Have a ‘little’ fun! Kid friendly outings in the Shuswap

The Shuswap is chock full of fun for kids of all ages. There’s old fashioned family fun to brand new adventures all within an hour’s drive.

 

On the Town

The Shuswap is so much more than beaches and boats. It will come as no surprise to our regular visitors that the beauty of this land inspires amazing stories and impressive talents. Get off on the lake on on the town with these tours, walks, exhibitions, live music events and theatre performances. Check websites for admission rates and hours of operation.

Secwepemc stories Sign up for a Quaaout Lodge Cultural Tour and experience the welcome of the Skwlax territory.

Listen up Sound Machines at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery features eight installations that explore the intersection of sound, voice, music and noise.

Dance (and shop) the night away The popular Music by the Bay on Thursday evenings on the waterfront at Centennial Field in Blind Bay now features an artisan market.

The art of summertime Enderby Arts Council presents Summer of Art Friday mornings and Saturday afternoons all season long.

Walk the walk Caravan Farm Theatre presents The Land Walks, three audio creations leading the listener on a 20 minute walk around the farm.

Tall tales and good eats Haney Heritage Village & Museum presents its ever popular Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre three night a week all summer.

Old Town Road Get to know another side of Sicamous and walk the heritage trail.

Blast from the past Car and motorbike fans will enjoy the vintage vehicle exhibits at White Post Auto Museum and Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum

Arts on the go Inclusive Arts in Downtown Salmon Arm has all things arts and crafts. Choose from a wide selection of take-out activity kits for the kids.

Bring the music home Wednesdays on the Wharf concerts in Salmon Arm have been a staple of summer evenings. This year’s sessions were pre-recorded and are now online for all to enjoy at your leisure.

Beat the Heat

We welcome you to Explore Shuswap again.  Book your getaway now and plan to travel safely and responsibly this summer.

The heart of the traditional territories of the Secwepemc, the “meeting of the waters”, the Shuswap is a place of gathering. We celebrate the pairing of meaningful experiences. Cycle to a vineyard or paint at the pub, paddle to the park, or hike to the hot spring. We live to explore. And every day with us means you’ll find a little more.

Our hosts and our guides, our chefs, brewmasters and vintners, our farmers, producers and shop owners look forward to welcoming you back. Immerse yourself in the stories told by our musicians, artists and actors, artisans and crafters. Meander our maps, our rivers and valleys, our mountains and meadows, our beaches, belvederes, parks and trails in a smart, safe and respectful way.

 

BEAT THE HEAT

Summer in the Shuswap is all about sunny days and starry nights and it comes with its fair share of heat. With above average temperatures in these early days of summer, here are ten outings to keep cool and have fun.

Pack up some water and snacks, hats and swim suits, sunscreen and towels, and enjoy everything under the Shuswap sun.

Wander to the waterfalls. Both Margaret Falls at Herald’s Provincial Park  and Syphon Falls  offer a refreshing reward for a short hike. 

Put it on ice. With over a dozen patios in Salmon Arm’s downtown, order your favourite iced coffee and enjoy the small city’s hustle and bustle.

Grab some grub at the Hub. Across from Shuswap Lake Provincial Park, this Scotch Creek institution is known for great food, local beer and live entertainment.

Walk the red wharf. At Memorial Park  a family friendly beach with playground and plenty of shade on beautiful Little Shuswap Lake.

Early birds hit the trails. A morning hike or bike will set the day on the right path.

Get fresh at the market. Many markets are held weekly across the Shuswap. Stock up on fresh fruit and veggies. New this year is the night market in Blind Bay on Thursdays at Centennial Field.

See it on the big (and bigger) screens. The Salmar Grand Theatre in Salmon Arm is a five screen cinema showing the latest block busters and the Starlight Drive-In in Enderby (North America’s biggest screen) has daily shows after dark.

A bridge over cool waters. Cross the 74 metre suspension bridge across Crazy Creek in the Eagle Valley just east of Sicamous.

Paddles up for lobster. You’ll have earned a legendary lobster roll from Top Jimmy’s Canoe Beach Cafe after a paddle up and down the beach.

