Stage 1: Salmon Arm

Date: July 26th, 2015

The Location: Salmon Arm, British Columbia

Located on the shores of Shuswap Lake, Salmon Arm is at the heart of a region known as Shuswap Country or “The Shuswap”.  Noted for its abundance of recreational activities, the Shuswap offers cycling, mountain biking, golf, water skiing, house boating and more for the outdoor enthusiast.


The Plan:  Kick off your ST6 six pack with a short drive to the start line 10 minutes outside of town at the Rubberhead Trail Network.  Ride trails built and maintained by the Shuswap Trails  Alliance on a route handpicked by local riders at Skookum Cycle and Ski.

The Stage: You’ll warm up climbing the forest roads that access the myriad fun descents in the Rubberhead area before dropping you into the timed descent. From there, you’ll ascend to the top of the Rubberhead system into the Larch Hills Nordic trail system, a fast and flow roll through the cool woods before descending into the South Canoe trail network, home on the legendary Salty Dog race! Finish the day with extensive descending and rolling singletrack trail to finish on the grass at Khalani Park in South Canoe.


Distance: 39.5 km

Elevation Gain: 1400m*

Timed Descent: 3.7 km, 270m descending

(all route details are subject to change)

St6-15 Stage 1 Salmon Arm


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Salmon Arm and Shuswap region: A Destination for the family and rider

Salmon Arm, in the Shuswap region is a great place to arrive early prior to the event and unwind or even after the race to take advantage of both recovery and quality time with the family.

With so many activities, natural attractions available to keep busy yet relaxed with the family before or after the event it is difficult not to take full advantage of the area’s offerings.

Before and after Singletrack 6, play here as long as you want. Salmon Arm is at the heart of the Shuswap region – home to legendary cycling, houseboating, waterskiing, golf, hiking, and countless other amazing experiences. Stay at one of the ST6 partner accommodations and request the special ST6 rate for your pre-event visit.

Have just one day?

Take a morning hike up Mount Baldy, a 6 km return trip to 360-degree views over the Adams River, Copper Island, Sorrento, and Blind Bay.

Post-hike, stop by Crannog Ales, then lunch at Sprokkets Café at the Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum.

Spend the afternoon and evening in Salmon Arm downtown. Stroll the waterfront, catch live music, browse the shops and enjoy great local restaurants.

Indulging for three days?

Day 1: Ride the epic Larch Hills Traverse – 43 km of mostly singletrack from Salmon Arm to Sicamous. Take a dip at Sicamous Beach, then refuel on the patio at Moose Mulligans or Bahama John’s.

Day 2: Tour the Shuswap’s fine wineries, traveling from high benches to low valley bottoms, lakeside and riverside. Pair with stops at great restaurants like Jack Sam’s at Quaaout Lodge and Shuswap Chefs.

Day 3: Take to the water! Rent a SUP at Enderby Kayak for a trip down the Shuswap River to Mara Lake. Dive in the water to refresh, and bring lunch from the Blue Canoe Bakery in your dry bag. End the day with burgers and shakes from D & E Drive Inn Restaurant and a flick at the Starlight Drive-In Theater.

Maximize your time spent in the Shuswap

Local Partners:

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Family Entertainment:  Looking for something to do while Mom, Dad or significant other are on the trail?

  • Go for a hike.  Check out options on the Shuswap Trails Alliance site.
  • Head over to Canoe Beach and go for a swim.
  • Taste some wine.  Beginning in the Shuswap and heading south, there are over 100s of wineries to choose from.

*Elevation data may be highly variable by device or mapping platform, as different software may use various data sources and calculation methods. Our total elevation gain for the stage is a middle estimate based on readings from multiple devices.