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Salmon Arm

Small City, Big Ideas

A small city on the shore of picturesque Shuswap Lake, Salmon Arm takes its name from one of the four arms of the lake. The region has been home to the Secw├ępemc people for millennia, which is where the word Shuswap comes from. In the 1880s Salmon Arm was first settled by European farmers who arrived in the area on the heels of the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the town has always stuck to its hard-working community-minded roots. By banding together in times of hardship, and brainstorming cooperative solutions to community problems, Salmon Arm has successfully come through every challenge--be it fire, flood, depression, and war--stronger than before.

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Historic Walking Tours

Then and Now Photos

SS Ethel Ross SS Ethel Ross

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SS Ethel Ross - 1909

The S.S. Ethel Ross sternwheeler sits in the dredged channel at the Salmon Arm Wharf. Built in 1897, this ship largely serviced the logging industry.

Marching to the Station Marching to the Station

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Marching to the Station - 1914

The full company of R.M.R troops march down Alexander Street uniformed with their rifles towards the train station and deployment in 1914. In the background, the 2nd building from the right is Salmon Arm Realty office, which would eventually become McDiarmid Hardware and the Empress Theatre, while the 4th building on the right would become Beer Clothing Store around 1920.

View Across Orchards View Across Orchards

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View Across Orchards - ca. 1910s

A view across the orchards towards downtown Salmon Arm.

Waiting on the Wharf Waiting on the Wharf

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Waiting on the Wharf - ca. 1910s

A group of people are waiting on the Salmon Arm Wharf to board the steamboat which is moored alongside. The boat-house at the end of the wharf is clearly visible. This ship may be the S.S. Ethel Ross.

Boarding SS Andover Boarding SS Andover

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Boarding SS Andover - 1909

Some people and a horse and buggy wait to board the S.S. Andover. Built in Kamloops in 1908, the sternwheeler measured 91.3 feet long, 19.9 wide and four deep. Originally the ship carried construction supplies for the C.N.R railway on the North Thompson, but ended it's life largely as a passenger ship.

Farewell to the Soldiers Farewell to the Soldiers

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Farewell to the Soldiers - 1914

A large farewell party assembles at the station to see off men headed to Vernon to mobilize as the 30th Regiment, British Columbia Horse in 1914. This mounted regiment served in World War I and II, and carried many names before eventually becoming the British Columbia Dragoons.

Hockey on the Lake Hockey on the Lake

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Hockey on the Lake - 1913

A small crowd cheers on a friendly hockey game of married men against singles, some comfortably perched on a horse-drawn wagon. A small scattering of farms and houses is visible in the background.

Clean-Up Day Clean-Up Day

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Clean-Up Day - 1914

Community volunteers participate in the annual Clean-up Day. One man bikes towards the photographer, to his left is a surveyor's office, a little up the street on the right are some tea rooms, and in the distance, a Model-T speeds down the road.