Local Insights — the Enderby Top 20
- Tube and drift your cares away along the Shuswap River
- Discover a new artist at galleries and art festivals throughout the year
- Channel your inner adventurer, hiking to the Enderby Cliffs 2,200 vertical foot summit
- Take a family time-out for sandcastle building — you pick the beach (river or lake?)
- Pitch a tent or bring the camper for a good night’s sleep in the great outdoors
- Embrace winter’s chill snowmobiling HuntersRange
- Cast about in our lakes and rivers for rainbow and brook trout, winter, summer, spring and fall
- Cross-country ski under the light of a full moon on Larch Hills’ trails
- Party like a local at our summer festivals and celebrations
- Choose your loop, then ride our back roads, making new discoveries around each bend
- Listen to snowflakes crunching under your feet, snowshoeing the Enderby Cliffs or Larch Hills
- Unplug the family…watch a movie under the stars, learn how to fish, splashing in the Shuswap, petting farm animals at Green Croft Gardens, roasting hot dogs over an open fire
- Go on a riverside winter wildlife photo safari, better yet, enrol in a local workshop and learn how to best capture those shots
- Discover one of BC’s last remaining fire watch towers, hiking the LaForge Trail
- Test your mettle and your pedals on a Century Ride, a 100-kilometre journey by bike through the Okanagan and Shuswap
- Pop in to the Deep Creek Tool Museum and see what Herb has added to his collections
- Check out live music and some good eats too, at River Rocks Bistro, Lorenzo’s, the Paddlewheeler or the Riverfront Pub
- Set a family record to see who can swim fastest from the shore to Gardom Lake’s floating dock
- Hunt for treasure then make a deal of the day at the South Enderby Flea Market
- Taste the difference our northern coordinates make to cool climate wine in tasting rooms surrounding town
Travellers have been exploring Enderby for generations, beginning in that long ago age when the Splatsin First Nation followed the river to nearby shores, trading with neighbouring bands. The Shuswap River was their highway and the river’s bend at the edge of their territory is where you’ll find Enderby today.
With a population of fewer than 3,000 Enderby is small as far as cities go. We’re close enough to major cities to enjoy their urban amenities, yet far enough removed that we haven’t lost sight of our agricultural roots. It’s peaceful and laidback, even in the heart of town on our busiest day, and if you choose to spend your time exploring Enderby, you may just be surprised at the unexpected adventures you can have playing in our backyard.
Where the Shuswap Meets the Okanagan
Deep in the heart of the Thompson-Okanagan Region, in the vacationer’s paradise called the Shuswap, Enderby marks the spot where the the Shuswap Highlands meets the Okanagan Basin, creating a lush mountain landscape, ripe for adventure. Whether you approach Enderby from the north or the south, you’ll know you’ve arrived when you spy the Enderby Cliffs standing, like sentinels, above the valley. Volcanoes formed our rugged mountains; now rounded by the ages, they still loom large over the valley of green and gold. The Shuswap River curls like a ribbon through the valley’s forests and fields between Mabel and Mara Lakes connecting our communities, breathing life into our agricultural lands, creating a natural playground just waiting to be explored.
Life is unhurried here; time moves at its own pace, no one is in a rush. Stay a while and you’ll find yourself slowing down too, savouring found moments that turn into hours lost discovering all the ways you can fill up a day. Cycle our back roads and discover a world you won’t notice from behind your windshield. Toss a tube into the Shuswap and idle the day away, floating the slowest, and laziest sections of the river. Dangle a fishing line from any dock, boat or shore and discover what’s biting…winter, summer, spring and fall.
Steal moments away from your everyday life, reconnecting with family, friends and yourself, on the Enderby Cliffs’ sunny slopes, under a blanket of stars at our drive-in or over a glass of cool climate wine, found only in our neck of the woods.
Get in touch with your artistic side and discover the eclectic and eccentric community that has attracted artists from around Canada and further afield. They’re naturally drawn here, inspired by our landscapes and by each other, in a place where artistic endeavours are always unfolding. Celebrate creativity in every form, meet budding artists of every media: from visual, performance to culinary arts, in our galleries, at local events and even down by the river.
No matter how you choose to while away the hours in Enderby, one thing is certain — there’s much more here than meets the eye! Come explore Enderby on your own and find out for yourself!