Cycle Touring

Welcome to the beautiful, diverse rural landscapes of the Shuswap! Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of nature as you explore over 1500 kilometers of quiet, paved back roads in the area. Over thirty out & back and loop cycling routes are identified with an average distance of 40 to 50 kilometers. Choose from easy, moderate or challenging routes varying in distance from short (<20K) to long (>100K). Visitor Information Centres, parking spots, wineries, bird watching “hot spots”, swimming beaches, view points and hill climb locations are among the features and services identified to help you to plan your cycle tour.

Shuswap - North Okanagan Cycle Touring 2014 Map & Route Guide

Four bike repair shops are located in the area, three in Salmon Arm: Ridetech Enterprises and Skookum Cycle & Ski and Trailheads Cycle & Ski and Golden Ears Bike Farm in Chase. Two of the Salmon Arm shops offer car-mount bike racks for rent. Salmon Arm and Armstrong each host an annual community bike ride: "Bike For Your Life Century Ride" is held on the third Saturday in September from Salmon Arm: www.bikeforyourlife.com and the "Okanagan Shuswap Century Ride" is held on the last Sunday in May from Armstrong: www.oscr.ca

Most routes are ready to ride by mid-April if you dress for it. Cycling may extend to mid-November in some years. Traffic volume on some back roads may increase slightly during July and August. Local drivers are courteous to cyclists.