Salmon Arm & Shuswap Area Information

General Info

Whether you are moving to the Salmon Arm or Shuswap Area, already live here, or planning to visit, the following are excellent resources on our area to help you get the most out of our beautiful location. If you would like to live here, why not view the Shuswap Real Estate Listings.

Living in Canada

Canada is a vast country divided into provinces and territories. Some things are governed and regulated federally, others provincially and still others on a municipal level.

Citizenship And Immigration Canada

Working In Canada

Health Care

Canada’s health care system or “medicare” is designed so that all residents have reasonable access to necessary health care and medical attention and is a shared responsibility of the federal and provincial/territorial governments.

Living in BC

Provincial Taxes:

Heath Care:

Schools And Education:

Drivers Licence And Auto Insurance:

You have 30 days to register and insure a personal vehicle that you bring into BC when you move here and 90 days to acquire your BC drivers licence.

Getting your BC Drivers Licence

Your “claim history” and how to apply for your safe driving discount.

Local Autoplan Brokers:

Local News




The Shuswap area offers a moderate climate with four distinct seasons. Climate normal according to Environment Canada statistics show average daily temperatures range from -4.6°C in January to 19.3°C in August.

View the 7 Day Forecast from Environment Canada

Want a second opinion? Check out The Weather Network


Arts And Entertainment In The Shuswap


Salmon Arm Folk Music Society – A truly amazing organization that works year round to bring an ecclectic mix of musical acts to various venues in the Salmon Arm area. Their biggest annual event is The Roots & Blues Festival. For three fabulous days in August you can experience the largest and most diverse festival of traditional, world, blues and roots music in the interior of British Columbia.

Wednesdays on the Wharf
– June through September features live music acts performing on the stage at the Salmon Arm Wharf in the evening. A popular event! Bring your lawnchair or blanket.



The Salmar Grand and Classic Cinemas – The Salmar Grand has 4 screens and the Salmar Classic has one. All run, owned and maintained by the Salmar Community Association.

Starlight Drive-In – Yes, a real drive-in, just like the old days. Check online for opening date and show schedule.



Shuswap Theatre – Live theatre performed by extremely talented, semi-professional local artists

Runaway Moon Theatre – Innovative puppet theatre and community arts experiences located on the organic Curly Willow Farm in Grindrod.

Caravan Farm Theatre – Non-profit professional outdoor theatre company whose home is 80 acres of farmland near Armstrong, BC.


The Shuswap is conveniently located halfway between Vancouver and Calgary on the Trans Canada Highway and sits at the Northern entrance to the Okanagan Valley to the South.

Salmon Arm Map
salmon arm map

The Shuswap area covers quite a few square kilometres and you’ll want to have a basic understanding of the communities that make up the area and where they’re located.

Shuswap Lake is shaped like a lazy H and is made up of 4 “arms”. Shuswap Lake or the main arm of the lake, Seymour Arm, Anstey Arm and Salmon Arm. The city of Salmon Arm is located at the end of – you guessed it – the Salmon Arm of Shuswap Lake.

The “North Shore” consists of the communities of Lee Creek, Scotch Creek, Celista, Magna Bay, Anglemont and St Ives and stretches down the North shore of the main arm of Shuswap Lake.

The South Shuswap is made up of the Sorrento, Blind Bay and Eagle Bay areas along the South shore of the main arm.

White Lake, Notch Hill and Tappen are south of that with the popular Sunnybrae area following the Northern shore of the Salmon Arm.

Sicamous is located at what the locals call “The Channel” which is where Mara Lake meets Shuswap Lake. Lately a developer has inadvertently caused confusion by naming a development on the channel as “the Narrows” which is unfortunate because Shuswap Lake already has a place called “The Narrows” or more correctly, the Cinnemousun Narrows. This is where all 4 arms of Shuswap Lake meet or where you can find the floating stores during the summer months.

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