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101 THINGS TO DO IN THE SHUSWAP: Part 1

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Children's Festival
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2. CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL

The north end of the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds will be filled with children and laughter on Friday, July 1st as families come together to celebrate Canada Day. This annual free event will be held from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. A fun-filled day of festivities, this celebration offers entertainment throughout the day including performances from “The Kerplunks” and “Tickles & Family”. Children can enjoy participating in a variety of art and craft stations, bouncy houses, roaming clowns, bubbles, water play and much more. The festival has over 18 games that children can play at a low cost of 50 cents/play. All children attending the event receive 1 free game ticket and if wearing red will receive an additional ticket. For more details on this fun free community even call Karen at Shuswap Day Care 250-832-6192 or visit www.sachildrensfest.com for further details.

3. SALMON ARM FAIR

Come celebrate the 114th year of the Salmon Arm Fair this Sept. 9th, 10th and 11th at the fairgrounds near Blackburn Park. This year’s theme is ‘Celebrate Critters, Crafts and Competition.’ The country-style fairgrounds - complete with red and white barns- feature ongoing local entertainment as well as all the favourites such as livestock judging, 4H competitions, lawn tractor races, tractor pulls, onsite amusement park, grandstand and food court. The parade starts at Saturday morning at Blackburn Park. Check out www.salmonarmfair.com for further details.

4. SPORTS AND THE LAKE

Shuswap Lake is an integral part of Salmon Arm’s sports scene. There are numerous triathlons and the popular dragon boat races. The active Shuswap Association for Rowing and Paddling promotes sports on the lake by encouraging and training people of all ages how to paddle and row safely for competition or recreational pleasure. Throughout the Shuswap there are a lot of beaches, boat launches, and boat rentals. For information on where to find these, visit the Visitor Information Centre.

5. STURGIS NORTH MOTORCYCLE RALLY AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

Get set to rev your engines! Salmon Arm will play host to the first-ever Sturgis North Motorcycle Rally and Music Festival July 13-17. Events are scheduled for the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds, downtown Salmon Arm and a site on 50th Avenue NW in Gleneden, which will include music and camping. Featured bands include Nazareth, Prism, Doug and the Slugs, Lee Aaron, Powder Blues, Harlequin, Helix, Eric Burdon and the Animals and Steppenwolf, to name a few. There will be plenty of time to show off wheels of all makes and models at show n’ shines, participate in poker runs and enjoy watching motorcycle professionals battle it out in a biker build-off. Check out the Stugis North website at www.sturgisnorth.com for the latest information and to purchase tickets.

6. GEOCACHING

Try this high tech hide and seek activity! Geocachers use GPS technology to explore the Shuswap while searching for hidden treasures. Visit www.shuswapgeoquest.com to find out about geocaching events in the area. Phone 250-833-5906 for more information.

7. DRAGON BOATING

Paddles up. Take it away. Saturday, June 25th marks the seventh annual Shuswap Dragon Boat Fest with up to 24 teams participating in high-spirited races, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The festival takes place at the Salmon Arm Wharf and is hosted by the Shuswap Association for Rowing and Paddling. The festival also includes the annual breast cancer ceremony for visiting and local teams.  Craft, entertainment and food vendors are also on site. If you are interested in becoming involved in this fabulous sport contact Len Sept at 250-832-8598 or visit the website www.shuswappaddleandrow.ca.

8. BIKE FOR YOUR LIFE

Pump up your tires for the Bike for Your Life Cycling Tour held this year on September 17th. Everyone from kids to grandparents are encouraged to take part in their choice of 15-km tours up to 100-km tours. Routes vary depending on their length but all start and finish at Blackburn Park. Refreshments will be offered at checkpoints throughout the tour. There will be draw prizes. Register at Skookum Cycle. For informationwww.bikeforyourlife.com or call Ian Wickett at 250-833-2889.

9. PADDLING CENTRE

There’s more to paddling in Salmon Arm than Dragon Boats. Run by the Shuswap Association for Rowing and Paddling, the Paddling Centre in Canoe is now in its fifth year. A variety of boats are available to club members, including 13 kayaks, outrigger canoes, dragon boats and rowing sculls. Before heading out on the water, new club members are provided introductory courses on the use of each of the boats, with an emphasis on skills training, safety and how to work as a team. For those with a need for speed, the six-person outriggers offer an on-water experience that can’t be beat. And for those wanting a more leisurely experience, kayaks are an excellent way to explore Salmon Arm’s Nature Bay and other areas of interest. We also host several events including “Survive the Triangle” outrigger canoe race is June 25th at the wharf for the 6 person outrigger teams with 3 races scheduled which will make it a full day event with lots of vantage points for spectators. There will be a banquet, prize awards and live entertainment that evening at the Elks Hall starting at 6 pm. June 26th is the small boat races on a short 10 km sprint several races scheduled and again lots of places for the spectators. For more information call 250-803-0083 or e-mail sarp@sunwave.net. To register or get more information www.shuswappaddleandrow.ca

10. SHUSWAP HUT-TO-HUT TRAILS

If you’re a walker, hiker, trail runner, rambler, cyclist, equestrian, long distance cross-country mountain biker or wind-in-your-hair free rider, there’s a trail for you in the Shuswap.  Park your vehicle and discover the surrounding landscape in a new and intimate way - by foot, bicycle, horse, ski, snowshoe and paddle.  Visit your nearest Visitor Information Centre for a copy of the regional Shuswap Trail brochure or find your epic with hyperlink http://www.ShuswapTrails.com. The website is dedicated to helping people from around the world find their trail in the Shuswap. Whether it be by foot, by mountain bike, by horseback or by canoe the site will guide you towards amazing trail experiences. There are many trails throughout the region but it’s a work in progress as new trails are being built and added. Funding for the Shuswap Trail Alliance projects includes support from the Government of Canada, the Province of BC, Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union, the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm, Skookum Cycle and Ski, Community Futures Development Corporation, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and over 100 businesses from around the Shuswap.

 

 

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