Chase is located in British Columbia, Canada, and is situated on the Little Shuswap Lake at the western edge of the Shuswap Lake system. With a population of roughly 2 500 people, the Village of Chase relies mostly on its bustling tourism industry due to its proximity to the Shuswap Lake, Thompson River, numerous mountains and the Trans-Canada Highway.
Chase is the largest population centre between Salmon Arm and Kamloops, and is an approximately 40 minute drive from each on the #1 Trans-Canada Highway. For this reason, Chase is often used as a rest location for travelers between Kamloops and Salmon Arm, and even Vancouver and Calgary.
Ridesharing, although still small, is also growing in popularity in the region. You'll find the best luck on Poparide with drivers on the Vancouver/Calgary route.
Although a car is recommended to explore the area, Chase can also be reached on the Greyhound bus line. The price for a bus ticket between Kamloops/Salmon and Chase ranges from 15-25 dollars, and is often unreliable. As a general rule, an east-bound bus tends to be on-time more frequently due to most routes starting or changing buses in Kamloops.
A cheaper but less frequent alternative to the Greyhound is the BC Transit Handydart service bus. Health Connections runs a Chase/Pritchard/Kamloops route on Fridays with a $5 fare each way. Because medical appointments take priority, it is mandatory to book at least two business days in advance at 1-888-376-7525. It's also sometimes
No passenger trains have an official stop in Chase, but Via Rail stops in North Kamloops where you can then take a bus to Chase. Keep in mind that no public transportation is available to the Via Rail Station, and a cab ride to Northills Exchange is necessary to then reach the Greyhound or Handydart services.
There is a wide shoulder on the west-bound side of the highway between the eastern-most and second exit. Try your luck.
For cycle touring, Chase is reachable in a days' journey from both Kamloops and Salmon Arm, and two days from Kelowna and the newly completed Trans-Canada Trail. If cycling in from Kamloops, it's recommended to take the back road (Shuswap road) across the river.
A car is not necessary to explore Chase itself. If you choose to drive, keep in mind that Golf Carts are authorized to share the roads in Chase.
The town itself can be easily walked from end to end.
A bicycle is the ideal way to explore the village and surrounding trails. If you are not traveling with a bicycle, you can rent one from Pedal Bros in the historic building at 1169 Okanagan Ave.
Chase is the first community in BC to allow golf carts on the streets. They may only be driven during the daytime and must stick to roads with a maximum speed limit of 30 km/h. They are banned from sidewalks.
Chase is located on the Little Shuswap Lake, and is a quiet alternative to the main lake. The lake can be viewed from the local trails, Pine Street Bridge, or the popular Memorial Park Beach.
A switchback trail with a moderate hike runs up Scatchard mountain on the opposite side of the highway, and offers great views. Follow the above directions to the cemetery and follow the wide trail that forks on your right. On your way down, watch for a downward sloping trail that will take you down to the upper falls trail.
Historic Main Street
Shuswap Avenue is filled with historic buildings reminiscent of the Gold Rush era and the Old West. Be sure to walk through downtown to take in the old general store, hospital and church
Memorial Park Pier
From downtown, turn onto Pine Street and right onto Second Ave, following it to the end. You'll end up at Memorial Park where you can enjoy the beach and renowned red pier.
Chase is the origin point of the South Thompson River that is born from the Shuswap. Follow Pine Street from downtown to the bridge, the lake will be on one side, and the new river on the other.
The river also takes a sharp turn at the end of Veteran Road (commonly known as VLA to the locals) and creates a sandbar great for exploration. From downtown, walk down Shuswap Ave towards the A&W exit and farms, turn right onto Aylmer and left onto VLA. Follow VLA until it turns, and a small foot trail will take you down to the sandbar. The road is about 3 km and rather flat, so a bicycle is recommended for this trip.
Fifteen minutes' drive from Chase in the direction of Kamloops, this wooden bridge may be seen from the highway and dates back to the early 20th century.
Just a short drive and long walk across the river, Neskonlith Meadows offer views of the lake, river, town and abundant wildflowers. A $5 permit is required to enter Adams Lake Band territory, once you cross the Pine Street Bridge the band office is easily visible and a permit may be bought from there.
Remnants of the Interior Salish pit houses are scattered throughout the region.
Geological Transition Zone
Chase is the the western-most point of the Shuswap water system and geographic district. It lies on the edge of the Omineca belt that joined North America millions of years before he Intermontane belt containing present-day Kamloops. On the Chase/Kamloops route, it's worth watching the gradual transition from the metamorphic composed mountains to the sedimentary grasslands on the Intermontane.
There are numerous places to swim in Chase.
Hiking choices are abundant in the area.