HUSWAP Visitorsâ€™ Guide 2016
Salmon Arm, BC
INDEX Salmon Arm............................................. 3 - 31 Salmon Arm MAPS .......................... 6, 16, 24 Food & Drink ........................................ 32 - 35 Blind Bay ............................................... 36 - 38 Wine & Cheese .................................... 39 - 41 Enderby .................................................. 42 - 45 Armstrong ...................................................... 46 Sicamous ............................................... 47 - 50 Trans Canada Hwy East ................... 51 - 52 Golf .......................................................... 53 - 55
Visitors’ Guide 2016
Vol. 40, May 2016 © Black Press | Publisher: Jeff Morrison
250-832-9461 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.lakeshorenews.bc.ca Produced by Lakeshore News in Salmon Arm by: Jeff Morrison, Chris Faltin, Denise Buffie and Wesley Miki. Editorial by Leah Blain. Photos by: Howard Vangool, Duncan Myers, Wendy Clay, Andrea Hrynyk & Wadell Peterson. Cover photo by Lorena Smelsky.
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HEART OF THE SHUSWAP Welcome to the Shuswap; welcome to the extraordinary. The rugged beauty and awe-inspiring views will work their magic and vibrate through your soul. No one leaves here unchanged. What exactly can you expect to happen? Inspiration, peace, tranquility, and renewal in the midst of your adventures on the lakes, rivers, and trails. If your idea of a perfect vacation is basking in the long, languid, sun-drenched summer days that invite you to come full stop - you have come to the right place. If ‘slow down’ isn’t in your vocabulary and all you want is to keep your adrenaline revved up - you have come to the perfect vacation spot. The Shuswap is renowned for its hiking, biking, and horseback riding
trails that boast everything from alpine meadows with spectacular views to the cool shady wood trails where sunbeams dance through tree tops high overhead. The lake, with over 1,000 km of shoreline, is perfect for paddling, boating, waterskiing, and tubing. The winter months are equally as beautiful with weather that accommodates by giving enough snow for skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling alongside mild temperatures to make it enjoyable.
Combine all this with the Shuswap’s legendary hospitality and you have the mix for a perfect holiday. Peruse the local shops and farmers’ markets, savour the local wines, beer, cheese, fruit, and vegetables. Stop by the local artisan shops for unique gifts. Relax in the coffee shops, restaurants, and pubs.
Remember you’re on vacation and not on a schedule. Leave the hustle and bustle of your regular life behind. Open your heart to the beauty of the Shuswap and let its magic do the rest.
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DOWNTOWN Surrounded by mountains that dominate the skyline, downtown Salmon Arm is the picturesque epicentre of the entire Shuswap. Within a pleasant strolling distance of parks and lakes, the compact downtown has a vibrancy that reflects the majestic beauty that envelopes it. The downtown houses trendy boutiques, cafes, ethnically-diverse restaurants, spas, galleries, and theatres. Within this radius you can find locally made gifts, art, local wine and cheese. It is all small town
appeal with the convenience of city amenities. Indulge yourself by spending a relaxed and stress-free shopping day. Expect to find something unique and enjoy the down-home friendliness of the locals. Grab a coffee then head over to the Visitor Centre because it’s an excellent place to begin your tour. Hudson Ave is home to an art gallery, movie theatre, post office, specialty boutiques (everything from antiques to candy), and restaurants. Alexander St is Salmon Arm’s only one-way street. You will find most of the city’s banks are on this street and the rest are within a couple of blocks. There are clothing stores, pies, lattes, books and restaurants, and Salmon Arm’s classic theatre.
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On Lakeshore Dr there is a locally owned grocery store, art shops, clothing stores, shoes and trendy shops. Throughout the downtown core, there are plenty of spas and hairdressers who are always happy to pamper walk-in customers. Remember this is your vacation: walk slowly, take in the fresh air, and relax. If there is a band playing on the Ross Street outdoor stage, stop a while, close your eyes and feel the music. Enjoy your visit to downtown Salmon Arm. We’re glad you’re here.
The Salmon Arm Visitor Centre is a great place to start your visit to the Shuswap.
in marine campgrounds. There are wheelchair accessible public washrooms.
They are located at #101 - 20 Hudson Ave NE, in one of the cityâ€™s They are open year round. historic buildings. The staff are helpful and friendly and can help MAY LONG WEEKEND TO JUNE 30 you with local information, 9:30am - 4:30pm weekdays, recommend places to visit, things to 10:00am - 3:00pm Saturday and see and do, and can help you find Sunday. (Open statutory holidays) accommodation in Salmon Arm within the Shuswap area. JULY 1 - AUGUST 31 They have brochures and guides on local tourism attraction and carry guides covering most communities in BC. They sell marine park maps as well as marine park passes for boaters wanting to stay overnight
9:00am - 5:30pm weekdays,
:00am - 5:00pm Saturday nd Sunday. (Open statutory holidays). To contact the Visitor Centre: email@example.com 250-832-2230 1-877-725-6667
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SALMON ARM PARKING There is plenty of parking in the downtown but some parking lots and streets have time limits. The maximum time allowed for on street non-metered parking is one hour. If you have a metered spot, the time allotment varies from one to 10 hours. The parking meters take quarters and loonies (some take toonies).
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The angled meter parking in front of the post office on Hudson Ave allows for 15 minutes only. There are a few metered parking lots: the Inner Core parking lot, Marine Park, and Hudson Ave Salmar Grand Theatre lot. However, to accommodate tourists during July and August, the parking lot at the Salmar Grand Theatre is free of charge. The Ross St Parking lot has free parking with a two-hour time limit. If you find one of these parking violation tickets on your windshield,
you can save some money by paying within 24 hours ($10 vs $35). If you park in a handicapped spot without a valid sticker it’s just a straight $100 fine.
TRANSIT Salmon Arm has a transit system that is convenient for getting around the city and outlying areas. Whether you would like to go shopping, see some residential areas, or head to the beach, the local transit system can get you there. You will find the drivers very friendly and helpful and it’s a fun way to explore the local area and meet some of the locals.
WASHROOMS If you need the washroom while you’re walking around downtown Salmon Arm, there are a few convenient locations. There are washrooms located at the Ross St parking lot (corner of Ross and Hudson) across from the Pharmasave. A few blocks away there are public washrooms at Fletcher Park (2nd Ave, across the street from the fire hall). If you’re by the wharf, you will find washrooms in-between Marine Peace Park and the parking lot, and at the end of the wharf. There are washrooms at McGuire Lake near 10th St NE on the road that runs by the hospital.
There is also service to Enderby, Sorrento, and Eagle Bay.
These are maintained by city staff and are kept clean.
The busses are equipped with bike racks. For transit information, rates and schedules, call 250-832-0191 or go online. www.bctransit.com
There are also washrooms at the Visitor Centre located at 20 Hudson Ave, NE, just off the Trans Canada Hwy.
WHARF The Salmon Arm wharf is listed as the one of most popular attractions in Salmon Arm on TripAdvisor. The comments reflect how visitors and locals alike enjoy the serenity. Even in the midst of the busy summer season, there is a calmness that comes in the midst of such natural beauty. If you have a pair of binoculars make sure to bring them on your stroll, this is a great place for viewing various birds including eagles, osprey, ducks, grebes, and geese. The wharf is usually humming with activity. Some people enjoy a leisurely stroll with a coffee or ice cream in hand, others use it for the daily walk with the dog. And there’s always people with cameras because it is a great backdrop for a family vacation photo.
INDOOR EXERCISE Sometimes there’s rain even in the sunny Shuswap. If that happens, don’t worry, there is plenty to do indoors that is fun, affordable, and will make sure everyone is tuckered
There are indoor racquetball and squash courts, fitness centres, a swimming pool, bowling, and a jungle gym. You can take a fitness class, or if you are not exerciseinclined, you can go to a movie or even rent the theatre and have a private party. Or spend a day at a spa. The malls are always a fun option as there are often extra activities going on. If you’re just not an indoor person, just sing in the rain.
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The wharf is located at Marine Peace Park which also has a boat launch and dock system. Boat rentals are available and there is a concession, as well as washrooms, at the end of wharf. It is, by the way, the longest curved wooden wharf in North America.
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CITY PARKS There is plenty of green space around Salmon Arm’s downtown core. Within a couple of minutes you can go from the city centre to any one of these four parks.
FLETCHER PARK 2ND AVE NE There is no other way to describe this park other than a hub of happy activity throughout the summer. The water spray park is the biggest draw but there is play equipment for the young ones including a climbing structure, slide, and swings. There are picnic tables as well as a large grassy area and plenty of shade at this three-acre park as well as washroom and change-room facilities. Sorry no smoking or dogs allowed.
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MCGUIRE LAKE PARK 6 AVE NE This is one of the locals’ favourite spots for a pleasant, quiet, and easy stroll. The paved walkway around the small lake makes it perfect for anyone with mobility issues or parents with strollers. There are plenty of turtles, geese and ducks and be sure to check out the Japanese friendship gate. There are picnic tables and benches if you just want to stop a while. McGuire Lake Park is also one of Salmon Arm’s most popular spots for wedding photos.
BLACKBURN PARK 10 AVE SW
This park is for anyone who doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘relax.’ This territory is for skateboarders, soccer and baseball fans, frisbee enthusiasts and kids who need to swing, climb, run and play. But if you really would rather relax, there is a covered picnic There are picnic tables, washrooms, shelter, a concession, and picnic a boardwalk, nature trails, a boat tables in the sunshine. Washroom launch, a gazebo, and a 440 foot, facilities are available. Parents who curved wooden wharf with a have children with mobility issues seasonal concession at the end. will really appreciate the universally On Wednesday nights throughout accessible playground with recycled the summer come for the free rubber safety surfacing. As the name suggests, you will find this park very peaceful. From early morning until evening this is a favourite spot for strolling, meeting friends, and simply enjoying the lake view. It’s a lovely spot to watch boats come in and out.
