Friendly Falkland

Along the second longest stretch of highway in Canada (Hwy 97) that winds through the south west of the Shuswap, is Falkland, home of Canada’s oldest rodeo and biggest Canadian flag. It has the feel of a western town and the friendliness of a roadside village. The drive in and out of Falkland is spectacular with winding roads and rolling hills.

It’s no wonder then that the Falkland Pub is a must stop for the many groups of bikers who enjoy touring along the newly paved part of the road. It’s also a great stop to pick up fishing supplies at the Falkland General Store as there are no less than 10 lakes within 10 minutes of town.

Among them is Pillar Lake a provincial park so named for the 28 metre rock formation. The trail is steep and the hike takes approximately 15 minutes. It’s a beautiful place for a walk and an impressive site to see.

The Falkland Museum & Heritage Park is a two acre area featuring historical displays, buildings and artifacts. Admission is by donation.

Your mouth will start to water as you get closer to the newly opened Carlisle’s Smoke & Grill Cafe where you can enjoy slow smoked rotisserie style BBQ, pizza and other hearty meals. Can’t stay for dinner, you can order take out or cross the highway to Okanagan Market Place, and pick up some of Sabrina’s Home Cooking famous perogies, cabbage roles, sausage and borscht. Be sure to check out the selection of local goods and specialty foods.

Falkland is a great place to spend the day or spend the weekend. Check out the Highland Motel, the Bolean Lake or Pillar Lake resorts. You’ll feel like a local in no time.

 

COVID health protocol and precautions in place. Please be patient, kind and enjoy the western hospitality of Falkland and area.

 

Beach vibes in Sicamous

There’s likely nothing better than a sunny beach day in Sicamous, where Mara Lake meets the Shuswap. It’s what summer is all about.

A beach day means more than just beach of course and in Sicamous, it means great food, groovy shops, and if you chose a Friday, then you can browse the evening Farmer’s Market set up on the main street.

Get a healthy start to the day at Blondies Cafe offering specialty coffee, fresh smoothies, wraps and sandwiches. Then, stroll the downtown and check out Beach Chik’s electric mix of all things beach from hats and flip flops to coolers and swim suits. You’re now all set to head to the beach and soak up the sunny skies, warm waters and sandy beach. Cool off afterwards at the newly renovated Brother’s Pub and enjoy a bevy and a bite on their patio.

No trip to Sicamous is complete without a trip to D Dutchmen’s Ice cream shop with dozens of locally made fresh ice cream flavours. Be sure to check out Fruit World across the street for an amazing selection of fresh fruit and produce.

End your day in Sicamous with a round of mini golf next to Lukies Store then stroll back to the beach to enjoy the epic Shuswap sunsets.

Check with local shops and restaurants for opening hours. Use precaution at the lake as the water is unusually high for this time of year. Covid health protocols in place. Thank you for your kindness and patience as tourism providers are doing their very best to create a memorable visit for you.

Action Packed Enderby

Named Canada’s most active community by ParticipAction in 2019, lace up your runners as you prepare to explore the Shuswap’s favourite Little City.

Of course, you’ll need a hearty breakfast and fortunately for you, Hungry Jack’s on Main Street had got that well in hand. A local favourite with a lovely side door patio has all the fixings you’ll need as you map our your action packed day.

Now, your choice will be to float the river, walk the river or hike far above it on the epic Enderby Cliffs.

If you got an early start, and it happens to be Friday, catch the tail end of the region’s largest Farmer’s Market on the grounds of the stunning Splatsin Community Centre.

Chill for a bit over ice cream at Belvedere park where you can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool or peruse the outdoor museum. Once you’ve rested a bit, head out to Waterside Winery for a wine tasting. This small batch vineyard and winery uses estate grown and Okanagan grown grapes in its wide selection of wines.

If you’re ready for dinner, consider the Small Ax Roadhouse by the river. Then pack up the car and head out to an action packed movie on the big screen – the biggest in North America in fact – at the Starlight Drive In. And if you nod off during the second movie, we don’t blame you. It’s been a big bid day in the Little City.

 Covid health protocols in place. Please call ahead with questions and check local conditions prior to hiking or rafting down the river (don’t forget your PFD) and pack out what you pack in. Reservations are required at the drive-in. For more information on the many activities, shops and restaurants in Enderby, visit enderby.ca and shuswaptourism.ca.

Simply Delightful. A Saturday in Armstrong and Spallumcheen

The furthest point south of the Shuswap region on Hwy 97B half way between Vernon and Salmon Arm, Armstrong and Spallumcheen are well worth the detour and a simple Saturday can be spent enjoying the sights, sounds, shops and savours in the Heart of Country.

Start at The Brown Derby, home of the famous breakfast. The eclectic and iconic cafe on the main street is a must stop for locals and visitors alike. Walk off all the goodness of a home-cooked breakfast or piece of cherry pie by visiting BC’s oldest Farmer’s Market on the IPE Fairgrounds. After meeting the many producers and artisans, head to Memorial Park next door for some R&R or a refreshing dip in the lovely outdoor pool.

Get your afternoon boost at The Wild Oak Cafe home of great coffee and delightful baked goods

and you’ll be all fuelled up to for the treasure hunt that is the fantastic selection of thrift and consignment shops such as The Bargain Bin operated by the Hospital Auxiliary, Frugal Frocks, The Guy Next Door, Sea Stars Boutique, Canadian Royal Antiques Post, Allen’s Antiques and Armstrong Antiques Home & Garden Decor.

