Flowers in the Thompson Okanagan, Photo Allen Jones

Chase

Chase is the western gateway to the recreational splendor of the Shuswap Region. The village is located on the shores of Little Shuswap Lake in the mountainous eastern region of the South Thompson River Valley. Mount Scatchard and Mount Boysee dominate the southern horizon, while the northern side of the valley is defined by the Shuswap Highlands. The Shuswap area is a popular summer destination for swimming, boating, fishing, hiking and many other outdoor activities. Nearby parks offer lots of opportunities to access the lakes.

Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park is a fascinating place to visit at any time of year, but particularly in early October during the run of the Adams River sockeye salmon. Every 4th year is a “dominant” run, with millions of fish to be seen. The 26 km / 16 mi trail system is used for cross-country skiing & snow-shoeing in winter, for hiking and mountain biking in summer.

Location

Chase is located on the Trans-Canada Highway 1, 58 km (36 mi) east of Kamloops and 45 km (28 mi) west of Salmon Arm.

A Step Back in Time

The town of Chase was named after Whitfield Chase, an American from New York State who arrived in the area in 1867 after coming to Canada during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush. He was the first non-native settler who farmed and raised a family in what was then called the Shuswap Prairie. He married a young Secwepemc girl who became Elizabeth Chase, and they raised nine children together. The town was named in honour of Whitfield Chase, although the community did not exist until more than 10 years after his death.

An American logging company first came to the area in 1907 and purchased what became the original town site from Whitfield’s heir. They subdivided the land into lots, installed water and electricity, and sold the lots to workers and business people. For the location of the mill, they leased approximately 70 acres of land from the Chase family that bordered the Thompson River near Little Shuswap Lake.

The Chase mill became known as the Adams River Lumber Company because they logged exclusively off the Adams River and Adams Lake area. The Adams River Lumber Company, after logging within 100 feet of the Adams River and Lake, closed the mill in 1925 and took their profits back to the United States.

Chase grew slowly over the next few decades with only a small core of permanent residents. It was not until incorporation in 1969 that the community began to market itself as a tourist destination and people began to explore the area. The community, as a result, saw an increase in population with visitors to the area returning to live, work, and retire. Chase also benefited from the construction of the Coquihalla Highway in the mid-1980’s. Improved access to the area brought new life to the local economy in the form of another tourist explosion that has expanded the community’s economic base and resident population. Chase continues to benefit as the number of businesses, population, and tourism increase and contribute to the local economy.

Contact Information

Shuswap Tourism
Chase Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Information Centre

Chase & Nearby Accommodations

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Scotch Creek Cottages Resort/Shuswap Vacation Rentals

Scotch Creek Cottages Resort/Shuswap Vacation Rentals

Scotch Creek

Resting on acres of landscaped grass right on the lakeshore of Shuswap Lake, Scotch Creek Cottages Resort is a family oriented resort for families wanting to enjoy a fun filled vacation. We offer 20 individual cottages situated in a large U shape to take advantage of waterfront and ground views. Our ... Read more
Viewpoint RV Park & Cottages

Viewpoint RV Park & Cottages

Salmon Arm

Nestled between the forested mountains and crystal Shuswap Lake, Viewpoint RV Park & Cottages provides a family-oriented atmosphere for your fun filled vacation. Our spacious, countryside property offers space for the kids to play as they enjoy our playground, toys and basketball hoops. Our campgrou ... Read more
Pierre's Point Campground

Pierre's Point Campground

Salmon Arm

Pierre's Point your gathering place for families, friends and reunions. Friendly family atmosphere with zero tolerance for loud profane parties. 2,800 ft of white sandy beach on sunny Shuswap Lake. A separate pet beach included. ... Read more
Woodhaven Campground

Woodhaven Campground

Sorrento

Spacious treed sites, forest setting, lake access, picnic tables, firepits, hiking, biking, ATV trails, trout-stocked fishing lake, great swimming. ... Read more
Hidden Valley Campground & RV Park

Hidden Valley Campground & RV Park

Salmon Arm

Family and pet-friendly. Well-treed and grassy level areas. Super clean washrooms, coin showers, laundromat. Firepits, playground, wireless, pay phone, sani-dump. 16 full hookup sites in upper level campground, 6 full hookups lower level and 32 partial hookups and unserviced tenting sites in lower l ... Read more
Salmon Arm Camping Resort

Salmon Arm Camping Resort

Salmon Arm

Camp among the lush, green natural forest near Shuswap Lake at Salmon Arm Camping Resort. If camping isn’t your style, then sleep in our one or two bedroom cabins! Our well-maintained resort is ideal for families to spend their holidays and create unforgettable memories. We offer spacious and priv ... Read more
Magna Bay Resort

Magna Bay Resort

Magna Bay

Enjoy the warm sun and pristine waters at Magna Bay Resort. We are an ideal destination for guests wanting to relax and unwind. Situated on the shores of Magna Bay, capture the breathtaking lake vistas on our beautiful park-like setting. We are located in the centre of Shuswap, known for offering en ... Read more
Ross Creek Country Store & Family Campground

Ross Creek Country Store & Family Campground

Magna Bay

Your family vacation is a very special time. We are hoping camping in the Shuswap will be a big part of that experience. Ross Creek Campground would like to welcome you to our quiet and secluded campground, all nestled in amongst the trees and foliage. Pull-thrus for the big boys. Pull out your lawn ... Read more
Kingbaker Creek Resort

Kingbaker Creek Resort

Mara

Enjoy a family-friendly environment at Kingbaker Creek Resort, where many families return year after year to create unforgettable memories. Spend the hot sunny days at our sandy beach with a low slope, perfect for the kids to safely swim. We have ancient cedar trees scattered throughout our well mai ... Read more
Whispering Pines RV & Tent

Whispering Pines RV & Tent

Mara

11 acres of park, heated pool, trees, open play areas and picnic areas. Large shaded sites, full hook-ups, power, water, tenting, pull thru sites and sani-dump. ... Read more
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