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Chase

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Chase

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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.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

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.

By bus[edit]

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

By Train[edit]

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.

By Thumb[edit]

There is a wide shoulder on the west-bound side of the highway between the eastern-most and second exit. Try your luck.

By Bicycle[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

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.

On foot[edit]

The town itself can be easily walked from end to end.

By bicycle[edit]

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.

Golf Cart[edit]

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.

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Shuswap Lake[edit]

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.

Chase Waterfalls[edit]

  • Chase Creek has several cascades through the canyon before it flows through town, and provide shelter from summer heat. The lower fall can be reached by turning onto Coburn from The Trans-Canada or Shuswap ave, and turning towards the bus depot across the bridge. The lower fall is only several minutes' walk.
  • For the more adventurous or those with more time, the upper falls can be accessed from the cemetery. To reach the cemetery simply go through the tunnel under the highway by Safety Mart and turn left, or follow Colburn across the highway. At the far end of the cemetery there will be two paths into the mountains, take the one on the left that's fenced off the cars.

Scatchard Mountain[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Thompson River[edit]

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.

Pritchard Bridge[edit]

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.

Neskonlith Meadows[edit]

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.

Kekuli[edit]

Remnants of the Interior Salish pit houses are scattered throughout the region.

Geological Transition Zone[edit]

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.

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Swim[edit]

There are numerous places to swim in Chase.

  • The most popular location is the swimming area at Memorial Park Beach.
  • Mill Park by Pine Street Bridge is relatively safe to swim in at low water, as is the Veteran Road Sandbar.
  • For a more secluded option, during low water a swimming hole appears at the Lower Chase Creek Fall.
  • The creek that runs Chase is popular for local children, who wade or tube until it joins the Thompson.
  • Niskonlith Provincial Park has a beach in the forest, 10 kilometres from town. The water is warmer but due to its extended retention time is prone to lake weed and leeches.

Hike[edit]

Hiking choices are abundant in the area.

  • The most popular route is to hike up the previously mentioned Scatchard Mountain Switchbacks , and connect to the Chase Creek Canyon Reservoir Trail on the way down. Most locals you encounter should be able to direct you.
  • Niskonlith Provincial Park has a small beach and plenty of small trails throughout the area. Cross the Pine street bridge and follow Shuswap ROAD (not to be confused with Shuswap Ave) until the directed turnoff. Chase to the lake is about 15 minutes driving and 1-2 hours biking depending on your skill level. Trails then extend throughout the park. Respect any No Trespassing signs you encounter, as the park is situated in Adams Lake Band Territory.
  • Niskonlith Meadows has a less utilized trail network. Stop at the Band office by the bridge for directions and a $5 permit.
  • For only a 30 minute drive, Adams Lake Provincial Park is famed for its flume trail. Follow the Trans Canada east and turn off at Squilax over the Little River. Turn left onto Holding before reaching the Adams River and follow North as the signs indicate.

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  • Safety Mart, 305 Brooke Dr, Chase, BC V0E 1M1 (From downtown, head west on Shuswap Ave and turn left on Brooke. If coming from the highway enter Chase from the A&W exit and turn right onto Brooke). Largest grocery store in chase  edit
  • Shuswap Grocery, 825 Shuswap, Chase, BC V0E 1M0 (Located downtown across from clocktower). A relatively small grocery store that contains a pharmacy.  edit
  • Chase Farmer's Market, 305 Brooke Dr, Chase, BC V0E 1M1 (Across the street from Safety Mart). 10-2 Fridays. Every Friday during the summer seasons. Usually hosts vendors selling crafts, honey, produce and bannock.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Bannock vendors can usually be found around the community during the summer, keep an eye out.
  • U-Thi Sushi, 718 Shuswap Ave, Chase, BC V0E 1M0 (Located in the historic Underwood hotel), (250) 679-8822. The only sushi place in town, with good food and reasonable prices  edit
  • JJ's Asian Cuisine, 213 Bell Street (Visible from Shuswap Ave on opposite side of bridge from downtown). A permanent food cart serving Asian Cuisine  edit
  • Craig's Bakery, 725 Chase W Rd, Chase, BC V0E 1M1 (Located downtown). Bakery and restaurant catering to a breakfast, brunch and lunch crowd.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Silver Fox Pub, 05 Brooke Dr #4, Chase, BC V0E 1M0 (Chase Plaza, next to Safety Mart).  edit


Sleep[edit][add listing]

Low Budget[edit]

  • HI-Shuswap Lake, Squilax General Store and Hostel, 229 Trans-Canada Hwy, Chase, BC V0E 1M1 (Located on highway 10-15minutes east of Chase). Hostel is located down highway in Squilax. Because there is no bus stop, travelers without cars take the Greyhound to Chase and the hostel owner will pick guests up. The owner is accommodating and will drive guests to and from Chase. Dorm beds.  edit
  • Chase Lions RV and Campground, 625 Mill Rd, Chase, BC V0E 1M0, (250) 679-8470. $40 for serviced sites, $25 for tents. Small Campground so be sure to book in advance on busy weekends.  edit
  • Niskonlith Provincial Park Campground, Chase, BC (Cross the Pine Street bridge and continue left, follow signage for turnoff), (250) 955-0861. Rustic Campground, be prepared to be relatively self-sufficient. Sites fill up on long weekends and there is no pre-booking, so come early. $13.  edit
  • The empty lot at Chase Plaza permits free overnight RV camping and sometimes tenting

Medium Budget[edit]

  • Overlander Motel, 181 Shuswap Ave, Chase, BC V0E 1M0, (250) 679-8633. Small Motel close to the highway $100-$150.  edit
  • Chase Country Inn Motel, 576 Coburn St, Chase, BC V0E 1M0, (250) 679-3333. Largest motel in Chase, usually contains a restaurant $100-$150.  edit
  • Sunny Shuswap B&B, 302 Arbutus St, Chase, BC V0E 1M0, (250) 612-8162. Cute B&B close to the lake $100.  edit

High Budget[edit]

  • Quaaout Lodge, 663 Little Shuswap Lake Rd, Chase, BC V0E 1M2 (Exit Chase and follow the highway east, then cross the Squilax bridge over the Little River after 10 minutes. Turn left on to Little Shuswap Road.), (250) 679-3090, [1]. Hotel/Resort on the north side of Little Shuswap Lake. +$179.  edit

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