Posted by: cherylyoung | February 9, 2013




In the heart of British Columbia’s famous Shuswap Lake
recreation area is the town of Salmon Arm, the Northern Gateway
to the Okanagan.
Nestled on the south shores of Shuswap Lake, ideally situated mid
way between Calgary and Vancouver, Salmon Arm is the largest
town in the Shuswap area.
The first white settlers arrived in this valley in 1888.
Salmon Arm first started as a railway camp during the
construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), later
developing into a logging, farming and dairy centre.
Salmon Arm is surrounded by outstanding natural beauty, clean
waterways, provincial parks and an abundance of green space.
All this lends itself to making tourism one of Salmon Arms’ fastest
growing business sectors.
Salmon Arm has a mild, yet distinct four season climate, and
superior year-round recreational amenities.
The area boasts abundant art and craft work of various cultures,
including aboriginal selections.
The beautiful Shuswap Lake takes its name from the Shuswap
Indians, northernmost of the Great Salishan Family, and one of
the largest tribes in the interior of British Columbia.
Once numbering over 5,000, these people were fishermen and
hunters, roaming in bands through the vast land of lakes and forests,
reaching 240 kilometres to the west, east and north.
Salmon Arm takes its name from the southwest arm of the
Shuswap Lake, due to the large runs of salmon that used to run up
the creeks that empty into the lake.
The area has retained a unique rural quality that is reflected in
the richness and diversity of the communities throughout the
Residents have a keen sense of pride and satisfaction in protecting

their quality of life. It is this balance that appeals to residents and

visitors alike.



Salmon Arm’s economy is a diverse mixture of forestry, agriculture,

tourism commerce, and manufacturing.


A growing industry in the Salmon Arm area is the ever-popular



These farms includes wineries, berry farms, orchards, cheese plants

, dairy farms, corn fields, pumpkin and gourd patches, canning

and cider pressing, petting zoos, and much more.



Population: 17,150

Location: Salmon Arm is located on the Trans-Canada Highway 1,

at the southern tip of Shuswap Lake, 68 miles (108 km) east of

Kamloops and 38 miles (60 km) north of Vernon.


Stroll the grounds and explore Salmon Arm’s past at the R.J.

Haney Heritage Park & Museum.


Feature attractions include the Salmon Arm Museum & Archives,

Haney Heritage House, North Broadview School, Newnes

Blacksmith Shop, and much more.


Once you’ve had your fill of history, take the 2-kilometre Nature

Trail, which highlights the best of Shuswap natural history.



The Public Art Gallery, in the ivy-covered heritage building on

the corner of Hudson and MacLeod, puts on a different show

every month.


Salmon Arm’s famous wharf – the longest in North America –

offers a great view of the bird sanctuary and ecological reserve.


The houseboat docking and watersport facilities on the shores of

the Shuswap Lake are just steps away from the Visitor Info Centre


In the town of Salmon Arm, the mouth of the Salmon River is alive

with breeding and nesting birds, especially Clark’s and Western

Grebes, from April to June.


Downtown, the Rotary Peace Park and Public wharf has a BC

Wildlife Watch viewing area and picnic site, and offers good

access to the river and its birds.



You don’t need to travel to South America to see an Alpaca.


These cute, friendly and curious animals live at Canoe

Creek Farm.

A broad, sandy beach, roped swimming area, picnic tables and a

boat launch are available at Mara Provincial Park, situated along

the east side of Mara lake, east of Salmon Arm on Highway 97A.


This is a popular spot for parasailing and waterskiing, but no

overnight camping is available.



Shuswap Lake Provincial Marine Park is among some of the most

popular boating and canoeing locations in the Southern Interior.


Shuswap Lake is shaped like an addled H and is made up of four

large arms: the Shuswap Lake Main Arm, Salmon Arm, Anstey

Arm, and Seymour Arm.


The product of the glacial scouring that also rounded the

surrounding Shuswap Highlands, all four arms converge at

Cinnemousun Narrows, northeast of Sicamous.


Those mariners interested in an extended visit will find 14

campsites, some vehicle-accessible but most the preserve of boaters

and paddlers.

On Salmon Arm, launch at the public wharf in Canoe, about 6 km

east of Salmon Arm on Hwy 1, or in Sicamous, 21 km farther east

on Hwy 1.


There’s also gravel road access from Hwy 1 to Seymour Arm at

Silver Beach Provincial Park.


Wilderness campsites with basic facilities include Two Mile Creek,

Albas, and Fowler Point on the northeast shore of Seymour

Arm; Anstey View on the northwest shore and Four Mile Creek

and Anstey Beach on the south shore of Anstey Arm;

and Marble Point on the south shore and Hermit Bay on the north

shore of Salmon Arm.




Herald Provincial Park is also situated along the shore of Shuswap

Lake, on Salmon Arm.

The park is very popular and fills up quickly during July and



For these months, reservations should be made well in advance.


If you can’t make a reservation, put your name on the waiting

list for the small number of first-come, first-served sites that are

available each day at noon.


Campsites are located both at lakeside and a short distance uphill

in the cool forest.


Swimming, fishing, and bird-watching are the order of the

day here.


For picnickers looking for a break from Hwy 1, it’s worth the short

drive to reach the park, situated on the grounds of an old homestead;

Creek, then go about 20 km farther.





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