Salmon Arm’s wooden wharf is the largest of its kind in North America. There are 20 provincial parks on Shuswap Lake, offering unlimited opportunities for water-related recreation. (Contributed photo/ Black Press Media files)

Salmon Arm: This is the biggest wooden wharf in North America

Vital transportation infrastructure has a colourful history

Salmon Arm features the largest wooden wharf in North America, but how did that come to be?

Well, according to this article from the Salmon Arm Observer, it had something to do with a drunken argument in the 1920s between a famous rail executive and a local man who’d go on to become city’s wharfkeeper.

An original wharf was built more than 100 years ago to deal with large mudflats that steamers had to deal with. It was replaced in 1907 with a large wooden wharf.

Shuswap Lake is now one of British Columbia’s most popular recreational destinations with more than 20 provincial parks and unlimited water-related recreational opportunities.


See hundreds of photos and articles at as you plan your next adventure.

#Salmon ArmBritish ColumbiaCanadaOkanaganShuswap LakeThings to do

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sicamous RCMP catch driver going twice the speed limit

The car was impounded for seven days and the driver received a hefty fine

Transport truck driver walks away from crash where cab detaches from trailer

Driver won’t be charged regarding incident near Pritchard

About one-sixth of students in School District 83 choose to ‘restart’ June 1

Superintendent of schools expects numbers may increase as word of safety protocols spreads

WATCH: North Okanagan golf cart stolen, then returned

Homeowners have footage of two men taking the cart and then bringing it back

Greater Victoria drive-thru window smashed after man receives burger without mustard

Greater Victoria Wendy’s staff call police after man allegedly rips Plexiglas barrier off window

$220K for Okanagan Rail Trail loo

Successful proposal for Westkal Road comes ‘well within project budget’

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen pre-approves temporary expanded patios during COVID-19 pandemic

Blanket pre-approval granted to all licensees within regional district’s boundaries

UBC announces downtown Kelowna campus

Construction not anticipated to begin for two years, due to zoning processes

Murder charge upgraded in George Floyd case, 3 other cops charged

Floyd’s family and protesters have repeatedly called for criminal charges against all four officers

As two B.C. offices see outbreaks, Dr. Henry warns tests don’t replace other measures

Physical distancing, PPE and sanitizing remain key to reduce COVID-19 spread

Most Read