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The Garden of the Shuswap

Contributed by Mr. Barrie Bell - Teacher)

The Village of Chase - Photo by Mrs. Diane Hopp
Taken in August 1996. Looking East from Niskonlith lookout over the South Thompson River towards Little Shuswap Lake. The Village of Chase is nestled against the hillside along the West side of the East Trans Canada Highway.
The Village of Chase is located on the western end of Little Shuswap Lake, 56Km. northeast of Kamloops (pop. 80,000) and 52 Km. West of Salmon Arm (pop.15,000). Chase has an ideal location, being located on the Shuswap Lake System, for both winter and summer activities and is often referred to as British Columbia's very own land of paradise.

Chase is a village of about 2,200 but serves a trading area of about 10,000 with a large tourist population during the summer months. A large number of students attending Chase Primary School, Haldane Elementary and Chase Secondary School come from the rural communities of Pritchard, Adams Lake, Turtle Valley, Chase Creek, and Squilax. The Three First Nations Reserves of the Adams Lake Band, Neskonlith Band and Squilax Band are also an important part of the Chase culture.
Chase's climate is referred to as moderate although temperatures in the winter have been known to drop to -30C although not for long periods of time. The mountains surrounding Chase receive healthy snow accumulations making them ideal for cross country and downhill skiing and for snowmobiling. Summer is wonderful with little rain and warm temperatures; July and August temperatures between 25 and 30C.
Recreation & Attractions:
Whether enjoying the attractions in and around the Village itself or driving the short distance to experience the vast variety of sports and recreation opportunities, making Chase's location perfect. During the summer, fishing, water skiing, golfing, mountain biking, hiking, and canoeing as well as rodeos, logging shows, and Pow-Wows attract both locals and tourists to the Village. Active BMX Association, Minor Ball Association, and soccer teams provide recreation opportunities for the youth of Chase. Many of the students have participated in training programs in canoeing on the beautiful clear waters of the South Thompson River which flow past the village. A summer recreational program is provided for local and visiting children with a large variety of craft activities as well as swimming lessons.
In winter the curling club provides a Jam Can Curling Bonspiel for the children of the area with over 65 rinks participating. Although at present there is only have a outdoor skating rink, the Chase population is working hard at raising funds for an indoor facility and Haldane students have been active in helping this endeavour. The grade seven students participate each year in a downhill skiing program at near by Harper Mountain and Jack Rabbit cross county skiing programs are well attended. Locals take great pride in the following local attractions of Neskonlith Meadows, which are gloriously decorated with wild flowers around the end of April; Chase Falls, just south of the rest stop on the Trans-Canada highway; the mountain sheep which frequent the hills around Chase; Ostrich farms, several smaller fishing lakes and the Chase Museum.
As you can see we are not shy when it comes to bragging about our village and surrounding communities. We hope that you will have the opportunity to visit us in real space rather than cyberspace but thank you for dropping by. Please E-mail us for any further information or just to brag about your corner of the world.
Shuswap Region:
We feel very fortunate to live in the beautiful Shuswap Lake region. Located at the western end of the Little Shuswap Lake -- the headwaters of the South Thompson River -- Chase is known as the Gateway to the Shuswap. Visit these sites for more information about this magnificent part of British Columbia.