Things To Do in Salmon Arm
There’s so much to do in Salmon Arm and the entire Shuswap Region. Whether you are coming to visit or are here to stay, you will love it here.
Salmon Arm And Shuswap Golf Courses
There are a variety of golf courses in the Shuswap and Salmon Arm area. Whether you live in the area, or are visiting, you can find plenty of opportunities to play.
Canoe Creek Golf Course
At over 7000 yards, Canoe Creek brings a bit of the British Isles to the Shuswap. The unique course features open fields, grass faced bunkers, very playable greens and beautiful water features. Having four sets of tees on each hole makes this course very playable for any level of golfer. The practice facility has a double-ended driving range with a CPGA Golf Academy at the far end. While long enough to challenge the world’s best golfers, Canoe Creek accommodates the recreational golfer too.
The Salmon Arm Golf Club
The award-winning Salmon Arm Golf Club is dominated by the dramatic backdrop of Mount Ida, an extinct volcano. The immaculate tees, fairways and greens of this championship 18-hole course meander along the mountainside in a links-style layout sculpted amid towering fir and pine trees. An executive-length, nine-hole course and Golf Academy are also on-site. End a perfect day of golf with a delicious meal at the Ironwood Restaurant. Salmon Arm pairs top-notch service with world class golf, earning it’s spot on the BC “must play” list.
Shuswap Lake Estates Golf Course
The professionally designed championship course offers well bunkered, undulating greens, generous fairways and four beautiful lakes. This scenic, par 72 course has three sets of tee boxes, providing a variety of challenges for both the accomplished and casual golfer. Practice facilities include a driving range, 2 practice greens, and practice sand bunkers. After your round relax with great food and drinks or a game of pool at either Duffers Den Lounge or The Log ‘N Hearth Restaurant.
Hyde Mountain on Mara Lake
Carved into a cliffside above the waters of Mara Lake, Hyde Mountain’s scenery is matched only by its playability. Dramatic elevation changes, phenomenal lake views and manicured tees, fairways and greens await golfers of all levels – as does the Golf Academy offering specialized programs for anyone looking to improve their skills. While at Hyde Mountain visit the restaurant for a bite to eat after your round, featuring breathtaking panoramic views from the patio.
Club Shuswap Golf & RV
Club Shuswap Golf & RV boasts an immaculately groomed 27 holes of executive golf in two very challenging and picturesque settings. From the rolling hills of the 9 hole “Coyote Ridge” course, to the spectacular scenery of the 18 hole “Lakeview Greens”, the natural and man-made hazards will intrigue even the most seasoned golfers.
Talking Rock Golf Course
Talking Rock Golf Course at Quaaout Lodge & Spa is set on the shores of Little Shuswap Lake. The course wanders through a mature, sandy forest setting and the unique design will take you through the Little Shuswap Indian Band Reserve’s diverse landscape. The 18th hole has you end your round along the beautiful shoreline of Little Shuswap Lake. The natural and rugged character of the course shines through as very little alteration was done, and will require strategy from players of all abilities.
Salmon Arm Arts & Culture
There is a thriving arts and culture scene in Salmon Arm. Music, art, theatre, and First Nations all play a role in the bustling scene here in the Shuswap.
Saga Public Art Gallery
The Art Gallery’s mission is to promote and develop the visual arts in the Shuswap Region through exhibitions, aesthetic and educational activities. The Art Gallery is run by a group of dedicated volunteers who are committed to community cultural development via the visual arts, and inclusive of all the arts where possible.
70 Hudson Ave NE, Salmon Arm, BC – Phone: (250)832-1170
R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum
A place where everyone, young and old, can take a step back in time and experience the rich history and heritage of Salmon Arm. Located on 40 acres of parkland come out and visit the many historic buildings on site, wander through the museum and see their fine collection of photographs and current historical displays, stroll the serene trails, or stop for tea at Marjorie’s Tea Room. During the summer months, stay and dine at the park’s popular dinner theatre ~ Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 5:30 pm throughout July & August (reservations a must!).
751 Hwy 97B, Salmon Arm, BC – Phone: (250)832-5243
White Post Auto Museum
Display of classic, custom and special interest vehicles and 100’s of parts. Go out and take a look at the “field of dreams” and show room, and if you find your next vehicle you may be in luck as many vehicles are for Sale by Owner.
4439 Trans Canada Hwy, Tappen, BC – Phone: (250)835-2224
Deep Creek Tool Museum
Extensive collection of antique tools, engines and equipment, some dating back to the early 1900’s. This one-of-a-kind museum is also home of the World’s Largest Lawnmower!
