Spring Break Trail Guide | The North & South Shuswap & Chase!

Spring is one of the best reasons for creating a new adventure bucket! At the dawn of the new season, we sit down and dream up our Shuswap to-do list as a family. We are so fortunate to enjoy such an array of hidden gems, spectacular scenery, terrific trails, and local secrets right at our fingertips.

Spring is one of the best reasons for creating a new adventure bucket! At the dawn of the new season, we sit down and dream up our Shuswap to-do list as a family. We are so fortunate to enjoy such an array of hidden gems, spectacular scenery, terrific trails, and local secrets right at our fingertips. You do not have to travel past the ridgelines of your community to be delighted by all of the wilderness offerings! With its diverse ecosystem, vast ranges of mountains, pristine waters, and endless forest lands, the Shuswap is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the natural world!

These three areas of the Shuswap offer something for everyone! The vibrant village and surroundings of Chase, the awe-inspiring South Shuswap, and the incredible North Shuswap are made to overflow that adventure bucket!

Happy Spring Break, everyone!

Image 8 The first lookout halfway up to the summit on Mount Baldy

Spring is one of the best reasons for creating a new adventure bucket! At the dawn of the new season, we sit down and dream up our Shuswap to-do list as a family. We are so fortunate to enjoy such an array of hidden gems, spectacular scenery, terrific trails, and local secrets right at our fingertips. You do not have to travel past the ridgelines of your community to be delighted by all of the wilderness offerings! With its diverse ecosystem, vast ranges of mountains, pristine waters, and endless forest lands, the Shuswap is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the natural world!

These three areas of the Shuswap offer something for everyone! The vibrant village and surroundings of Chase, the awe-inspiring South Shuswap, and the incredible North Shuswap are made to overflow that adventure bucket!

The South Shuswap


The South Shuswap lovingly encompasses Sorrento, Blind Bay, Eagle Bay, Notch Hill, Tappen, and White Lake. Each is a place of breathtaking beauty! There are many different hiking trails to discover the stunning views, outstanding landscapes, and varying biogeoclimatic forests of this incredible area! These family-friendly hikes are sure to bring joy and a sense of adventure.
Lace-up those hiking boots and find your passion here in the South Shuswap!

Wild Rose Bay

A short, forested walk down to the water, which features an excellent waterfront spot for exploring and spending the day! The trailhead is easy to find, and the trail is well established. The Moss Walk is an additional lakeside loop trail; it has an abundance of incredible mosses draping the rocky outcrops and rock faces and is not to be missed! This is an excellent four-season trail, great for all levels of hikers, and is incredibly beautiful. Have a beach picnic and breathe in the crisp lake air while enjoying the quietness and spectacular scenery.

Margaret Falls

Margaret Falls is one of South Shuswap’s favorite family destinations! It is a beautiful and enchanting canyon walk along Reinecker Creek through a fairytale-like old-growth forest. The gorge boasts high vertical walls, moss-covered rocks, and charming wooden bridges. The impressive waterfall at the end is incredible! (Especially during peak spring run-off). Park in the Herald Provincial Park day-use area, spend time playing on the nature-inspired playground and stroll along the creek to the Margaret Falls trailhead. There is an abundance to see along this trail, and it is one of the best little family spots in the South Shuswap!

White Lake Lookout

White lake Lookout Trail provides a few great options for exploration. A popular, family-friendly route is to climb to the first lookout on the rocky bluffs, overlooking White Lake, Little White Lake, Tappen Valley, and Mt. Ida in the distance. The trail climbs through a picturesque forest, passing by a creek, and offers a great series of switchbacks. To add a more difficult hike and reap all of the rewards, the trail continues upwards through a beautiful open grassy forest before popping out at the radio tower. Continue from the towers, and a short narrow trail leads to spectacular open panoramic views of the Shuswap region! Not to be missed!

Mount Baldy

Mount Baldy is a local favorite, and for good reasons! It’s close to home, provides a gorgeous trek through a diverse forest; it is not too difficult but can challenge even a fit hiker. It has little wooden bridges and boardwalks with beautiful creek crossings. A charming and interesting sculptural art piece made of old bike parts welcomes you. The first peek-a-boo viewpoint is about halfway up; it is a perfect family destination and provides a great spot to take in Shuswap Lake and Copper Island’s majestic views before heading back down or continuing up to the top to really reap the rewards of this local favorite!

The North Shuswap

Rugged and authentic, inspiring and intriguing, the idyllic North Shuswap is a true prize in the region. The dreamy and vast shoreline, the winding and scenic lakeside road, colorful communities, and forest-laden mountains as far as the eye can see make up this incredible part of the Shuswap! The hiking trails and adventure opportunities here are like none other. Backroads, mountain lakes, beaches, and waterfalls are plentiful! Grab your map book, grab your trail guide, and head to the sunny-side, the North Shuswap!

Evelyn Falls

Evelyn Falls is a 3 km beautiful, easy, out-and-back trail that leads to a gorgeous waterfall, scenic creek, and lush valley. Located near the fire hall in Anglemont on the North Shore, you will find a small parking lot at the well-defined trailhead. The drive to this destination is certainly worth it! Here, you will be transported to a fairy-tale-like mosaic of forest cover. Rich hues, mosses and lichens, natural trail art, and a gentle, family-friendly, park-like trail. The falls are beautiful, the sights are interesting and pretty, the hike is fun, and the sounds are mesmerizing, a true waterfall experience in the heart of the Shuswap!

