The world has changed That much we know The grapes however, still will grow The sun will rise The rain will fall The wine still flows despite it all
Shuswap Wineries, Part One – Armstrong, Enderby, Grindrod and Salmon Arm
By Louise Wallace Richmond
It’s a sunny Saturday in the early days of another Shuswap summer. While we aren’t able to welcome as many visitors as we’re used to, we can most certainly support our amazing tourism businesses as they navigate these challenging times. You can also support them online through liking and sharing their social media posts on Facebook, Twitter and, or Instagram.
First in this weekly series, we feature our amazing wineries all of which are operational and offering a variety of on site, community markets and curb side or delivery options. This week we visit Armstrong, Enderby, Grindrod and Salmon Arm.
Edge of the Earth Vineyards in Armstrong will be on site at the weekly farmer’s markets in Armstrong and Enderby. If you can’t make it there, please call their landline (250-546-2164) and they will make safe arrangements to deliver to you. They’ve already bottled the bubbly for when we can celebrate together again. www.edgeearth.ca facebook @edgeoftheearthvineyard
Baccata Ridge Winery in Grindrod, is known for its red, blush, and blueberry wines as well as its mead. The wine shop now open for tastings in addition to pre-ordered curb site pick up and orders can be placed by phone (250-517-7051) or by e-mail ([email protected]) or visit their online shop at baccataridgewinery.ca/buy-wine-online
Waterside Vineyard & Winery in Enderby is offering a 6 bottle Quarantine In Home Tasting Set delivered to your home; 3 whites, 1 rose, 2 reds and many a lovely Shuswap sunset to enjoy. The store is open for wine sales, curb side pick up and delivery is available. www.watersidewinery.com facebook @WatersideWinery instagram @watersidevineyard
Larch Hills Winery and Vineyard in Salmon Arm is North America’s highest elevated winery and the drive up is nearly as stunning as the view from the top. Their wine shop is open daily from 9 to 5 for sales and tasting respecting social distancing measures. Curb side delivery is also available.
Marionette Winery in Salmon Arm’s online wine shop is open. You can call for delivery or arrange for pick up if you live nearby. Check out vintner Jamie’s video blog to enjoy a virtual wine tasting experience from the comfort of your living room. marionettewinery.com facebook: @marionettewinery instagram: @marionettewinery
Shuswap Tourism is striving to ensure Shuswap region businesses and visitors have the information and resources they need to make informed decisions. With that in mind, we have compiled the below information sources that will be updated as this situation evolves.
Travel Advisory Only Canadian citizens, diplomats, crew and immediate family members of citizens are allowed entry to Canada. New restrictions may be imposed with little warning. For the latest travel advisories visit the Government of Canada website.
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.
I’m Jody Shakespeare, resident Shuswap-ian (is that a word?!) entrepreneur and lover of lake life! My husband and I moved to this region just 2 years ago and we are so taken by the community we’re blessed to have become a part of. Living on the lake is pretty dreamy and we love exploring and supporting local. So when Shuswap Tourism asked if I could put something together on amazing Shuswap venues – obviously I said yes.
Let’s face it: the Shuswap is a beauty place to be all 4 seasons, which means finding a rad place to host some friends or hold a special event can be overwhelming: it’s so darned gorgeous! I set out to capture just a couple amazing venues that promise breathtaking views, cool hangouts and laid-back vibes. Know that this list is far from complete. My recommendation? Get out, be inspired and enjoy!
