Friendly Falkland

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Beach vibes in Sicamous

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

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

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

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

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

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

Action Packed Enderby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Simply Delightful. A Saturday in Armstrong and Spallumcheen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Beautiful, Casual, Down to Earth – Welcome to the Shuswap

Beautiful, Casual, Down to Earth – Welcome to the Shuswap

Effective Thursday June 25, 2020, British Columbia is in Phase 3 of its Restart Plan which allows for smart, safe and respectful travel within the province.

Read all about us
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.

 

Call ahead

Our accommodators are keen to welcome you back but please book ahead of time. Private hotels, motels, BnBs, campgrounds and RV parks are open. Provincial park campsites are only available to BC residents this summer. The Shuswap is a popular destination and pre-booked accommodation is essential.

Pace yourself
We’re all keen to get out and about after a challenging few months. Pace yourself, take it slow, don’t try and pack it all into the same day. There’s plenty to see and do. Just take your time and enjoy it with less hustle and bustle.

Be patient
Our tourism providers have been working hard to provide goods and services in a safe and respectful manner whilst meeting health protocols. Things might have changed a little from your last visit. Just be patient. It’s worth the wait.

Take it outside
There’s no shortage of great outdoor spaces in the Shuswap. Consider it a healthy and safe option. Grab some takeout out or plan a picnic and visit a local park. Restaurants, bars and patios are open but at reduced capacity so get creative, have fun and try something new.

Wait your turn
Visitors are encouraged to make online reservations for attractions, amenities and activities. It reduces your wait time and everyone gets to do what they want when they want.

Keep a journal
If you’re new to the area, you’re going to see some great places. It’s always good to keep a journal of your Shuswap experience so you’ll know where to return next time and it never hurts to have a record of your travels in case you have concerns about infection reports.

Pack essentials
Bring the basics; a cooler for all the goodies, some folding chairs for the beach, PFDs if you’ll be on the water, prescriptions, sanitation supplies and reservation confirmations. While most parks, and trails, golf courses, wineries, farm stands and markets are fully operational, the modification means you’ll need to bring your own equipment and wash your hands before and after visiting.

Stay safe and healthy
Feeling a little under the weather? Best wait to feel your best before heading our way.
Health measures are in place at local businesses and amenities, including sanitation stations, reduced occupancy, social distancing and masks if the 2 metre distance cannot be maintained. There are limits on size of groups indoors and outdoors. As such, many public events have been cancelled in response to the health emergency. Consult local visitor centres or event listings for more information. Recent flooding also means some beaches and boat launches aren’t quite yet at their best. Practice water recreation safety and if you’re coming from another watershed, please clean and dry your boat to prevent the transmission of invasive water species.

Be kind
As Dr. Bonnie Henry has said, now is the time to be kind. A compliment and a kind word to one another goes a long way in making our summer more meaningful and more memorable.

 

Stay Informed

Twenty ways to celebrate our Shuswap Grads

To be a grad is rad

No less in 2020

To celebrate their worth

The options are a plenty

 

Get out and mark the moments

These students have achieved

A bright and happy future

In you we do believe

 

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 from Shuswap Tourism

 

Twenty ways to celebrate our Shuswap grads

 

  1. Sunday Brunch at Quaaout Lodge
  2. Night out at the Starlight Drive In in Enderby
  3. Charcuterie board and tasty pastry at Tanto Latte in Salmon Arm
  4. Sunset patio dinner at Finz Bar & Grill in Blind Bay
  5. Water access only grub from the Shark Shack on Shuswap Lake
  6. Visit the Farmstrong Cidery in Armstrong
  7. Grab some take out at The Rock Eatery in Falkland
  8. Sharezies at The Scotch Creek Hub
  9. Crepes at Cafe Tasse in Salmon Arm
  10. Burgers on the patio at Moose Mulligan’s Public Eatery in Sicamous
  11. River front dining at the Riverfront Pub in Enderby
  12. Buon Appetito at Andiamo Ristorante Italiano
  13. Fish and Chips at the Bayside Marina and Grill in Blind Bay
  14. Say ole to Cantina Vallarta in Salmon Arm
  15. Authentic greek cuisine at Stratis Mediterranean Grill in Sorrento
  16. Pizza for the gang at G&G Kitchen and Tap in Sicamous
  17. Cozy up (at a distance, of course) at The Burner Grille in Malakwa
  18. Check out the brand new Bistro 1460 at the Hilltop Inn in Salmon Arm
  19. Steak & Eggs at Tucker’s Restaurant in Armstrong
  20. Dinner at the Cattlemen’s Club Restaurant followed by a Cowboy Campfire at Historic O’Keefe Ranch

Golf the Shuswap

Golf the Shuswap.

