Spe­cial Fea­ture on Salmon Arm on

Asian Journal - - Front Page - By Ray Hud­son

It’s a city of sev­en­teen and a half thou­sand peo­ple, lo­cated on the delta of the Salmon River at the head of one of the four arms of Shuswap Lake. This mas­sive lake, 89 miles long and at 309.6 square kilo­me­ters, sec­ond in size to Okana­gan Lake which is 351 km2. It is roughly the shape of an ’H’ on it’s side, and along with Salmon Arm, the southerly arm, there is An­sty Arm to the east, Seymour Arm to the north and the Shuswap, or main lake to the west. The com­mu­nity grew out of farm­ing, es­pe­cially fruit grow­ing, and forestry, and there’s a rail­road run­ning through it, the CPR. The Trans Canada high­way, makes it ac­ces­si­ble from the east and west be­ing roughly half way be­tween Cal­gary and Van­cou­ver and Ver­non and the Okana­gan cor­ri­dor to the south.

Some of the more mod­ern rea­sons for its suc-

cess as a com­mu­nity are: • It is lo­cated on the Trans-Canada High­way and it the main route for com­mer­cial truck­ing, as well as pri­vate travel, and a great spot for an overnight or a va­ca­tion. • Tourism is a ma­jor part of the econ­omy of­fer­ing a wide va­ri­ety of ac­com­mo­da­tions, auto and boating ser­vices, restau­rants, con­fer­ences, golf­ing, re­sorts, house-boating, tourist at­trac­tions and more. The fish­ing is hot with the Shuswap of­fer­ing a wide va­ri­ety of fish in­clud­ing Rain­bow Trout, Lake Trout, Bull Trout, Koka­nee and Bur­bot. Many peo­ple who live away have va­ca­tion cot­tages or full-blown homes around the 250 miles of ac­ces­si­ble lakeshore, and a grow­ing num­ber of se­niors are find­ing the city a de­light­ful com­mu­nity to re­tire to. • Agri­cul­ture – fruit and grape grow­ing, dairy, beef, pork, poul­try veg­eta­bles and for­age • Forestry, in­clud­ing log­ging, milling and ply­wood pro­duc­tion as well as • Sec­ondary man­u­fac­tur­ing - Lum­ber pro­cess­ing, ma­chin­ery, sport­ing goods, food prod­ucts, trans­porta­tion equip­ment, build­ing prod­ucts, print­ing and pub­lish­ing. It’s a busy place all year around. The warm sea­son lasts from June 15 to Septem­ber 6 with an av­er­age daily high tem­per­a­ture above 23°C. The hottest day of the year is July 30, with an av­er­age high of 29°C and low of 13°C. The cold sea­son lasts from Novem­ber 19 to Fe­bru­ary 29 with an av­er­age daily high tem­per­a­ture be­low 5°C. The cold­est day of the year is Jan­uary 20, with an av­er­age low of -7°C and high of -1°C. Rec­om­men­da­tion: try it out. There is some­thing for ev­ery­one here as ev­i­denced by the photos ac­com­pa­ny­ing this ar­ti­cle. See you in the Shuswap.

Photos: Ray Hud­son

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