When people relocate to the Shuswap, the first summer brings with it a flurry of visitors keen to check out the new digs. If indeed, company is headed your way, here are a few travel tips to keep them entertained and to better get to know your new community at the same time.
In Salmon Arm, every Wednesday evening, an outdoor concert is held at Marine Peace Park. Head downtown and first grab a bite to eat at one of the many outdoor patios, then stroll over to the park taking in great views while walking down the longest curved inland wooden wharf in North America. Be sure to explore the Foreshore Trail, a bird sanctuary teeming with wetland wildlife.
On Thursdays, it’s Music in the Bay in at Centennial Field in Blind Bay. If you’re headed that way, be sure to stop at Margaret Falls in Herald’s Provincial Park and grab the legendary giant ice cream cones from the Co-op en route. Enjoy dinner from one of the food vendors on site, check out the community market or enjoy a drink at the beverage garden.
The summer’s family-friendly community cornerstone in downtown Sicamous is held weekly on Fridays from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Meet the many makers, bakers, farmers and producers from across the region. With plenty of food choices, grab a bite to eat and head to Sicamous Beach Park featuring beautiful white sand, a walking path, picnic tables, volleyball nets and a splash park.
The Sorrento Village Farmers’ Market, held on Saturdays morning at Sorrento Shoppers Plaza, has something for everyone from foodies to arts and crafts fans. While nearby, be sure to check out the Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum & Sprokkets Cafe or enjoy artisan coffee, sandwiches and soup (many gluten free) at Steamer’s which also features an amazing selection of artisan crafts.
Sunday in the North Shuswap
Quiet Sundays are for Quaaout Lodge on the Skwlāx te Secwepemcúl̓ecw (Little Shuswap Lake Band) territory. The resort has a golf course, a spa, indigenous experience tours and an award-winning restaurant. Enjoy the paved trails at the beautiful Tsútswecw Park further down the road, offering great views of the Adams River. Catch the Scotch Creek Farmers Market from 9:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Top off the North Shuswap experience with a visit to Celista Estate Winery open daily until 5:30 P.M