Monte Lake is located 47 km (29 mi) southeast of Kamloops, 74 km (46 mi) northwest of Vernon and 28 km (17 mi) north of the small community of Falkland on Hwy 97.
Step back in time and discover the history and lifestyles of area communities and pioneering families. The artifacts and archival documents you will see have been generously donated in trust to the Falkland Historical Society by residents and former residents of Falkland and Westwold, Falkland Community Association, and local clubs and organizations.
The blacksmith cabin now houses some of the original forging equipment used to repair and fabricate mining parts. Forging and repair were also done for local loggers', farmer's and horse equipment. The covered open air display area on the heritage park site originally housed the gypsum mine blacksmith shop.
The gypsum mine was claim staked in the late 1800s, and during the early part of the century the mine was the main employer and an important factor in the development of the Falkland town site. A 3500 foot aerial conveyor cable system ran on wooden cable towers from the upper quarry and terminal one half mile up the mountain to the lower three story terminal structure for loading gypsum on to the CNR hopper cars.
Pillar Lake is a favourite with hikers, rockhounds, photographers, and nature lovers who enjoy The Pillar, a 90-foot unique geological conglomerate of dirt and rock that can be reached via a short hike. A giant bony finger, the Falkland hoodoo, points skyward, balancing a precariously perched eight-tonne boulder on its tip.
This tiny park protects an area of treed river riparian, with grassland highly disturbed by previous agriculture, on the South Thompson River. The area is a documented archaeological site in the history of the Shuswap First Nations. Note that no camping or day-use facilities are provided.
The area is a haven for fishermen, with excellent fishing on some 10 lakes in the local vicinity. Many are full of rainbow trout.
If you enjoy longer walks, try the hike up Tuktakamin Mountain. Once you're at the top, the view is incredible. Estekawalan Mountain Trail on the east side is another good hike. The elevation is about the same as Tuktakamin Mountain - around 168-1800 metres.
The backroads and forested hills surrounding Falkland provide plenty of opportunities for mountain biking and outdoor adventure in the summer, and snowmobiling in the winter.
There are two golf courses in Salmon Arm - The Salmon Arm Golf Club and Sonseekers Ridge Golf Course - as well as nine golf courses in nearby Kamloops and Vernon.
The Falkland Stampede is one of the oldest professional rodeos in Canada. Held over three days in May every year, the rodeo includes a parade, family events, dances, pancake breakfast and more.
Background Photo Credit: Destination British Columbia