South Canoe Trail System
10.6 km round trip
539mElevation Gain (m)
This trail system is the foremost mountain bike network at Salmon Arm, and although hiking is permitted on some of the routes, the wooded terrain requires you to be alert and prepared for bikers. There is an abundance of trails here and it would require an extensive amount of time to explore all of them, but the chief one used by hikers is the gravel service road (a radio tower resides 3 km up the road). This road is part of the extensive Larch Hills Traverse.

The summit of this day hike is at about the 4 km mark.

Trails criss-cross on the upper sections of the South Canoe Trail System. Pay attention to directional signs.

The road continues through the parking lot, heading upward. It flattens periodically and the gradient varies for the first kilometre, but after that it is a moderate but persistent uphill incline. The trees open up from time to time, revealing spectacular sights of Shuswap Lake and surrounding hilltops.

Just past the 3 km mark, the road takes a sharp left turn. A secondary road exits to the right – maintain your course on the main road going left. A radio tower stands on the left side, slightly past the apex of this turn.

Carrying on upward, the road enters a huge cutblock a few minutes later and begins to wind its way along the cutblock’s far left (north) edge. After you’ve trudged 10–15 minutes along this boundary, the road plateaus as it reaches the summit of the cutblock.

Look for a bike trail sign reading SCHIZO on the right side of the road tacked high up on a topped tree. Although you have already been enjoying the wondrous views, they become richer as you move closer to the edge of the cutblock on the Schizo trail. You are at about the 4 km mark of the hike.

Farther down the trail, the view changes as the exposure to the south opens up more, although it is still somewhat obstructed. To better see the sights to the south, return to the main road and continue to a yellow 4.3 km marker. Take the right-hand fork here. Soon you will see the 5 km marker; continue for another 300 m or so until the forest on the right opens, exposing the valley below toward the south.

Return the same way.


Driving eastward on the Trans-Canada Highway through Salmon Arm, turn right (south) on Highway 97B. Travel 1.9 km on 97B and turn right onto 10th Ave. SE. Carry on for 1.5 km to the end of the road and a gravel parking lot.

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Gerry Shea

Gerry Shea

Gerry Shea lives in Kamloops with his wife and children and he is also the author of The Aspiring Hiker’s Guide 2: Mountain Treks in British Columbia.

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