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Salmon Arm [1] is a city in the Shuswap region of British Columbia. It is a popular summer destination with its lakeside setting and beaches.

Get in

By car

Salmon Arm is located on Trans-Canada Highway 1, roughly halfway between Vancouver and Calgary. The nearest major cities are Kamloops, a little over an hour's drive west on Highway 1, and Kelowna, which is a little over an hour's drive southeast on Highway 97.

By bus

Greyhound [2] offers daily bus service to Salmon Arm from other cities in British Columbia, including Vancouver (6-9 hours, depending on the number of stops, Kamloops (2 hours) and Kelowna (2 hours).

It is now possible to travel on BC Transit on Wednesdays all the way to or from Vernon, Kelowna, and Peachland. Although the trip is considerably longer than Greyhound, the total cost is only $4.25 from Kelowna or $4.75 back, for adults. The route is the following: from downtown Kelowna take an early morning #97 Express to UBCO, get a transfer ticket. Catch the noon (latest) #90 North Okanagan; in Vernon switch to the #60 Enderby, then in Enderby take the #11 Salmon Arm. The total trip takes approximately 3 hours, and is ONLY available on Wednesdays.

Get around

Salmon Arm has a basic public transit system that operates shuttle buses on half-hour or hour-long frequencies, during daytime hours. All lines converge downtown in front of Askew's supermarket, and the #3 Canoe bus will bring users to the main public beach.[3] On Wednesdays the #11 Enderby leaves at 8 am and connects with a bus to Vernon, which is a cheap way to start moving further down the Okanagan valley.

See

  • RJ Haney Heritage Village & Museum, 751 Highway 97B NE, +1 250 832-5243 (), [4]. 40 acre park with a museum on local history, heritage village, trails, a tea room and dinner theater in July and August.
  • Wednesdays on the Wharf is a free concert featuring local artists playing a range of styles, on Wednesday evenings during the summer in a grassy area near the Salmon Arm Wharf.
  • SAGA Public Art Gallery (Hudson Ave at McLeod St) [5] is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 4pm. Admission by donation. New exhibition every month.

Do

  • With all the water around, there are a number of beach, boating and fishing options in the area. The most popular near the city at Canoe and Sandy Point, which are accessible by city bus, with the provincially-operated Heralds Park offering campsites too.
  • There are houseboats from Waterway Vacations and other companies docked at the Salmon Arm Wharf, which require advance bookings, but are a good (if expensive) way of exploring the expanse of Shuswap Lake.
  • Cross country skiing at Larch Hills [6], 15 km east of town.
  • Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, Salmon Arm Fairgrounds (one block off the Trans-Canada highway in the center of town), [7]. Annual festival on the third weekend of August with folk, roots and blues music, that attracts up to 20,000 festival-goers every year.

Buy

There are a number of gift and clothing stores in the downtown area, centred on Alexander and Lakeshore.

Salmon Arm also has two malls, Centenoka and Picadilly, and a number of big-name stores.

Eat

Thanks to its location on the Trans-Canada Highway, Salmon Arm boasts a large number of fast-food and chain restaurants, with names including Boston Pizza, East Side Mario's, Home Restaurant, White Spot Triple O's, and others.

  • Table 24, 1460 Trans-Canada (In the old courthouse at TCH and Shuswap), 250 832-2410. Salmon Arm's high class dining. Rated one of the best restaurants in the interior. Approx $40 per person.
  • Yan's Kitchen, 2880 21 St NE, 250 832-3007. A popular buffet-style Chinese restaurant in the Hillcrest area. Less than $20.
  • Mino's. A high-class Greek restaurant with authentic tzatziki, mildly overpriced but a good night out. Also on top of the hill. $20-40 per person.

Drink

  • Old Dog Pub (off highway 1 near McGuire Lake) is a typical Salmon-Arm joint that attracts a range of clientele.
  • Setter's Neighbourhood Pub (behind Super 8 Motel uptown) is a slightly classier pub and restaurant that has decent pub fare.
  • Club 351 (351 Hudson Ave) is an underground nightclub that has been called a dive bar, but has lively shows and good staff.

Sleep

  • Best Western Salmon Arm Inn, 61 10th Street SW, 1-888-832-5595 (toll-free) or +1 250 832-9793. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Standard motel rooms with complimentary continental breakfast and indoor pool.
  • Holiday Inn Express Salmon Arm, 1090-22nd Street NE, 1-800-473-9160 (toll-free) or 1-250-832-7711, [8]. Newer hotel with pool, hot tub, gym and complimentary continental breakfast.
  • Prestige Harbourfront Resort and Convention Centre, 251 Harbourfront Drive NE, (250) 833-5800‎, [9]. Luxury hotel on the lakefront with a number of themed suites. $200 and up in high season, $140+ at other times of the year. A balcony or lakeside room will cost extra.

Contact

  • Visitor infocenter, 751 Marine Park Dr, +1 250 832-2230. M-Sa 8:30AM-5:30PM.

Get out

Going further up the Shuswap, to secluded beaches or popular tourist resorts, is possible with a private car or a boat. Check at the Visitor info centre for ideas of fun or relaxing stops on the Shuswap.


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