Friendly Falkland

Along the second longest stretch of highway in Canada (Hwy 97) that winds through the south west of the Shuswap, is Falkland, home of Canada’s oldest rodeo and biggest Canadian flag. It has the feel of a western town and the friendliness of a roadside village. The drive in and out of Falkland is spectacular with winding roads and rolling hills.

It’s no wonder then that the Falkland Pub is a must stop for the many groups of bikers who enjoy touring along the newly paved part of the road. It’s also a great stop to pick up fishing supplies at the Falkland General Store as there are no less than 10 lakes within 10 minutes of town.

Among them is Pillar Lake a provincial park so named for the 28 metre rock formation. The trail is steep and the hike takes approximately 15 minutes. It’s a beautiful place for a walk and an impressive site to see.

The Falkland Museum & Heritage Park is a two acre area featuring historical displays, buildings and artifacts. Admission is by donation.

Your mouth will start to water as you get closer to the newly opened Carlisle’s Smoke & Grill Cafe where you can enjoy slow smoked rotisserie style BBQ, pizza and other hearty meals. Can’t stay for dinner, you can order take out or cross the highway to Okanagan Market Place, and pick up some of Sabrina’s Home Cooking famous perogies, cabbage roles, sausage and borscht. Be sure to check out the selection of local goods and specialty foods.

Falkland is a great place to spend the day or spend the weekend. Check out the Highland Motel, the Bolean Lake or Pillar Lake resorts. You’ll feel like a local in no time.

 

COVID health protocol and precautions in place. Please be patient, kind and enjoy the western hospitality of Falkland and area.

 

Beach vibes in Sicamous

There’s likely nothing better than a sunny beach day in Sicamous, where Mara Lake meets the Shuswap. It’s what summer is all about.

A beach day means more than just beach of course and in Sicamous, it means great food, groovy shops, and if you chose a Friday, then you can browse the evening Farmer’s Market set up on the main street.

Get a healthy start to the day at Blondies Cafe offering specialty coffee, fresh smoothies, wraps and sandwiches. Then, stroll the downtown and check out Beach Chik’s electric mix of all things beach from hats and flip flops to coolers and swim suits. You’re now all set to head to the beach and soak up the sunny skies, warm waters and sandy beach. Cool off afterwards at the newly renovated Brother’s Pub and enjoy a bevy and a bite on their patio.

No trip to Sicamous is complete without a trip to D Dutchmen’s Ice cream shop with dozens of locally made fresh ice cream flavours. Be sure to check out Fruit World across the street for an amazing selection of fresh fruit and produce.

End your day in Sicamous with a round of mini golf next to Lukies Store then stroll back to the beach to enjoy the epic Shuswap sunsets.

Check with local shops and restaurants for opening hours. Use precaution at the lake as the water is unusually high for this time of year. Covid health protocols in place. Thank you for your kindness and patience as tourism providers are doing their very best to create a memorable visit for you.

Action Packed Enderby

Named Canada’s most active community by ParticipAction in 2019, lace up your runners as you prepare to explore the Shuswap’s favourite Little City.

Of course, you’ll need a hearty breakfast and fortunately for you, Hungry Jack’s on Main Street had got that well in hand. A local favourite with a lovely side door patio has all the fixings you’ll need as you map our your action packed day.

Now, your choice will be to float the river, walk the river or hike far above it on the epic Enderby Cliffs.

If you got an early start, and it happens to be Friday, catch the tail end of the region’s largest Farmer’s Market on the grounds of the stunning Splatsin Community Centre.

Chill for a bit over ice cream at Belvedere park where you can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool or peruse the outdoor museum. Once you’ve rested a bit, head out to Waterside Winery for a wine tasting. This small batch vineyard and winery uses estate grown and Okanagan grown grapes in its wide selection of wines.

If you’re ready for dinner, consider the Small Ax Roadhouse by the river. Then pack up the car and head out to an action packed movie on the big screen – the biggest in North America in fact – at the Starlight Drive In. And if you nod off during the second movie, we don’t blame you. It’s been a big bid day in the Little City.

 Covid health protocols in place. Please call ahead with questions and check local conditions prior to hiking or rafting down the river (don’t forget your PFD) and pack out what you pack in. Reservations are required at the drive-in. For more information on the many activities, shops and restaurants in Enderby, visit enderby.ca and shuswaptourism.ca.

Simply Delightful. A Saturday in Armstrong and Spallumcheen

The furthest point south of the Shuswap region on Hwy 97B half way between Vernon and Salmon Arm, Armstrong and Spallumcheen are well worth the detour and a simple Saturday can be spent enjoying the sights, sounds, shops and savours in the Heart of Country.

Start at The Brown Derby, home of the famous breakfast. The eclectic and iconic cafe on the main street is a must stop for locals and visitors alike. Walk off all the goodness of a home-cooked breakfast or piece of cherry pie by visiting BC’s oldest Farmer’s Market on the IPE Fairgrounds. After meeting the many producers and artisans, head to Memorial Park next door for some R&R or a refreshing dip in the lovely outdoor pool.

Get your afternoon boost at The Wild Oak Cafe home of great coffee and delightful baked goods

and you’ll be all fuelled up to for the treasure hunt that is the fantastic selection of thrift and consignment shops such as The Bargain Bin operated by the Hospital Auxiliary, Frugal Frocks, The Guy Next Door, Sea Stars Boutique, Canadian Royal Antiques Post, Allen’s Antiques and Armstrong Antiques Home & Garden Decor.

A trip to Armstrong is not complete without a stop at The Village Cheese Co. for an impressive selection of artisan cheese and gourmet goodies. What goes better with cheese than bread? Really, really good bread is found right next door in Askews Foods at The Country Bakery. If you have more of a sweet tooth, you’ll be delighted with their selection of pastries and chocolates.

Take a drive around the local farms and enjoy the Barn Quilt Tour. The map can be found on the Armstrong Spallucheen Chamber of Commerce website (aschamber.com).

Cap the day with a wine tasting at Edge of the Earth Vineyards or a farm to table meal at the Farmstrong Cider Company and show your support for this small community with a big heart by sharing your experience on your favourite social media platforms.

For more information on tourism in Armstrong and Spallumcheen, visit ShuswapTourism.com and aschamber.com.