Getting Here

The Shuswap might feel like a world all its own, but it’s easily accessible by road and by air – conveniently located in the central lower third of British Columbia, mid-way between Vancouver, BC and Calgary, AB.


Canada’s central roadway, Highway 1 runs right through the Shuswap region, and Highway 97 reaches this region from the Southern Okanagan. Find detailed driving distances from major centres and within the Shuswap here, or visit the Shuswap Tourism website to calculate distances and driving directions to Salmon Arm.


From Vancouver, follow Highway 1 along the Fraser River Canyon route or take the faster Coquihallla Highway 5.


From the Okanagan, Highway 97a connects with Highway 1 at Sicamous and Highway 97b connects at Salmon Arm.

From Calgary, follow Highway 1 West past Revelstoke, until you get to the warm and inviting Shuswap Lake system.


From Edmonton, take the Yellowhead Highway to Kamloops, then head East out of the desert into the lush forested Shuswap.


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There are two commercial airports within a 1- to 2-hour drive of the Shuswap – Kelowna International Airport (YLW) and the Kamloops Airport (YKA). Located in Salmon Arm, the Shuswap Regional Airport can support a variety of personal and charter aircraft. The region is also served by a variety of air service providers.

Flight time from Vancouver to:
  • Kamloops – 50 minutes
  • Kelowna – 58 minutes


Flight time from Calgary to:
  • Kamloops – 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Kelowna – 1 hour 30 minutes


Traveling distances from Sorrento to:
  • Calgary: 512 km / 320 miles
  • Vancouver: 502 km / 313 miles
  • Kamloops: 110 km / 69 miles
  • Edmonton: 791 km / 495 miles
  • Seattle: 574 km / 357 miles


Driving times (horizontal) and distances (vertical) between communities within the CSRD

Malakwa Revelstoke Salmon Arm Sicamous Scotch Creek Sorrento
Malakwa 55km 50km 20km 111km 33km
Revelstoke 43min 103km 73km 164km 137km
Salmon Arm 42min 1hour 30 min 30km 60km 33km
Sicamous 18min 1hour 25min 91km 64km
Scotch Creek 1hour 34min 2hour 15min 54min 1hour 20min 27km
Sorrento 1hour 8 min 1hour 49min 28min 53min 28min