Flowers in the Thompson Okanagan, Photo Allen Jones
The small community of Tappen is located in the British Columbia Thompson Okanagan’s Shuswap area. A popular destination for those who favour water activities, the area offers swimming, boating and great fishing. Several parks are located around Shuswap Lake – excellent locations for hiking, waterfalls and stunning views across the mountain ranges and the valleys below. Check out Sunnybrae Park and Herald Provincial Park with Margaret Falls.
Just north of Tappen are the communities of Blind Bay and Sorrento as well as White Lake which offers excellent rainbow trout fishing and is a popular ice fishing destination in the winter. If you like to browse around vintage cars check out White Post Auto Museum and if you like to sample the local wines, Recline Ridge Vineyards and Sunnybrae Vineyards are nearby.
Tappen is located on the Trans Canada Hwy 1 14 km (9 mi) north of Salmon Arm and 19 km (12 mi) south of Sorrento.
According to the Vernon & District Family History Society Tappen, originally called Tappen Siding was named after Herbert Tappen a CPR construction contractor who installed railway rails in the area. A sawmill was located here around 1883. The name ‘Tappen’ appears on BC Lands map in 1891. The Tappen Siding Post Office opened on July 1, 1892 with F. McCulla as postmaster and was closed on February 1, 1897.