This 16,000 population city sits on Highway 1, and overlooks the south shore of Shuswap Lake on the Trans-Canada Highway midway between Kamloops and Revelstoke. It's the largest community in the Shuswap area. When the first settlers came with the railroad in 1885, this part of the Shuswap Lake had such plentiful salmon that they used pitchforks to pull them out to fertilize their fields. Hence the name Salmon River and Salmon Arm. Today the area has many fruit and dairy farms.
The community has a number of pollution-free manufacturing and assembly plants for diverse products like log homes (exported to Asia and Europe), computer software for machinery & telecommunication products, luxury coaches, watercraft, heavy industrial plastic components, as well as recycling.
Salmon Arm has 8 elementary schools, 2 junior high schools, and a senior secondary school. French Immersion is offered at elementary and middle school levels, and may be expanded into secondary levels soon. The Okanagan College campus in Salmon Arm offers university transfer courses in Arts and Science, plus college programs in business, healthcare, various trades, and education upgrading.
Salmon Arm has a small downtown shopping area, with more facilities and shopping malls stretched along the Trans-Canada Highway.
Salmon Arm has access to the recreation along Shuswap Lake, with a town wharf with boating rentals. The town has several golf courses, tennis courts, playgrounds, parks and a recreation complex with indoor pool & gymnasium. The RJ Haney Heritage Park is an exhibit of heritage buildings and early settlement in the region. The Salmon Arm Fall Fair has been held annually for over 110 years.
The area's forests also create a host of outdoor pursuits. The town also has the 18 hole Salmon Arm Golf Course, about 4 km east of the community. The Larch Hills, southeast of town offers 150 km of cross-country ski trails in gently rolling hills. Not far away are the Silver Star and Sun Peaks ski areas.
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Salmon Arm is mostly single family homes, with a small number of low-rise apartments, some townhouses, a number of acreages around the nearby countryside. There are vacation condos close to the waterfront, but the community is mostly year-round residents.