101 THINGS TO DO IN THE SHUSWAP: Part 2

Part 2

Fishing Derby

11. JUNGLEMANIA

Let your wee ones run wild at JungleMania, Salmon Arm’s indoor family playground. The indoor soft-play centre offers over safe jungle-themed fun, including various climbs, slides, crawling tubes, mazes and more. Junglemania is open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon. to Sat., and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 250-803-0300 or go to www.junglemania.ca.

12. TRIATHLON AND MARATHON

The Salmon Arm Classic Triathlon is held each year, and features a 1.5 km swim, a 10 km run, then a 40 km cycle. Entry fee includes a free race t-shirt and post-race lunch. For details, contact Ian Wickett at 250-833-2889, or go to www.salmonarmtriathlon.com. Also this year is the Shuswap Trail Epic Marathon. Runners will gather at the South Canoe trailhead area to start on a 42.2 km trail run all the way to Sicamous, a feat known as the Larch Hills Traverse. Email Roger at roger@transitionevents.ca for info on this event which is a fundraiser for Shuswap Search and Rescue and the Shuswap Hut and Trail Alliance.

The Beat The Train Triathlon happens June 12th. It starts at ICBC. The biking portion is 35 km, run is 10 km and paddle is 8 km ending at the wharf. Information can be found at www.salmonarmtriathlon.com

13. DEMOLITION DERBY

Rev your engines! The Salmon Arm Demolition Derby will roar to life once more on Sunday, August 28th, at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds. Food and drink will be available at the onsite beverage garden and concession. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. But, gates open at 9 a.m. and everyone is welcome to have a look at the derby cars before the event gets under way. Seven exciting heats with approximately 40 participants are followed by the ladies special Powder Puff competition. Proceeds go to the Salmon Arm Rescue Unit and the Salmon Arm Lions Club. To take part or to learn more about the event, contact Jason at Lordco 250-832-7030 or event organizer Wes Henry at 250-832-2200.

14. R.J. Haney Heritage Village

Standing on the site of a pioneer farm, R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum is the Shuswap’s biggest heritage attraction. Take a guided tour through Haney Heritage House a 100 year old farm house restored to a more genteel time. Explore a village of relocated and replicated buildings. View the Queest Mountain Forestry Tower, Broadview School, Mt Ida Church, Salmon Arm’s first filling station, Fire Hall, Newnes Blacksmith Shop, Lester and Thomson Garage, and more.  Not to be missed is Sam Beemish’s “home studio” with the largest public collection of cylinders and records in Western Canada.

In the Museum’s gallery there’s something for the sports enthusiast.  See an intriguing display of Salmon Arm Hockey memorabilia and learn about “Maw’s Jam Eaters”, the team that made hockey history in 1939.

In the same building discover the exhibit “The Story of Ruth: the Water Colour Journals of Arthur Adair Brooke”, a beautiful selection of 28 digitized images illustrating a father’s love for his daughter.  Beginning in 1921, Brooke recorded the babe’s development in water colour paintings like modern parents snap digital images. Follow the story over to Marjorie’s Tea Room and see Ruth growing up in “the Valley” at the Mt. Ida District.

Haney Heritage Village is child friendly. Stop a few minutes and let the kids pan for “Haney Gold” and watch their eyes sparkle! Lunch or an ice cream in Marjorie’s Tea Room is always a popular treat.

Need to stretch your legs? Take a walk on our 1.1 km nature trails. The easy 30-minute stroll takes the visitor through four climatic zones. With our field guide in hand, identify the plants used by the First Nations and pioneer families for food and medicine. If you like treasure hunting and have a GPS unit, try looking for hidden geocaches; it’s a great way to find new areas to explore.

The Village is also a wonderful venue for weddings, the charm and warmth of our historical Mt. Ida Church offers old-fashioned storybook romance. Picture yourself, sweeping down a staircase of a historic school house in your gown and veil or gracefully walking through a heritage garden, amidst fragrant beds of flowers. The beautiful lawns are a spectacular setting for outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions and we guarantee your family and friends will be delighted.  Planning a reunion?  Think of booking R.J. Haney Heritage Village, we can easily accommodate 100+ guests. Marjorie’s Tea Room can cater all your special events.

Curious about our heritage gardens? Surrounding Haney House is a special place designed by landscape architect Patricia Reith. Get ideas for heritage plantings and feel free to ask our gardener for advice.

Always popular, Dinner Theatre begins July 3rd with shows Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays during July and August. An old fashioned meal and interactive play promises to delight audiences; reservations are a must.

Located just minutes east of Salmon Arm, find R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum near the junction of Highway 97B and the Trans Canada Highway. The Village opens May 18th and closes Sept. 24th. Days and hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – July and August open 7 days a week. Admission is by donation. The Archives are open year-round, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To book weddings, reunions, or Dinner Theatre reservations contact us by telephone at 250-832-5243 or email info@salmonarmmuseum.org  Check out our website for more info and the 2011 event listings!

15. SALMON ARM KIDS FISHING DERBY

Come five-o’clock Sunday morning, June 20 there will be a steady stream of young anglers and parents heading for the docks at the end of the Salmon Arm wharf for the annual Salmon Arm Kids Fishing Derby. The popular event, which is held each year on Father’s Day from the docks at the end of the wharf, attracts close to 1,000 people.

The derby is open to all children 12 years of age and under and there is no cost to enter. Registration takes place Sunday morning, beginning at 6 a.m. at the end of the wharf. Only coarse fish are eligible for trophies and prizes. Fish must be caught and played by the child; however, an adult can assist in netting a fish. An awards ceremony will take place immediately following the derby major prizes will be handed out. There is close to $5,000 in prizes to be won. Call James at 250-517-8087.

16. ORGANIC FARMER’S MARKET

On Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the Deo Lutheran Church parking lot (30th St. N.E.) there is a farmer’s market with all organic products: produce, meat and wholesome multigrain breads, granola, baked treats and dairy products. For info call Herman or Louise at Wildflight Farms at 250-838-7447.

17. FARMER’S MARKET

Obtain fresh local produce, food products and fabulous hand-crafted items at the Farmer’s Market at Piccadilly Mall, which operates between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays from April through October.

18. COMMUNITY CENTRE

Whether you would like to take a swim, soak in the hot tub, work out in the weight room, or play racquet sports, the SASCU Recreation Centre has what you need. The spacious Community Centre building with the blue roof can easily be found just off the Trans Canada Highway next to the Sunwave Centre. For information about schedules and upcoming events, call 250-832-4044 or go to www.salmonarmrecreation.ca

19. CORN MAZE

Elaborate twists and turns are bound to spin you around in the DeMille’s corn maze. The maze is always an intriguing surprise. For a small fee, customers can enjoy the maze daily from 8 a.m. to dusk, mid-July to September. Maps are provided – just in case. Autumn brings a pumpkin patch and wagon rides. DeMille’s Farm Market (Sweet Corn & Produce) is located on the Trans Canada Highway and can be contacted at 250-832-7550. Check out Demille’s on-line at demillesfarmmarket.com.

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