Sorrento sits on the south shore of beautiful Shuswap Lake, 28 km west of Salmon Arm and 80 km east of Kamloops. Long renowned for its recreation and retirement lifestyle, the area has an outstanding artisan community, fabulous lake fishing, water sports and boating, scenic green landscapes, specialty, hobby and traditional farming.
You can choose accommodations to suit your taste, cozy or elegant bed and breakfasts, lakeshore or lake view cottages, motels or campgrounds.
From your Sorrento base you can enjoy the opportunities the lake provides and visit nearby attractions, including the world famous Adams River Salmon Run. The moderate four-season climate offers a championship 18-hole golf course, a driving range, boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, water-skiing, house boating.
In the winter you can enjoy ice-fishing, outdoor skating, sleigh rides, and nearby, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling. Public access and parks dot the shoreline of Shuswap Lake. A community park provides ball diamonds, playing fields, and a children’s playground.
The Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings, from May through Thanksgiving, offers local produce, crafts, entertainers, and demonstrations. Sorrento is home to the only certified organic brewery in Canada, Crannog Ales, and the northern-most vineyard/winery in Canada, Recline Ridge. The outstanding talent of the arts and crafts community is on public display annually at the week long Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts. Sorrento Center, as host to the August Blue Grass Festival and other music venues, is becoming known to visitors from across the continent.
Welcome to Sorrento: The Heart of Shuswap
In spite of the daily hustle and bustle of the city, everyone deserves to take a pause. While each has coping mechanisms to relieve stress and practise self-care, to be one with nature is the most striking feeling and experience. When nature calls, there is only one town that the wind will take you in British Columbia. We welcome you to the beautiful hamlet of Sorrento.
Sitting on the south shore of the peaceful and breathtaking Shuswap Lake, Sorrento has long been known for its serene recreation and retirement lifestyle. It prides itself on having a diverse yet also outstanding artisan community. Whether you are visiting or hoping to settle for the best, Sorrento has everything you need.
Formerly known as Trapper’s Landing, Sorrento is an unincorporated settlement south of the said lake, southeast of the town of Chase, and northwest of the city of Salmon Arm. Its status area means that it is not governed by a local town council. Instead, it is managed by a larger part of the civil divisions. In turn, it is part of the Columbia-Shuswap C — a regional district and electoral area that has no governmental function.
The initial name of the town is quite interesting. It was called as such after the meeting place of Shuswap Indian trappers returning with their furs. Around the early 1900s came the arrival of a wealthy land developer James Kinghorn. In 1907, he renamed the settlement after the overlooking town in Italy called Sorrento. He said that it reminded him of the Isle of Capri.
As one of Kinghorn’s land projects, the town became more modernised, with advanced water systems, several modes of transport, buildings, and active community centres. Taken from the poem of Lee Fraser, Sorrento has grown as the ‘heart of the Shuswap’.
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Come and give Sorrento and Shuswap a tour with our several tour packages. Whether you travel alone or a large group, we have just the right type of vehicle.
From natural landscapes to fun-filled establishments, the town has a lot of attractions waiting for you to pay a visit.
Whatever season it is, the town has also just the right set of activities for you to try. If you are daring, you might like to do water skiing during the summer. Or, perhaps we could interest you with snowmobiling during winter? If, however, you are more interested in learning about the town, there are a lot of old, historical buildings that you could visit.
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