Reach for new heights. The Gym of Rock at the Westgate Market in Salmon Arm is an all ages all ability indoor climbing facility with boulder inn and top rope areas.

3 Reasons Why The Shuswap Owns Social Distancing

While some places are known for their bustling streets and crazy nightlife, the Shuswap offers a quietly cool alternative that makes social distancing easy. The best part? You’re still guaranteed loads of fun. Surrounded by mountains, trails, lakes and beaches, you’ll find endless adventures and ample space around you to explore. Read on to find out why we’re the original masters of crowd management (since way before it was a thing). 

Shuswap Lake
Shuswap Lake

1. We’re the outdoor type.

Once you see our surroundings, you’ll understand why we prefer life outdoors. Trust us. You’re more likely to brush past a tree than a person when exploring the Shuswap. When visiting next, make sure to put these local outdoor pastimes on your to-list: 

  • Hiking or biking our nature trails. Winding over mountains and along lakes and rivers, we’ve got 700 kilometres of trails to explore. And because we’re all about bonding with friends, we’ve got trails to suit all kinds of abilities. Find out more here

  • Fishing on a quiet lake. We’ve got tons of waterways to explore by boat, if nothing else, you’re guaranteed to catch some classic memories. Try your luck at spots like Gardom Lake and White Lake.

  • Classic beach fun. Everything from good old-fashioned rock skipping to volleyball are enjoyed on our shores. At night, beach fires are a great way to bond with your bubble and stay toasty warm in the fall months. 

  • Movie night under the stars at Starlight Drive-In in Enderby (open May to September). 

  • Picnics in the park at spots like Sicamous Beach Park and Shuswap Lake Provincial Park. 

Gardom Lake
Gardom Lake

 

2. We don’t follow the crowd.

In the Shuswap, we’re not into the latest and greatest thing. The queues and crowds you tend to find at trendy bars, achingly cool boutiques and flashy restaurants don’t really interest us. Here’s how we’ve always had fun in our part of the world:

Larch Hills Winery
Larch Hills Winery

3. We keep it laid-back.  

Our idea of a good time is less about being seen, and more about being unseen. Less fanfare, more conversation and more connection is our motto. Here’s some of the ways we celebrate with our loved ones and make new memories in the Shuswap: 

 

Ready for your getaway away from the crowds? Here’s everything you need to know to plan your trip to the Shuswap.

3 Easy Ways To Find The Space That’s Right For You In The Shuswap

Feeling ready to ease back into adventure? We’d like to show you how easy it is to find a space that’s right for you here in the Shuswap. Whether you’re exploring our network of nature trails or grabbing coffee or a bite to eat, you won’t have any problems finding a peaceful spot to call your own. So get ready to stretch out your arms, take a deep breath and enjoy the space.  

Tin Poppy Retreat
Tin Poppy Retreat
Tin Poppy Retreat
Tin Poppy Retreat

Organise a cabin stay with your crew.

Heading to the Shuswap is the perfect way to get back into the things you love. With a range of cabins to choose from, it’s easy to enjoy a much-needed break without the fuss and hassle. Here’s a few options to consider for your next group getaway. 

It’s easy to see why we’re the masters of space at Tin Poppy Retreat. Located in the Larch Hills between the Shuswap and the North Okanagan valley, this solar powered retreat sits on 160 acres of property and has four unique and beautiful rentals. From Lavender House perched high above the Shuswap River, to the cozy quiet forest dwellings Violet Cabin and Wild Rose Cabin, to the retro space of Tin Poppy, there is a time and a space for everyone.

For something small, simple and breathtakingly beautiful, look no further than White Lake Cabins. Located on a hidden lake in the heart of the Shuswap, this is the perfect setting to ease back into adventure with your pals. Choose from one of four cabins and get ready to take in the great outdoors. Whether you want action or prefer to relax and soak in the autumn sun, no one will judge you here. Even better, there’s no wifi to connect to, only nature. 

White Lake Cabins
White Lake Cabins
White Lake Cabins
White Lake Cabins

Savour your food with a side of space.  

