What’s better than a drive in the country surrounded by farmland and spectacular lake views? The quirky stops along the way. Take a day trip from Kamloops through the Shuswap and you’ll brake not only for local farm stands and eateries but also fun oddities like a motorcycle museum and a donkey refuge.

From Kamloops, the 240-km drive on Highway 1 that loops back through Highway 97 takes about three hours. You’ll want a full day to enjoy the sights along the way. Here are 7 highlights of the journey.

 

Monte Creek Ranch Winery

Just outside of Kamloops, Monte Creek Ranch’s tasting room and Terrace Restaurant offer beautiful views of the Thompson Valley and Thompson River. Taste a few vintages and stow away a bottle of your favourite for day’s end.

 

Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge

Continue further on Highway 1 toward Little Shuswap Lake, then turn right onto the Chase/Falkland Highway (Shuswap Road) just before Pete Murray’s Corn. Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge is a working farm that’s dedicated to caring for donkeys and mules that have been neglected or abused. This family-friendly spot offers visits with the donkeys (check hours in advance) and valley farmland scenery.

 

Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum and Sprokkets Cafe

Stop for homemade soup, sandwiches, and pie at Sprokkets Cafe, and then check out the eclectic collection of classic motorcycles at the Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum . Dreamcycle’s owner considers each a work of art and loves to share his passion.

 

DeMille's Farm Market

Continue on and look for the water tower in the distance. When you spot the billboard sign for Demille’s Farm Market, which frequently prompts laughs from passers-by with its witty messages, it’s time to pull over. This third-generation farm sells local produce and offers sandwiches at the lunch counter. A petting zoo and a seasonal corn maze (from mid-July to September) are sure to entertain the kids.

 

Grass Root Dairies

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fenugreek cheese, a specialty cheese and we only have one batch available, so hurry down and sample some.

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Just off of Highway 1 in Salmon Arm, head out towards Silver Creek along Salmon River Road to Grass Root Dairies Farm. Take in the lovely mountain views and stop to pick up an edible souvenir at this local dairy. It produces Gouda, Maasdammer, Parmesan, and other cheeses from the milk of its grass-fed cows.

 

Ovino Winery

Circling back to Kamloops, check out Ovino Winery, a small, peaceful vineyard that grows Pinot Gris, Pinot Meunier, Gewurztraminer, Traminette grapes, and more, and offers wine tastings.

 

The Rock Eatery

Continue back to Kamloops via Falkland. If you’re planning on dinner before your return, call ahead to The Rock Eatery in Falkland (reservations are required). This owner-run spot offers refined plates such as pan-seared duck breast and short-rib-stuffed Yorkshire pudding.

 

Consult Drive BC for up-to-date information about road conditions before heading out.