As the hot, hot summer of 2017 continues, there are plenty of fun things to do and beat the heat if you're in Salmon Arm or the Shuswap area. For those who have breathing difficulty because of the wildfire smoke, don't worry, we've included some indoor fun as well!
1. Salmon Arm Waterslides
A super-fun way to spend the day includes some speedy sliding at Salmon Arm's waterslide park, which is just off the TransCanada. The best part about this place is the water used on the slides is cold, so you'll actually cool off on the way down. They have seven different slides, as well as a toddler pool and fountain, along with a great assortment of cold treats and drinks. Salmon Arm waterslides also boasts the lowest rates in the southern interior of BC.
2. Wine and Brewery Tastings
A great way to spend the day is to tour some of the cool wine-tasting rooms and umbrella-covered patios. There are several great wineries in the Salmon Arm/Shuswap region, as well as some local brewers. Ovino Winery in Salmon Arm has a fantastic tasting room. There's also Larch Hills winery, which uses only BC-grown grapes to makes some stellar wines. Another great winery is Marionnette. And if you'd like a taste of cold beer, check out Crannog Ales. It's a certified organic microbrewery that crafts a selection of Irish ales. Crannog Ales also does scheduled tours of their farm.
3. R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum
This 40-acre park is a great way to check out the history of the area as the village is home to the Salmon Arm Museum, Ernie Doe Archives, and Marjorie's Tea Room. They also do a fantastic dinner theatre production every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night until August 27th.
4. Hit the Lake
There's no better way to beat the heat than to swim in Shuswap Lake. It's even better if you've got a boat and can dive right off into the middle of the cool water. If you don't have a boat, there are several rental outlets in the area so you can get out there for a day. Check out Sea Dog Rentals, which is right in downtown Salmon Arm at the main wharf.
5. Find An Air-Conditioned Pub
Sometimes the best way to cool off is to stay inside or find a nice shaded patio. One of Salmon Arm's best pubs is the Barley Station Brew Pub. Cool off with one of their award-winning, hand-crafted beers and some snacks from the kitchen. From there you could head over to Setter's Neighbourhood Pub at the top of the hill in Salmon Arm. Setter's has a great menu and a wide-ranging selection of beer to choose from.