Defined by the open waters of Shuswap Lake, nestled between surrounding mountains and near more than 20 provincial parks, Salmon Arm is a small-town city with a seemingly endless appetite for outdoor recreation and adventure.
As a gateway to three regions, the Thompson Valley to the west, the Okanagan Valley in the south and one of many stops towards the eastern Rockies, Salmon Arm is a hub for adventure and travel, with secrets of its own.
Sun Peaks visitors travelling through Kamloops have a choice of two routes, eventually leading them to the destination. Both take roughly two hours depending on stops made along the way (of which there are many).
Following Highway One past Monte Creek will lead you along the North Thompson River, past Chase Falls and the forested walking trails of Tsútswecw Provincial Park on the Adams River.
Travellers looking for a more leisured drive can follow Route 97 towards Vernon, past the often calm and reflective Monte Lake and through pre-confederation towns of Westwold and Falkland, the latter home of a long-removed forestry service tower that once resided on nearby Tukakamin Mountain.
Salmon Arm’s proximity to the waterfront makes for an endless list of accommodations, from hotels to locally-hosted BnBs and campsites. Cabin-life charm seems to be the highlight of the area with family friendly reservations at the Salmon Arm Camping Resort, sporting a mixture of cabin and RV accommodations as well as live music events scheduled through the summer.
And for a more offline, luxury experience, White Lake Cabins becomes a hidden paradise for visitors looking for a weekend of lakeside views, stand-up paddleboarding and reconnecting with their natural environment.
As for eats, the city boasts a diverse affair of menu choices, from the wharf-side Aquatico Bay Steak & Seafood to authentic Italian at AnDiamo and Namaste Authentic Indian Cuisine. But the number one must try for dessert lovers has to be the city’s very own Shuswap Pie Company.
But where Salmon Arm truly shines is its ease of access to adventure. Within close proximity to geographically iconic locations such as Margaret Falls, Enderby Cliffs, and the glistening waters of Shuswap Lake, any appetite for adventure can be filled here.
Head out on your own or follow along with Byron Noble from Noble Adventures, a local tour service that offers full or half-day wine tours, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, and hiking.
No matter your reason for a summer vacation in British Columbia, you’re bound to find it somewhere in the Shuswap.