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

Sorrento is a small community located 31 km (19 miles) west of Salmon Arm and 80 km (50 miles) east of Kamloops on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1. Sorrento, along with Tappen, Balmoral, Blind Bay and Squilax make up a few of the smaller communities that you will find along Hwy 1 between Salmon Arm and Chase.

Shuswap Lake
Sorrento serves as a business centre for these communities plus Adams Lake and the communities of Scotch Creek, Celista, Magna Bay, and Anglemont that are located past Squilax on the north shore of Shuswap Lake.

Sorrento, Italy
Sorrento was named by J.R. Kinghorn, an eastern capitalist, after he had developed the original townsite speculating on the Canadian Pacific Railway. The breathtaking view of Copper Island in Shuswap Lake reminded him of the view of the Isle of Capri in Sorrento, Italy where he had just spent his honeymoon.

Whitewater Rafting, Boating and Plenty of Hiking
Sorrento provides various recreational pursuits from whitewater rafting on the Adam's River to enjoying boating on the Shuswap Lake. Plus if you love cross-country skiing Sorrento has some nice areas to discover.

White Lake Provincial Park
For fishers, there is great fishing on Shuswap Lake and White Lake Provincial Park located on the paved backroad just east of Blind Bay on Hwy 1. You can either take the White Lake Road at Balmoral or a little farther east at Carlin.

Historical Sites
There are also plenty of walking trails around Sorrento and history buffs will enjoy Sorrento's Notch Hill and Sorrento Centre. Both are historical sites dating back to the early 1900's when the Shuswap was first settled.

Sorrento Centre for Peace and Quiet
Every once in a while during your BC travels, you'll want to find a place for peace and quiet. In Sorrento there is one such spiritual place - the Sorrento Centre. Located near the 18-hole golf course at Shuswap Lake Estates Golf and Country Club, the Sorrento Centre can you a peaceful setting complete with white-water rafting, canoe opportunities and a great network of hiking trails. There is a wide choice of accommodation at the centre including RV sites, cabins and walk-in campsites.

Tappen Wineries and Vineyards
If you enjoy sampling some of British Columbia's quality wine, try taking a short drive to Tappen. The grapes grown in the Tappen area, because of the hot summer climate of the Shuswap region, are of the finest quality and of the right sweetness for a fine vintage.

Herald Provincial Park
If you do happen to visit Tappen, take a side trip from the wineries into Herald Provincial Park. This park features a very nice white, sandy beach, self-guided nature trail, limestone canyons, a viewpoint and Margaret Falls.

Eagle Bay
On the east side of Blind Bay you will find the exit off Hwy 1 for access to the small community of Eagle Bay. Here you will find some summer resorts situated on the north shore of Shuswap Lake allowing you closer access to Cinnemousum Narrows.

Cinnemousum Narrows
Cinnemousum Narrows is at the H point on Shuswap Lake where the four "arms" meet. Located here is a boat access-only provincial campground complete with campsites, a beach, a marine sani-station and a hiking trail leading to a magnificent view of Shuswap Lake.

Herman Lake Forest Service Recreation Site
After Eagle Bay, the road does continue a little way up the peninsula to Armstrong Pt. that is directly across from Anglemont and Horseshoe Bay that are situated on the north side of the lake. There are forest service access roads throughout the area with a free rustic campground located at Herman Lake.

Home Restaurant
If you happen to be driving through Sorrento on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 and you're hungry, there is a Home Restaurant located right on the main highway route in town.

Sorrento Links



Map of Sorrento
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Trans-Canada Hwy 1 in Sorrento
Trans-Canada Hwy 1 in Sorrento


Shuswap Lake at Sorrento
Shuswap Lake at Sorrento


Shuswap Lake at Sorrento
Shuswap Lake at Sorrento


Sorrento Centre
Sorrento Centre


Tappen Vineyards
Tappen Vineyards


Shuswap Lake
Shuswap Lake

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