A trip to Armstrong is not complete without a stop at The Village Cheese Co. for an impressive selection of artisan cheese and gourmet goodies. What goes better with cheese than bread? Really, really good bread is found right next door in Askews Foods at The Country Bakery. If you have more of a sweet tooth, you’ll be delighted with their selection of pastries and chocolates.

Take a drive around the local farms and enjoy the Barn Quilt Tour. The map can be found on the Armstrong Spallucheen Chamber of Commerce website (aschamber.com).

Cap the day with a wine tasting at Edge of the Earth Vineyards or a farm to table meal at the Farmstrong Cider Company and show your support for this small community with a big heart by sharing your experience on your favourite social media platforms.

For more information on tourism in Armstrong and Spallumcheen, visit ShuswapTourism.com and aschamber.com.

 

Beautiful, Casual, Down to Earth – Welcome to the Shuswap

Beautiful, Casual, Down to Earth – Welcome to the Shuswap

 

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The heart of the traditional territories of the Secwepemc, the “meeting of the waters”, the Shuswap is a place of gathering. We celebrate the pairing of meaningful experiences. Cycle to a vineyard or paint at the pub, paddle to the park, or hike to the hot spring. We live to explore. And every day with us means you’ll find a little more.

Our hosts and our guides, our chefs, brewmasters and vintners, our farmers, producers and shop owners look forward to welcoming you back. Immerse yourself in the stories told by our musicians, artists and actors, artisans and crafters. Meander our maps, our rivers and valleys, our mountains and meadows, our beaches, belvederes, parks and trails in a smart, safe and respectful way.

 

Call ahead

Our accommodators are keen to welcome you back but please book ahead of time. Private hotels, motels, BnBs, campgrounds and RV parks are open. Provincial park campsites are only available to BC residents this summer. The Shuswap is a popular destination and pre-booked accommodation is essential.

Pace yourself
We’re all keen to get out and about after a challenging few months. Pace yourself, take it slow, don’t try and pack it all into the same day. There’s plenty to see and do. Just take your time and enjoy it with less hustle and bustle.

Be patient
Our tourism providers have been working hard to provide goods and services in a safe and respectful manner whilst meeting health protocols. Things might have changed a little from your last visit. Just be patient. It’s worth the wait.

Take it outside
There’s no shortage of great outdoor spaces in the Shuswap. Consider it a healthy and safe option. Grab some takeout out or plan a picnic and visit a local park. Restaurants, bars and patios are open but at reduced capacity so get creative, have fun and try something new.

Wait your turn
Visitors are encouraged to make online reservations for attractions, amenities and activities. It reduces your wait time and everyone gets to do what they want when they want.

Keep a journal
If you’re new to the area, you’re going to see some great places. It’s always good to keep a journal of your Shuswap experience so you’ll know where to return next time and it never hurts to have a record of your travels in case you have concerns about infection reports.

Pack essentials
Bring the basics; a cooler for all the goodies, some folding chairs for the beach, PFDs if you’ll be on the water, prescriptions, sanitation supplies and reservation confirmations. While most parks, and trails, golf courses, wineries, farm stands and markets are fully operational, the modification means you’ll need to bring your own equipment and wash your hands before and after visiting.

Stay safe and healthy
Feeling a little under the weather? Best wait to feel your best before heading our way.
Health measures are in place at local businesses and amenities, including sanitation stations, reduced occupancy, social distancing and masks if the 2 metre distance cannot be maintained. There are limits on size of groups indoors and outdoors. As such, many public events have been cancelled in response to the health emergency. Consult local visitor centres or event listings for more information. Recent flooding also means some beaches and boat launches aren’t quite yet at their best. Practice water recreation safety and if you’re coming from another watershed, please clean and dry your boat to prevent the transmission of invasive water species.

Be kind
As Dr. Bonnie Henry has said, now is the time to be kind. A compliment and a kind word to one another goes a long way in making our summer more meaningful and more memorable.

 

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Twenty ways to celebrate our Shuswap Grads

To be a grad is rad

No less in 2020

To celebrate their worth

The options are a plenty

 

Get out and mark the moments

These students have achieved

A bright and happy future

In you we do believe

 

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 from Shuswap Tourism

 

Twenty ways to celebrate our Shuswap grads

 

  1. Sunday Brunch at Quaaout Lodge
  2. Night out at the Starlight Drive In in Enderby
  3. Charcuterie board and tasty pastry at Tanto Latte in Salmon Arm
  4. Sunset patio dinner at Finz Bar & Grill in Blind Bay
  5. Water access only grub from the Shark Shack on Shuswap Lake
  6. Visit the Farmstrong Cidery in Armstrong
  7. Grab some take out at The Rock Eatery in Falkland
  8. Sharezies at The Scotch Creek Hub
  9. Crepes at Cafe Tasse in Salmon Arm
  10. Burgers on the patio at Moose Mulligan’s Public Eatery in Sicamous
  11. River front dining at the Riverfront Pub in Enderby
  12. Buon Appetito at Andiamo Ristorante Italiano
  13. Fish and Chips at the Bayside Marina and Grill in Blind Bay
  14. Say ole to Cantina Vallarta in Salmon Arm
  15. Authentic greek cuisine at Stratis Mediterranean Grill in Sorrento
  16. Pizza for the gang at G&G Kitchen and Tap in Sicamous
  17. Cozy up (at a distance, of course) at The Burner Grille in Malakwa
  18. Check out the brand new Bistro 1460 at the Hilltop Inn in Salmon Arm
  19. Steak & Eggs at Tucker’s Restaurant in Armstrong
  20. Dinner at the Cattlemen’s Club Restaurant followed by a Cowboy Campfire at Historic O’Keefe Ranch