Explore Salmon Arm

Welcome to Salmon Arm!

We are located in the beautiful Shuswap area of British Columbia. Located midway between Vancouver to the West and Calgary, AB to the East on the Trans-Canada Highway.  Salmon Arm serves as the economic and commercial center of this picturesque area.

Salmon Arm's pride in its past is evident in the careful restoration of heritage buildings located at the RJ Haney Heritage Park. The Salmon Arm Fall Fair has been an annual event since 1897. The Salmon Arm Bay Nature Enhancement Area provides a wonderful ecological opportunity for wildlife viewing. Cultural activities in Salmon Arm are numerous and varied. Throughout the year, there are live theatre presentations, art shows and music performances from symphony to folk, much of which is provided by our very talented residents.


As the main regional service and trade centre for the Shuswap, Salmon Arm's facilities meet the needs of any industry. You can benefit from our major transportation connections, skilled workforce, educational facilities and fully serviced industrial park. Salmon Arm has strong roots in agriculture and forestry, with both industries continuing to play a large part in our community. Our location on Shuswap Lake provides numerous tourism opportunities.


Community Amenities

Salmon Arm provides excellent health care services, municipal water and sewer service, four fully equipped fire stations and an Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) station with approximately 40 officers and support staff. We have a door-to-door and fixed-route public transit system. Salmon Arm itself has five elementary schools, one middle school and a senior secondary school with two campuses.


The Salmon Arm Campus of Okanagan College provides university transfers as well as continuing education and vocational courses. Churches of several denominations are in the immediate area.


Shuswap LakeNestled on the shore of the Salmon Arm Bay of Shuswap Lake and surrounded by rolling hillsides, Salmon Arm offers shops, services and facilities to meet every need. Stroll through the charming downtown area and browse through the many restored shops brimming with local art and crafts. After relaxing at one of the numerous local coffee shops, take a walk in the Salmon Arm Bay Nature Enhancement Area.


Major Industries and Commerce

Agriculture - Fruit, dairy, beef, hog, poultry, sheep, vegetables and forage

Forestry - Logging, milling and plywood

Secondary manufacturing - Lumber processing, machinery, sporting goods, food products, transportation equipment, building products, printing and publishing

Tourism - Accommodations, auto services, boating services, restaurants, conferences, golfing, resorts, houseboating, tourist attractions, etc.

Population and Location

Salmon Arm is the largest community on Shuswap Lake and the business centre of the area. Our population is approximately 17,100, and we are centrally located on the Trans Canada Highway between Calgary and Vancouver. Salmon Arm's location makes it an ideal destination for day trips to the mountains for skiing, hiking and biking, or the lake for a day of boating or relaxing on the beach.


Salmon Arm - Shuswap is well known for its beautiful, lush setting amidst mountains, lakes and valleys, highlighted by magnificent Shuswap Lake, which is bordered by more than 400 kilometers (250 miles) of navigable shore line.


This setting, combined with a temperate climate and clean, healthy environment, continues to attract and maintain a stable, happy, productive workforce and is attractive for retirement and semi-retirement. This provides sustained growth and business opportunity. Relative to many Canadian centres, the costs of housing, industrial land, business services and infrastructure are significantly lower.


Salmon Arm - Shuswap is strategically located between Calgary and Vancouver on the Trans Canada Highway at junction 97 to the South Okanagan, thus readily providing access to the 300,000 residents of southern BC.


Salmon Arm has something to offer everyone. We have a vibrant growing economy and an outstanding quality of life that is envied throughout Western Canada. Salmon Arm's economy is diversified with real strengths in agriculture, forestry, light manufacturing and tourism. These four engines of our economy have support from a strong, small business sector that has flourished through the entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic of our citizens.