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Salmon Arm

Driving from Golden we couldn't stop this time in Revelstoke, but we will be back to this area later this summer. On our way to Salmon Arm (British Columbia, Canada) we stopped at Giant Cedars Broadwalk, you have a few ones like this in the Hwy 1. 

Giant Cedars Nature Trails is a nice stop to stretch your legs, it has an area to park your Rv or Van, washrooms, covered picnic tables and you can do a little hike of about 500 mts on a board walk surrounded by green vegetation with beautiful tall old trees. 

We arrived to Salmon Arm and we went directly to the information center where they were really nice and gave us a lot of info about things to do in town.  

The town is pretty big, you have everything you need and more... We just stopped by to make some shopping in Nutters and a few more things then left to the skirts of the area avoiding the traffic and agglomerations, we needed to relax in the nature for a bit... 

WHAT TO SEE?

We went to Margaret Falls, about 25 km from town. Its a nice drive by the lake where you can stop by the Winnery Sunnybrae and test some wines. After you continue and arrive to the falls, hike about 500 mts onto another nice wood path with green vegetation and old tall trees by the creek and finally arrive to a beautiful waterfall. 

More info:

http://shuswaptourism.ca/do/lakes-and-rivers/lakes/margaret-falls-listing

BIKING

The weather didn't give us a chance to ride in Salmon Arm but there is definitely lots of trails around. Talk to the local bike shop for more info or check out this site. http://www.shuswaptrails.com/

WHERE TO SLEEP?

We camped at Skimikin Lake Recreation site, it's a low fee campground, $12 night. It's a really nice area with 35 sites, few with a horse sites and some next to the lake. This camp has two areas to go in, the first entrance and then there is a second one up the road after it. It has a lot of space for any type of vehicle, with picnic tables and firepits. Easy road access. 

This camp is surrounded by about 100 km of hiking, biking, ATV or horse riding trails, starting from the camping. If you ask the camp caretaker, he will give you a map of the area (He is always around with his small cart) and if not, like we did, just get adventures and go into the wild. The trails are easy and wide. There is a few steeper intersections along the path if you want to have some extra adventure. But pretty much it's a friendly family path into the forest and around the lake.  

More info:

http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/search/search-result.aspx?site=REC1562&districtCode=RDCO&type=Site

SHOWERS 

At the Recreation center of the town you have showers for $3.25

Check for hours and location:

http://www.salmonarmrecreation.ca/wb/index.php

CLOSE TO 

Close to Salmon Arm we went to Blind Bay Rd (Sorrento). Another drive next to the lake where you can stop and swim with free showers facilities with picnic tables. 

Up the hill there is a market place with a few shops, heath food store (they have a tap to fill your water tank), coffee/tea/bakery café, farm market on saturdays, etc... 

There is a lot of areas to discover, hopefully we can do more in the future.