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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Salmon Arm

Salmon Arm
Salmon Arm is located 108 km (67 miles) east of Kamloops on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1.

North America's Best
Situated on beautiful Shuswap Lake, Salmon Arm will give you the opportunity to experience British Columbia's and North America's best freshwater boating and cruising destination west of the Rockies.

Sandy Beaches
Shuswap Lake has been estimated to have more than 1,000 km (621 miles) of navigable shore line. Shaped like an "H," the lake can offer you days and days of exploring sandy beaches and untold mountain scenery down four different arms of a very pristine lake.

Largest Community on Shuswap Lake
Salmon Arm is the largest community on Shuswap Lake with a population of around 16,000 (2005) people. Within the city is a recreational facility, park and walkway along the lake and convenient shopping including an Overwaitea Foods, Safeway and Askew's Foods, plus very friendly people downtown.

Shuswap Lake Provincial Park
Shuswap Lake Provincial Park is located at Scotch Creek on the northwest side of the lake from Salmon Arm. This park has one the best campsites in British Columbia and if you get the chance to stay, one of the most private. The park is also quite kid-friendly featuring a sandy beach with a great swim area.

If you decide to stay here make sure you get reservations early as the park fills up fast. The park is accessed by taking the Squilax exit from Hwy 1 near Adams River and heading towards Scotch Creek.

BC's Best Destination for Recreation
Recreation includes golfing, backcountry skiing, biking and hiking. The whole area of Salmon Arm is surrounded by lakes and has some incredible fishing all within an hour's drive.

During the wintertime, you can enjoy snowmobiling, curling, cross-country skiing and for downhill and snowboarding check out Sun Peaks considered to be one of BC's best destination mountains.

R. J. Haney Heritage Park and Museum
Once you're in the city, take time to enjoy the heritage that has evolved around Salmon Arm's history. Go to R. J. Haney Heritage Park and Museum - a 40-acre park owned by the District of Salmon Arm. Operated by the Salmon Arm Museum and Heritage Association, this park and museum is absolutely first class. Lots of displays and exhibits are there for you to glance over and wonder in awe what a great land this truly is.

Agri-Tourism Attractions
Once you're visiting Salmon Arm, take advantage of visiting some of the Agri-Tourism attractions that have been established. These attractions are based on lifestyle and the environment and how you can adapt to the local landscape. The whole family will enjoy the educational tours for which the Agri-tourism sector is noted.

Learning Experience
You will able to learn about Lamas at Canoe Creek Alpacas, make traditional Holland Gouda cheese at Gort's Gouda Cheese, raise farm animals at DeMilles Farm - all the way to growing apples by Hanna Orchards. There is even a tour and educational seminar in the art of growing hops at the certified organic farmhouse microbrewery called Crannóg Ales.

Hot Dry Climate
Salmon Arm because of its location of being between the hot dry climate of the Kamloops Nicola Region and the arid climate of the Okanagan, produces some of British Columbia's best grapes. Various wineries have started to take notice and have set up vineyards and are now producing some excellent wines.

Wineries and Vineyards
If you are doing any wine tours in British Columbia, try and visit some of the Salmon Arm wineries and sample some of the fine vintages that have been produced. You will be quite surprised at the fine quality.

British Columbia's Provincial Parks
Salmon Arm and Shuswap Lake are hosts to a large number of provincial parks that dot the area. Some are a little more remote but there are a number that you can get to quite easily. Most of the parks have access to the lake for fishing opportunities with boat ramps available.

Rainbow Trout
If you like fishing, Shuswap Lake has year-round fishing with 19 different species of fish with Rainbow Trouts as large as 10 kg (22 lbs.)

Herald Provincial Park
Herald Provincial Park (just north of Salmon Arm) features rock outcrops, an excellent beach area and a beautiful waterfall called Margaret Falls. A real experience is the trail next to the falls; take caution walking around the rocks and waterfall as it is dangerous. Herald Provincial Park also features almost 1 km (.6 miles) of sandy beach and a beautiful trail through the forest leading up to an excellent view point of Shuswap Lake.

Who are the Secwepemc?
The Secwepemc or Shuswap Nation is the First Nations people located throughout south central British Columbia. The Secwepemc is comprised of 17 bands located throughout approximately 18% of British Columbia's land base.

Secwepemc Museum and Native Heritage Park
Throughout the Shuswap region there are four bands - the Adams Lake Band, Little Shuswap Band, Neskonlith Band and the Spallemcheen Band. If you are interested in the Secwepemc Nation, please visit The Secwepemc Museum and Native Heritage Park in Kamloops only 108 km (67 miles) away.

Salmon Arm Links


RV Camping

Festivals and Events

Scotch Creek



Map of Salmon Arm
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Shuswap Lake
Shuswap Lake


Salmon Arm
Salmon Arm


Canoe Beach
Canoe Beach


Lakeview Homes
Lakeview Homes


Rural Living
Rural Living


Nature Bay Walkway
Nature Bay Walkway


The Old Courthouse
The Old Courthouse


Shuswap Lake
Shuswap Lake


Salmar Classic Theatre
Salmar Classic Theatre

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