Situated on White Lake, White Lake Cabins not only boasts an incredible lakefront escape but they offer a digital detox! Encouraging their guests to get outside to soak in the backdrop, to play in the lake and to connect with your humans…this isn’t just proverbial here: you can’t help it when there’s no Netflix, no Insta and no reason to keep clutching your phone! WLC has 4 private cabins for extended stays, and frequently hosts weddings in their beautiful spot on the planet. https://www.whitelakecabins.com/
With a stunning post-and-beam barn and a lookout of the Salmon River Valley and Shuswap Lake unlike any other, Dolan Creek is the kind of place country singers sing about…but the good country songs…the ones about driving down dirt roads and swimming in rivers and sunsets you never forget. If you dream of dining under the stars with rolling hills around you, Dolan Creek is definitely the place you need to head to! https://www.dolancreekfarm.ca/
Whether you’re looking to enjoy a cool sip of locally pressed cider in an eye-catching tasting room, or seeking out a unique spot to get hitched, Farmstrong in Armstrong offers a picturesque background that promises to leave you humbled by its beauty. Don’t forget to check out the original cider press they have showcased in their tasting room! These guys are also hosting an Artisan & Farmers Market every Sunday from July 7 – August 25, 2019 from 11 – 3 and we can’t wait to have another excuse to visit them! http://farmstrongcider.com/
Breathtaking. That’s what you need to know about the space at Rustic Wedding. A highly personal touch is what Karen, Laura & Candice bring to every single event they host here. Inspired by the mountains they call home, Rustic Wedding is known for their exquisite taste, stunning barn and unparalleled experience. Rustic is certainly in their name, but these events are nothing short of lavish! Keep an eye out for greenery workshops in the winter, as the property is also home to a tree farm. I got to do one of those this winter and it was so rad to cozy up next to the wood-burning oven and build some festive decorations! http://rusticwedding.ca/index.php/home-page/
If you haven’t caught on yet: the Shuswap offers an incredible natural backdrop for venues of all types to be inspired by. Quaaout is no exception. Recently having undergone a jaw-dropping renovation, playing host to BC Member’s Choice award winner Talking Rock Golf Resort, and a luxurious spa and let’s not forget an impressive dining experience with Chef Whittaker, you cannot go wrong spending a day or coordinating an event at Quaaout! Go for 18, book a massage, stay for dinner and then settle in for the night, you won’t regret it! http://www.quaaoutlodge.com/
If beautiful delicious food in a comfortable restaurant is your jam, The Rock Eatery in Falkland is a food-lovers destination! Situated on Hwy 97, you’ll wanna book reservations in advance of making the (well rewarded) trek: these guys are so good they only do resos no walk-ins (you’ve been warned). Chef LaRoche, a culinary genius, is constantly changing up the menu to showcase seasonal flavors. We LOVE their cute space with chalkboard art. Be sure to save room for desert: you can thank me later! https://www.facebook.com/therockeatery1/
Looking for a stunning spot to visit in the Fall? Harpur Farm & Pumpkin Patch will get you into the Autumn-spirit and can hook you up with all the pumpkins you need to get festive complete with hayride and resident goats! Frequently, they play host to farm to table dinners: I’m SO sad I missed these last year. We did visit Harpur this fall for our pumpkins and were completely taken by its charm! http://www.harpurfarm.ca/
Sometimes, you just need a small, casual venue with a killer location! Top Jimmy’s is an adorable lil burger and ice-cream shack situated on Canoe Beach offering great home style eats ON the beach. I’m not pulling your leg or exaggerating: this small café with deck is actually sitting right on the beach! Jim & Joyce are the most welcoming hosts: so whether you’re visiting Canoe, driving through or coming by boat (yup, there’s a dock!), be sure to stop and say hello at Top Jimmy’s! https://www.facebook.com/canoebeachcafe.ca/
Whether you live in the Shuswap year round, or are visiting for the season sometimes you have the perfect venue in your own backyard! My husband and I created The Tapped Truck when we thought about all of the amazing venues and special events hosted in the Shuswap…and how much better they would be if we could be sipping on libations inspired by the very backdrop we love so much! The Tapped Truck can bring local beer, cider, kombucha…anything in a keg, on tap to the venue you chose (even if it literally is your backyard!). We know you wanna get #tappedintheshu! https://www.thetappedtruck.com/
With the lake, the mountains, running rivers, wildlife, spectacular sunrise & sunsets, rolling hills and picturesque farms it’s no wonder you found yourself in the Shuswap. I hope that no matter what venue you choose to spend your time or where you plan your special event you take a few moments to look up, soak it in and have some fun.
