Shuswap Road Trip — BC
267 km (166 mi)
Music and the sweet sounds of waves lapping on the shoreline are right here on the Shuswap Loop. This land of lakes and sunshine makes a great side trip in any season. Festivals that celebrate agriculture, music and salmon are yours to enjoy.
Lakes and Houseboats
There’s over 1,000 km (621 mi) of shoreline along Shuswap Lake. There are 22 Provincial Parks that provide you with unlimited fun on and near the water. Shuswap Lake is unique in that the four arms resemble the letter H.
Hwy 97 branches off in spurs throughout the Shuswap. From Enderby, Hwy 97 goes north to meet the Trans Canada Highway at Sicamous (97A) and Salmon Arm (97B). Sicamous is a resort town that lies along the banks for the Eagle River, Mara Lake and Shuswap Lake. It is known as the houseboat capital of Canada. It is home to hundreds of floating homes that you can rent for a day, a week or more.
Salmon Arm rests between the scenic shores of Shuswap Lake and surrounding foothills and mountains. It’s a great place that has a mixture of outdoor recreation, untamed wilderness, and great amenities. Here you can enjoy a boardwalk stroll on the longest curved inland wharf in North America.
Music, Festivals, and Rodeos
The Shuswap plays host to the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival. This is an annual event that attracts over 30,000 people to the region every year. Over in Sorrento, there’s the NimbleFingers Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival.
Continue west on Hwy 1 to meet up with the main Hwy 97 Route again via Chase and Monte Creek. Come and enjoy the Chase Country Corn Festival and the Pumpkin Patch. They are just two great things to do in the late summer and vibrant fall harvest seasons.
As you travel through the southern portion of the Shuswap on Hwy 97, you’ll pass through the ranching community of Falkland. The Falkland Stampede happens in May and is one of Canada’s oldest stampedes. It started in 1919, just after the war, as a picnic for townsfolk. People come from far and wide to watch and participate in this jam packed three-day rodeo.
Adams River Salmon Run
People from around the world gather to watch the return of the Sockeye Salmon at Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, north of Salmon Arm. There are Pink, Coho and Chinook salmon here. The Sockeye fill the Adams River in October every year, with a four-year cycle where the returns are at their peak. The next large run is expected to be in October 2018; however, in 2017 you can expect to see 10,000+ salmon returning to their spawning grounds.
Need to Know:
|Loop Distance:||267 km (166 mi)|
|Duration to drive:||Three to four hours.
Take your time and explore. Overnight stays recommended.
|Best time to drive:||Year round.
Snow tires recommended in the winter months.
|Watch for:||Wildlife along the roadside and on the road,
houseboats on the lakes.
Chase Visitor Centre
400 Shuswap Avenue
Chase, British Columbia
Enderby Visitor Centre
700 Railway Street
Enderby, British Columbia
North Shuswap Chamber of Commerce
1 – 3871 Squilax Anglemont Road
Scotch Creek, British Columbia
Toll Free: 1-888-955-1488
Salmon Arm Visitor Centre
20 Hudson Avenue NE, Suite 101
Salmon Arm, British Columbia