Flowers in the Thompson Okanagan, Photo Allen Jones

Salmon Arm

Salmon Arm is located on an arm of Shuswap Lake. This popular lake provides for a host of summer activities and brings locals and visitors alike to experience what the area has to offer. Water sports are one of the main attractions with several locations good for swimming and boating. Fishing is also popular with several species of fish including Kamloops, Rainbow, Bull, and Eastern Brook Trout, Kokanee, Whitefish, Lingcod, and Perch. Take a walk on the Salmon Arm Wharf, a wooden boardwalk that is the longest inland wooden curved wharf in Canada. A scenic stroll will offer a great view of the bird sanctuary and ecological reserve. For the more active visitors there are trails for hiking, biking, horse riding and mountain biking and in the winter snowmobiling is a favourite pastime.

Location

Salmon Arm is located on Trans-Canada Highway 1, 108 km (67 mi) east of Kamloops and 60 km (37 mi) north of Vernon in the Thompson Okanagan region.

A Step Back in Time

The first white settlers arrived in this valley in 1888. Salmon Arm first began as a railway camp during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), later developing into a logging, farming, and dairy centre.

The beautiful Shuswap Lake takes its name from the Shuswap Indians, northernmost of the Great Salishan Family, and one of the largest tribes in the interior of British Columbia. Once numbering over 5,000, these people were fishermen and hunters, roaming in bands through the vast land of lakes and forests, reaching 240 kilometres to the west, east and north. Salmon Arm takes its name from the southwest arm of the Shuswap Lake, due to the large runs of salmon that used to run up the creeks that empty into the lake. The area has retained a unique rural quality that is reflected in the richness and diversity of the communities throughout the Shuswap. Residents have a keen sense of pride and satisfaction in protecting their quality of life. It is this balance that appeals to residents and visitors alike.

Salmon Arm’s economy is a diverse mixture of forestry, agriculture, tourism commerce, and manufacturing. A growing industry in the Salmon Arm area is the ever-popular agri-tourism. These farms includes wineries, berry farms, orchards, cheese plants, dairy farms, corn fields, pumpkin and gourd patches, canning and cider pressing, petting zoos, and much more.

Contact Information

Shuswap Tourism
City of Salmon Arm

Salmon Arm & Nearby Accommodations

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Quilakwa RV Park

Quilakwa RV Park

Enderby

Park can accommodate pull-thrus and is equipped with electrical outlets, picnic tables, water, toilets, showers, laundry facilities and internet access. Firewood and ice are available for sale. River Rental items available. Pets are welcome. RV sites are approx. 35 ft with six full-service sites (wa ... Read more
Finz Resort

Finz Resort

Blind Bay

We offer 47 sites all equipped with potable water, 30 amp power and sewage hookups. Choose from waterfront lots, lakeside lots and upper treed lots that are located just across the road. We are family and dog friendly. The Resort has washrooms, pay showers and laundry facilities for our guests. Brin ... Read more
Shuswap Lake Vacations/Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations

Shuswap Lake Vacations/Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations

Sicamous

Cruise around Mara and Shuswap Lake with Canada’s largest houseboat company, Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations. Bring family and friends to experience an unforgettable vacation on our luxurious houseboats, and enjoy sandy beaches, majestic waterfalls and warm waters. With a choice of seven houseboa ... Read more
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