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While you’re visiting Salmon Arm In Salmon Arm the locals make be sure to take in a movie or two at much ado about the Shuswap either the the Salmar Grand four- Theatre because they have been plex Cinemas or the Salmar Classic entertaining the Shuswap since Theatre right in the downtown core. 1971 with excellent dramatic They are both owned by Salmar entertainment ranging from pure Community Association, a non- fun to thought provoking drama. profit organization that gives back Located right across the street from 100 per cent of the profits back into the Salmar Grand Cinemas on theatre improvements and the Hudson Ave, it is also the perfect community. venue for concerts, dance The Salmar also broadcasts live performances, and recitals. shows from the Met Opera in New This summer enjoy ‘Theatre on York. the Edge’ from July 21-24. Every movie you see and Join Shuswap Theatre all through concession item you buy eventually the year for their three play helps build up the community you love to visit. (They really have the Mainstage season plus their Christmas play and Laughing Gas best theatre popcorn ever). To find out movie times and listings Improv Troupe. go to www.salmartheatre.com
While you’re in the Shuswap why not try your luck on the slot machines, a game of Bingo, or place a bet on a horse race. Chances Salmon Arm has 124 Bingo seats, 99 slot machines and one electronic Black Jack table, so it’s a perfect place for the entire group to go out for an evening of entertainment. You will enjoy the impressive menu at B’s Eatery. Whether you feel like a juicy New York Steak Dinner, spicy wings, homestyle Mac & Cheese meal or a delightful dessert, there is something for everyone’s taste-buds.
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MUSIC Music is very much part of Salmon Arm’s social scene throughout the year. During the summer months the Ross Street Plaza downtown Salmon Arm is the venue for a number of free concerts.
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JAZZ NIGHTS JULY 7 & 21 | AUGUST 4 & 18 THE PLAZA | STARTING AT 7:00 PM In July and August there are Jazz Nights at the Plaza on the first and third Thursdays starting at 7:00pm.
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In most places people enjoy And Saturday nights just aren’t Wednesdays simply as ‘hump day’ complete without the Saturday the middle of the work week. But in Night Live concerts that run from Salmon Arm, Wednesday is now 7:00pm to 8:30pm. forever linked with ‘WoW’ It’s a fun time and don’t be shy to Wednesday on the Wharf. get up and dance. Or sit back in your From June 15 to August 31, each lawn chair and simply enjoy great Wednesday evening at Marine Park music, friendly smiles, and relax. there is great live music. Sometimes it’s the popular local musicians and NIMBLEFINGERS FESTIVAL singers, but touring talent of all kinds AUGUST 27 | SORRENTO are often gracing the gazebo stage. If you’re a fan of bluegrass and Bring your picnic and lawn chair or old-time music then make sure the blanket. Admission is by donation. NimbleFingers Music Festival is part And remember to dance like no 250-833-6622 of your vacation plan. It’s an one is watching. impressive lineup: The Railsplitters, Bruce Molsky and Allison de Groot, The Molly Tuttle Band, Old Man Luedecke, John Reischman & the Fresh Fruit Arrangements Taterbugs, The Slocan Ramblers, Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller, the Locally roasted coffee, organic, and fair trade Lonesome Ace Stringband, Sarah made to order in-store Gluten free options Jane Scouten, The Canotes, Chris Baked items are made in-house Coole, Pete Sutherland, and the or Fibre Optic Wi-Fi NimbleFingers AllStars. Made-to order lunches It all takes place on Saturday, 190A TCH NE Salmon Arm August 27 in Sorrento.
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ROOTS & BLUES FESTIVAL AUGUST 19 - 21 SALMON ARM FAIRGROUNDS Heading into its 24th year, the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival long ago established itself as one of the summer destination spots for lovers of music ranging from blues to bluegrass, Celtic, Cuban and Americana to Afro-beat. From its humble beginnings, this festival is now one of western Canada’s major outdoor music events that ties tapestry of music, culinary delights from an international food village, dance stage, fun zone for children, an artisan market place featuring handcrafted Canadian-
made originals, and camping within earshot of the festival. The festival features four daytime stages and two evening stages. The daytime workshops are renowned for delivering high voltage performances and the palpable enthusiasm and good-time vibe of the performers becomes contagious. While bringing in internationally acclaimed musical artists, the Roots & Blues Festival has always encouraged and promoted emerging homegrown artists as well. The mission of the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society, which produces this popular festival, is to enrich the
of the community by resenting artistic and cultural events. Year after year the Society achieves their goal by giving locals and visitors an unforgettable sonic and visual experience and the most musically diverse festival in the BC Interior.
The festival takes place August 19-21 at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds.
LUNCHBOX STAGE EVERY FRIDAY IN JULY & AUGUST THE PLAZA | 12:30 - 1:30 PM Every Friday during July and August there’s the ever popular Lunchbox Stage at the Plaza from 12:30 to 1:30pm. Bring a lunch and enjoy the music.
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ARTS TRAIL MIX JULY 2 - AUGUST 27 SALMON ARM ART GALLERY AT 70 HUDSON AVE NE Teams of artists, photographers and guides experienced 15 trails in the region over the past 12 months, and their adventures are documented in art, photos and stories in the Art Gallery, around the downtown, and out on the trail. 10 installations will be featured at the Art Gallery, along with a publication of the project. Look for on-site sculptures on the SABNES Raven Trail on Salmon Arm Bay, and Mt. Baldy Trail near
Sorrento. Off-site installations at Blue Canoe Bakery Cafe, Prisa Lighting and Prestige Inn. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday 11:00am to 4:00pm, admission is by donation.
ANIMATION ART CAMP Eight lucky kids aged 10 to 16 can take part in this two-week intensive workshop to learn stop-motion animation from Nikki Webber, BFA. Registration details at the Art Gallery. The finale is a short filmfest at the Salmar Classic Theatre on Friday, July 15 at 1:00pm that is open to the public by donation.
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CULTURE CRAWL FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 30 visual artists are paired with 30 downtown businesses to create pop-up galleries of local artwork. Brochures with the walking map and details are available at the Art Gallery and the Visitor Centre.
WORD ON THE LAKE MAY 20 - 22 PRESTIGE HARBOURFRONT RESORT The natural beauty of the Shuswap makes it a natural place for inspiration. It draws photographers, artists, artisans, and writers. Every year writers gather here for the Word On the Lake Writers’ Festival. The presenter lineup always includes award-winning authors, songwriters, as well as people in the publishing world. This year’s line up includes: Joelle Anthony, Victor Anthony, Ted Bishop, Susan Fox, Bernie Hucul, Jodi McIsaac, Alyson Quinn, Jodie Renner, Robert J Sawyer, Arthur Slade, Michael Slade, Alan Twigg, Richard Wagamese, and Howard White. The weekend includes various sessions as well as opportunities for attendees to get personal writing tips from these experts.
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On Friday night there is a coffee house from 7:00pm to 11:00pm with readings by the presenters. It is open to the public ($15 per ticket). It all takes place at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort. For more information visit wordonthelakewritersfestival.com
The Mall at Piccadilly has over 40 locally owned specialty boutiques and national chain stores that are located in air-conditioned and upscale surroundings. Whether you are looking for a unique gift, camping supplies, clothing, groceries, a bite to eat, or simply a change of pace, you will enjoy the friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The anchor stores are: Starbucks, Save on Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart, The Source, SportChek, Ricki’s, Northern Reflections, Bootlegger, and Canadian Tire.
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If you’re not into long treks or steep hills, cycle around the city and do the nice easy loop around McGuire Lake park or around the wharf area.
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There is a handy cycle touring brochure that covers the entire region. You can pick up these brochures at any Visitor Centre or at the local cycling shops, which also do servicing and repairs. From May through October local cyclists organize group rides. Ask for details at the local bike shops.
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There is also a variety of mountain trails in the Shuswap Trail system that are great for experiencing a complete breadth of ecosystems and landscapes from an intimate perspective. For mountain bikers the popular hot spots are the Park Hill Trail System (5 km of varying degrees of difficulty) near Canoe Beach, and the Larch Hills Traverse (38 km one way) that takes you through forests, fens, and dramatic lake vistas.
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It’s not always about the lake. You will notice many vehicles with bike racks because the Shuswap has over 1,500 km of quiet paved back roads that make for great cycling. There are popular loop cycling routes that range from the easy under 20 km variety to the challenging 100 + km.
BEACHES CANOE BEACH Canoe Beach is the one of the most popular swimming spots in the entire Shuswap. As it is the closest one to Salmon Arm, it is the go-to place for most of the local residents. It has a long beautiful pebbly-sand beach, a large roped off swim area and spectacular view of Bastion Mountain.
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HOW TO GET THERE: Turn off the Trans Canada Hwy at Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Rd 15 km west of Salmon Arm. Sunnybrae Park is 3.7 km down the road, opposite Sunnybrae Hall.
Feel free to join in beach volleyball games and children will enjoy the small playground.
Gardom Lake is a lovely place to swim and picnic. It’s not as busy or as big as some of the other beaches, but there is a beautiful serenity that comes with the landscape.
Dogs are not allowed on the main beach area but they are allowed at the dog park on the eastern end. HOW TO GET THERE: Canoe Beach is 10 minutes east of Salmon Arm. To get there turn off the Trans Canada Hwy just past the golf course and go-karts onto 50th St NE. Keep on this road until the end, turn left and drive about one kilometre along Canoe Beach Rd and follow the signs.
Once you get here, you will want to stay the whole day because it’s beautiful, peaceful, and relaxing. Take the trail to the top of the bluffs across the road for a wonderful view of the lake.
There is a concession, clean washrooms and change-rooms. There are picnic tables, a picnic shelter, a large grassy area for picnics and plenty of shady trees for those who like to sit out of the direct summer heat.
There is a boat launch and plenty of parking.
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Sunnybrae Park has one of the best beaches in the area. It’s always busy on a hot summer day but there’s plenty of room so it doesn’t feel crowded. If you have water shoes be sure to bring them along as Sunnybrae beach has more pebbles and rocks than soft sand. There is also a playground, lots of
There is a small grassy play area, a swing set, and covered picnic area. Gardom Lake’s size and diverse ecosystem make it popular with canoeists and kayakers. It is quiet and peaceful and perfect for a day of paddling. It is also a favourite of birders, naturalists, and hikers as there are interesting interpretive trails on the two islands in the lake. You can expect to see Bald Eagles, Loons, Painted Turtles, and Red-necked Grebes. HOW TO GET THERE: Drive east of Salmon Arm on the Trans Canada Hwy and turn south on Hwy 97B. Turn on Gardom Lake Rd (approx 16 km) and travel another 3.5 km, turning left on Park Rd. The park entrance is almost another kilometre down the road.
