Flowers in the Thompson Okanagan, Photo Allen Jones
Armstrong, located in the Shuswap area of BC’s Thompson Okanagan, is an agriculture and ranching community and surrounded with an abundance of recreational opportunities. Scenic trails are a great way to experience the terrain. Close by Silver Star Mountain is not only a skiers dream but in the summer months the hillsides are carpeted with stunning wildflowers and there are views that go on forever. While in Armstrong, check out the famous cheese factory – have a taste and take some home. The O’Keefe Ranch, an 1897 fully restored ranch and a BC Heritage Site is close by and a must visit and while exploring make sure you stop in at some of the wineries for a tasting or two.
Armstrong was named after E.C. Heaton Armstrong, a London banker who helped finance the Shuswap and Okanagan Railway in 1892 and local development at the turn of the century.
The influence of Dutch immigrants settling in the valley after the Second World War is represented by their cheese-making knowledge, and Armstrong is well known today for the cheese it produces.
The city is also well-known for hosting the Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede, first started in 1900. This exhibition is very much a country fair, with contests being held to judge animals, cooking, sewing, hobbies and other items. Additionally, the exhibition offers a variety of entertainment options ranging from concerts to clown shows.