Welcome to the beautiful, diverse rural landscape 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 among the features and services 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 downtown Salmon Arm: Skookum Cycle & Ski Salmon Arm and one in Piccadilly Mall: Sport Check. Armstrong each host an annual community bike ride: The “Okanagan Shuswap Century Ride” is held on the last Sunday in May from Armstrong. And the “Bike For Your Life Century Ride” is held on a Saturday in mid September in Salmon Arm. And the region hosts a May Bike Month. Most routes are ready to ride by mid-April if you dress for it. Cycling may extend to mid-November in some years. Traffic volume on some back roads may increase slightly during July and August. Local drivers are courteous to cyclists.
Paper copies of the Guide are available at local Visitor Centres in the Shuswap - North Okanagan and at Skookum Cycle & Ski and Sport Chek bike shops in Salmon Arm, and Golden Ears Bike Farm in Chase.