FIRST NATIONS The name “Shuswap” is an Anglicization of the word the First Nations people call themselves and transcribed today as Secwepemc. The Shuswap are the northernmost Interior Salish group of the Plateau culture area. Formerly their territory was vast, extending from the Rocky Mountains in the east to the Fraser River in the west, and ranging from Williams Lake in the north to Armstrong in the south. Shuswap villages were located near the numerous lakes in their territory and in the valleys of the North and South Thompson rivers and their tributaries, as well as along the Fraser River. Lakes and rivers were an integral part of their transportation, and salmon was a main-stay in their diet and economy. They used plants and animals but were guided by their cultural tradition that they were keepers of the land. Native culture hinges on the belief that the land responds positively to care and respect.
Generation after generation learned the ways of the elders through a rich oral history that continues to this day. Many of the local bands have programs in place to teach the young their language and traditions. Some of the local bands have events and tourist attractions that are sure to enrich your stay here in traditional Secwepemc territory. www.shuswapband.net Shuswap Band
Adams Lake Indian Band www.lslib.com Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band www.neskonlith.org Neskonlith Indian Band www.splatsin.ca Splatsin [Spallumcheen] Band
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During the winter months Interior Salish lived in villages consisting of clustered semi-subterranean dwellings known as pit houses. Here they existed on the provisions they had prepared and preserved at other times of the year.
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Step inside the cool, bright Centenoka Park Mall during the hot, sunny summer months, or warm your toes in the winter. Enjoy their comfortable lounge areas, and shop in a nice mix of locally-owned speciality stores and national chains. For your convenience, the mall is located just off the Trans Canada Hwy.
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Every park and trail has its own beauty, but Salmon Arm Bay Nature Trail is one of the most compelling in Salmon Arm. Locals never tire of this tree-canopied idyllic foreshore path for their daily walk. It is conveniently located right near the downtown core and the wharf. The boardwalk and path are both easily accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. The boardwalk and viewing platform are perfect for birdwatching as this wetland provides an ideal habitat for nesting and migratory birds. The Salmon
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Arm Bay is one of only two places in the province that provides a suitable breeding habitat for the Western Grebe. Due to the sensitivity of the eco-system and habitat, please stay on the designated trail and obey signage regarding pets. The east walkway from the wharf parking lot will take you Christmas Island and connect to the Raven trail.
LITTLE MOUNTAIN PARK If you’re looking for a nice easy nature trail to hike or bike, head over to Little Mountain Park. This park is one of Salmon Arm’s treasures with 8 km of wide, smooth forested trails. There are a variety of figure eight loops, some are a little more challenging than others. You can finish the short one within half an hour or take your time and explore the various loops for 2 hours. One includes a short climb to views of Salmon Arm, Salmon Arm Bay, Fly Hills, and Mt Ida. If you’re visiting here in the winter months, this is a perfect place to snowshoe! Winter or summer, the views are perfect for picture taking. HOW TO GET THERE: There are a couple of different entrances to Little Mountain Park: From east Salmon Arm on Hwy 1, turn south on 30th St SE then left (east) at Okanagan Ave. Proceed to the west parking area at the end of the street. There is also a south entrance with parking on 10th Ave SE near 35th St SE.
SHUSWAP TRAIL ALLIANCE Lace up your sneakers, grab your water bottle and head to one of the trails that are are rich in natural wonders in their own unique ways. Let th magic work on yo and vibrate through your soul. Enjoy these dreamscapes that were made for footloose explorers. People from all over the world have come to enjoy the Shuswap Trail system. In the past decade the Shuswap Trail Alliance has completed over 170 projects including 11 signature trail systems and 27 trails throughout the entire Shuswap. From challenging hikes that are rewarded by breathtaking mountain vistas to peaceful intermediate hikes alongside mossy creekside paths shaded by cedars to short paved pathways suitable for a family stroll, there truly is something for everyone. Some trails allow for horses, bicycles, and motorized vehicles.
Go to www.shuswaptrailalliance.com for more information or you can pick up a Shuswap Trail Guide at the local Visitor Centre.
MARGARET FALLS Enchanting. Magical. Breathtaking. These are words that are often used to describe Margaret Falls and the old-growth canopied pathway, through a rock chasm, that takes you there.
The tall cascade of crashing waters down the narrow twisting canyon makes a stunning backdrop for photos. It’s an easy stroll o the whole family can enjoy this trail which is also wheelchair accessible. HOW TO GET THERE: Drive 15 km west of Salmon Arm and turn on Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Rd and travel another 12 km. You can park at Herald Provincial Park’s day use area and cross the road to get to the trailhead, or park at the
Margaret Fall’s parking lot on the left/north side. There is also a more difficult upper trail. To get to the trailhead go east of the Margaret Falls parking lot just past the gravel bank and watch for the stairs on the left. This trail takes about one and half hours for a round trip.
LARCH HILLS Larch Hills is one of BC’s greatest cross country ski destinations. With 150 km of trails, 50+ km of which are track set, there is no shortage of variety for the cross-country ski enthusiast – classic & skating, and the rest unset back country and off track. They also have an 800 m multi-use canine trail that has been a popular addition. The Larch Hills Nordic Society volunteers spend thousands of hours every year to keep these ski trails in
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On the Shuswap Trail Alliance website all the trails are listed along with the pertinent information: distance, difficulty rating, status, and a map. There are trails in Enderby, Falkland, North Shuswap, Salmon Arm, Sicamous, South Shuswap, and West Shuswap.
Enjoy the gloriously fresh smell of trees and the beauty of the unique ecosystem that makes this place so special.
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don’t charge trail fees but encourage top notch form. They host several donations to help with their expenses. events in the winter, volunteer as For more information please visit: trail guides, and maintain the chalet, www.skilarchhills.ca trail system shelters and all the tracksetting equipment including a Pisten In the off-ski season, these trails Bully 200 and safety toboggans. They are really popular with hikers and cyclists as they provide an epic 38 km highland cross-country romp through the forests, fens, and dramatic lake vistas of the Larch Hills, linking the communities of Salmon Arm and Sicamous. The trails are available for equestrian use but some trailheads are more accessible. For more information look for Larch Enjoy Your Vacation Hills Traverse at:
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Visits to Shuswap Lake General Hospital double each summer Help us to continue supporting the highest standards of care by making a donation to The Shuswap Hospital Foundation
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www.shuswaptrails.com HOW TO GET THERE: Approx. 8.7 km south of Salmon Arm on Hwy 97B, turn east on Grandview Bench Rd at the Larch Hills Nordic sign. After approx. 5.4 km turn left/ north onto Edgar Rd. After another 3 km, keep left at the junction, and travel another 3 km to the Larch Hills ski area. Park at the main Larch Hills Nordic Chalet Parking Lot.
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FISHING The Shuswap has more than 20 lakes and streams in the area, making it a spectacular fishing destination. Shuswap Lake contains 19 species of native fish including Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Bull Trout, Dolly Varden, Steelhead, Whitefish, Kokanee, and Burbot. You will also find 4 species of Salmon: Chinook, Coho, Pink and Sockeye as well s a few Sturgeon in the area. White Lake is a popular place for Rainbow Trout fishing but Mara and Skimikin Lakes shouldn’t be overlooked. Bolean Lake boasts some fantastic trout. There’s no guarantee you’ll catch anything but everyone here will back you up that the one you almost caught was really, really big. For up to date information go to www.reelfishingadventures.net There are a number of fishing regulations so anglers should make sure they are informed. Visit the BC Government Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations for current regulations. www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations
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CAMPING HERALD PROVINCIAL PARK Herald Provincial Park is a popular destination campground and dayuse area. This 79-hectare park has a large beautiful beach, lots of grassy picnic area, and a boat launch. It’s great for swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, boating, bird watching, or just a lazy day in the glorious Shuswap sun. Bring your soccer ball or frisbee and get a game going! There are three separate campgrounds that make up Herald Provincial Park: Bastion Campground, Reinecker Campground and Homestead Campground. A few of the sites in Bastion Campground, and many sites in the middle of Homestead Campground, are sunny and unshaded.
The campsites themselves are spacious with picnic tables and fire pits (check for fire bans). This equestrian campsite is managed by EQ Trails Association in support of the Shuswap Trail Alliance. The trails are also used by hikers and cyclists. HOW TO GET THERE: Travel 14.3 km west of Salmon Arm (or 18.6 km east of Sorrento) and turn on Tappen Valley Rd. After 4 km turn left/west on Skimikin Lake Rd and travel another 6 km to the lake. www.eqtrail.webs.com
HOW TO GET THERE: Turn off the Trans Canada Hwy at Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Rd 15 km west of Salmon Arm. The park is 12 km down the road, just watch for the provincial park signs.
Horse owners who don’t like to leave their horses behind when they go on vacation like coming to Skimikin because there are 15 paddocks for equine use with double corrals and pull-through parking spaces. Trail riding is a popular pastime here with over 100 km of marked and mapped trails. You can take short gentle-inclined loop trails near Skimikin Lake or take longer trails and hit some spectacular views.
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WHITE LAKE Whether you like swimming, fishing, water skiing, tubing, picnicking, cycling, or enjoying nature, make sure White Lake is on your to-do list. The lake got its name because of its large white shoals, which are visible through the clean, clear water. It’s lovely for canoeing, snorkeling, and fishing. In fact, this is one of the top three angling lakes in the province and it’s popular for fly fishing and trolling in the summer. White Lake is home to the Western Painted Turtle. They are they only native pond turtle in BC and they are an important component of our biodiversity. Be sure to visit Little
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There are several small nice community parks in White Lake including Hugh Road Community Park, White Lake Community Park, and White Lake Provincial Park. These are peaceful spots where you can access the lake and see plenty of wildlife: Bald and Golden Eagles, Loons, Mule and White Tail Deer, Canada Geese, several varieties of ducks and Sandhill Cranes.
JOHN EVDOKIMOFF BIKE PARK If you’re done at the lake and want to get on your bike, head over to the the John Evdokimoff Park. This is a great bike skills park is suitable for beginners and advanced riders with progressive drops, table tops, balance features and free trail rides. This park also acts as a trailhead for the White Lake Balmoral connector trail linking the two communities of White Lake and Blind Bay. HOW TO GET THERE: Located at 2562 Balmoral Rd approximately 9.3 km east of Sorrento on Hwy 1 at the Balmoral Rd junction. White Lake Rd forms a loops returning to Hwy 1 at Carlin 4 km farther east, approximately 20 km west of Salmon Arm. Watch for the bike park sign just before the Parri Rd intersection at the west end of White Lake.
