Quaint little Salmo is the town near the site where Shambhala has been hosted since 1998. For one week each year, this historic mining town sees a drastic influx of Shambhalovlies. Where will you stay? What will you do? What will you eat? Here is a guide to help you satisfy those basic needs in the days leading up to and after the main event.
Roadside and easily visible, the Salmo Shambassy will rise on Tuesday August 7th at 2pm. It is located on the west side of highway 6 near the old railway station in Salmo.
Shambassadors will help orientate you to Salmo, let you know if there are line-up wait times and be that friendly face to help you on your way.
We will open Tuesday August 7th from 2pm – 10 pm. Wednesday August 8th 6:30 am – 10 pm. Thursday August 9th, 6:30 am – 10 pm. Friday August 10th, 10 am – 6 pm.
Please stop in for your first official Shambhalove hug!
Shambassadors are here for you!
Once you arrive in town you will be able to find a variety of places to stay from historic hotels to cottage style motels, including genuine cabins and A frames. There is also the traditional camping route. Check out the list below and consider booking a reservation.
Pine Springs 5125 Highway 3 (250) 357-9660
The Reno Motel 123 Railway Ave. (250) 357-9937
The Selkirk Motel Highway 3 (250) 357-2346
The Sal Crest 110 Motel Ave. (250) 357-9557
Salmo Municipal Campground 414 Baker Avenue (250) 357-9433
Rocking River Campground 7802 Highway 3 (250) 357-9341
Below is a list of independent restaurants and grocery store recommendations also in the area.
- They are also a Shambhala food vendor.
The Pubside 103 4th St. (250) 357-9225
- Hint: it’s in the Salmo Hotel
4th St. Grill 103 4th St. (250) 357-9623
Salmo Foods 323 Davies Ave. (250) 357-9922
Piper’s Corner Store 701 Glendale Ave. (250) 357-2274
Shop Easy 303 Main St. (250) 357-2316
Salmo Pump 519 Railway (250) 357-2227
- Fill up before you come to Shambhala!
At first glance, Salmo is incredibly picturesque. At second glance, you’ll see you are surrounded by the Selkirk Mountains. This is now your own unique panorama of Salmo, what will you make of it? Many people enjoy hiking and taking a dip into one of many local swimming holes. If you’re looking for a good place to eat a picnic, try Knights of Pythias Park. You know what they say, when in Rome do as the Romans do. However, please enjoy these spaces in harmony with the local residents.
Hiking trail suggestion
- Several are located east of Hwy 3 on Salmo River
- Or Big Rock at the end of Baker Ave. near east side of the high school.
Located about 12 minutes out of Salmo toward Nelson, Ymir is a funky small town with population somewhere between 200 and 300 people. Ymir was a booming mining town in the late 1800’s, with many hotels and a very modern hospital.
- The Ymir Campground – Camp for FREE on the Salmo River at the Ymir Campground, right on the main street across from the Ymir Fire Department.
- Ymir Palace Inn – This charming Country Inn with views of the Selkirk Mountains was built in 1896. Recently restored with modern luxuries, boasting self contained suites, featuring rock river showers and 7 large cozy bedrooms. It is a gateway to world class skiing, hiking and all outdoor adventure.
- The Cherry Street Retreat – Situated in the wild and unique town of Ymir, just 20 minutes from Nelson, the well-appointed cabin provides luxury and comfort in a very quiet setting. They are 15 minutes from Whitewater turn off and 45 minutes from Red Mountain for skiiers. Ymir itself is a charming little town, surrounded by nature, endless hiking trails and steeped history.
- The Ymir Hotel & Saloon – The Ymir Hotel & Saloon is nestled between the Purcell and Selkirk Mountains along the Salmo River. Hike, cross-country ski and snowmobile right out the front door. Fourteen newly renovated rooms, ski lockers, laundry, common room and pub with great homemade food. Twenty minutes from Whitewater Ski Resort.
- Kootenay Huts – Nestled at the foot of the Selkirk Mountains, Kootenay Huts can accommodate groups of 2 to 10 people. These cabins place you on the doorstep of the Kootenay wild. Explore the unlimited options for hiking, skiing, fishing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or ATV riding.