Tsútswecw Provincial Park | Upper & Lower Bear Creek Flume Trail

The Bear Creek Flume Trails is a historic trail with informational signage and several fascinating points of interest along the way! The Adams River Lumber Company built the flumes to transport logs. It consists of two trails that are connected by a pedestrian underpass under the main road. You can enjoy these trails together or at separate times.

The Upper Flume Trail runs through a vibrant and lush old-growth forest and follows the creek. This is where you really see the history as there is a replica flume, original remnants, and a beautiful timber stair set, and there are seven unique and newly constructed bridges! There is also the impressive Bear Creek Falls, seen from a viewpoint high above!

The Lower Flume Trail: This is an easy and beautiful forest walk through large old-growth cedar and cottonwood stands. The trail weaves alongside the mighty Adams River with some interesting natural obstacles. Before you loop back, at the end of the trail is a “secret beach” on the Adams River’s shore. Bring a picnic and enjoy this setting!

Adams Gorge Trail | Tsútswecw Provincial Park

The Adams River Gorge Trail is a spectacular journey that starts on an old road, becomes an easy trail in the canyon, and ends up at the spectacular gorge. You can continue on the trail, which runs alongside the river and eventually comes to Gold Creek. Climbing the rocks and taking in the white water rapids’ views rushing and churning through the narrow gorge below is a sight to see. Below the canyon is a large pool with a sandy beach, a perfect spot for a picnic! The springtime is really wild, with the mountain run-off; take extra caution on the rocks!

Chase

The village and surrounding area of Chase is a special place in the Shuswap. Its geographic location alone is something to marvel at. Chase is located at the only water outlet of Shuswap Lake and is the South Thompson River’s headwater. The South Thompson joins the North Thompson River near Kamloops, and together they form the beautiful turquoise-colored Thompson River. The Thompson River is the largest tributary to the Mighty Fraser near Lytton B.C.

The opportunities for exploration in and around Chase are boundless, and for families, this spring break, adventure awaits!

Chase Creek Falls

Chase Creek falls an easy, half-hour return walk to an impressive and beautiful waterfall! The canyon walls towering above are also something to see, and bighorn can often be spotted here! The short walk boasts loud, thundering water and interesting rock faces. The falls can be viewed from the safe structural platform. This is an excellent trail for even the littlest of hikers.

Scatchard Mountain Switchbacks

This is a family-friendly 7 km historic trail climbing up high above the Chase Creek Canyon and overlooks Chase and Little Shuswap Lake. The trail is an old road; it is wide and free of natural obstacles, making it great for the kids to run and play along the way! The first viewpoint overlooking Chase and the Canyon is only 1 km up the trail. The rock walls, wide-open pathways, and amazing views make this a local favorite! This trail system’s base has a great map and pamphlets to take to help guide you along.

Chase River Walk

What spring break would be complete without a riverbed exploration walk? The headwaters of the South Thompson River start in Chase at Little Shuswap Lake. Park in the designated sites near the boat launch on Mill Rd. and take a stroll, marveling in the riverside wonder. In the spring, the rocky shores are nature’s treasure hunt, and families can walk for miles, enjoying the sights and sounds, rock finding, and watching the Eagles.

 

Want to explore more? You can visit the Chase Museum or Chamber Visitor Centre for an interpretive pamphlet written by local historian David Lepsoe. There is a self-guided heritage walking tour, exploring the village of Chase and all of the charming, historical buildings that are still standing.

Afterward, head to Memorial Park and the playground to complete this fun-filled, outdoor family day!

Celebrate Spring in your own backyard this year! Take the time to discover a new local destination or trail and enjoy all of the wonders that the Shuswap Region communities have to offer!


By Sarah Tokarek
www.shuswapadventuregirl.ca


Please follow all health protocols and check for weather conditions. Tell someone where you’re planning to go and when you’ll be back and bring the basic outdoor safety equipment.”


For complete directions and distances of all trails please review Shuswap Trail Alliance website: www.shuswaptailalliance.com

 

Spring Break Trail Guide | Enderby, Armstrong, Falkland!

School is out, and spring is here! How do you plan to spend the warmer days? Here in the Shuswap, there is a wealth of outdoor springtime activities to enjoy, some exhilarating, some leisurely, and all of them simply incredible!  Immerse yourself in the excitement of the songful season, the delightful connection to nature, and have fun in our very own backyard playgrounds!

School is out, and spring is here! How do you plan to spend the warmer days? Here in the Shuswap, there is a wealth of outdoor springtime activities to enjoy, some exhilarating, some leisurely, and all of them simply incredible!  Immerse yourself in the excitement of the songful season, the delightful connection to nature, and have fun in our very own backyard playgrounds!

For those of us lucky enough to call the charming communities of Enderby, Armstrong, and Falkland home, where community, character, and connection collide, springtime offers an array of amazing and unforgettable experiences for the whole family!

Spring break exploration!
Spring break exploration!

