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Shuswap: Salmon Arm, Tappen & Celista
If you’ve ever been to the Shuswap area of British Columbia, you’re well aware that its generous waterways make for a boater’s paradise. Indeed, the Shuswap Lake system boasts more than 1,000 kilometres of pristine shoreline and is home to the largest houseboat fleet in the country. But did you also know that the area is starting to make a name for itself in wine? The Shuswap may be further north than some wine producers would consider comfortable, but it enjoys a unique micro-climate that results in fresh, fruit-forward wines with plenty of character. There are more than 100 acres of grape vineyard planted here and just under a dozen wineries call it home. This region is an ecological gem filled with alpine meadows, dense forests, rolling trails and waterways. Amid this natural habitat you’ll find smatterings of grass-roots communities with charming cafes and boutiques and an active and inspiring artist culture. It’s overall population is small, but swells in the summer with tourists attracted to the region for houseboating, camping, fishing and for the August music extravaganza called the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues. Those looking to escape from it all will love the numerous park campgrounds where exploration abounds through trails along the forested Shuswap Lake shoreline. Nature lovers will appreciate Salmon Arm’s waterfront trails through a protected sanctuary featuring boardwalks, paths, a bird viewing tower and a Nature House. Then there’s Margaret Falls, which passes through a rock chasm and offers an enchanted forest feel. There’s also a hidden cave in the rock behind the falls. The Shuswap has a deeply rooted farming community and food enthusiasts are invited to do a farm tour that also includes the charming wineries of the area. It’s a terrific way to explore the regional food culture.
Common Grape Varieties: Marechal Foch, Ortega, Siegerrebe, Gewurztraminer, Kerner Average Daily High Temperature (July) - 26C Average Annual Rainfall - 469 mm Average Hours of Sunshine - 1802