91 Deep Creek Road, off Hwy 97B – Phone: (250)832-2506
Agriculture is a big part of the history of Salmon Arm and Salmon Arm today. Many visitors and locals enjoy visiting the local farms and agricultural activities in the area.
A certified organic microbrewery, focusing on local and seasonal ingredients that they grow themselves at Left Fields farm in Sorrento. Producers of high quality Irish Ales that pride themselves in environmental responsibility by reusing or recycling all the brewery by-products. Tours by appointment, and when you’re there you need to try the multiple-award winning Backhand of God Stout!
706 Elson Rd, Sorrento, BC – Phone: (250)675-6847
DeMille’s Farm Market
Third generation family farm that specializes in retail and wholesale produce, home-grown and locally produced. Come for the delicious Shuswap produce, and stay for an ice-cream, and enjoy the Corn Maze, Petting Zoo & Picnic Area.
3710 10 Ave SW, Salmon Arm, BC – Phone: (250)832-7550
Grass Root Dairies
Artisan cheese and milk producers based right in Salmon Arm since 1983. Their cheeses contain no preservatives and only natural ingredients, and are made from milk produced by grass fed only cows. Over the years they have experimented with different types of cheeses and flavours. Their products can be found in many local grocery stores or stop by their farm for a tour.
1470 50 St SW, Salmon Arm, BC – Phone: (250)832-4274
Hanna & Hanna Orchards Farm Market
Hanna & Hanna Orchards Farm Market is a family-run farm and market offering a Garden Centre, gift shop and in-season BC fruit from mid-March until December 23rd. Stop by a take a wander through their gardens, taste samples of the 50 varieties of apples they grow and browse for a unique gift in the gift shop.
3181 11 Ave NE, Salmon Arm, BC – Phone: (250)832-4574
Shuswap Lake Haven Llama & Alpaca Farm
Llamas and alpacas, breeding stock, fibre, garments, farm visits, half day and multi day llama hikes and so much more.
6990 Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Road, Tappen, BC – Phone: (250)835-4512
Pedro’s Fruit Stand
Locally owned and operated since 1945, specializing in our own tree-ripened fruit and local vegetables. No irrigation or fertilizer is used in the production of our fruit.
3390 TC Hwy W, Salmon Arm, BC – Phone: (250) 832-4919
Shuswap Farm & Craft Market
The market has been in the area since 1975 and strives to promote the sale of quality local produce and plants, hand crafted items, and baking. The market is held behind Centenoka Mall (Corner of 5th & 5th) from April to October every Tuesday and Friday, 8:00am to 12:30pm. During the Winter the market is moved inside Centenoka Mall.
Salmon Arm Evening Market
The Shuswap Farm & Craft “In the Plaza” Market, located in the Ross Street Plaza. Featuring live music, and local food and craft vendors. Wednesday nights from June until September from 4:00 to 7:00.
Sorrento Village Farmer’s Market
The Sorrento Market is the place to be on a Saturday morning in the Shuswap. Offering up fresh local organic produce, fine baked goods, eggs, cut flowers, preserves; plus Shuswap artisans sell their wares and local musicians entertain. Located at Notch Hill Road and the Trans Canada Hwy from May to October, every Saturday from 8:00am to 12:00pm
People visit, live, and move to the Salmon Arm and Shuswap area because of the lake and the abundance of water activities. The following is just some of the fun that can be had on or near the water.
Visit Canoe Beach for a happy day on the beach, accessible by car or boat. There’s lots of sand and picnic tables, a children’s playground and the swimming is excellent. A long grassy and treed area is a favorite spot for evening picnickers. A short stroll from the beach will take you to a general store, coin laundry, and cafe. Walk a bit farther for a game of golf, pickleball or pitch and putt a nearby Club Shuswap.
A 10 minute walk into the falls with rock formations, streams, bridges and rich green plant life – the falls are magnificent – there is even a cave for the brave few to sit in to look through the falls back on to the onlookers. Located across from Herald Provincial Park.
Salmon Arm Water Slides
Salmon Arm Water Slides park contains 7 water slides, 2 hot tubs, a toddler pool and fountain. Enjoy a round of 9 hole mini golf, race some laps on the RC track with industry leading RC Trucks, shop at the gift shop, and try a few of the challenging games in the arcade. All complemented with some good food (hot & cold treats) from the concession.
Salmon Arm Recreation Centre
Swim in the 25 metre indoor pool, soak in the hot tub, warm up in a sauna, lift weights in the gym and let your kids play in the wading pool.