Enderby


Enderby is a charming and welcoming little city that sits alongside the cherished, clean and clear, Shuswap River. Life riverside flourishes and offers an abundance of lively outdoor experiences. The Shuswap River is a vital force within the entire Shuswap region and is affectionately respected as the community’s heart! The awe-inspiring Enderby cliffs, which are considered a must-do by most, gracefully stand large in the staggering backdrop of the Southern Shuswap landscape. From birdwatching and fishing, rafting, and floating to rainforest-like trails and interpretive centers, the Shuswap River, Enderby, and surrounding areas have something for everyone!

Where the Shuswap meets the Okanagan, explore more in Enderby!

 

Hidden Lake Recreation Site

What better way to spend a spring day than exploring the shores and wetlands of a beautiful, clear mountain lake? The sun is shining, and the promise of summer is in the air! On days like these, as a family, we love to pack a picnic, load the kids, and head to one of the many Provincial Recreational sites in the area.
Hidden Lake is tucked in the mountains, approximately 25 km from Enderby, and boasts a wonderful family day outside. An easy and meandering forested trail system connects the two recreation sites and shows Hidden Lake’s beautiful views. If weather permits, pack the kayaks and PFDs and explore the small bays and crystal clear waters!

Enderby Cliffs Tplaqin Trail 

Adventure seekers will rejoice in the incredible and awe-inspiring Enderby Cliffs. The cliffs offer a well-established trail and unforgettable journey, suitable for families with older children. This 13 km return hike has great rewards and is worth every bit of rigorous effort! It is known in the BC hikers circle as one of the best viewpoints in the region and is truly a special gem of the entire Shuswap! At nearly 1,200 meters high, this incredible ridge is perfectly positioned for the Shuswap’s panoramic views, North Okanagan, and the Salmon River Valley.

Hikers are kindly asked to tread lightly as this is a delicate ecosystem. The snowpack lasts longer up here; spring break hiking will require boot grips such as trax or spikes and suitable outerwear. Keep children and pets back from the cliff edges!

Jim Watt Heritage River Walk

A pleasant and relaxing stroll along the Eagle River, a perfect place for families with small children to enjoy the Shuswap scenery. From the Visitor center in Enderby, the  Heritage River Walk runs between Belvidere and Riverside Park and continues to the downtown core. Watch for wildlife, including turtles, ducks, birds, and beavers!

Armstrong & Spallumcheen

Armstrong’s picturesque village is often known for its pastoral valley beauty, lush green hills, and golden fields, a scene rich in hometown heritage and agriculture. Rooted within the Spallumcheen Valley at the southernmost point of the Shuswap, Armstrong has a farm-first passion. Celebration and closeness of the community are the vitality. Armstrong offers outdoor enthusiasts and adventure families enjoyable experiences, all within proximity to town.

Pack your bag and experience these fantastic spring break adventures in Armstrong’s own backyard!

View of the North Okanagan from the radio tower at Mount Rose-Swanson

View of the North Okanagan from the radio tower at Mount Rose-Swanson

View of the North Okanagan from the radio tower at Mount Rose-Swanson

Mount Rose-Swanson

A local and visitor favorite, Mount Rose-Swanson is sure to please all levels of hikers, including the littlest! It is a great family setting to connect with nature and experience the spectacular scenery of the Spallumcheen Valley high above Armstrong! The patchwork pastures below, the blue and green variegated lakes and forests, springtime wildflowers, and the endless Shuswap skies make this panoramic vista a true treasure of the area! This trail offers great variety; hikers can choose their route and make this a 4-8 km round trip loop trail. There are several small summits along the way, but making it to the rock bluffs’ radio tower is the ultimate reward. The views of the valley will knock your hiking socks right off! The snowpack lasts longer up here; spring break hiking will require boot grips such as trax or spikes and suitable outerwear.

A perfect springtime adventure for the whole family and an Armstrong must-do attraction!

Thomas Hayes Ecological Park

A popular family destination, this short, meandering trail leads you through beautiful wetlands, a pleasant forested area, and along a pretty ridge with a creek below. Kids will love the birdhouses perched in the trees throughout! Just over 4 km, the coyote loop is great for observing nature and birdwatching. There is also a shorter loop for the smaller hikers!

Kindly stay on the trail, and gumboots are a must in the spring!

Falkland Area

Nestled within an extraordinary outdoor adventure playground, full of endless opportunities to explore, Falkland is a treasure of the Shuswap! From the beautiful surrounding mountains to the endless selection of pretty lakes and recreation sites to the interesting geological formations and rocky outcroppings. Falkland is a unique and special community. It sits pleasantly in the rural setting of the lush and diverse Falkland Valley. The town offers a step back to a simpler type feeling with its colorful shops and an array of general store style facades while boasting a modern approach to some new and interesting eateries and specialty stores. A quick route around this charming town leaves you with a sense of admiration and longing to stay a little longer!  Head out of town on any given route or backroad, with the map in hand, and within minutes, find yourself in nature’s impressive playground!

Bolean Lake recreation site near Falkland B.C.
Bolean Lake recreation site near Falkland B.C.

