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About Salmon Arm and the Communities in the Shuswap

About Salmon Arm

The City of Salmon Arm believes a strong community is worth working for, and we pride ourselves in the fact that Salmon Arm provides residents, investors and visitors alike with a growing and unique business and community environment.

With a positive and progressive attitude toward our thriving business community, Salmon Arm welcomes new business and clean industry.

With a population of over 17,000, Salmon Arm is the largest community within the Shuswap Lake system, and is the commercial hub of a fast-growing trading area in excess of 50,000. 


 

Salmon Arm’s economy is a diverse mixture of forestry, agriculture, tourism, commerce and manufacturing.


 

The Okanagan College is a strong contributor and catalyst to our steady growth and prosperity.

Salmon Arm is situated at the most southern point of the Shuswap Lake, in the heart of beautiful British Columbia.


 

Located on the Trans Canada Highway approximately halfway between Calgary and Vancouver, Salmon Arm offers unparalleled transportation routes for shipping or travel.

Our mild four-season climate, outstanding natural beauty, clean waterways, abundant green space and pristine provincial parks have established the Shuswap as a world famous recreation area.


 

Salmon Arm also sustains a flourishing cultural community, providing a dazzling array of opportunities for enjoyment and participation by residents and visitors alike.


 

Salmon Arm offers amenities that are normally associated with much larger population centres; the twin-sheet ice arena, community centre, extensive outdoor sports facilities, theatres, activity centres and outstanding educational and health facilities that all contribute to the exceptional quality of life enjoyed here.


 

Newcomers and expanding businesses are impressed with Salmon Arm’s growing sophistication, competitiveness and comprehensive infrastructure.

Whether you are considering relocation, travel, business start-up or expansion ~ the City of Salmon Arm has it all!

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Communities in the Shuswap area

Blind Bay

An unincorporated community located on the bay of the same name. Located at the southwest end of Shuswap Lake, 29 km (18 mi) northwest of Salmon Arm and 6 km (4 mi) east of Sorrento. The bay, centrally located in the beautiful South Shuswap area with surrounding mountain ranges offers a natural setting with stunning lake views. The South Shuswap is a retirement community and has a large population over the age of 55.

Notable establishments in the community include: Shuswap Lake Estates Golf & Country Club, Shuswap Marina, breathtaking Shuswap Lake Provincial Park, White Lake Provincial Park and a highly popular annual Canada Day celebration with activities and enjoyment for the entire family including evening fireworks.

Neighbouring Communities: Balmoral, Eagle Bay, Notch Hill, Tappen, Salmon Arm, Sorrento, Sunny Brae, White Lake

Things to do in Sorrento: Fishing,Boating, Kayaking, Hiking, Swimming, Water sports, Camping, Horseback riding, Snow Shoeing, Skiing, Sledding, Ice Fishing, Camping

 

Celista

Celista is a small town set amongst picturesque backdrops on the north shores of the Shuswap Lake. The local school is North Shuswap Elementary school, which has grades one to seven and has an annual enrollment of just over 100 students. This region teems with outdoor adventure activities such as hiking, mountain biking, golfing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, and of course, there are the water sports as well. In recent years the exploding tourism industry has taken over and the majority of the residences are now owned for summer use only. Residents will be quick to tell visitors that summer days are best spent boating, swimming and fishing in the clear waters of Shuswap Lake.

Notable establishments within the community include: Celista Hall, (used to host local meetings and a display of local musical talent), Celista Estate Winery, Kokopelli Internet Café, Sunnyside Supermarket, Naomi’s Beads and Sun Beach Water Sports Equipment. There is also a community skating rink during the winter on Meadow Creek Road, and is home to the world-famous Sockeye salmon run on the Adams River.

Neighbouring Communities: Anglemont, Lee Creek, Magna Bay, Scotch Creek, St. Ives

Things to do in Celista:, Fishing, Boating, Kayaking, Hiking, Swimming, Water sports, Camping

 

Eagle Bay

A small community located on the Shuswap Highland Peninsula on the southern shore of Shuswap Lake. The community is situated across the lake from Crowfoot Mountain on the southern shore of Shuswap Lake. It is 24 kilometres east of Sorrento. In Eagle Bay you can enjoy the best of the shores of Shuswap Lake as well as the majestic Monashee Mountains and Cascade Falls water fall right in your back yard.

Notable establishments in the community include: Eagle Bay Camp, Adirondack Saddle Tours, and Eagle Bay Hall that hosts local live music the 4th Saturday of each month from May to September.

Neighbouring Communities: Blind Bay, Balmoral, Notch Hill, Tappen, Salmon Arm, Sorrento, Sunny Brae, White Lake

Things to do in Eagle Bay: Fishing, Boating, Kayaking, Hiking, Swimming, Water sports, Camping, Snow Shoeing, Skiing, Sledding, Ice Fishing, Camping

 

Notch Hill

Step into the history of the Shuswap on Notch Hill! This unique community was once the main route of travel prior to the build of the Trans Canada Highway, and still offers a beautiful lifestyle opportunity, or a great place for a visit. In Notch Hill, you will find heritage buildings standing the tests of time including, Notch Hill Hall, the White Church, and a one room school house. The Notch Hill Hall was built in 1909 by pioneers of the Shuswap, and remains open all year round serving the community as a great space for weddings, gatherings, activity groups, craft fairs, youth clubs, and theatrical productions.