 

It’s Father’s Day Weekend
So here’s to the dads

Fun days at the golf course

Are there to be had

Grab the clubs and the kids
And head out to the links

Stop in for a snack and a lovely cool drink

 

Anglemont Estates Golf Course – 7838 Golf Course Road, Anglemont

Enjoy a day out in Anglemont. Start by booking your tee time by calling (250) 955-2323 to golf the 9 hole public course open from dawn to dusk seven days a week. During the COVID health emergency, the shuttle service is not available from the marina. Visit their website for additional safety measures as you prepare for a great one day getaway.

Website: www.golfanglemont.com
Facebook: AnglemontEstatesGolfCourse

 

Cedar Heights Community Par 3 Golf Course – 2316 Lakeview Drive, Sorrento

This Par 3 course has undergone major improvements of late and is an ideal spot to get out with the kids and grandkids for a quick round. Up to two kids under 12 can play for free with a paying adult. Buy an annual membership or drop in. No tee time booking required.

Website: www.cedarheightscommunity.ca
Facebook: cedarheightscommunityassociation

 

Club Shuswap – 5751 Trans Canada Hwy NE, Salmon Arm

Affordable, friendly and centrally located on the TCH, the 27 hold executive course is now open 7:00 am to 7:00 pm seven days a week. The covered driving range and putting green are also open.

Website: http://www.clubshuswap.com
Facebook: ClubShuswap

 

Eagle River Golf & Country Club – 1450 Husky Frontage Road, Sicamous

Book your tee time at Eagle River Golf & Country Club voted the Shuswap’s Best nine hole course consisting of 6 Par 4s and 3 Par 3s. Call (250) 836-4454 or toll Free (800) 897-2281. There are full and partial service RV spots as well.

Website: www.eaglerivergolf.com

Facebook: Eagle River Golf Course

 

Hyde Mountain on Mara Lake Golf Course – 9851 Old Spallumcheen Road , Sicamous

Call the pro shop to book a tee time at (877) 677-4653 or book online. Enjoy lunch or dinner at the restaurant on their beautiful patio and enjoy the world-class view overlooking the stunning Mara Lake.

Website: www.hydemountain.com

Facebook: hydemountain

Instagram: hydemountaingolf

 

Mabel Lake Golf & Airpark – 3514 Mabel Lake Rd, Enderby

This unique par 36, 9 hole golf course has expansive transition areas, picturesque rock walls, challenging ponds and paved cart trails throughout. Well worth the drive out (or fly in). Check out their stay and play specials.

Website: www.mabellakegolf.com

Facebook: mabelLakeGolf

Instagram: mabellakegolf_

 

Salmon Arm Golf Course – 3641 Hwy 97B South, Salmon Arm

Named TripAdvisor’s #1 outdoor activity in Salmon Arm, choose from the 18 hole Championship course or the 9 hole Heritage course. The Ironwood Restaurant is open daily from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Website: www.salmonarmgolf.ca

Facebook: salmonarmgolf

Instagram: salmonarmgolfclub

 

Shuswap Lake Estates Golf & Country Club – 2404 Centennial Drive, Blind Bay

Come experience the 18 hole professionally designed championship course, with undulating greens, generous fairways and four beautiful lakes. Take out and to go service is available and the driving range is open. Book your tee time online. This Par 71 is great for first timers and regulars as well.

Website: www.shuswaplakeestates.com

Facebook: Shuswap Lake Estates Golf and Country Club

 

Shuswap National Golf Course – 6015 Shaw Road, Salmon Arm

Enjoy a bit of the British Isles in the beautiful Shuswap. Tee times can be booked through the app or online. Keep time to experience the National Kitchen and Patio overlooking the first tee.

Website: www.shuswapnational.com

Facebook: ShuswapNational

Instagram: shuswapnational

 

Sunshore Golf Course – 929 Hysop Road, Chase BC

This community-owned par 32, 9 hole course is the jewel of the village of Chase and is ideal and affordable for family fun. Book your tee time at (250) 679-302. Be sure to stop in at the Nineteenth Hole post game for a beverage, snack or light meal outdoors.

Website: www.sunshoregolf.ca

Facebook: sunshoregolf

 

Talking Rock Golf & Quaaout Lodge – 1663 Little Shuswap Lake Road, Chase

The pride of the Little Shuswap Indian Band opened in August 2007. On the shores of Little Shuswap Lake, it was named one of the top 20 public courses in 2019. The restaurant, spa and restaurant are open with health guidelines in place and they look forward to welcoming you back.

Website: www.quaaoutlodge.com
Facebook: QuaaoutLodge

Instagram: QuaaoutLodge

 

______________________
Louise Wallace Richmond
Mediability

Shuswap Farmers’ Markets – Visit your local farmers’ market

Shuswap Farmers’ Markets
Visit your local farmers’ market

 

Missing your trips into town

Where fresh veg and fruit does abound?