Recreational Lakes

Days at the lake, in all seasons, are so memorable and are time well spent! As a young family, we always look to the weekend for just this, time with the kids, family presence, and connection with our outdoors. We also love to find new places to enjoy and to share with friends. Grabbing the back road map book and picking a new destination ranks high on our list of things to do, especially come springtime! The sense of excitement in the air, the melt of the mountains creating beautiful waterfalls and creeks, the shores lines coming to life! Rock hunting is one of our favorite pastimes of this geologically rich area; try your luck at finding agates and more!

Falkland area is the absolute perfect place to do this as there are so many small and interesting upland lakes so close to home, there are a staggering 10 lakes within 10 miles of town! Your job is to pick one! Pack the gear, pack the picnic and head up to the hills for an unforgettable day!  A perfect way to sit back, relax and enjoy nature at her finest this spring break!

Here is a great family-friendly collection of nearby local lakes and recreation sites to explore!

Bolean Lake Recreation Site
This a long-time favorite of ours to frequent. The road up is nothing short of spectacular; the scenery is stunning and will surely leave you with a sense of adventure!

Joyce Lake Recreation Site
This pretty little site offers super easy highway access and is perfect for a quick afternoon trip! The lake offers wonderful fishing and paddling opportunities.

Charcoal Creek Recreation Site
This is a great family site to visit! Enjoy the sounds of the creek, and in the spring, the beautiful daisies and wildflowers abound!

Chase Creek Recreation Site
The rock wall above the creek is something to be admired at this charming, small and open site. The beautiful little creek journeys over three waterfalls in the Chase Creek Canyon before flowing through the village of Chase and into Shuswap Lake.

Making springtime memories in the Shuswap has never been so idyllic and peacefully picturesque! Enjoy the abundance of family-friendly fun wherever you get to call home in the beautiful Shuswap!

By Sarah Tokarek
www.shuswapadventuregirl.ca


*Please follow all health protocols and check for weather conditions. Tell someone where you’re planning to go and when you’ll be back and bring the basic outdoor safety equipment.


For complete directions and distances of all trails please review Shuswap Trail Alliance website: www.shuswaptrailalliance.com

 

Spring Break Trail Guide | Salmon Arm & Sicamous!

Spring is here, and excitement is in the air! Happy spring break, Shuswap! Eight extraordinary communities make up the Shuswap Region. Both Salmon Arm and Sicamous offer an exceptional variety of family, outdoor adventures to create the perfect spring holiday while staying local to your community!

 

Spring is here, and excitement is in the air! Happy spring break, Shuswap! Eight extraordinary communities make up the Shuswap Region. Both Salmon Arm and Sicamous offer an exceptional variety of family, outdoor adventures to create the perfect spring holiday while staying local to your community!

For those looking to explore safe and welcoming open spaces close to home, we invite you to enjoy the selection of established trails and natural pathways of these staycation destinations!

The beautiful Shuswap views from Mount Ida
The beautiful Shuswap views from Mount Ida

Salmon Arm


If you’re looking for a lively and vibrant scene that offers the perfect mix of fun urban and unforgettable outdoor recreation, then look no further than our beloved Salmon Arm! Known as the heart of the Shuswap, our lakeside community offers an abundance of soulful experiences and stunning natural surroundings in every direction! The sparkling waters of the lake entice us to live a life well-lived! The peaks of Mount Ida gracefully rising above reminds us that nature is always calling!|

Salmon Arm has many family-friendly hiking trails found within the city and nearby hills and mountains. There are several trusty ones near and dear for fantastic family fun! These trails are well-marked, easy to find, great for all levels, and are rich in adventure!

This spring break, love our own communities, love our local tourism, and play outside in Salmon Arm!

McGuire Lake

In the heart of Salmon Arm, a stroller and wheelchair-accessible paved path, looping a pretty little lake with the beloved water fountain in the middle. This is a great family stroll and a great place for very small children to explore! Springtime here offers an abundance of pond-type habitat, there is never a dull moment here if you are into wildlife viewing!

 

The South Canoe Trail System

This impressive system is made up of a large network of trails built and used for hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, running, and horseback riding. A fun feature is the Troll Trail which has a great little winding bridge, which is adorned by a collection of little trolls, all peeking out at you! The kids absolutely love this! It is a great spot to enjoy the many different types of trees. It also provides access to the Larch Hills trail system above and the Larch Hills Traverse. Make this trail system as long or short, difficult or easy as you please. It would require an extensive amount of time to explore all of the trails here!

 

Little Mountain Park Trail System

This beautiful and forested system has a variety of short and easy intertwining trails through cedar, larch, and pine woodland and is good for all skill levels. Reach the minor summit of Little Mountain and views overlooking Salmon Arm and Bastion Mountain can be enjoyed from the benches provided. A great trail system to add to your day of shopping or errand running for some connection to nature.

 

Syphon Falls & Gayle Creek Loop

A short, scenic, and interesting walk to beautiful waterfalls tucked in the forest. This is a popular local rock climbing area, and if you are lucky, you will get to watch the rock climbers in action! This beautiful family-friendly trail follows along a creek with a few crossings over a bridge. There are some beautiful rock faces and in the springtime, watch for an array of wildflowers! Be prepared to help young children maneuver around boulders and near the waterfall.