From Tourism Shuswap: Fresh off their “Public Choice: win at #Launchapreneur, Jody and her husband are the proud owners of The Tapped Truck. Look out for Jody and “Jewels” to be travelling the Shuswap this summer!
Winter in the Shuswap offers winter adventure at a calmer pace than you might find at a busy ski hill and there’s no shortage of adventures here. You can take your youngest on his or her first sled ride, your grandparents for a walk on their favourite Nordic trail or try fat biking all together for the first time. In this relaxed environment, there are plenty of ways for families of all ages and sizes to make memories in the fresh snowfall. So even as time flies, you can look back fondly on your time together.
5 ways to make memories with your family in the Shuswap this winter:
On the more adventurous side, and if your kids are a little older, sledding is one of the best ways to take in long stretches of the Shuswap’s winter wonderland—and it’s fun for the whole family. Nestled in Eagle Valley, Sicamous is home to some of the best-known alpine trails and breathtaking lake views.
Here, four carefully groomed areas cover a broad range of terrain to accommodate beginners and experts alike. And when you’re ready for a break, all four have a cozy cabin where you can warm up after a day out on the trails.
Whether you prefer to move on wheels or on foot, the Larch Hills Nordic Society has something for everyone. With more than 170km of multi-purpose trails, you can walk, snowshoe, ski, or bike through the heart of the Shuswap wilderness.
If you don’t have the equipment, don’t worry. Skookum Cycle and Ski has everything you need, including fat bikes—bikes with wider, oversized tires designed to handle snowy trails with ease. Every activity is an opportunity to fill the fresh mountain air with love and laughter. Surely the hardest part of your family vacation will be deciding where to go first.
3. Winter Festivals
Savour every extra moment of the long family weekend with an exciting Winter Festival. The North Shuswap Family Weekend Winter Festival offers exciting activities for the whole family, starting on Saturday with an all-ages curling tournament, snow sculpting, and a family skate. And don’t forget the Sunday Funday events like bed races, storytelling, archery, and a family dance party.
Meanwhile, the Sicamous Winter Carnival boasts its own list of family-friendly attractions. Here you’ll find everything from a Polar Bear Dip at Beach Park to Hot Air Balloon Rides, Snow Golf, and a Family Winter Triathlon at Finlayson Park. This weekend was made for taking your family out, either to try something new or just to spend time together. Join us in the Shuswap to see how the snow brings out the fun in everyone.
When the day winds down and you want to take your family time inside, look no further than the Shuswap Coffeehouse Open Mic Circuit. All across the region, our family-friendly community centres take turns hosting feel-good, community-focused events that bring people together. Treat yourself to any one of the spectacular shows, starting between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m., all the way from Enderby Drill Hall and Celista Community Hall to Eagle Bay Community Hall and Revelstoke. Check the calendar of events to see when one is happening near you!
A treat for all your senses, most venues sell affordable coffee and snacks alongside a lineup of local musicians and artists in a unique setting where you can get to know the people who call the Shuswap home. Come out to enjoy an evening of entertainment and socialize with a vibrant, artistic community at one of many historic Shuswap sites. Every coffeehouse is an experience for your whole family to remember!
If you ask us, no outdoor experience is complete without a warm soak. After a fun-filled adventure, treat your family to a relaxed spa experience at the Crazy Creek Resort. Next to the Crazy Creek waterfalls in Revelstoke, their hot, mineral-rich pools are filled from a well at the base of Eagle Pass Mountain.
Whether you stay just an hour or several days, you and your family can splash around in glacial blue water while revelling in the majesty of the surrounding mountains and the peace that comes with nature in the Shuswap. By the time you leave, your whole family will be rejuvenated and ready to tackle whatever comes next.
No matter what your family enjoys, one thing is certain: spending a winter weekend in the Shuswap will leave you with memories for a lifetime. Whether you’re looking for a place to play in the snow or somewhere to warm up afterwards, you can always visit our activities and events calendar to find something that speaks to your sense of adventure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.