Notable establishments in the community include: Notch Hill Hall, White Church, Notch Hill Park, Notch Hill School House, Notch Hill Organics

Neighbouring Communities: Blind Bay, Balmoral, Eagle Bay, Tappen, Salmon Arm, Sunny Brae, White Lake

Things to do in Eagle Bay: Fishing, Boating, Kayaking, Hiking, Swimming, Water sports, Camping, Snow Shoeing, Skiing, Sledding, Ice Fishing, Camping

 

Scotch Creek

Scotch Creek is located on the northern shore of Shuswap Lake 28 km (17 mi) east of Chase.

The small town is located on the north shore of Shuswap Lake, and is home to one of the most popular parks in the province of British Columbia, Shuswap Lake Provincial Park. Shuswap Provincial Park lies on the old delta of Scotch Creek. This popular tourist destination has one kilometer (.6mi) of sandy beach, a large grass recreation area, a boat launch and a self-guiding nature trail.

Notable establishments within the community include: BeTeased Food Truck, Copper Island Inn-Pub and Motel, Scotch Creek Family Fun Centre and a seasonal Friday evening farm and craft market that features local treasures and live entertainment weekly.

Neighbouring Communities: Anglemont, Celista, Lee Creek, Magna Bay, St. Ives

Things to do in Scotch Creek: Fishing, Boating, Kayaking, Hiking, Swimming, Water sports, Camping

 

Sorrento

Sorrento is an unincorporated community perched on the south shore of beautiful Shuswap Lake, 28 km west of Salmon Arm and 80 km east of Kamloops. Long renowned for its recreation and retirement lifestyle, the area has an outstanding artisan community, fabulous lake fishing, water sports and boating, scenic green landscapes, specialty, hobby and traditional farming.

Notable establishments in the community include: Sorrento Village Farmers’ Market Saturday mornings from May through Thanksgiving, Crannog Ales (the only certified organic brewery in Canada), Recline Ridge Winery, Sorrento Center; which hosts the weeklong Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts, as well as hosts the Sorrento Blue Grass Festival in August.

Neighbouring Communities: Blind Bay, Balmoral, Eagle Bay, Notch Hill, Tappen, Salmon Arm, Sunny Brae, White Lake

Things to do in Sorrento: Fishing, Boating, Kayaking, Hiking, Swimming, Water sports, Camping, Snow Shoeing, Skiing, Sledding, Ice Fishing, Camping

 

Sicamous

Conveniently located on the shores of two beautiful lakes; Mara Lake and Shuswap Lake Sicamous has earned the title of House boating Capital of Canada.

Both these lakes offer a wide variety of activities for the BC summer visitor, from swimming and water skiing to house boating and exploring. The area surrounding both Shuswap Lake and Mara Lake has an abundance of mountains, lush valleys and rivers to explore; a wide variety of fish and wildlife that can be seen at various times of the year in the more remote areas.

Notable establishments in the community include: BlueWater House Boat Vacations, Twin Anchors House Boat Vacations, Water Way House Boat Vacations, Bahama Johns Seafood and Rib Shack, Moose Mulligan’s, D Dutchman Dairy, Eagle River Golf & Country Club, and Hyde Mountain Golf Course.

Neighbouring Communities: Salmon Arm, Malakwa, Mara Lake, Grinrod, Revelstoke

 

Tappen

Beautiful open spaces and fresh clean air make Tappen a great place to call home. Tappen is across the lake from Salmon Arm, just off the Trans Canada Highway. Being an agricultraul community by nature, here you will find open pastures with large acreages and hobby farms. This rural area rests in a quiet mountain valley while still resting close to the shores of Shuswap Lake.

Notable establishments in the community include: Sweet Acres Apiaries, Tappen Co-op

Neighbouring Communities: Blind Bay, Balmoral, Eagle Bay, Notch Hill, Salmon Arm, Sorrento, Sunny Brae

 

White Lake

Nestled in British Columbia’s scenic mountains, some twenty-two kilometres north of Salmon Arm, and about seven kilometres north-east off the Trans-Canada Highway on White Lake Road, you will find White Lake and Little White Lake. White Lake has crystal clear water, large areas of marl shoals and Rainbow Trout Nestled in British Columbia’s scenic mountains, some twenty-two kilometres north of Salmon Arm, and about seven kilometres north-east off the Trans-Canada Highway on White Lake Road, you will find White Lake and Little White Lakeknown to exceed ten pounds. The combination of those attributes that have built the lake a reputation for excellent recreational rainbow trout fishing – it is one of the top three angling lakes in the province in terms of angler days. White Lake is popular for fly fishing and trolling in the summer, and also for ice fishing during the winter. The Western Painted Turtle is the only native pond turtle left in British Columbia and therefore makes up an important component of the Lake’s biodiversity. Painted Turtles typically occupy the shallow water zones of ponds, lakes, sloughs and slow moving streams. A dirt road runs the length of the lake along the north side. About half way down the lake is White Lake Provincial Park.

Notable establishments in the community include: White Lake Organics, Cedar Grove Nature Retreat, White Lake Community Hall, Sunny Shore Fishing Resort.

Neighbouring Communities: Blind Bay, Balmoral, Eagle Bay, Tappen, Salmon Arm, Sorrento, Sunny Brae