Sicamous

Living on a lake is a spirited place to call home, alive with adventure and natural wonder! In all directions, you’re surrounded by strikingly beautiful mountains and waterscapes as far as the eye can see. It fills the soul! The colorful and proud village of Sicamous holds the very essence of this celebrated lifestyle. Here, there is a playfulness in nature, in the water, in the skies, and the mountains. Sicamous is a varied and fascinating meeting place that is full of sun and scenery! There is an abundant array of well-marked trails and attractions in the area that offer all walks of life an exceptional and impressive experience.

Live more in Sicamous and spend spring break exploring with this insightful stay local guide!

 

Eagle River Nature Trail

Eagle River Nature Trail is truly a Shuswap gem! This is an easy, super enjoyable, family-friendly, flat pathway with a series of well-marked loop trails. There are 6 kilometers of trails along the banks of the Eagle River. It is a beautiful and ancient old-growth stand of the cottonwoods, hemlock, and cedars. There are remnants of logging from the 1920s and 1930s here, where ginormous cedars were cut down, and now have become nurse stumps (feeding and giving life to the new growth). There are some charming boardwalks and bridges, and interpretive signage throughout. Visitors love the views and the opportunities to explore the colorful Eagle River and the little nature pond. Watch for the beautiful eagles fishing here! A great spectacle!

 

Sicamous Beach Nature Trails & RiverFront Nature Park

One of the best and all-encompassing waterfront community beach parks in the Shuswap! The adorable community garden beds, soon-to-be brand new washrooms, the little playground, splash park, picnic tables, and expansive waterfront access along the incredible Silver Sands beach treats families to an endless day in the sun beachcombing and playing! Sicamous RiverFront Nature Park is a family-friendly walking trail that pleasantly leads you through a beautiful forest of giant cottonwoods alongside the Eagle River.Or for a new view, follow the footpath under the bridge to The Main Street Landing, which is located at the traffic circle and offers a great paved waterfront path to stroll along and take in the shimmering water and lively marine views.

 

Sicamous Creek Falls

This short but sweet waterfall adventure is good for all levels, and surely the kids will love it! It is a well-maintained, recently upgraded, easy hike through a lush and dense forest. The canopy above is rich and diverse and provides welcoming shade on those hot Shuswap days! Sicamous Creek is a tributary to Mara Lake. Wonderful views of Mara Lake, the creek canyon, and beyond can be seen on the Lizard Trail, which is the same trailhead as the falls, and a large sign with a detailed map can be found here. Great amenities, scenic hiking, and easy roadside access make this a perfect spot to explore!

 

North Fork Wild

North Fork Wild is a beautiful family-friendly, well-planned trail network nestled within an incredible interior rainforest! It is a wondrous place to explore! The kids will enjoy the various wooden stairs, bridges, and boardwalks. The woodland is thick and lush of hemlock, yew, and cedar stands. Mosses and lichens cover the ground and mass boulders along this ecologically rich valley and ridge trail. Great views and easy access to the crystal clear Perry River are seen along the River Side Trail. North Fork Wild boasts sandy beaches, creeks, light marshlands, and the enchanting Lower Perry River Canyon. A springtime, local favorite!

 

These are only a small glimpse into the extensive trail system around Salmon Arm and Sicamous. Find your favorite or try them all!  Savor the beauty of the Shuswap and embrace the spirit of spring while engaging with your own community, connecting with nature, and exploring as a family!

By Sarah Tokarek
www.shuswapadventuregirl.ca

Please follow all health protocols and check for weather conditions. Tell someone where you’re planning to go and when you’ll be back and bring the basic outdoor safety equipment.


For complete directions and distances of all trails please review Shuswap Trail Alliance website.

Stay tuned for more on the Spring Break Trail Guide – Next week will be featuring the South and North Shuswap along with the Falkland, Enderby, Chase and Armstrong Areas. 

 

Ski and Snowshoe at Skmana Lake to your heart’s content

Nature lovers will swoon for the breathtaking views on the way to and from Skmana Lake whether you arrive via the North Shuswap’s Squilax Bridge or the bridge off Pine Street in downtown Chase.

Start your family day or valentines staycation with a hot drink and a yummy baked good either at the Inside Out Coffee House in Chase or Steamers Coffee Co in Sorrento. Then, make your way to Loakin-Bear Creek Rd for a 10 km drive up to the parking area of the recreation area maintained by the Skmana Ski and Snowshoe club.

The trails range from moderately easy to more difficult. Allow for a few hours to enjoy the 14 kms of x-c trails or the 3.5 kms of snowshoe trails taking you up, down and around with views of the mountain ranges above and the lake and wetlands below. There’s a rustic feel about it offering temporary seclusion and e

scape from the hurried and worried world not so far away.

Once you’ve explored to your heart’s content, you’ll surely be ready for a hearty bite to eat. If you’re headed back via Chase, consider the family fare at The Railside Restaurant in Chase (dine in and take out available) open Thursday to Monday from noon to 7PM. If you’re headed in the other direction, call ahead to Frankie’s Pizza in Sorrento and pick up a delicious hand tossed pizza

There’s something to be said for fresh air and scratch made meals. It warms the hearts and feeds the soul. If that’s not what family and love is about, what is?

Please follow all health protocols and check for weather conditions. Tell someone where you’re planning to go and when you’ll be back and bring the basic outdoor safety equipment. Trails use fee in effect. Always check for restaurant hours of service.

