Recreation and Attractions
Salmo provides a bounty of recreation opportunities, both in-town and in surrounding areas. Explore anyone of these exciting activities and facilities:
Salmo Municipal Campground
Located between Sayward and Riverside Avenue, this quiet shaded campground offers easy walking access to Salmo’s downtown core. It is within KP Park, which encompasses a children’s playground, gazebo and numerous picnic areas. The campground and park areas also feature hot showers and an attractive treed area for campers.
The campground is open seasonally from mid May to early September. Occupancy is on a first come first serve basis with a user fee of $15 per night and per sleeping unit (e.g. tent, trailer, motor home, etc.). Please contact Village office is you have any questions. Further information is available on the bulletin board at the campground.
Getting there: From Highway 6 (Railway Avenue), turn onto 2nd street, travel for two blocks and you will see the campground and park on your right. Our camp host will collect fees and be available to answer any questions you might have.
We have a beautiful 9 hole public golf course that is well known for the inexpensive green fees, friendly atmosphere, and flat open fairways that are ideal for seniors and beginners. No tee times necessary! Age 12 and under pay for free. The Golf Club is also home to Bunkers Grill serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Visit Golf Salmo for details.
Fishing at Erie Lake
Nearby Erie Lake is abundant with wildlife. This beautiful natural setting is a ecosystem in itself. Providing local wildfowl, moose and deer and our favourite turtle family with an abundance of food and shelter. The fishing is great too! Whether you are angling for bass, ice fishing in the winter, or simply paddling a canoe, this is an ideal recreation and relaxation location for all ages.
Our BMX track has something for everyone. Weekly local races are all about fun and learning and there’s plenty of time to practice and just cruise the track. The sport is for boys and girls of all ages including 2-5 year olds on balance bikes to 61 years and older.
Hiking and Trails
Nearby Salmo Ski Hill provides great hiking close to town. A summer trail network for hiking and mountain biking is located at the Salmo Ski Hill and a bike skills area at KP park. These are maintained by the Salmo Valley Trail Society. Visit their website or use the Trailforks app for more detailed information.
This majestic natural forest area offers a 0.86km maintained trail where you will see the remains of Salmo’s early logging heritage. Huge cedar stumps remind us of the valley’s former old growth forests, harvested near the turn of the century. Further along the trails you will come to overlook the meandering Salmo River located at the base of Bakken Road, accessible from Cedar Avenue in Salmo.
Salmo Ski Hill in the West Kootenays of British Columbia is famous for its great night skiing on fully lit runs that are always groomed to perfection. Salmo offers a wide variety of skiing opportunities for all ages and levels. The hill has varied terrain including groomed runs, gently sloping runs, moguls, steep slopes, pristine powder, racing courses, half pipe, and a bunny hill.
Visit Salmo Ski Hill
The Salmo curling rink is full-sized and offers leagues for juniors (ages 7-18), ladies, men, and mixed leagues from November 1st to March 31st annually. A membership is $120.00 per season and $8 per night for drop-in. Contact the Salmo Valley Curling Rink Association for more details.
Shambhala Music Festival
Shambhala is an annual electronic music festival held during the first week of August at the Salmo River Ranch, a 500-acre (2.0 km2) cattle ranch. The festival lasts 3 days and 2 nights and offers a mix of music and art in nature. The festival began in 1998 and has grown to become the largest and one of the longest running electronic music events in Canada. Visit the festival website for more information.
Salmo Valley Youth Community Centre/Fitness Centre
The Salmo Valley Youth & Community Centre (SVYCC) is a busy and active place! We have a Youth Centre with weekly drop in nights, an after school drop in program, an art studio, music studio, indoor skatebowl, Fitness Centre, a commercial kitchen and facility rentals. Phone 250-357-2320 to find out more information check out our website www.svycc.ca and like our Facebook page Salmo Valley Youth Community Centre.
Fitness and Recreation classes are also offered through the RDCK’s Salmo & District Recreation Department.
The Salmo Arts and Museum Society was established in 1970 and administers the Salmo Museum. The museum acquires archival material relating to Salmo and area, including Ymir, Sheep Creek, Pend O’Reille, and Erie. The holdings include maps, reference books, business records, miscellaneous documents and photographs related to the mining history of Ymir, Sheep Creek, Pend O’Reille, Erie and miscellaneous mines, community newspapers, manuscripts, scrapbooks, photographs, minute books and ephemera relating to businesses, people and community activities in Salmo and satellite communities.
The museum is located at the corner of Fourth Street & Railway Avenue and maintains the following hours: June-October: Daily, 10:00-16:00. November-May: Monday/Wednesday, 18:00-21:00, Tuesday, 14:00-17:00, Friday, 10:00-16:30. Call in advance for schedule a visit at 250.357.2200
The Salmo Valley Public Library provides equal access to information and information services for all residents of Salmo, Ymir, Erie, and surrounding area G free of charge. Our mission statement best captures the purpose of our organization:
The Salmo Public Library strives to meet the needs of the citizens it serves by:
- Providing a broad range of reading and related materials for pleasure, information and lifelong learning;
- Maintaining a facility that is accessible, pleasant and welcoming;
- Collaborating with other organizations to enhance the well-being of the community.
Visit the library website for more information.
“A rock project began in 1990 when quarry owner Iris Lamb was looking for a way to rejuvenate stone sales. That was when the Stone Masonry Training Institute opened. Stone murals artist Charlotte Planidin and student masons used the rock by number technique to place the different coloured stones. Take a short walking tour around Salmo and visit these 6 unique flagstone murals.” (from kootenayrockies.com)
Visit our photo gallery for a full description and location details of all the rock murals in Salmo.
World’s Largest Penny
Salmo is home to the world’s largest penny and stands 8 feet tall. It was dedicated on July 1, 1995, Canada’s birthday, in honor of Penny Power.
Penny Power started in Salmo, on March 10, 1995, as a campaign to collect hoarded pennies and donate them to the government of Canada to reduce the national debt. Salmo residents made this donation as their Greatest Birthday Present, demonstrating a renewed faith in their ability to make a difference. You can see this penny on Highway 6 North.
World’s Oldest Phone Booth
Salmo is home to the world’s oldest phone booth. The long standing local attraction phone booth is made from a hollowed out cedar tree from the Trout Lake area. Originally placed in 1977, Local residents and employees of the Ministry of Forests counted the rings and averaged the age of the tree to be 465 years old.
The booth is located under covered shelter at the Sal-Crest Motel found at 110 Motel Avenue.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station
There are 2 64A Single Phase Tesla charging station located on the side of the Village of Salmo Office capable of charging up to 64kwh all while you take in the lovely sites and scenery of the beautiful Salmo community. See EV Station map.
Salmo Valley Senior ATV Club
The Salmo Valley Seniors ATV Club has over 65 members from 40-83 years old. Every second month, members meet to provided updates on club activities, trail work progression, as well as other ongoing projects. This year’s project goal is to work on upgrading the Barrett Lake Trail. The club enjoys almost weekly trail rides, both locally and throughout the Kootenays. Club motto: “SHARE – PROTECT – ENJOY”
For more information on the Salmo Valley Seniors ATV Club, please contact Club President, Bob Blackwood, at 250-357-9645 or the Secretary/Treasurer, Dave Vrooman, at 250-357-0021 or [email protected]