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With over 1000 km of shoreline and 309 square km of lake, there is plenty of room for everyone to have fun in Shuswap Lake. The lake looks like a poorly written letter ‘H’ made up of four ‘arms’: Salmon Arm, the Shuswap Lake main arm, Anstey Arm and Seymour Arm. Discover the breath-taking water falls, hidden bays and coves, sandy beaches, marine parks, and explore any one of over 500 creeks that flow into Shuswap Lake. Let the natural serene and idyllic beauty of the Shuswap relax you. Much of the shoreline is like untouched wilderness and the sheer beauty of it will be forever etched in your memory.
ABOUT THE LAKE It is more properly called a lake system consisting of the four arms and Mara Lake. The Shuswap Lake is the center point of this large stream and lake network.
Three major inflows (Shuswap River, Eagle River and Salmon River) are located at the opposite end from the outflow. This causes a constant flow of water through the complete lake system. That’s what helps keep Shuswap Lake so beautiful.
Bring your own or rent one! The lake is busy all summer with houseboats, speed boats, pontoons, seadoos, wake-boarders and waterskiers. All four arms meet at Cinnemousun Narrows, northeast of Sicamous. Cinnemousun Narrows is one of the busiest stretch of waterways in the Shuswap. There’s a large provincial park with plenty of beach space and a floating open-air restaurant and store at the Narrows! [Party-minded house-boaters typically head toward Seymour Arm while anyone looking for quieter family-friendly waters may want to stay in Anstey Arm].
Some popular paddles in the Salmon Arm area are Canoe Wharf to Salmon Arm Bay, the Tappen and Salmon Arm Bay Circle Tour, or the Salmon Arm Bay itself.
DIVING There are over 25 popular diving sites in the Shuswap. In the Cinnemousson Narrows you can explore a sunken tug boat, the Alvera, or check out several wall dives. See Copper Island Diving’s dive map for more information.
There are plenty of boat launches throughout the area and most of them are free. There are over 30 marine parks.
Shuswap Lake is a perfect habitat for a variety of fish. There is in fact 19 species of native fish. There are houseboat and fishing charters if you want to leave the planning to someone else.
Anstey Arm is popular with those who prefer to paddle. It’s a little quieter than the other arms but the scenery throughout the entire lake system is truly amazing. There are plenty of beaches to land and things to explore.
Of course there are beaches throughout the Shuswap. It’s actually kind of fun to spend a little time at the various beaches throughout the area. Canoe Beach in the Salmon Arm area is the one of the most popular.
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Approximately 526 streams and lakes, covering a runoff area of about 25,000 square km, contribute their water into Shuswap Lake. The South Thompson River carries the total intake about 500 km west where it is finally released into the Pacific Ocean near Vancouver.
SALMON ARM HISTORIC HISTORIC BUILDINGS Salmon Arm was officially incorporated on May 4, 1905 and history buffs will appreciate some of the buildings around the downtown area that date shortly after that time. At 191 2nd Ave NE you will see the Salvation Army building that was originally the Baptist Church, built in 1909.
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At 31 Hudson Ave you will see the Seniors’ Drop-in Centre that was built in 1928 as the city’s first municipal hall. Across the street at 20 Hudson is the old courthouse that was built two years later and officially opened in 1931. It now houses various businesses and service including the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre. Right beside this building is the Salmon Arm Art Gallery which was the city’s original post office that dates from 1937. It was designed by
architect Thomas W. Fuller, son of Thomas Fuller, Chief Architect of the Dominion of Canada, who designed the parliament buildings in Ottawa. The Merchant Block (118-148 Lakeshore Dr) was constructed in 1929. The Community Heritage Register states this whole block is an enduring testament to the “resiliency of the city” because it was opened in June 1929 a mere four months after a fire swept that street. At 331 Lakeshore Dr you will see the old CPR Railway Station that was built in 1913. It is no longer in use as CPR ended passenger service in Salmon Arm in 1990. Take a stroll up 2nd Ave NE if you would like to see some homes that were built just after the turn of the last century that have been lovingly restored by their owners.
MEMORY LANE JUNE 5 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM SALMAR CLASSIC THEATRE Take a walk down Memory Lane. The Okanagan Historical Society and the Salmon Arm Community Heritage Commission are hosting an afternoon filled with oldfashioned entertainment. The afternoon includes a silent movie (‘The Great Train Robbery’), a historical vignette provided by Peter Molnar, a tour of a heritage home, a Barbershop Quartet and a musical presentation by Andrea Roberts and Norma Jean Gomme, and tea and desserts at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery. It all takes place on Sunday, June 5 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Tickets cost $30 and are available at Bella Designs - 140 Lakeshore Dr. Only 100 tickets are being sold.
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High Tea at R.J. Haney Heritage - May 29
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Father’s Day - June 19
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Dinner Theatre - July 1 to August 24
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Pioneer Day - July 10
751 HWY 97B Discover this beautiful park set on 40 acres of pioneer Shuswap farm land, R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum, the Shuswap’s largest heritage attraction. As you step back in time explore the Village, covering 12 acres of the park, you can discover our pioneer history in the 14 original or replica buildings that tell stories of Salmon Arm. Take a walk on our 2.34 km nature walking trails taking you though four climatic zones. Enjoy a guided interpretive tour through 1910 Haney house or explore the Village on your own with our self guide tour.
Always popular, Dinner Theatre is a great pioneer meal and entertaining play full of original musical scores and humorous tales shows are Wednesday, Friday and Sunday during July and August. Reservations are a must! The Village is located just minutes east of Salmon Arm at 751 Hwy 97B. Open May 11 - September 17, Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm - July and August open 7 days a week. Admission is by donation.
Burger, Beer and a Belle Plaine and Blake Burglund Concert - July 21, Tickets $35 Montebello Building Classic Fundraising Golf Tournament - July 28
• Reunions • Weddings • Gazebo • Ball Park
Soiree and Evening at R.J. Haney Heritage Village with Shuswap Chefs - August 4 Classic/Antique Car Show - August 14 The Louisianan Hayride Show August 25, Tickets $40 Movie in the Park - August 26, Gate open at 7:00pm show at dark
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19th Annual Harvest Celebration September 11 Cemetery Tour – October 16 For reservations or more information call 250-832-5243 or visit www.salmonarmmuseum.org Open May 11 – September 17 Travel back in time and visit the Shuswap's largest heritage attraction! Dinner Theatre - July & August Reservations are a must call 250-832-5243 Heritage Village • Museum • Archives • Easy Walking Trails • Tea Room Daily Lunch Specials Weddings • Receptions • Reunions Gift Shop • Special Events & Attractions 751 Highway 97B N.E.
ADMISSION IS BY DONATION www.salmonarmmuseum.org facebook.com/Haneyheritage
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Marjorie’s Tea Room is open May – September, Wednesday through Sunday, from 10:00am to 4:00pm and serves tea goodies, beverages, and a homemade daily lunch special featuring recipes from many of our local pioneers.
Dharma Dolls - July 16 Dinner and a Show, Tickets $40
SELKIRK EXPRESS JUNE 18 | 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM JUNE 19 | 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM SHAW CENTRE Get ready for the Selkirk Express 2016! This is the largest model railroad event ever to be held in Salmon Arm. It will attract model railroaders from the entire Pacific Northwest region. Railroaders from the western states and provinces will converge here from June 15-19. The public show will feature layouts from Mt. Reiner in Washington, Edmonton, Calgary, Vernon, Chilliwack, and Vancouver. The doors will be open from 9:30am to 5:00pm on Saturday, June 18 and 9:30am to 4:00pm on Sunday, June 19 at the Shaw Centre. Cost to get in is $10. The Salmon Arm Model Railroad
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layout will not be at the Shaw Centre but at its customary place at the Mall at Piccadilly. This is an amazing setup so be sure to check them out if you’re in the mall, just check to see if they’re open.
a special ceremony. The Festival Village atmosphere is vibrant with live music, working artisans, information kiosks, and healthy food vendors serving up a taste of the Shuswap.
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It’s a fun event to watch, so come to the wharf at Salmon Arm Marine Peace Park and cheer for your favourite team.
MARINE PEACE PARK
For over a decade the Shuswap Association for Rowing & Paddling (S.A.R.P.) has been providing instruction and equipment to the community to promote fun, enjoyable and safe activity in the water.
AIRPORT APPRECIATION DAY
DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Every year they host a dragon boat festival which draws teams from all over the province and Alberta. Come and see the original wooden dragon boats from China in
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JUNE 26TH | STARTING AT 8:00 AM SHUSWAP REGIONAL AIRPORT Airport Appreciation Day is an allday fun family affair that takes place on Sunday, June 26 at the Shuswap Regional Airport. The Salmon Arm Flying Club hosts this traditional event that has a variety of activities, starting with a pancake breakfast at 8:00am. Lunch of hamburgers and
hotdogs will also be available. Flying activities take place throughout the day, and ultra-lights and homebuilt planes are on display. Helicopter and fixed wing aircraft offer sightseeing trips for a reasonable price. Prizes for flights are drawn and skydivers will be active throughout the day. Rapattack, based on the airport, will demonstrate their skills. A variety of organizations under the Shuswap Emergency Program (SEP) set up a huge display, with something to look at for all age groups. The highlight of the day will be three aerobatic performances by a Pitt’s biplane, a Super Decathlon, doing an aerial dance and a P12 biplane. Admission is by donation. www.salmonarmflyingclub.com
CANADA DAY FESTIVAL
the most enduring and popular annual events. It is not only a chance to show off livestock, garden and field produce, and home arts, but also, and more importantly, a chance to gather together and celebrate what it is to be a community. When the agricultural show began in 1897 it was a one-day event with exhibits of apples, flowers, vegetables, butter and grain. As time went on the fair grew to a three-day affair with many classes of exhibits ranging from home canning to photography, needle arts and scarecrows, horses, dairy goats, beef and dairy, sheep, poultry, alpacas and llamas. The entertainment, parade and midway are all part of the fun.
This year the theme is ‘Sew it, Grow it & Show It’. It all takes place at the Fall Fairgrounds September 9-11. www.salmonarmfair.com
JULY 1 | FROM 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM THE NORTH FAIRGROUNDS Play, bounce, laugh, create, repeat. This is what Canada Day is all about in the Shuswap as the Salmon Arm Children’s Festival Society hosts this free festival event open to kids and families of all ages.
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Feel free to bring your own picnic lunch or enjoy the food from the local vendors.
SALMON ARM FALL FAIR SEPTEMBER 9 - 11 FALL FAIRGROUNDS The Salmon Arm Fall Fair is one of
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Most of the activities on-site are free including bouncy houses, sandbox, woodworking, science explorations, paint the car, fire truck, music, and dancing. Carnival games cost only 50 cents a game. Wear the Canadian colours to earn one free ticket!
