Welcome to the beautiful, diverse rural landscapes of the Shuswap - North Okanagan! Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of nature as you explore over 1500 kilometers of quiet, paved back roads in the area highlighted by this road bike (or hybrid bike/slick tire mountain bike) cycling guide. It’s yours to discover for a day, for a week or for a lifetime.
Over thirty out & back and loop cycling routes are identified with an average distance of 40 to 50 kilometers. Choose from easy, moderate or challenging routes varying in distance from short (<20K) to long (>100K). Visitor Information Centres, parking spots, wineries, bird watching “hot spots”, swimming beaches, view points and hill climb locations are identified to help you to plan your cycle tour.
The towns of Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Chase, Sorrento, Enderby, Armstrong and Falkland offer a variety of services for the touring cyclist. Two bike repair shops are located in the area, one in Salmon Arm: Skookum Cycle & Ski; and Golden Ears Bike Farm in Chase. Bikes are available for rent in Salmon Arm.
Salmon Arm and Armstrong each host an annual community bike ride: “Salmon Arm Bike For Your Life Century Ride” is held mid-September (BikeForYourLife.com). The “Okanagan Shuswap Century Ride” (OSCR.ca) is held on the last Sunday in May.
Most routes are ready to ride by late March. Cycling may extend to mid-November in some years. Traffic volume on all roads increases during July and August. Local drivers are generally courteous to cyclists.
Check out the complete Shuswap Cycle Touring Guide and Map.