 

Photos Courtesy of Kirsten McDowell @kirs10mcd

Sweethearts in Sicamous

Are you and your love dreaming of the lazy days of summer, late breakfasts, visits to the beach, and multiple scoop ice cream cones?

Surely, you’re not alone. And, as it happens, you’re in luck.

While Sicamous’ typical summer buzz quiets in the winter months, their warm welcome is year round. Home to world class sledding in the hill tops, closer to shore also has plenty to offer to those seeking a more tranquil, and yes, romantic, change of pace.

Start with a hearty breakfast from the friendly folks at Joe Schmucks Roadhouse or G&G Kitchen and Tap. Afterwards head to Sicamous Public Beach, and stroll along the sandy shore taking in lovely views of Shuswap Lake. At the end of the beach, follow the trail markers and meander through the River Front Nature Park enjoying the giant cottonwood trees, bird life and calming sounds of the Eagle River. Although a modest two kilometre trail, a pair of binoculars and a healthy portion of patience will keep you awe inspired for some time.

And who made the rule you could only enjoy ice cream in summer? D. Dutchmen isn’t just a local dairy, it’s a local institution. While seasonal selection is more limited this time of year, there’s still plenty of goodness to enjoy, waffle cone or take away container, whatever suits you best.

So what could be better than a great meal, the great outdoors and a great big scoop of ice cream, all right here in the Shuswap? You can’t know if you don’t go see for yourself.

Please observe COVID protocols. Thank you for your kindness to front line service workers. If you’re heading out on any trail, be prepared and let someone know your route and destination plan.

Shuswap 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

It is December and the holiday season is here! With that brings the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping.  Browse and shop at our local boutiques and stores, they’ve got what you need and likely a little more. Our retailers are keen to meet your needs and offer a thoughtful selection of goods and goodies, clothing and footwear, gifts and books, housewares and art pieces, local favourites and holiday must haves.

We want to make shopping local easy for you this year, so we have put together the Shuswap 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for you below!

Salmon Arm -The holiday season is upon us and Salmon Arm boasts a city full of amazing shops with gifts to satisfy everyone on your list–naughty and nice!  If downtown shopping sparkles your interest, there are several promotions put on by our local Downtown Salmon Arm Association (DSA), and keep your eye out for special Elves walking around! DSA along with our local credit union, SASCU, are passing out $5 “Downtown Dollars” to people wandering the core.  These dollars can be spent at any of the participating downtown shops. With any luck, you might “Get Elfed” too!

South Shuswap – The South Shuswap Chamber of commerce has put together a Holiday Gift Giving Guide to help prepare you for the holiday season –uncover a treasure-trove of amazing items that everyone on your list will love. We are sure you will find something for even that most difficult person to buy for on your list. And, the best part is, many of these retailers are part of the Shop the South Shuswap Passport Campaign. Each time you visit participating retailers you will receive a stamp for your shopping passport. For every stamp earned you will receive one entry into the grand gift basket draw on January 31st, 2021.  Passports can be picked up at retailers listed on this link.

Passports can be dropped off into the entry box at Munro’s IDA until January 31.

North Shuswap – Will be sharing local business specials on their Facebook page over the next couple of weeks.  Make sure you check it out!

Sicamous & Area –  Check out the 12 Days of Christmas in Sicamous. The Sicamous & District Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre will be posting a new special each day and these will be shared on their Facebook page.

Enderby – Downtown Enderby is featuring their businesses virtually this year. Take a virtual tour of your favourite store on the Enderby Chamber’s YouTube channel. You can get a look at the stores and even place inquiries or set up prepaid, curbside pickup orders!

Also, the Chamber has its long-standing Enderbucks gift certificate promotion –  Contact the Chamber directly to get Enderbucks, which you can spend like cash at local retailers.

Armstrong & Spallumcheen – There is no lack of options from Armstrong and Spallumacheen this year.  Keep your eye on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page – everyday they will post ideas for small gifts and stocking stuffers. Also join them for a Social Media Scavenger Hunt (Merry & Bright [add link]). Finally, take advantage of the local holiday coupon book available for pick up at the Chamber office. While you are there check out the ‘pop up’ shop featuring many of the local artisans who have cancelled fairs and festivals.

 

Appetite for adventure – winter fun in Enderby and Armstrong

Ashton Creek’s very own Tundra Baird casts an enthusiast lens on the many outdoor winter activities in the Enderby and Armstrong area. The former television news videographer and now Enderby city councillor’s appetite for adventure includes a weekly hike up the Tplaqin Trail (Enderby Cliffs).

Be sure to pack your crampons come winter and grab a picnic lunch from Hungry Jacks on Main Street in Enderby. You’ll have earned yourself one of their hearty chocolate oat bars for your efforts. Right across the street is Tony Os Outfitters and Brad is the hiking boot expert you’ll need. Your feet will thank you.

Wind down at the Small Axe Road House on the banks of the Shuswap River and enjoy a hot toddy and their infamous “What the Cluck?!” burger. .

On quieter days, Baird and her family enjoy the serenity of the Thomas Hayes Ecological Park in Spallumcheen and the shorter hikes. Of course, since you’re just minutes away from Armstrong, an eggnog latte and gluten free bliss ball from The Wild Oak Cafe will hit the spot as you wander over to Monashee Outdoors for a great selection of goods and gear.