While we might be a social bunch here in the Shuswap, we also appreciate our personal space! See what it’s like to sip your coffee or enjoy a bite to eat without the chaos and queues at these laid-back spots. First up, make a stop at Wild Oak Cafe. With its beautiful garden, patio space, comfy chairs and local artworks, it strikes the right balance between cozy, cool and airy. Plus, if you’re planning a day exploring our trails, there’s a bike rack outfront for your convenience. There’s plenty of options for lunch too. Check out Spinnaker Cafe in South Shuswap, Craig’s Bakery in Chase or keep it light at Smudge Whole Food Noshery. For a drink or two, enjoy the impressive space at Farmstrong Cider Company. Featuring long wooden tables and a pitched barn roof, it’s a great spot to unwind while maintaining social distance. 

Tip: To bond with your bubble at our many great restaurants, remember to call ahead to check with each establishment for operating times and new protocols.

Explore the big outdoors at your own pace.  

There’s more than enough space for everyone, so you can well and truly take your time exploring our natural wonders. With tons of lakes and rivers to explore, you’re never far from the water here in the Shuswap. Enjoy an early morning stand up paddle, a spot of fishing, some canoe camping or kayak across our peaceful waterways. Home to 1,000 km (600 mi) of shoreline, Lake Shuswap is also famous for beach adventures and spacious lakeside eateries like Finz Bar & Grill. If hiking and biking is more your style, our vast trail network is waiting for you. Connecting our 7 regions, there’s enough trails to suit all kinds of abilities. Pick a trail or two and make new memories with your crew. 

White Lake
White Lake
Salmon Arm Nature Trail
Salmon Arm Nature Trail

Made space to plan your Shuswap getaway yet? Here’s everything you need to know to plan your trip. 

Shuswap Farmers Markets

What’s on your market list for the season?

Here’s a round up of local farmers markets in the Shuswap. COVID protocols are in place and new for 2021 is the addition of craft vendors. Community markets are a great way to show your support for local businesses, better get to know your community and enjoy the great outdoors. The most difficult challenge will be how big a basket you’ll need to bring for all the goodies you bring home.

If you can’t be with us in the Shuswap quite yet, please check out the comprehensive list of BC Farmers Markets at the bcfarmersmarkettrail.ca We promise they’ll be plenty to share when the time is right to join us.

Stay safe and support a local farmers market.

Armstrong Farmers Market

Saturdays, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, Fairgrounds

BC’s oldest farmers market is held every Saturdays at the IPE Fairgrounds from 9:00 am until 12:30 pm.

 

Chase Farm & Craft Market

Fridays, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, next to Home Hardware

Produce, plant, honey and craft vendors welcome you weekly at the Chase Farm & Craft Market as of Friday, May 21  from 10 am to 2 pm just next to Safety Mart Foods. See you there!

 

Enderby’s Farmers Market
Fridays 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, Downtown Enderby

New location for 2021. At Cliff Avenue & Belvedere, select from amazing produce, wine, beer baked goods and more on every Friday morning. A great way to start any Shuswap weekend.

 

Salmon Arm Community Market
Fridays 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, Canoe Beach Drive & 50th Street NE

The 2021 season is open in Canoe at the Frog Friendly Wild Coffee parking between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm on Fridays.

 

Downtown Salmon Arm Farmers Market

Saturdays 9:00 am to 1:30 pm, Ross Street Plaza

The Downtown Salmon Arm Farmers Market is back and as popular as before. Visit the Ross Street Plaza and Parking Lot on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

All Organic Farmers Market,

Currently online pick up orders only Wednesday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Opens June 16 for the season on Wednesday at Uptown Askews from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The Market will be back at the Askews Uptown as of June 16. For the time being, conveniently shop at home from BC’s only all organic market. and your order will be delivered to Askews Uptown on Wednesdays between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Please order before 7:00 am on Wednesdays.

 

Sorrento Village Farmers Market, Sorrento Shoppers Plaza
Saturdays, 8:00 am to 12:00pm

The Sorrento Village Farmers Market is back up and running for the 2021 season. You can also order select products online through their website or Facebook page.

 

The Scotch Creek Farmers Market will welcome visitors again come June 20 on every Sunday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.

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