Learn more about The Shuwap Area and the amenities available during your stay
Located in the heart of B.C.’s famous Shuswap Lake recreational area, Salmon Arm is not only the Okanagan Valley’s northern gateway, but also the Shuswap’s bustling centre of commerce and services. Salmon Arm is well known for its beautiful, lush setting amidst mountains, lakes and valleys. When you make the easy decision to vacation in Salmon Arm and the Shuswap, be ready to enjoy a holiday that combines outstanding wilderness scenery, countless recreational activities, and many bustling shops and boutiques.
Whether you travel in summer, winter, spring or fall, the Shuswap has it all. It is conveniently located halfway between Calgary and Vancouver along the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy #1) and Highway 97, making it easily accessible from all directions.
The area offers sunny summers with sandy beaches, pristine lakes, championship golf courses, museums, heritage sites, mountain hiking and biking trails, and in winter there is awesome snowmobiling and cross-country ski trails. In the fall, experience a delicious harvest of all sorts of fruits and vegetables by visiting one of the local farms or tasting a glass of wine at one of three local wineries. The area is well known for its artists and artisan community with numerous galleries and festivals for you to experience.
The Shuswap is dotted with numerous lakes that are perfect for boating, fishing, and all kinds of water sports. Shuswap Lake is the largest lake in the area with hundreds of kilometers of shoreline with hidden coves and beaches, very popular with houseboaters.
Enjoy your stay in the Shuswap, your four season playground.
"The Shuswap area is close to several parks which make great day trips."
Wells Gray Provincial Park is 2 hours from the Shuswap and is known to house more then 20 waterfalls which can be reached by boat, car or on foot. There are also several extinct volcanoes in the area.
"When I am in the Shuswap area, I like to sample the local markets for fruits and jams."
There are no shortage of local markets and roadside stands offering fresh fruit such as cherries, apples, peaches and plums as well as home baking and crafts.
"River Rafting, now that's fun for the whole family."
Adams River Rafting Ltd. has been offering high quality river adventures since 1983. This is also a great activity if you are planning a birthday or corporate event.
The Shuswap Region of British Columbia is located north of the Okanagan Valley, between Vancouver, BC and Calgary, AB.
Kelowna International Airport is the closest major airport and the 10th busiest airport in all of Canada, offering daily flights to Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto. Available airlines include Jazz, WestJet, Air Canada, Horizon Air (Alaska), Harmony Airways and Regional 1 Airlines.
When flying into Kelowna taxi, shuttle and car rental services are available inside the terminal.
- The Shuswap area is located in South Centreral British Columbia, 440 km East of Vancouver: Hwy 1 East to Hope. Follow Hwy 5 to Kamloops. Follow Highway 1 East to Shuswap Area.
- 570 km West of Calgary, AB: Via Highway 1, the Trans Canada Highway passes through the Shuswap area before arriving in Kamloops.
- Kelowna International Airport is the closest major airport and is serviced by many of the top Canadian airlines — Jazz, WestJet, Air Canada, Horizon Air (Alaska), Harmony Airways and Regional 1 Airlines. These airlines are partnered with many international carriers and fly non-stop to Kelowna daily from Vancouver, Toronto, Victoria, Calgary, Kamloops, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Seattle.
- Calgary, AB - 571 km
- Vancouver, BC - 439 km
- Kelowna, BC - 199 km
- Penticton, BC - 263 km
- Kamloops, BC - 86 km
Things To Do In Shuswap
The rugged backcountry terrain of the Shuswap area provides the perfect location for ATV tours. There are several local companies that offer guided day trips where you can explore trails which lead to elevations of up to 6500 feet.
One of the most popular lakes in the interior, Shuswap has become the houseboating capital of British Columbia. Each year hundreds of visitors come to explore over 1000 km of shoreline. You can literally spend days exploring all the beaches, hidden coves and open water here. If you prefer to sleep on land, there are also plenty of opportunities to book power boats and enjoy an afternoon of wakeboarding, waterskiing or tubing. Make sure to reserve your boats early, as houseboats can be booked up a more then a year in advance.
Surrounded by mountains, forests and steams, the Shuswap area is a campers dream. With many lakefront sites and full services offered you can bring your tent or RV. Make sure to book your spots early (April 1) as they fill up extremely fast.
Surround by gorgeous BC lakes the Shuswap area is perfect for fishing. Many of the experienced guides will take you out on not only Shuswap Lake, but also Mara Lake, Kalamalka Lake, Wood Lake and Okanagan Lake. Even if you don't catch anything, this is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon.
With over 10 top quality courses to choose from, it is easy to see why the Shuswap is such a popular destination for golfers. One of the most impressive courses is the Shuswap Lake Estates Golf & Country Club, which offers the finest playing experience possible. Other popular courses include Anglemont Estates, Canoe Creek and Sunshore Golf Course. Make sure to book your tee times early, as courses fill up very early during the summer months.
The Shuswap is packed with excellent hiking and biking trails. The Falkland area offers lots of intermediate trails while the North Shuswap area offers several hikes which pass waterfalls, bridges, beaches and explore the surrounding forest.
With several excellent trail riding companies in the area, you and your family can experience the beautiful British Columbia scenery on horseback. Many of the tour guides offer rides for everyone from novice to expert riders.
Parks & Beaches
With over 1000 km of shoreline, Shuswap Lake has plenty of great family beaches. There are also several provincial parks in the area that offer camp sites, picnic area, boat launches and lots of room for children to run and explore. Ask your reservation agent for details on the best parks and beaches where you are staying.
Want to bring some excitement to your vacation? Take a white water rafting trip down the Adams River. This is a great activity for the whole family whether you are experienced rafters or this is your first time. Contact Adams River Rafting to book.
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