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Falkland Museum & Heritage Park Hold your Wedding or Special Occasion on our 2-Acre Parcel Admission by Donation. Open June 20th to Mid-September 10 AM - 3 PM
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EVENT CALENDAR 2016 MAY
8......................Footsteps for the Future @ Fall Fairgrounds
9-11 .............................................................Fall Fair @ Fairgrounds
11 ............................R.J. Haney Village opens for the season
11 ......19th Annual Harvest Celebration @ R.J. Haney Village
14 .............................................Salty Dog Street Fest downtown
17 ................................................Bike for Your Life Century Ride
15 ............... Salty Dog Enduro Race @ South Canoe Trails
17 .......................... R. J. Haney Village closes for the season
20-22 .................................Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival
20-23 ...Black Powder Mountain Monashee Man Rendezvous
1 ............................................ Applefest downtown Salmon Arm
27-31...Southern Interior Dressage Association Horse Show
16 ..............................................................Reino Run @ Larch Hills
16 ......................................Cemetery tour @ Mt. Ida Cemetery
3-4 .............Shuswap Quilters Guild Show @ Shaw Centre
19-20....................Mt. Ida Painters Guild Art Show and Sale
4 ...................Going Green Festival downtown Salmon Arm
28 .......................................Spooktacular Swim @ SASCU pool
11 .......................................................................................Relay for Life
31 .................................................................... Downtown Treat Trail
11-12.................................................................. Sockeye Swim Meet
17-19 ...................................NMRA Convention @Shaw Centre
11 ................ Remembrance Day Ceremonies @ Cenotaph
18-19........................... 4-H Achievement Day @ Fairgrounds
19-20.....................................................................Banff Film Festival
18-19 . Selkirk Express model railroad event @ Shaw Centre
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19 ......................................... Children’s Fishing Derby @ Wharf
19 .........................................Father’s Day @ R.J. Haney Village
10 ................Breakfast with Santa downtown Salmon Arm
25 ..................................................................... Dragon Boat Festival
11 .........................................................Tim Hortons Hockey Skate
26 ......Airport Appreciation Day @ Shuswap Regional Airport
29 ..................................................................Larch Hills Lantern Ski
JULY 1 .................................................. Canada Day Children’s Festival 22-24...................Theatre on the Edge @ Shuswap Theatre
AUGUST 4-8.....................................4-H Summer Sizzler @ Fairgrounds 14 .............................. Classic Car Show @ R.J. Haney Village 18 .........................................................Roots & Blues Music Crawl 19-21............ Roots & Blues Music Festival @ Fairgrounds 20 ...Pancake Breakfast/Live Music @ Ross Street Plaza 28 .......................................... Demolition Derby @ Fairgrounds
DONKEY REFUGE If you’re looking for something totally fun, different, and educational, stop by the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge to meet the donkeys and hear about their histories and visit the store. The admission fee helps pay for the care of these animals.
11:00am to 3:00pm and closed on Wednesdays. These hours are in effect from May 1 to September 15. For more information please phone 250-679-2778. Their address is 7877 Skimikin Rd Turtle Valley.
Pack a lunch because there is a picnic area for visitors and enjoy the scenery along the lovely country trails.
On Sunday, September 11 come to the pancake breakfast at the Donkey Refuge. Meet and greet the donkeys and enjoy pancakes. It all starts at 11:00am and winds up at 3:00pm.
They are open 6 days a week from
Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge Open May 1st to September 11th 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
Picnic Areas • Country Walking Trails • Donkey Shoppe • Interactive Educational Displays and Talks
Adults - $10.00 • Seniors/students $6.00 7877 Skimikin Road • 250-679-2778
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FLAVOURS OF SALMON ARM The natural beauty of the Shuswap attracts visitors but the local amenities, including an impressive array of restaurants, keep them coming back year after year. Whether you like a hearty breakfast, a light lunch, or a dinner in a relaxed atmosphere, there is plenty to choose from.
Indian, as well as typical North American fare. Within a radius of a few blocks you can have fresh homemade bread and pie or the spicy exotic dishes that have come to be an integral part of Canadian cuisine.
Trip Advisor has a long list of local restaurants that have rave reviews. It’s all about the “Great service”, Salmon Arm is multi-cultural in its “Good home cooking”, “Best locally food choice offerings: Thai, Mexican, roasted coffee”, “Great food in a atmosphere”, Amazing Chinese, Japanese, Italian, East nice
selection,” and “Fast and friendly staff.” So when you check out the local pubs, restaurants, eateries, and coffee shops know that you’re in for a culinary treat. From spicy and rich to home-style comfort food there really is something for everyone. The local restaurants make use of the fine local produce, dairies, breweries, and wineries so you can be sure you’re enjoying an authentic taste of the Shuswap.
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This is a time to turn the phone off and enjoy some quality time with family and friends. You can use this opportunity to be a small treat or a big celebration. Whether it’s a surprise outing for ice cream or a pre-booked fancy dinner, eating out is one way of building relationships and making the everyday a little more special.
Savour your food and your time in a relaxed atmosphere. Don’t rush and remember to save some room for dessert. Calories don’t count when you are on holiday. Seriously, don’t count your calories. Don’t think about them, don’t worry about them, they don’t exist. Here’s how to do it...Hum your favourite tune and sing these words over and over: “Holiday calories don’t count when you’re in the Shuswap - oh yeah!”
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So treat yourself, your loved ones, and your friends to a tasty meal at one of the local restaurants or pubs (or better yet, let them treat you!)
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Dining out has a number of benefits, besides the obvious of not having to cook or do dishes. First of all, it encourages flexibility and the opportunity to try a new dish. It also creates a distraction-free family time. The meals you eat at restaurants usually last longer than the ones you have at home so your conversations tend to be longer.
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It was in the early 1900s when Salmon Arm’s fame as a fruit-growing area (particularly for apples) began to grow. A few years later dairy production was also an important part of the local economy.
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Today visitors can enjoy the same world-class taste fresh from local farms. Stop by the local fruit stands, farmers’ markets or the supermarkets that carry local produce. From berries to tree fruit to melons and vegetables there is nothing quite so tasty as fresh fruit and vegetables right from the garden.
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The restaurants use fresh local ingredients for the pies and other dishes so you can expect your meals and desserts to be extra tasty. Some farms and ranches in the area do tours so it’s a great opportunity to connect with the land and see first-hand how food is produced. For more information pick up a Farm Tours brochure at the Visitor Centre.
TUES & FRI | 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM 5TH ST & 5TH AVE SW Shuswap Farm & Craft Market has been serving the Shuswap residents for 41 years. They extend a heart felt “Thank you” to the many patrons and tourists who have supported them, and will continue to serve the community and customers alike. Throughout the season they offer fresh local fruit and produce, honey, eggs, bedding plants and flower planters, garden plants, woodworking, pottery, crafts, pet treats, baking, sewing, jewellery, soaps and sundrys, preserves, basketry, meats, knitting and crocheting, wine and mead and so much more. The outdoor summer market hours (April 29 to October 7) are Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:00am to 12:30pm, at 5th St and 5th Ave SW behind Centenoka
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FARM & CRAFT (CONTINUED) Mall in the Rainbow Glass parking lot. New vendors are welcome! Come enjoy snacks and sit and watch entertainers from shaded picnic tables. Check out monthly events and weekly entertainers info: Facebook Shuswap Farm & Craft Market Twitter @Shuswapmarket
Or visit the Shuswap Farm & Craft “Ross St. Plaza Market” downtown Salmon Arm on Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 7:00pm from June 29 - September 7. Come enjoy the live entertainment at the stage and remember to bring your cooler to carry home all your fresh produce and baked treats. www.shuswapfarmersmarket.com
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ORGANIC MARKET The All Organic Farmers Market is held every Wednesday afternoon from 3:00pm - 5:00pm from May to October on the plaza in front of the Uptown Askews Store (2701 11 Ave NE) in Salmon Arm. Through the winter they are open every second week. Check the website www.soilmate.com for exact dates and look for All Organic Farmers’ Market.
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Huge Selection of local, BC and Imported Wines
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Cold Beer & Spirits Lottery, Mix & Snacks Novelties
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2950 11 Avenue, NE Salmon Arm
(Across from McDonald’s, next to Super 8)
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BLIND BAY There’s no question about it - the Shuswap is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Surrounded by incredible mountain views, lakes and rivers, waterfalls, and enchanting forests, it is easy to see why this is one of Canada’s most popular vacation destinations. In the South Shuswap, here is a list of the popular beaches, boat launches and lake access points.
BEACHES BLIND BAY BEACHES Blind Bay Beaches (also know as Pebble Beach and Sandy Beach) are probably the two busiest beaches on the entire lake. There are plenty of picnic tables and nice washroom facilities are close by (at the parking lot adjacent to the Blind Bay Community Hall). HOW TO GET THERE: Turn off of the Trans Canada Hwy at Balmoral Rd. Proceed north for approximately 2.8 km to Blind Bay rd. Turn left and drive for 1.3 km.
SOUTH SHUSWAP CANADA DAY JUNE 1 | STARTS AT 8:00 AM CENTENNIAL FIELD On July 1, the South Shuswap gears up for one of the biggest celebrations of the year. Thousands of tourists and locals attend each year and it is the biggest ree celebration in the area. The Sorrento Lions Club puts on a pancake breakfast first thing in the morning starting at 8:00am. The parade always a favourite - will have hot rods, horses, pets, line dancers, square dancers and of course, the local RCMP, and starts at 10:00am. The opening ceremonies include prizes for the best floats.
At high noon Canada Day cake is served up and the day continues with children’s games, bouncy castles, live music, beer gardens and the grand finale - fireworks! Caen Road Park, Gillespie Road There’s great food and a huge area Community Park, Shannon Beach, where vendors set up. Come and be Harbour Road Boat Launch, Markwart part of the fun in a community that Road Boat Launch, Reedman Road shows its patriotism in a most Community Park, Robinson Creek beautiful way. What a great way to celebrate Canada Day! Park, and Wild Rose Bay. Here is a list of small parks and boat launches around the South Shuswap area. For directions visit the Columbia Shuswap Regional District website (www.csrd.bc.ca)
It all takes place at Centennial Field, on the corner of Centennial Dr and Blind Bay Rd.