For a truly off-grid back to nature staycation, Tundra recommends the Mowat Cabin at Miska Haven Bed and Breakfast in her old stomping grounds of Ashton Creek reminding us that when we explore our own back yard, we better understand the true meaning of home.

 

By Louise Wallace-Richmond

Serendipity in Salmon Arm – Winter Wanders and Wonders

As the age old adage goes, wherever we roam, there’s no place like home. Such is clearly the case for Jesse Ziercke. Born and raised in Salmon Arm, at 18, his first job was as a bellman at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort. After some time working in Kamloops, Kelowna and Calgary, in 2019, he returned home with his young family, and now serves in the resort’s top job as General Manager.

Given his serendipitous career path, it’s no surprise to learn that Jesse is an avid hiker and his favourite winter activity is exploring the Shuswap Trail Alliances amazing network of local trails. “There are so many great ones. Take Little Mountain for example, you can do a quick 30 minute walk or spend a few hours doing the more challenging outer loop.” Whether exploring on his own or with his family in tow, he credits a good base layer, quality outerwear, and Keen footwear which explains his fondness for Wearabouts on Alexander Street. “Winter hiking is about comfort and warmth and they’ve got a great selection of clothing and gear.”

As for the “apres-hike”, Ziercke is a big fan of the Barley Station Brew Pub. “The Talking Dog Wit is the best and the appetizer selection means there’s something for everyone.” He adds that the take and bake options at the Shuswap Pie Company are fantastic.

His advice for future guests? “Explore a little longer.” The visitors who do are often surprised and delighted when they expand their horizons a bit. From amazing vineyards and farm markets, a compact and walkable downtown, unique merchants and great food (including Cafe Tasse, Don Cherrys Sports Grill and The Sandbar on site at the Prestige), if you just drive through on the way to somewhere else, you’re really missing out. There’s sure-fire serendipity in Salmon Arm every season of the year.

By Louise Wallace-Richmond

Find Your #MeTime in the Shuswap: 5 Ways to Start Your Year Off Right

There’s no denying our love for the holidays. Especially in the Shuswap, it’s a magical time of year when even the snowfall seems to make the season feel warmer, if only in our hearts. But for all their joy, the holidays can be equally exhausting.

With the new year comes an ideal time to unwind and recharge; to unplug and restore; to connect with nature, or the arts, and yourself. And, if you ask us, the Shuswap offers a spectacular winter wonderland where you can take some much-needed time to rejuvenate and get a head start on your new-found resolutions, whatever they may be.

 

 

Here, you can catch a break from the crowds and have a bit of nature all to yourself, taking all the time you need to recharge your spirit in peace. When it’s time to cozy up indoors, the cafes, restaurants, and wineries that shine bright in Shuswap’s soft winter light will be waiting for you, right among the comfy lakeside cabins and stretches of Nordic trails.

 

Here are 5 ways to enjoy some #MeTime in the Shuswap:

1. Stroll through the snowy trails of the Larch Hills Nordic Society

Few things revive the soul the way fresh air does. And the Shuswap has all you need to explore the great outdoors and reconnect with nature. At the Larch Hills Nordic Society, you’ll find more than 150 km of cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails.

With its first trails opened in 2005, all are mapped and maintained by volunteers who soften obstacles and post signs to keep you safe while you explore. The 16km of snowshoe trails can be connected to create unique loops that suit your preferred length, from short and easy to long and challenging.

2. Unwind with a glass of wine at an award-winning winery

Find a way to unwind among a snow-covered vineyard at one of seven wineries in the Shuswap region, which is considered one of the northernmost grape-growing areas in North America. Our unique microclimate above the 50th parallel brings sunny days and cool evenings that combine intense flavours with beautiful balance.

In the winter, you can make an appointment at tasting rooms throughout the Shuswap, where you can sample award-winning Gewürztraminers, Merlots, Ortegas, Rieslings, Siegerrebes made from locally sourced grapes. Visiting several of our family-run vineyards will set you out on a tasting tour that’s sure to delight all your senses. But be warned: picturesque views of snowy estates will make you want to stay and savour every moment in serenity.

3. Indulge all your senses at the Quaaout Lodge and Spa

If you’ve resolved to relax more this year, the Quaaout Lodge can help you hibernate while staying surrounded by wilderness. Owned and operated by the Little Shuswap First Nation, you’ll have a chance to experience cultural tours, local art, and events in and around the waterfront resort.

After surprising your tastebuds with a fresh, locally-inspired meal at Jack Sam’s lakefront restaurant, complete with breathtaking views of Shuswap Lake and snow-capped mountains, replenish your skin and your spirit at the Le7ke Spa. Set among First Nations-inspired design and décor, the luxurious beauty treatments, relaxation rituals, and infrared sauna will help you put your best foot forward when you head back outside.

You know what they say: new year, new you.

4. Stop for the pie and stay for the music at the Shuswap Pie Company

In order to recharge, you’ll need to refuel. And if #MeTime is about treating yourself, the Shuswap Pie Company is a foolproof place to start. They serve up small-batch, savoury and sweet pies, plus coffee and sandwiches, made from scratch using all-natural ingredients.

