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7 Things To Do In Salmon Arm, British Columbia

7 Things to do in Salmon Arm, British Columbia

If you’re looking for things to do in Salmon Arm, British Columbia I’ve got you covered. For years I barely gave Salmon Arm a passing glance as I whizzed through. But trust me. After closer inspection there’s much to recommend a stop. And if you’re driving between Vancouver and Calgary it’s the perfect half way spot to get out and get a bite to eat, stretch your legs and go for a walk.

Described are 7 things to do in Salmon Arm, British Columbia – all personally tested. If you have a little extra time I recommend heading to Little Shuswap Lake for a meal at Quaaout Lodge and Spa, 30 minutes away. It’s very picturesque and a beautiful spot for dinner – or the night.  

Down on the water in Salmon Arm
Down on the water in Salmon Arm

PIE – need I say more?

The Shuswap Pie Company, on Alexander Street, a one minute detour from the Trans-Canada Highway, offers a fabulous selection of baked on the premises pie, reminiscent of the Savary Island Pie Company in Vancouver. Plus they brew a great cup of coffee. Doors open at 7:30 AM Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM on Saturdays.

The Shuswap Pie Company
The Shuswap Pie Company

Farm animals and farm fresh produce

If you have screaming kids in the back of the car and you’re about to go crazy or even if you don’t have kids, pull off at DeMille’s Farm Market, the first place you hit as you enter Salmon Arm going east on the highway.

You can’t miss their water tower. Kids will love the petting farm and you will love the ambiance of the store and all the fresh produce. Pick up supplies for a picnic lunch or just browse the store. Prices are way better than Calgary and very fair, especially considering the quality.

A stop a DeMilles Farm Market
A stop a DeMilles Farm Market
There are animals to see at DeMille's as well
There are animals to see at DeMille’s as well but don’t put your fingers near them

Go for a bike ride out of Salmon Arm

Biking out of Salmon Arm in the Shuswap area of south central British Columbia is a great way to spend time outdoors. But you’re spoiled for choice of bike trails. The area is home to over 675 kilometres of bike trails.

Rent a bike from Skookum Cycle and Ski in Salmon Arm. Pick up a map and get suggestions from the folks running the bike shop on what trail would be a good fit for you.

Read: Biking in The Shuswap Region of British Columbia 

One of the things to do in Salmon Arm - go biking
Great trails to explore on a bike around Salmon Arm

Fresh, local and handmade

Stop by the Blue Canoe Bakery Cafe at 121 Shuswap Street NE. Want to talk about passion for the farm to table concept!

Al and Sandy the owners live their passion every day. I loved their sundried tomato/free range roast chicken sandwich on homemade bread. How could I not? Look for fresh homemade soup and delectable treats everyday too.

Where to get candy in Salmon Arm

For the candy lovers out there, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven if you walk into the Candy Vault on Hudson. If I were a kid my eyes would be bugging out of my head – and I’d be racked by indecision.

Look for old style candies from the 50’s and 60’s to candy I’ve never heard of. Continue your sugar fix with caramel popcorn and ice cream cones.

The Candy Vault on Hudson
The Candy Vault on Hudson
 

Drink a local beer

The Barley Station Brew Pub which you can’t miss on the south side of the Trans-Canada Highway offers a variety of beers made on the premises. As they say on their website – reduce your environmental footprint – the beer only has to travel 50 feet. The sampler of beer is a great way to share and the food is good too.

Enjoy a flight of beers at the Barley Station
Enjoy a flight of beers at the Barley Station

Eat freshly made cheese

If you like cheese, and you don’t mind a small side trip driving the back roads near Salmon Arm then head for Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm now called Grass Route Dairies . There is signage on the Trans-Canada Highway at the western end of Salmon Arm pointing you in the right direction.

They offer a DVD about how they make their cheese – fascinating actually – and then you can sample before you buy. Gouda is obviously for sale but they make a lot of other dairy products too including a great yogurt, feta and Quark cheese. You’re welcome to walk the farm too – pat the goats and say hello to the cows.

Rounds of Gouda cheese
Rounds of Gouda cheese

Get a dose of nature in Salmon Arm

Head for the Nature Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and walk along the shores of Shuswap Lake. The bird life through here is wonderful and there are some great views too. The path is flat and an hour is all you really need.

A tunnel of trees in the Nature Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
A tunnel of trees in the Nature Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
A great blue heron in the nature sanctuary in Salmon Arm
A great blue heron in the nature sanctuary in Salmon Arm

Salmon Arm Accommodation

Salmon Arm is a great place to stop overnight if you’re driving the Trans-Canada Highway. You’ll mostly find a mix of chain hotels and B&B’s.

The Prestige Harbourfront Resort would be a great choice and comes highly rated.

The Destination Spa Bed & Breakfast is rated superb – and it’s just 4 kilometres from downtown.

And if you’re a fan of Tiny Home’s check out White Lake Tiny Home in nearby Sorrento.

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7 Things to do in Salmon Arm

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 20 Comments
  1. Oh the Blue Canoe! Now you’re making me crave one of those delicious sandwiches. Did you happen to stop at Larch Hills Vineyard? They have the best lemony pinot gris. Well worth a trip up there.

  2. Oh the Blue Canoe! Now you’re making me crave one of those delicious sandwiches. Did you happen to stop at Larch Hills Vineyard? They have the best lemony pinot gris. Well worth a trip up there.

  3. Good Salmon and Good craft beer? Ok, I’m sold.

    The British Columbia Coast is high on my priority list. Everything here looks so verdant, and the food looks like it’s right up my alley 🙂

  4. Good Salmon and Good craft beer? Ok, I’m sold.

    The British Columbia Coast is high on my priority list. Everything here looks so verdant, and the food looks like it’s right up my alley 🙂

  5. I was already sold on the Salmon Arm before you got into the 7 reasons — any town with a name like that deserves to be visited. But all that wonderful food and drink really sealed the deal. I would love to drive between Calgary and Vancouver. Nice to know of a great place to stop along the way.

  6. If you want something a bit fancier, the restaurant at The Prestige Harbourfront Resort does amazing seafood. You sit overlooking the nature reserve, which is full of deep green marsh plants, and the food is really unexpected. It is not super fancy, summer dresses are more than acceptable, and the atmosphere is light.

    When I went I had scallops on a chicken breast with hollandaise sauce on it as a main, so unbelievably good. The price point was pretty good too, we had a fair bit of fruity cocktails with dinner and everything came under $100 easily.

    1. @Beth Thanks for that great information. I had a look at the nature reserve for the first time in June and really very lovely. I also had a wonderful meal downtown – forget the name of the restaurant but an old bank building on the corner with an outside patio.

  7. Hi…what are some scenic hiking trails between Calgary and Vancouver? Any place I can get hiking maps online? Thanks!

  8. Hi…what are some scenic hiking trails between Calgary and Vancouver? Any place I can get hiking maps online? Thanks!

    1. @Liborio Any of the national parks have amazing trails. Stop in Mt Revelstoke National Park and hike Eva Lake. In Yoho NP don’t miss the Iceline Trail. If you can get into the Lake O’Hara area it’s all pretty darned amazing. Favourite day hikes in Banff NP are Sentinel Pass and the Plain of Six Glaciers near Lake Louise. In the fall the larches in Taylor Lake are stunning.

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