City Of Salmon Arm BC
We can never decide what we love the most about the city of Salmon Arm; it's a tough decision, since the Shuswap is uniquely different from the southern Okanagan Valley.
Agri-tourism is a large focus for visitors to the city, and in the summer this is where you'll find everything from cheese factories, to local fruit orchards, vegetable farms and pumpkin patches.
The city and area are well known for summer houseboats on Shuswap Lake, the fall Adams River Salmon Run and the summer Roots & Blues Festival.
It's also a popular destination for winter recreation like cross country skiing, dog sledding and snowmobiling.
Mountain biking, hiking, canoeing and kayaking are very popular and there are a number of golf courses in the city and around the area to enjoy as well!
Two of our favorite stops in the city is Gort's Gouda Cheese Factory - for the world's best aged gouda - seriously! - and then we're off to De Mille's Farmer Market for the corn maze (oh, and fruits & veggies too).
A popular large public beach in the city, Canoe beach has a beautiful sandy beach with a roped off swimming area and lots of shady trees. There's also grassy picnic areas, a beach volleyball court and a boat launch, as well as change facilities and washrooms.
You'll find some of the most beautiful camping and RV parks all around the area, and there are a number of popular resorts along the lakeshore close to town.
More Attractions In Salmon Arm BC
The R J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum, a large heritage park is worth a visit and features the community history and archives, a number of heritage buildings and a 2-kilometre nature trail for hiking.
Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, just outside the city of Salmon Arm is a popular day park where you can hike and bike through trails. This park is also an interpretive center for the Sockeye Salmon and the Salmon River Run.
Another beautiful park is Herald Provincial Park, 14 kilometres from the Trans Canada Highway along the western shore of the Salmon Arm on Shuswap Lake.
Here you can spend the day hiking or biking, and visit Margaret Falls. This park is a popular spot for camping and as a day trip for exploring the area and bird watching. There's also a boat launch available there.
Other local BC Provincial Parks around the city of Salmon Arm area are Anstey-Hunakwa Protected Area, Shuswap Lake Marine Provincial Park, Shuswap Lake Provincial Park and Silver Beach Provincial Park. Visit the BC Provincial Parks website for more information about these parks.
Houseboating is, of course, at the top of many vacation lists when it comes to the North Okanagan/Shuswap area.
Houseboat rentals are available in Salmon Arm, and the Shuswap has the largest houseboat fleet in Canada and generally need to be booked well in advance.
The city of Salmon Arm is located 108 km (67 mi.) east of Kamloops, BC, on the Trans Canada Highway or from Kelowna BC, 106 km. (64 mi.) along Highway 97A and 97B.
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