MUSIC IN THE BAY THURSDAYS, JULY 7 - AUGUST 25 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CENTENNIAL FIELD This is serious fun. You just sit back in your lawn chair, or sprawl out on your blanket and enjoy a concert while you’re basking in the sunshine right by the lake. As always, this year’s lineup is simply amazing. On Saturday, July 23 come to hear recording artist Jesse Mast & Band from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. These concerts are free but donations are gratefully accepted.
BLIND BAY PAINTERS SHOW & SALE JULY 1 - JULY 3 BLIND BAY HALL Come to the Blind Bay Painters Annual Show and Sale. See original art from the local artists as well as prints, cards, and previously shown works. It all takes place at the Blind Bay Hall, 2510 Blind Bay Rd from Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 3.
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Nestled on the shores of Shuswap Lake, west of Salmon Arm on the Trans Canada Highway. Stunning lake view home sites starting at $99,000.
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SUNNYBRAE VINEYARDS & WINERY 3849 SUNNYBRAE CANOE POINT RD Sunnybrae Vineyards & Winery is situated below Bastion Mountain along the magnificent Shuswap shoreline. The south sloping volcanic ash land basks in sunshine during daylight hours and enjoys cooling breezes in the evenings. It is a most perfect setting for this meticulously kept vineyard. The Turner family takes great pride in the varied flavours of products made from their Kerner, Ortega, Siegerrebe, Schonburger and Marechal Foch grapes. Enjoy a casual fun-filled experience as you taste their award-winning wines and enjoy their hospitality. The staff at Sunnybrae Vineyard and Winery enjoy sharing their knowledge of wine choices and food pairing information. They are located at 3849 Sunnybrae Canoe Point Rd, and are open daily from Mother’s Day weekend to Thanksgiving weekend 10:00am to 5:30pm. They are also open for the Christmas season & Easter.
GRASS ROOT DAIRIES 1470 50TH STREET SW At Grass Root Dairies you can enjoy local fresh cheese made with the expertise of fine European artisan tradition. Since 1983 Grass Root Dairies [formerly known as Gort’s Gouda Cheese] has been making award-winning products that reflect their time, care, dedication, and professionalism. They use only natural ingredients,
You’re always welcome to stop by for a sample and enjoy great-tasting cheese. If cheese is not your thing you can also find fresh milk, and old fashioned yogurt. Treat yourself to a nice glass of cold chocolate milk or homemade gelato made right on the farm. Their products are available throughout the area, or you can visit their store at 1470 50th St SW. Visit their website at www.grassrootdairies.com
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no preservatives, and everything is done at the Salmon Arm cheese plant. Cheese-making, as you can see if you visit their plant, is an art as well as a science. Come in and view how cheese is made or watch their informative DVD on the cheese-making process. The cheese is made from milk from cows on their own farm. The cows are grassfed only, graze on the pasture in the warmer months and have organic hay in the winter.
WINE & CHEESE
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MJO SHUSWAP WINE TOURS
MJO Shuswap Wine Tours
Wine tours have become becom a very popular tourism activity as more and more people enjoy the wine-tasting wi experience. Taste, savour and enjoy custom tours of area wineries and other points of interest. Your hosts: Lynn & Doug MacMillan.
Info: 250-804-0962 Reservations: 1-877-726-6548
MJO offers both scheduled and sched fully customized tours that tour showcase the Shuswap & Shus Thompson/Okanagan wineries. win . It’s an opportunity to meet local vintners, walk the vineyards, and learn more about the art of winemaking. They offer half day and full day tours for 2 to 16 guests. Half day or full day tours in the Shuswap or Thompson/Okanagan include pickup at your door, experienced driver/ guide and onboard water and snacks. Call toll free 1-877-726-6548 www.mjotours.com
Tasting Room Open
CELISTA ESTATE WINERY
May 20 - Oct 15
11 am to 5 pm daily For the rest of the year call for appointment
250 832 8463
1577 Yankee Flats Road Salmon Arm, BC
www.ovinowinery.com In n Silver ver Creek, ree , BC
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patio for an unforgettable experience. Owners Marg and Jake Ootes came from a life in the Arctic to be vintners on their 160 acre farm in 1995. They offer vineyard and winery tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00am. Celista Estate Winery overlooks the spectacular Shuswap Lake. You can find their wines in most local liquor stores. www.celistawine.com
2319 BEGUELIN RD, CELISTA
1577 YANKEE FLATS RD, SILVER CREEK
Celista Estate Winery is located on the north shore of Shuswap Lake nine minutes past Scotch Creek Provincial Park. The winery is open seven days a week from 10:30am to 5:30pm.
Mother Nature played an important role in the success of Ovino Winery’s award winning wines. The glacier carved landscape, the sandy and loam soils marbled with infrequent layers of clay lies in the sundrenched Salmon Valley.
This winery has the distinction of winning over forty medals in six years, including a double gold in the prestigious All Canadian Wine Championship for its red wine, Inspired Madness. Tastings are free, and you can enjoy a glass of wine with homemade bread and cheese and Belgian chocolates on their
John and Catherine Koopmans bought the property in 1992. They started off with a dairy farm but soon realized the location and soils were perfect for a vineyard. They planted four varieties of grapes: Pinot Gris, Pinot Meunier, Gewurztraminer and the old cold hardy standby Marachel Foch. Ovino Winery is a true small family operation. From harvest to bottling, all is done with dedication to perfection. When you visit, ask which wines go best with various dishes. The tasting room is open daily from 11:00am to 5:00pm from May 20 until October 15 and during the Christmas season.
250.835.8373 3849 Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road, Tappen www.sunnybraewinery.com
Summer hours open Daily 10:00 - 5:30 Mothers Day Weekend to Thanksgiving Weekend
Contact them at 250-832-8463 or www.ovinowinery.com
2640 SKIMIKIN RD, TAPPEN With their long list of awards including 2 Platinum medals, the wines of Recline Ridge have helped put the Shuswap on the international stage. Their wines are particularly noted for their clean sound structure, intense flavours, and perfect balance. Nestled in the heart of the Shuswap Lake area, Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery is an ideal location for grape-growing with sun-drenched days and cool evenings which maximizes the varietal character. Sample their award-winning wines while drinking in the view on the patio in the scenic Tappen Valley, adjacent to Shuswap Lake, and only minutes from Salmon Arm.
signature Ortega white wine, their first release with the winery’s official opening in April 1997. Larch Hills Winery is located just a few minutes south of Salmon Arm. www.larchhillswinery.com
MARIONETTE WINERY 2540 40TH ST NE, SALMON ARM Come to Marionette Winery and be inspired. Their artisanal wines are crafted to match the beauty and uniqueness of the Shuswap. It’s only a couple of minutes from downtown Salmon Arm and just off the TransCanada. Marionette sits on a gorgeous south-facing slope with a panoramic view of Mt. Ida and the southern skies.
The vision of Marionette Recline Ridge is open daily from winemakers Jamie Smith and April to October. Their hours are: Amanda Eastwood is to create wines April, May, and October 12:00pm 5:00pm, June and September, that embody the tradition and 11:00am to 5:00pm, and July and elegance of old world winemaking August 10:00am - 5:00pm. In the off- which also reflect the outstanding season please call ahead, 250-835- terroirs of BC. Jamie and Amanda both have university degrees in 2212. winemaking and learned their craft www.reclineridgewinery.com in the Loire Valley in France and the Alentejo region of Portugal. LARCH HILLS WINERY 110 TIMMS RD, SALMON ARM
Farm Fresh Milk & Yogurt Yo urt Try Our Gouda Cheese Fresh Cheese Curds Homemade Gelato 1470 - 50 St SW, Salmon Arm • Mon - Sat. 8:30am - 5pm 250-832-4274 • www.gortsgoudacheese.bc.ca
Savour the flavours of our unique, award-winning vintages, and experience the harmony of our wines and this peaceful setting in the beautiful Shuswap. Opening hours: April, May, June, September and October 12-5pm July, August 10-5pm
2640 Skimikin Rd. Tappen BC V0E 2X3
The vineyard on a steep southfacing mountainside is the highest altitude vineyard in all of BC. Cool climate grapes provide a unique taste to their three dessert wines, five red, and nine rose and white wines. Their location provides a spectacular panoramic view. Visitors are welcome daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm for tasting and self-guided tours around the vineyard. Be sure to try Larch Hills’
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Larch Hills Winery is a small winery specializing in cool climate wines. Their unique geographical setting and soil conditions have produced award-winning wines that feature a full fruit flavour with a crisp finish.
The Marionette name comes from a theatre group that once resided on the property. They traveled through the interior of BC performing live theatre with their own handcrafted marionettes.
Local Artisan Cheese
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ENDERBY WHERE THE SHUSWAP
MEETS THE OKANAGAN Enderby has a small-town charm that has to be experienced to be really appreciated. You need to park the car and walk around. You can find antiques, local artwork and crafts, fun beach toys, unique gifts, and historic books all within a few blocks. Make sure you get a few selfies in front of the buildings so you can show your friends that you were in the same spots as movie stars Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, and Alexander Ludwig in the movie ‘Go With Me’. Remember to get a selfie with any beagle going by because one of them might be Miss P., winner of the
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prestigious Westminster Dog Show in New York making Enderby home to North America’s top dog. Stop by the Visitor Centre to find out about the events throughout the year including a gold-panning competition, outdoor concerts, Canada Day celebrations, and the very impressive Enderby Arts Festival. The open air market in the south end of the city always has lots of treasures, and one of the biggest attractions in Enderby is the drive-in theatre. Be sure to pick up one of their city maps and you will see by the ‘legend’ that there is lots to see and do no matter what season: golfing, hiking, biking, swimming, tube floating (very popular), water skiing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, x-country skiing, snowmobiling, camping, and of course, shopping.
MABEL LAKE Mabel Lake is a lovely, long (35km), deep lake east of Enderby. Despite the fact it is popular for camping, fishing, and boating, the serenity is undisturbed. When you’re on the lake, the snow-capped mountains tower over like a beautiful backdrop. There’s a marina, golf course, airstrip, restaurants, and other amenities. Make sure to stop by the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre, a salmon hatchery dedicated to restoring wild salmon stocks on Shuswap River. The Kingfisher Interpretive Centre operates year round, with volunteer interpreters available throughout the summer and early fall. They are located at 2550 Mabel Lake Rd. www.kingfishercentre.com
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606 Russell Ave., Enderby 250-838-7250
ENDERBY MUSEUM 901 GEORGE ST
Explore Enderby with a self-guided Historical Walking Tour brochure. They are located at 901 George St (beneath Enderby City Hall). They are open 10:00am to 4:00pm Tuesday through Saturday from June to end of August. For operating times during the rest of the year, visit their website. www.enderbymuseum.ca
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The Enderby & District Museum is a family-friendly place with interactive displays that will keep everyone entertained! See what kinds of games and toys that pioneer children had. These are just some of the many interesting displays and artifacts.
