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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Chase

Chase is located 56 km (35 miles) east of Kamloops and 53 km (33 miles) west of Salmon Arm on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1.

'Gateway to the Shuswap'
Chase is located on the west end of Little Shuswap Lake and where the South Thompson River empties towards Kamloops. Adams River, one of British Columbia's major salmon runs, and Shuswap Lake are located very close by at Squilax. Chase is often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Shuswap.'

Very Ideal Scene
Chase is set in a very ideal scene. Beautiful lakes, clean rivers and magnificent mountains lend to a very relaxed atmosphere. Recreation abounds with every outdoor pursuit possible. Boating, cross-country skiing, hiking, fishing, hunting and mountain biking are all available.

All the Amenities
Chase also has all the amenities: accommodation, a good mixture of stores and restaurants. A couple of favourites eateries are Craigs Bakery/Deli & Coffee Shop which features daily breakfast plus lunch specials and the Loft Restaurant & Lounge. Chase also has the district's local museum housed in the historic Catholic Church.

Big City Requirements
Sorrento, another small community towards the east, is also close by giving you good access to Shuswap Lake. Plus, for big city requirements, you are only 40 minutes in either direction of Kamloops or Salmon Arm.

Large Wildlife Population
Being situated next to little Shuswap Lake and located near Shuswap Lake and Adams Lake the area supports a large wildlife population. If you enjoy the viewing of birds it is exceptional with Bald Eagles, Canada Geese, Osprey, Trumpeter and Tundra Swans everywhere.

Roderick Haig-Brown Park
The annual Adams River sockeye run is also close by at Roderick Haig-Brown Park. If you haven't seen this miracle, you've missed one of nature's greatest events.

Neskonlith Meadows
If your time schedule permits, try venturing out on some of the trails that are in the region. One favourite is the walk up through Neskonlith Meadows to the lookout point of Chase. For photographers the view of Chase next to the Little Shuswap and Thompson River is spectacular.

Beautiful Wild Flowers
The meadows are full of beautiful wild flowers that start in April with Glacier Lilies. Then, all the way to September, there are Bluebells, Shooting Stars, Buttercups, Balsam Root, Violets, Chocolate Lilies, Delphiniums and Lupines.

Chase Falls
If you are limited in time, walk into Chase Falls located on the east side of Hwy 1 at the Chase Creek rest area.

Boating on the Shuswap Lake

If you enjoy boating or floating in the water this is the place. Located on the east side of Chase the section of Shuswap Lake from Lee Creek and the mouth of the Adams River to the Little Shuswap Lake is absolutely incredible.

Great Tubing
If you want a rush, take whatever you have that floats and give this a try. Lots of people float down with a tube, mask and snorkel. Try kayaking or canoeing - the river is clean, fast-flowing and very scenic.

Chase Lions Campground
If you're looking for RV camping in the Chase area one place that is highly recommended is the Chase Lions Campground. Reasonably priced the campground offers full hookups, boat launch and is situated right next to the Thompson River near Little Shuswap Lake.

Neskonlith Provincial Park
If you travel in this section of Thompson River near Chase, please try canoeing or kayaking to Banana Island. Located here is Neskonlith Provincial Park - one of British Columbia's environmentally sensitive areas. This is a great place to explore through the beautiful scenery along the river and the ponderosa pine providing nesting areas for raptors and other wild fowl. The area around and including Banana Island has always been considered sacred to the Secwepemc Nation's Neskonlith band.

Secwepemc or Shuswap Nation
The Secwepemc or Shuswap Nation has been stewards of the Shuswap Lake area for at least ten thousand years. The Chase area of the Shuswap has three local Secwepemc Nation bands - the Neskonlith, Adams Lake and Little Shuswap. "Waytk," or welcome in the Shuswap language, is an invitation to you to explore this proud First Nations people.

Quaaout Resort & Conference Centre
By visiting the Quaaout Resort & Conference Centre you will find off firsthand the warmth and friendliness of the Secwepemc Nation.

Cross-Country Ski Trails
Cross-country ski trails are located at West and East Skmana Lakes only 14 km (9 miles) from Chase. You can get here by taking Pine Street north to the Niskonlith Lake Road, then travel west along this gravel road for 3 km (2 miles) where you will come to a fork - take the right fork, the Loakin-Bear Creek Road - which runs from Chase to Squilax, to the parking lot and enjoy the wide range of trails.

Backcountry Roads to Kamloops
Rather than taking Trans-Canada Hwy 1 to Kamloops, there are a few backcountry dirt roads that could take you there as well. One of the roads follows the north side of the South Thompson River called the
McGillivray Forest Service Road.

Niskonlith Lake Recreation Area
Another road takes you through the backcountry to Niskonlith Lake Recreation Area. This road affords a panoramic view of Chase, Little Shuswap Lake and the Thompson Valley. You can fish for kokanee and rainbow trout in Niskonlith Lake and there is also a rustic-style provincial campground there.

Recreation Sites
If the campsite at Niskonlith Lake is full, follow the McGillivray Creek Road for 30 minutes and you can stay at the forest service recreation sites at McGillivray Lake, Little McGillivray Lake or Morrisey Lake. The road eventually comes to Heffley Lake then to Heffley Creek on Hwy 5. Take Hwy 5 south to Kamloops for about an hour. Another road goes through to Pinantan Lake, Paul Lake then down Paul Creek into Kamloops.

Chase Visitor Info Centre
So you don't get lost on your ventures throughout the countryside, make sure you stop at the Visitor Info Centre located at 400 Shuswap Avenue in Chase. The Centre is operated by the Chase and District Chamber of Commerce. Accommodation, maps and other free information, especially driving directions, are readily available.

Information on Chase




Map of Chase
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South Thompson River
South Thompson River


District Museum
District Museum


Osprey Nest protected by BC Hydro
Osprey Nest protected by BC Hydro




South Thompson River
South Thompson River


Chase Lions Campground
Chase Lions Campground


Fishing at Chase Lions Campground
Fishing at Chase Lions Campground


Shuswap Ave. in Chase
Shuswap Ave. in Chase


BC 150 Celebration
BC 150 Celebration


McGillivray Forest Service Road
McGillivray Forest Service Road

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