No fear is needed

Social distance is headed

The joy and support is profound!

 

Armstrong Farmers’ Market Saturdays, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, Fairgrounds

BC’s oldest farmers’ market is back in business at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. Saturdays from 9:00 am until 12:30 pm. Online shopping is also available. Check their website for produce availability.

 

Chase Farm & Craft Market Fridays, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Safety Mart Foods

Produce, plant, honey and craft vendors look forward to welcoming you back to the weekly Chase Farm & Craft Market as of Friday, June 12 from 10 am to 2 pm just next to Safety Mart Foods. See you there!

 

Enderby’s Farmers’ Market Fridays 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Splatsin Centre

Located in the parking lot of the iconic Splatsin Centre, select from amazing produce, wine,beer baked goods and more. A great way to start another Shuswap weekend.

 

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

In a new location for the 2020 season, take the trip out to Canoe in the Frog Friendly Wild Coffee parking Fridays between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm. Stick around for a walk in the Park Hill trails or a visit to Canoe Beach.

 

Downtown Salmon Arm Farmers’ Market Saturdays 9:00 am to 1:30 pm, Ross Street Plaza

In only its second year, the Downtown Salmon Arm Farmers’ Market has become a popular stop with locals and visitors alike. Check out the newly added Shuswap Box, a selection of market goodies selected, packed and conveniently ready for market pick up. Order online by visiting their website.

 

All Organic Farmers’ Market, online only with pick up at Uptown Askews, Salmon Arm,Wednesday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Conveniently shop at home from BC’s only all organic market. Visit this online store (https://www.localline.ca/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 2020 season. You can also order select products online through their website or Facebook page. Established in 2000, this market is a key community gathering place and they look forward to welcoming you back.

 

Celista Hall Farmers’ Market will welcome visitors again come July 1, 2020. Open Wednesdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

Farmstrong Cider Company in Armstrong will begin their market on Sunday’s from 12:00pm to 4:00pm in July and August.

 

Wind your way through the Shuswap Wineries, Part Two

Strong families
Like fine wine
Stay connected
By a vine

Wind your way through the Shuswap Wineries, Part Two

Monte Creek, Celista, Sunnybrae, Tappen and Silver Creek

Monte Creek Ranch Winery, Just 15 minutes west of Chase, Monte Creek Winery, has pioneer taste for adventure and as of June 3, the wine shop, tasting room and terrace restaurant have reopened daily from 11 am to 6 pm with COVID safety protocols in place. Maximum of 6 people per tasting room and reservations are highly recommended.
montecreekranch.com
Facebook: @montecreekranch
Instagram: @montecreekranch

Celista Estate Winery, Canada’s most northern grape winery is open daily from 11 am to 5 pm and is offering free local delivery.Wine tours have now resumed to twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 am. Limited availability and $5 per person, social distancing rules are in effect.
celistawine.com
Facebook: @celistaestatewinery
Instagram: @celistaestatewinery

Sunnybrae Vineyards & Winery,The Turner family is hard at work on this year’s wines and vines. While the tasting room is currently closed, curb side pick up is available (please call or e-mail 24 hours in advance) and their wines are widely available at local private liquor outlets and restaurants.
sunnybraewinery.com
Facebook: @sunnybraewinery
Instagram: @sunnybraewinery

Recline Ridge Winery,in Tappen Summer is always time for a Shuswap Celebration. Their delightful rose is the perfect accompaniment for a fresh air meal of fresh local produce. Their wine shop is open for subside pick from noon to 5pm daily. Please call 250 835-2212 or visit their online wine shop.
reclineridgewinery.com
Facebook: @reclineridge
Instagram: @reclineridgewinery

Ovino Winery, in Silver Creek It’s a family affair at Ovino Winery in the scenic Salmon Valley. The grapes bathe in the warm sun in sandy loam soils. And only grapes from the vineyard are used in the award-winning wine. Currently closed for tasting, please contact them online or by phone for curb side pick and delivery.
ovinowinery.com
Facebook: @ovinowinery1
Instagram: @ovinowinery

 

______________________
Louise Wallace Richmond
Mediability

Shuswap Wineries, Part One – Armstrong, Enderby, Grindrod and Salmon Arm

 

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 (baccataridgewinery@gmail.com) or visit their online shop at baccataridgewinery.ca/buy-wine-online

www.baccataridgewinery.ca
Facebook @baccataridgewinery
Instagram @baccataridgewinery

 

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. 

www.larchhillswinery.com
facebook @Larchhills
instagram @larchhillswineryandvineyard

 

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