Enderby Credit Union
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? WHAT TO DO IN ENDERBY The Enderby area is a true recreational paradise. If you’re a hiker, don’t miss the challenge of the Enderby Cliffs. It’s a steep climb but the trail goes through lush
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wilderness and hikers are amply rewarded by the spectacular panoramic view. Cyclists will love the trails at Mabel Lake. However, water is the real draw throughout the summer. Shuswap River becomes a tubing highway. There are many lakes in the surrounding area - Mara, Mabel, Rosemond, Gardom, and Hidden Lake - and all have their own particular charms. After a fun-filled day catch a movie under the stars at the Starlight Drive-In. A perfect way to end a perfect day.
May 20-22: The 25th Anniversary BC Open Gold Panning Championships (A weekend chalk full fun, panning, gold rush, claim staking, pan toss, bannock baking, music, and games). July 1: Canada Day celebrations (The fun includes a parade, mobility scooter races, kids’ games, a free swim at the pool, and a big birthday cake). July 11-14: Accordion Get-Together July 23: Enderby Arts Festival (A free family friendly day of markets, magic, and art in downtown Enderby) August 21: Garlic Festival in Grindrod Park. It includes music, arts, crafts, workshops and it’s all about garlic. September 27: Rivers Day (A day mixed with celebration and volunteer clean-up and lunch).
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It’s kind of like treasure hunting. The South Enderby Flea Market has endless stalls that have unique collectibles, crazy loud clothing, handmade and vintage clothing, rare and not-so rare books, zany trinkets, local fruit and vegetables, freshly laid eggs, tasty homemade baking including the ever-popular Cree-Ators’ warm bannock. Enjoy the thrill of the hunt for those fun treasures large and small. Shopping at the South Enderby Flea Market is really a unique experience and fun for the whole family. Keep Halloween in mind when you’re here because you’re sure to find some outrageous attire that will ensure you can win any costume contest. They are open seven days a week from April to September. They are located on Hwy 97A across from Quilakwa Esso gas station.
BELVIDERE PARK Belvidere Park is home to the Visitor Centre with public washrooms, picnic tables, and a canoe launch. This is also a popular launching spot for tubing.
HERITAGE RIVERWALK The Jim Watt Heritage Riverwalk is paved path winds along the Shuswap River. Riverside Park is at the north end of the River Walk. It has a playground, washrooms, and baseball diamonds.
MACKENZIE CAMP MacKenzie Camp is gorgeously situated on the shores of Mabel Lake. It is well-equipped, spacious, and economical. It’s an excellent choice for retreats, meetings, reunions, workshops, and family get-togethers.
leadership skills, others to enjoy a variety of activities: archery, lowropes challenge course, crafts, field games, hiking, swimming, fishing, and canoe day-trips, climbing walls, and crafts. There is a drama camp, and theme nights.
Throughout the summer they offer various youth camps for ages ranging from 6-17 years old or some are great for the whole family! Some camps are geared to developing
You can expect to make friends and memories that will last a lifetime. For more information on the camps, or for rental information visit mackenziecamp.ca
BARNES PARK This large, grassy acreage has a heated outdoor pool, splash pool, picnic tables, playground.
TUEY PARK Tuey Park, with its wide, sandy beach, has been popular with local swimmers since 1916.
GRINDROD PARK There is a ballpark, playground, picnic and swimming area. There are shady spots for camping.
The Ultimate Movie Going Experience Open May to September Check our website for the latest movie information
STARLIGHT DRIVE-IN 5341 HWY 97A
The Starlight has North America’s largest drive-in screen and uses the latest projection technology making this the greatest combination of oldfashion fun meshed with modern convenience. The concession boasts the lowest prices in BC. To find out what’s playing and for movie times call the show-line at 250-838-6757 or visit www.starlightdrivein.ca
On Highway 97A Just south of Enderby www.starlightdrivein.ca
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Starlight Drive-In is unquestionably the ultimate movie going experience and this isn’t just boasting.
ARMSTRONG HEART OF THE COUNTRY
THE I.P.E. Armstrong is, at heart, a farming community, and nowhere does this show itself better than the annual Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE). It’s huge. From the bull riding, team roping and saddle broncs to the live shows, midway and agricultural exhibition it’s an amazing all-around show. There’s an Iron Chef contest, dog agility show, a West Coast lumberjack show, blacksmith and Western farrier demonstrations and the barn dance in the big tent. It all takes place from August 31 to September 4 at 3371 Pleasant Valley Rd in Armstrong.
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All Baking Ingredients Organic Products Gluten Free 4420 Larkin Cross Rd. Armstrong BC 1.800.356.8735 ext. 5
? WHAT TO DO IN ARMSTRONG There’s lots to do Armstrong. Stop by Rogers Flour Mill, it’s BC’s only flour and cereal mill. They have bulk food and offer gluten free products and their own granola mixes. The Chickadee Ridge Miniature Horse Farm is the largest breeder of quality, refined, well pedigreed miniatures in Canada. This is a great family attraction. If you’re feeling nostalgic, rent some roller skates at the arena. Don’t miss the ArmstrongSpallumcheen Museum and Art
Gallery with its fascinating heritage and railway displays. And be sure to go to Caravan Farm Theatre, a professional outdoor theatre company based on an 80 acre farm just outside of Armstrong. It is one of Canada’s national treasures. This summer they’re presenting Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning classic, Our Town, from July 19th to August 21st at the Caravan Farm Theatre at 4886 Salmon River Road, Armstrong-Spallumcheen. www.caravanfarmtheatre.com
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You have probably heard Sicamous is known as the houseboat capital of Canada, but did you ever wonder how that came to be? Quite simply, the natural beauty of the Mara and Shuswap lakes and Monashee mountains have made this inevitable. It’s a haven for anyone who loves swimming, paddling, boating, fishing, and wildlife viewing.
Visitors return year after year because Sicamous has that warm small-town appeal.
There’s nothing quite like a day on a houseboat. Imagine starting your day, a cup of coffee in hand, basking in the quiet sunrise with the sounds of nature gently soothing your soul, surrounded only by water and mountains. You spend the day exploring the spectacular lake, swimming at your leisure, maybe doing a little fishing, and ending the day with a campfire on a sandy beach.
But Sicamous is not just a summer vacation destination. Cyclists and hikers also enjoy coming in the fall when the the temperature is a little cooler and the landscape is arrayed in its glory. The trails in the area range from easy half-hour loops to to a 38 km loop of rugged and difficult terrain and everything in-between.
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Whether you visit Sicamous in the spring, summer, fall, or winter you’re sure to find plenty of things to do surrounded by the most spectacular scenery.
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Everyone around you is in the same happy, relaxed vacation mode, enjoying family and friends with no fixed schedule to mar these perfect Shuswap days.
The winter brings the snowmobilers because Sicamous has some of the best alpine snowmobiling in Western Canada. There are four alpine areas that offer deep snow, powder filled open bowls, endless meadows, and of
course, breathtaking views.
DOWNTOWN Although it’s not a big city, downtown Sicamous has everything you need while you’re here on vacation: clothing, candy, beach toys, giftware, jewelry, books, games, hats, houseboat supplies, and more sunscreen. You will appreciate the smalltown friendly service you get all around Sicamous because they’re a friendly bunch of people. (Why wouldn’t they be when they get to live in this vacation paradise? Seriously, they all live within minutes of the beach.) There’s ice
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cream, specialty coffees, and really, really good food. Spoil yourself a little with a new hair cut, pedicure or massage - don’t wait until you go home. Pamper yourself here and now. You can pick up a picnic lunch and enjoy it right beside the beautiful lake right near the downtown. People come to Sicamous to enjoy the lake but they stay because of the atmosphere and the downtown services that are the bedrock of this tourist haven.
EVENTS 2016 May - September: Art Walk May 27 - 28: Heart Yoga Retreat June 28 - July 3: The 38th Annual Summer Arts & Craft Show July 1: Canada Day celebrations. July 2: Shuswap Vintage Car Club Show & Shine. July 14 - 17: 27th Summer Stomp & Burnout September 22 - 25: Fungi Festival
CITY PARKS Sicamous has a number of parks that really blend convenience with nature and lifestyle. Whether you want to enjoy yourself by the lake or take a quiet stroll in the woods, you don’t need to go any further - just park yourself here!
BEACH PARK First of all there is Beach Park that is right near the downtown. It has a large sandy beach, and good-sized swimming area. There’s a water park, a playground area, volleyball courts and a well-kept public washroom and change room.
water and have at it. This is just a great way for you and your friends Dine al fresco at Finlayson Park there are plenty of picnic tables. to enjoy yourselves. The kids will There’s something to be said for enjoy the playground and if you packing a basket of tasty and simple have a baseball, gloves and bats, food, and sitting in the great you can get a game going at the ball outdoors to enjoy it. Just pack some diamonds. [In which case you should simple sandwiches, plenty of local also pack peanuts and crackerjacks fruit, cheese and crackers, juice and in the picnic basket].
So spend a lazy day sprawled out on a blanket with your toes dug into the sand, and make sandcastles with the kids or grab a frisbee to throw around.
RIVERFRONT NATURE PARK
Remember to take to your time and walk slowly as the bird life is abundant to those who wait and watch. To paraphrase Robert Frost take this path less travelled by, it will make all the difference.
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The Riverfront Nature Park is a lovely and peaceful place to take a stroll with beautiful views of the water, giant Cottonwood trees, and plenty of wildlife. As you walk along the path with all your senses inundated with calm beauty, you will be invigorated and refreshed and your troubles will melt away.
