Salmon Arm, BC rests on the southern banks of Shuswap Lake in a small valley surrounded by the Fly Hills to the west, Mount Ida to the south and Larch Hills to the east. The community of Salmon Arm is a lake destination and a transportation portal to the Okanagan Valley region hence the name the "Northern Gateway to the Okanagan Valley".
In the summer months the locals and visitors in Salmon Arm, B.C. enjoy boating, golfing, sailing, camping, horseback riding, water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, swimming, houseboating, mountain biking, canoeing, fishing, hiking and birding. The terrain, the parks and the trail networks in and around the community of Salmon Arm is ideal for many outdoor activities.
A boat launch at the end of Marine Park Drive in Salmon Arm provides access to the lake. Some come to Shuswap Lake in Salmon Arm to fish for rainbow trout while others come to sightsee while water skiing, tubing and wake boarding. Boats launched from the Salmon Arm boat launch will first encounter the Salmon Arm Nature Park before heading north up the arm to Tappen Bay, Sandy Point, Hermit Bay Marine Park and Marble Point Marine Park.
Hikers visiting the area will enjoy exploring the backcountry regions around Salmon Arm. The selection of hiking trails nearby includes the Mt Ida, Larch Hills, Skimikin Lake, Bastion Mountain and Margaret Falls Trails. Keep you head up as some of the local trails are multi-use trails. For example horseback riders, hikers and mountain bikers all use the Larch Hills Trail System.
Mountain bikers can enjoy some quality downhill time on some of the trail networks near Salmon Arm, BC, Canada. The more popular routes to bike include the network of trails, west of town, in Larch Hills and closer to the community bikers enjoy exploring the Prudential and Mount Ida Trails.
In the winter months when everything turns white with snow the trails transform into snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross country ski routes. Larch Hills Cross-Country Area in Salmon Arm enjoys 140 km of ski trails with approximately 42 km groomed. Snowmobilers in the winter like to explore the trail networks around Fly Hills, Hunters Range, Blue Lake and Wallensteen Lake.
The Village of Salmon Arm is a good stop for travelers as all the amenities are available in town. The community services include restaurants, accommodations, gas stations, grocery stores, banks, postal office, laundromats, retail stores, pubs, campgrounds, medical services and repair shops. The most recognizable feature in Salmon Arm is the wharf and it is still the longest in North America.
How to Get to Salmon Arm on Shuswap Lake: Salmon Arm is located on the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy #1) on the southern bank of Shuswap Lake southwest of Sicamous and 60 km north of Vernon.