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

Savona is located 31 km (19 miles) west of Kamloops and 40 km (25 miles) east of Cache Creek on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1. Savona is situated on the south-west shore of 29 km (18 miles) long Kamloops Lake.

Arid and Dry
The surrounding countryside around Savona is very arid and dry with drastic coloured rock formations caused by natural forces of erosion occurring throughout the Thompson Valley.

Very friendly place
Take your time while travelling through Savona and try and stay awhile. The town has a couple of grocery stores, Super Save Gas Station and a very friendly place to stay called the Lakeside Country Inn.

Savona Specialty Plywood
Make sure you get a chance to view the Savona Specialty Plywood, Savona's largest employer, which specializes and is the largest and most technologically designed producer of overlaid MDO and HDO concrete forming panels in North America.

Savona Lakeshore Park
If you are walking around, try and visit Savona Lakeshore Park located on beautiful Kamloops Lake. Savona Lakeshore Park is situated at the end of Tingley Street, just off the Savona Access Road on Trans-Canada Hwy 1.

Have a Rest
Savona Lakeshore Park offers a great spot for a rest, outing or to take a swim. If you have a boat, there is a boat launch into Kamloops Lake. You can fish for Dolly Varden, Kokanee and Rainbow trout and there is a nice sandy beach for the kids, plus picnic tables and a covered cooking area.

Savona Balancing Rock
One natural landscape you'll want to view is the Savona Balancing Rock. This boulder, left over from erosion and weighing many tons, is delicately balanced on a clay hoodoo. The Savona Balancing Rock or to the local First Nations' "Coyote Rock" stands out dramatically against the deep blue sky of the Thompson Valley with the distant view of Kamloops Lake in the background.

Kamloops Lake Viewpoint
You can see the Savona Balancing Rock from Trans-Canada Hwy 1 just east of Savona travelling towards Kamloops. Look for the Kamloops Lake Viewpoint 8 km (5 miles) out then pull over and park. You need to walk carefully for four minutes along the highway shoulder back towards Savona to get the best view of the rock.

30-minute walk
If you have time there is a 30-minute walk to the Savona Balancing Rock. You need to drive a further 1.4 km (.9 mile) west of the viewpoint towards Savona on Hwy 1 and park next to a closed gate accessing a field. This is private property but apparently permission has been granted to people, so please respect it.

Drinking Water
Make sure you have some drinking water, climb over the gate and walk to a wye in the field. You then need to turn right and follow the road to the base of the Savona Balancing Rock.

Savona Caves
A very interesting area to visit full of native folklore for ceremonial rituals has to be Savona Caves. You have to get to the caves by hiking up to the eroded summit of a shield volcano called Savona Mountain. The caves are fairly shallow, and if you rockhound you'll love the interesting rock formations full of agates and green opals on Savona Mountain.

Getting to Savona Mountain
You take Tunkwa Lake Road just east of town off Hwy 1 for 12.5 km (8 miles) about halfway to Logan Lake. You then turn here and take an 8 km (5 miles) uphill rugged narrow road to the top where some radio towers have been installed. Look for the trailhead towards the east side of the smaller radio tower.

Walking Shoes
Just remember the trail is very steep, can be slippery and you'll require decent walking shoes. It is safe but please exercise some caution along the walk.

Mount Savona
If you travel down Tunkwa Lake Road, you can access both Mount Savona and Tunkwa Lake. Mount Savona Provincial Park has really dramatic rock and clay formations set against the blue sky and a view of beautiful Kamloops Lake.

Tunkwa Lake Provincial Parks
Then Tunkwa Lake Provincial, only 24 km (15 miles) south from Savona will put you in the heart of the southern Thompson Plateau. If you need boat rentals or would like to try a resort there is Tunkwa Lake Resort.

Painted Bluffs
Three other provincial parks include Painted Bluffs for the coloured mineral rock formations; access is just west of Savona at Sabiston Road.

Fishing on Kamloops Lake
Then for fishers there is the Steelhead Provincial Park on Kamloops Lake, ancestral fishing ground of the Skeetchestn Indian Band. Also Juniper Beach is located near by along the Thompson River.

Exploring the Deadman River
One area you might want to venture into is up the Deadman River north of Savona. This area is the traditional home of the Skeetchestn Nation and is very picturesque and spiritual.

Vidette Lake
The Deadman River follows the beautiful Deadman Valley up into the Forest Recreation Sites around Snohoosh, Deadman or Vidette Lake. Once at Vidette Lake, you can also stay in rustic cabins at the Vidette Lake Spiritual Retreat then go exploring around the 'Centre of the Universe' and Deadman Falls.



Map of Savona, British Columbia
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Kamloops Lake
Kamloops Lake


Savona Lakeshore Park
Savona Lakeshore Park


Boating on Kamloops Lake
Boating - Courtesy Lorne Smithson


Photo of the Balancing Rock
Balancing Rock


Lakeside Country Inn


Relaxing - courtesy Lorne Smithson
Relaxing - Courtesy Lorne Smithson


Deadman Valley - courtesy Lorne Smithson
Deadman Valley - Lorne Smithson


Deadman Valley - courtesy Lorne Smithson
Deadman Valley - Lorne Smithson


Steelhead Provincial Park
Steelhead Provincial Park


Photo of the Deadman Valley
Deadman Valley

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