SICAMOUS • Suites Available • Air Conditioned • Free Breakfast • Free Wi-fi • Pets Allowed • Spa Tub • Boat Moorage Nearby • Cable TV • Close to Shops, Restaurants, Phone 250-836-4988 • Fax 250-836-4953 www.super8.com/sicamous Golf and Lake
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1120 RIVERSIDE AVE., SICAMOUS, BC • TOLL FREE 1-800-800-8000 Welcome to Sicamous Your “Get Away” Destination
“The Houseboat Capital of Canada” Call the District office at 1-250-836-2477 for assistance or any inquiries during your visit. Relax and enjoy the many amenities offered in our visitor friendly community.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF SICAMOUS How did Sicamous get its name? Many years prior to arrival of western settlers and construction of the railway, this area was inhabited by semi nomadic Natives, a branch of the interior Salish, called the “Scheckmoos”. An 1871 provincial map shows Schickamoos Narrows which was known as a “meeting place of Indians.” In 1864 the gold discovery on the Columbia brought more people to the area. In 1885 the Last Spike was driven in at Craigellachie which linked eastern Canada to the west. In the early 1900s CPR hill in Sicamous became a residential development. Meanwhile settlers were arriving in steady numbers, not looking for gold, but something better - a home in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
3 VALLEY GAP When you hear ‘ghost town’ the image of a first class chateau, gardens, lake, a sandy beach, and family dining might not come immediately to mind... unless of course you know 3 Valley Lake Chateau & Heritage Ghost Town. This perfect holiday destination comes complete with attractions (ghost town, an antique auto museum and railway roundhouse), along with amenities to make you comfortable (specialty suites, fine family dining, an indoor swimming pool), and opportunities to enjoy some of the most majestic scenery anywhere in BC (Glacier Helicopters tours depart directly from the chateau). You’re welcome to bring your own equipment for water skiing, sailing, fishing, swimming and wind surfing on 3 Valley Lake.
On the Aerial Trekking Course you climb from tree to tree on ladders, scramble up nets, over suspended bridges, and swinging logs, fly down zip lines or even slide to the next tree on a skateboard. Or test your nerve on Adventure Tower. At 15 m off the ground you can try the sky swing, sky drop, two climbing walls, log climb and Jacob’s Ladder. For a complete adrenaline rush try the Sky Swing - a giant pendulum swing that draws you 15 m high before a terrifying free fall through
the forest. Remember to wear comfortable outdoor clothing, shoes or sports sandals (must have a strap around the heel, flip flops are not allowed) for climbing trees. During May, June, September, and October reservations are required from Monday to Friday. On weekends, holidays and throughout the entire months of July and August it’s a first come, first served basis. www.skytrekadventurepark.com
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Located just west of Revelstoke on the Trans Canada Hwy it’s ideal for an overnight stay, a relaxing weekend, or mid-week holiday from the pressures of your everyday world. www.3valley.com
SKY TREK ADVENTURE PARK
Challenge yourself as you enjoy exhilarating fun on the zip lines, a giant swing, the aerial trekking course, or the Indiana Jones climbing wall. And the best part is - it’s in the middle of a stunningly beautiful old growth BC rainforest right beside the Enchanted Forest. The kids will love the Kids’ Tree Adventures course and the Kids’ Jungle Gym.
Apr 16 - Oct 6
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At Sky Trek Adventure Park you can feel the adrenaline rush and be the master your own adventure.
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CRAZY CREEK RESORT
If you don’t think fairy tales of enchantment are true, step into the Enchanted Forest.
Just west of Revelstoke on the Trans Canada Hwy you will find Crazy Creek Resort, a peaceful oasis of nature right beside the highway.
This forest, home of fairytale heros, villains, and creatures, magically makes you want to come again and again. It really is like stepping back in time and into a world where dreams really do come true. The main trail meanders through one of BC’s beautiful old growth forests and takes you to homes of Goldilocks, Snow White, the Three Little Pigs, and even Captain Hook. See over 350 jolly folk art figurines, BC’s tallest grandest treehouse that rises fifty feet into the forest canopy and a giant stump house with surprises around every corner. You can also take a row boat through the wetlands and see beaver dams, lodges and floating natural gardens, and frogs on lily pads. Relax and enjoy the majesty of this truly enchanted forest and simply let its magic take hold of your heart. www.enchantedforestbc.com
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Revelstoke has made a name for itself in the world of whitewater rafting as enthusiasts from around the globe love the spectacular beauty of the Illecillewaet River. The river has high water levels from June through early July, so you can expect some pretty fast-paced action. In later July and August the lower water levels make it perfect for families with smaller children. This is adventure tourism at its finest – stepping outside your comfort zone to enjoy the wilderness (and sometimes wildlife) at an exhilarating pace.
There are three geo-thermally heated and conditioned large hot pools that come from sulfurfree, pristine, glacial blue water. Breathe the high mountain air as you gaze up at the beautiful waterfalls of Crazy Creek in the midst of the splendor of the majestic Eagle Pass Valley. The 240 ft. suspension bridge spans the gorge directly in front of the waterfalls. The connecting boardwalks leading to the bridge also access public washrooms, a courtyard with a fountain, gift shop with ice cream and snacks, seating area and viewing platforms. Consider a relaxing weekend, or bring the ATVs for extensive riding on forestry roads and trails. The growth above Crazy Creek is surprisingly coastal with cedars, ferns and numerous waterfalls. From Crazy Creek Resort’s suites, or from the hot pool parking lots, it is easy to access top notch hiking or quadding (or sledding) trails as Eagle Pass Mountain and Crazy Creek Gorge offer ideal terrain for touring. This is an affordable family getaway whether you’re looking for spacious full-kitchen accommodation suites, campsites with power/water or rv/tenting sites in the trees. There is a convention centre meeting room that can be used for family reunions or celebrations. Open every day of the year, it really is a four-season resort with an amazing assortment of attractions. www.crazycreekresort.com
SONSEEKER’S RIDGE You will have to concentrate on your game at Sonseeker’s Ridge Golf Course because the picturesque mountain views have a way of distracting everyone. Yes, they are that beautiful. Try the 9-hole course (2,700 yards and a par 35) while enjoying the comfortable atmosphere.
Sonseeker’s Ridge is 5 km south of Salmon Arm on Hwy 97B. Turn turn left onto Black Rd (across the highway from the industrial park intersection). Just follow Black Rd for 3 km.
Phone 250-833-0258. Website www.sonseekersridgegolf.com
Test your accuracy with their fairways, water hazards, and sand traps. It can challenge experienced players and help newbies relax.
Sonseeker’s is proud to be a bronze certified Green Tourism member, and a Buy Local, Buy Fresh member. You can buy fresh eggs plus much more! You will love how Sonseeker’s Ridge emphasizes the family and lets you focus on simply having fun. Your relaxation and enjoyment on the greens and Sonseeker’s Outdoor Family Recreation Centre is the staff’s number one priority.
• Weddings • Photo Shoots • Parties • Reunions
9 Holes Par 35 2700 Yards
NEW • Campsites • Larch Hills Trail Access • Fishing Pond • Petting Zoo • Bed & Bale • Bagged Ice • Firewood • Free Wifi
Plus So Much More… email@example.com • 1.877.933.0258 • 247 Black Road, Salmon Arm, BC
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The new clubhouse is open with a lot more amenities than you can imagine at a regular golf course. There will be camping coming this summer, a petting zoo, Larch Hill trails access for bikes and horse, bed and bale pens, bagged ice, free internet, and a fish pond and disc golf.
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SHUSWAP LAKE ESTATES
view home sites all fully serviced servi and freehold interest. The Nestled on the shores of Shuswap display “Highlander” - the latest dis Lake in Blind Bay, Shuswap Lake home - offers stunning views of the Estates offers a lifestyle that even lake and golf course. the rich and famous can envy. This Course Shuswap Lake Estates Golf Co community has a unique low stress Salmon is located 26 km west of Sal atmosphere where one can enjoy Canada the lake, local hiking, cross-country Arm right along the Trans Can or skiing, tennis, a community centre Hwy. Phone 250-673-2315 o for numerous events, local shopping, 1-800-661-3955. sandy beaches, marinas, driving www.shuswaplakeestates.com range and, of course, the 18 hole championship golf course. Shuswap CANOE CREEK Lake Estates Golf Course offers a Canoe Creek Golf Course, is one challenging game to the casual and of the most picturesque and tranquil serious golfer. Practice facilities full length championship courses include a driving range, two practice around. Designed by Canada’s own greens and sand bunkers. Dave Barr, and first opened in 2007, Duffer’s Den Restaurant offers a it is well known for its friendly relaxing atmosphere for you to enjoy unpretentious atmosphere and a delicious meal after your game. award winning bentgrass greens The “Highlands” Phase 2 is the which are about the most pure newest release of properties from you’ll find — free from foreign grass Shuswap Lake Estates, offering 74 encroachment and known to roll panoramic lake, mountain and golf fast and true, while remaining
receptive to approach shots. The layout is regularly described glowingly as both challenging and fair, making it one of the most fun courses around. It has an interesting combination of deep pot bunkers and long fescue grasses (in the Links golf tradition), as well as mature trees, rock outcrops, and natural wetlands. Its namesake, Canoe Creek, meanders throughout.
The clubhouse is a beautiful timber frame building -- a tasteful highlight in its own right. After a great game stop by to relax at its licensed restaurant, Barr’s Bistro, where you can enjoy great food and refreshments (without resort prices!) inside or on the patio. Canoe Creek Golf Course is located behind the industrial park just south east of Salmon Arm. From breathtaking scenery to challenging golf to quality practice facilities and exceptionally friendly hospitality, you will fall in love with Canoe Creek. Seeing is believing and it only takes your first visit to see that ‘Nothing Else Plays Like This.’
Shuswap now has four outdoor
You will find Club Shuswap 8 km east of Salmon Arm at 5751 Trans Canada Hwy NE. Phone 250-832-7345.
courts available for drop-in play.
Or try the fastest growing sport in North America - pickle-ball. Club
• 18 Hole Executive Course • 9 Hole Executive Course • 18 Hole Putting Course • 30 Stall Driving Range • Restaurant/Lounge/Patio/BBQ’s • Full Pro Shop/Lessons • Corporate & Family Tournaments
DROP IN PICKLEBALL 4 OUTDOOR COURTS
Just minutes from the public beach EMAIL: GOLF@CLUBSHUSWAP.COM • WWW.CLUBSHUSWAP.COM
5751 Trans Canada Hwy NE, Salmon Arm, BC 250-832-7345
Phone 250-832-3285 www.canoecreekgolf.com
CLUB SHUSWAP Just a few minutes walk from Canoe wharf and public beaches or a five minute drive from downtown Salmon Arm, Club Shuswap Golf & RV Destination is a vacationer’s paradise.
There’s also putting and chipping practice facilities and a full driving range - covered and opened.
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They offer all the amenities of a challenging executive course with friendly personalized service that makes the entire experience top notch. Club Shuswap boasts immaculately groomed 27 hole executive courses in two very challenging and picturesque settings, spectacular scenery on their 18 hole ‘Lakeview Greens’ (par 59), and rolling hills on their 9 hole ‘Coyote Ridge’ (par 29).