You can experiment with unique flavours like steak and stout or curried veggie, or stick with the classic chicken pot pie. And with a different lunch special every month, the menu is packed with the perfect comfort foods for warming up after your outdoor adventures.

And if you stay long enough to sample everything, you can dance it all off to live music.

5. Commune with your inner artist at a Salmon Arms Arts Centre exhibit

Keep your walking meditations going inside by getting in touch with your creative side. If you need a break from the cold, take some quiet time indoors to study the visual exhibits at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery, which houses works from local and touring artists in a heritage brick building in downtown Salmon Arm.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and its donation-based admission price means you can keep spreading the holiday cheer. At the main exhibit, In Dialogue with the Collection, you’ll discover a new perspective on historic works  from the Arts Council’s Community Art Collection, which will be paired with fifteen local artists.

Plus, intimate artist talks give you a unique opportunity to explore the arts up close.

However you choose to recharge this winter, one thing is certain: there is something in the Shuswap for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a place to play in the snow or somewhere to warm up afterward, you can always visit our activities and events calendar to find something that speaks to your longing for #MeTime.

Six Shuswap Cabins For A Romantic Winter Getaway

BC’s capital of cozy

The new year is already moving full steam ahead. Eager to slow it down and spend time with the people you love? Luckily, there’s no time like the present to hit the pause button and take your loved ones on a wintry weekend escape in the Shuswap.

Whether you enjoy exploring world-class trails together, reading books beside a fire, or savouring wintertime treats, winter in the Shuswap has everything you need to reconnect with the people who matter most. Here, you can take a moment to recenter yourself for the year ahead, make memories with your partner along the magical snowshoe trails, or reignite your romance in a cozy cabin as the snow falls.

Because every romantic winter getaway needs an amazing home base, we’ve picked just a sample of some of the coziest and coolest home bases in the Shuswap this winter.

Six Shuswap Cabins For A Romantic Winter Getaway

1. Owlhead Creek B&B

Open year round, Owlhead Creek is surrounded by 30 acres of forest, mountains, and all the wonder the Shuswap has to offer. Along with a shared kitchen, three spacious rooms come with private entrances and a hearty, homemade breakfast that will prepare you for any adventure.

And you won’t have to venture far to find one: near to several popular sledding areas, Owlhead also boasts their own toboggan hill, skating pond, and snowshoe trails where you can marvel at winter’s magic.

Six Shuswap Cabins For A Romantic Winter Getaway
Six Shuswap Cabins For A Romantic Winter Getaway

2. Tin Poppy Retreat

Nestled between Salmon Arm and Enderby, the Tin Poppy Retreat is home to deluxe, remote cabins you have to see to believe. Powered by solar, four unique houses sit on 160-acres of pristine Shuswap nature.

With one perched above the river, two secluded in a sanctuary of forest, and another retro-contemporary trailer, each of these quirky cabins offers an unbeatable way to experience both the awe of the outdoors and the charm of the winter season .

3. Last Spike Lodging

Located in Malakwa, Last Spike Lodging houses three spacious cabins ideal for a weekend getaway in any season. Each one includes two bedrooms, a bathroom, living room, kitchen, and drying room to safely store your snow-packed gear.

Set among the Shuswap’s majestic mountains, sledding country, and picturesque lake, Last Spike offers a heated shop for wrenching or drying sleds onsite, so you can confidently explore trails full of wildlife, waterfalls, and wondrous views before unwinding in a rustic winter cabin.

Six Shuswap Cabins For A Romantic Winter Getaway
Six Shuswap Cabins For A Romantic Winter Getaway

4. White Lake Cabins

In Sorrento, White Lake Cabins has four small homes designed to strengthen your offline connections. Sandwiched between forest and lake, their private beach and large dock are perfect for sipping your morning coffee or warming up in the afternoon sun.

Plus, their small, frozen lake puts ice skating at your doorstep. And the serene nature surroundings are ideal for anyone who loves setting off on a snowshoeing, x-country skiing, or sledding adventure, far away from everyday stress.

5. Prestige Harbourfront Resort

Situated in Salmon Arm, the Prestige Harbourfront Resort has space for everyone you want to bring along. 121 rooms, an indoor pool and hot tub, fitness centre, and spa rest along the banks of an estuary with sweeping views of the lake and the Bastion Mountains.

Only a short walk to downtown and the Salmon Arm Wharf, the upscale resort also offers two dining options and complimentary sports equipment, so you can easily spend a full day snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or skiing before returning to complete relaxation.

Six Shuswap Cabins For A Romantic Winter Getaway
Six Shuswap Cabins For A Romantic Winter Getaway

6. Noble House B&B

The Noble House is a Cape-Cod style B&B situated on two-and-a-half acres in the Spallumcheen Valley. Built on a quiet road at the foot of Rose Swanson Mountain, the property is surrounded by agricultural land near the Interior Provincial fairgrounds.

Four private rooms, and the option for a full suite, provide a base from which you can discover nearby nature, museums, and community theatre. And beyond exploring the outdoors, here you can cherish the tranquility of the Shuswap along with your favourite people.

No matter where you stay in the Shuswap or when you choose to visit, one thing is certain: there is something here for everyone. Make sure to visit our activities and events calendar to find something that lets you reconnect with all that matters most.