McGuire Lake Park
Picnic area with plenty of ducks and Geese to see. Watch for turtles!
An excellent place for the kids to play in the splash park or playground with picnic tables to have lunch.
Herald Provincial Park
Go for a cool swim, pack a picnic lunch, and walk to Margaret Falls.
Salmon Arm Bay Wharf
Long curved wharf – picnic area – bird watching. Boat launch, Marina, Rotary Peace Park, and Salmon Arm Nature Bay Trail
Salmon Arm is situated on Shuswap Lake with over 1000 km of shoreline – plus there are plenty of small lakes to get away to.
A variety of white water adventures available on the nearby Adams River
The Salmon Arm and Shuswap area provide a variety of recreational and outdoor activities to keep you busy in all four seasons. Whether you live in the area, are looking for real estate in Salmon Arm so that you can enjoy the Shuswap’s outdoor activities year round, or are planning a visit you will always find plenty to do in the great outdoors..
Nature Bay Activities
If hiking is in your vacation plans, try the delightful Shuswap trails in and around Salmon Arm. Begin by strolling along the waterfront nature trail and view anywhere up to 150 species of birds, from spring through fall. For a little more of nature’s ups and downs, hike through the many trails of Little Mountain Park, or make your way along the Rotary Club’s Turner Creek Trail. For a restful in-town stroll, follow the delightful pathways around McGuire Lake, with its glorious fountain, birds and dozing turtles. Rest near the community’s friendship gate, built by Japanese artisans in celebration of a 10-year association with Salmon Arm.
Hiking and Mountain Biking Plenty of trails for the amature to the enthusiast
Larch Hills Cross-country skiing at its best. Over 150 km of groomed trails for all skiers and wonderful hiking and mountain biking trails in the summer
Llama Trekking Enjoy a unique outdoor experience. Both half day and multi-day hikes available. Contact the Canadian Adventure company in Sunnybrae for details.
Forestry and Nursery Tours Forestry is one of the areas major industries. Plywood and Lumber mill, Woodland, and Nursery tours are available.
The Shuswap and Salmon Arm area is one of the most northern grape growing regions in North America, each nearby vineyard has their own distinct micro climate which gives each of the wines they produce special character. Vineyards are scattered throughout the area and all offer delicious wines and gorgeous scenery so be sure to take a visit.
Granite Creek Estate Wines
Granite Creek Estate Wines is a family owned and operated winery and vineyard located in the heart of beautiful Shuswap country. Surrounded by lush forests, mountains and of course Shuswap Lake, it all ads to the experience when dropping by for a wine tasting and tour. All of their wines are produced at their winery from 100% BC grapes, producing exquisite award winning handcrafted wines.
Larch Hills Winery
Larch Hills Winery is a land-based, family run vineyard and winery, owned by Jack and Hazel Manser. All of their product is proudly made from 100% British Columbia grapes, either from their main vineyard just south of Salmon Arm, or from contracted vineyards farther south in the Okanagan Valley. All of the wines are made and bottled on premises in Salmon Arm. They specialize in cool climate grape growing, and have varieties that are generally not available in other parts of BC, which makes their wines unique.
Recline Ridge Vineyards
Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery is family-owned and operated, nestled in the heart of the Shuswap Lake area of British Columbia. Their vineyards enjoy sun drenched days and cool evenings which maximizes varietal character and sets the stage for the production of award winning wines noted for their clean sound structure, intense flavours and perfect balance.
When traveling through the scenic Salmon Valley, between Salmon Arm and Vernon, you will find OVINO vineyards and winery perched on a bench well above the valley bottom. OVINO is a family production, with all hands on deck during harvest time as all their grapes are grown at the winery location.
Celista Estate Winery
Located on a 160-acre farm/vineyard in Celista, a small community perched on the north shore of Shuswap Lake. They have created 8 different award-winning wines that will delight your tastebuds. The Ootes’ have been making wines in the area since 2002 and are proud of the multi-award winning winery they have built.
Sunnybrae Vineyards & Winery
“Sunnybrae” is aptly named and boasts its own unique micro-climate…perfect for growing grapes. The meticulously groomed vineyard is nestled below Bastion Mountain on the magnificent Shuswap lake shoreline. The south sloping volcanic ash land basks in sunshine during daylight hours and enjoys cooling breezes in the evenings. Enjoy a delicious glass of wine on their tasting deck with views of Shuswap Lake and Mt. Ida.
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