Visitor Information Centre
The Chase & District Chamber of Commerce is proud to manage the Visitor Information Centre for our vibrant lakeside village nestled in the mountainous western Shuswap region, along the sandy shores of the Little Shuswap Lake. As a four season playground, we welcome and assist over 7,000 visitors throughout the year (with limited days outside the summer months).
We are currently open Wednesday (11:00-4:30), Thursday (8:30-4:30), Friday (8:30-4:30).
The Chase Visitor Information Centre is conveniently located at 400 Shuswap Avenue just off the Trans-Canada Highway in the heart of the village. Our staff are certified Tourism BC Visitor Information Counsellors, and help to answer inquiries from both locals and visitors. The centre also has info on local events and services, a public washroom, free wi-fi for guests, maps/driving directions, and other resources and information. There is plenty of parking and suitable parking for large motor homes, as well as a small covered picnic area.
In the early spring, Chase is the wildflower hotspot. You can hike the rolling grassland bench above the mouth of the South Thompson River to the Neskonlith Meadows and see the Avalanche Lily, Arrowleaf and Balsom Root in full bloom or view the noble bighorn sheep who call Chase home. If adventure is what you seek, explore and play at the TreeTop Flyers at Chase Canyon Zipline and fly over the cascading Chase Creek Falls that are rapid in May. Chase’s residents and visitors alike await spring to partake in some great outdoor activities, such as the new Dr. Vagyi Memorial Skatepark, our family friendly 9 hole golf course at Sunshore Golf where you can enjoy a nice meal or pint of draft at the 19th Hole under a covered deck, the stunning 18 hole Talking Rock Golf Course, or cruise around town as part of our Neighborhood Golf Cart Program.
You can make the most of our hot summer days with a paddle, float, swim or skim on the Little Shuswap Lake. Memorial Park is the community’s gem, where you can dive off the 300 meter long iconic red pier, relax and build sandcastles on the beach, enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade, and play in the new Lions Splash Pad. On Tuesday evenings in July & August, enjoy free live concerts at our Lakeside Summer Music Series, where you can also grab a nice cold beer and dinner for the family from the vendors set up in the park. Open all summer long, the Chase & District Museum and Archives welcomes visitors to learn the great history and heritage of our lovely township, take a Historical Tour with the local Historian, explore the authentic pioneer cabin, and check out the 1923 Franklin automobile.
For those interested in learning and experiencing the rich Indigenous culture and history of the local Secwepemc First Nations, a visit to the Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Course is a must. The Little Shuswap Indian Band offers guests the opportunity to explore a kekuli (traditional underground lodge), participate in a canoe journey, head out on berry picking excursions, listen to traditional storytelling, and so much more. The annual Skw’lax and Neskonlith Pow Wows welcome everyone to stop by and participate in the captivating celebrations including the traditional dance competition, lahal games, bannock and hand-drumming.
The rich, fertile and pristine areas surrounding Chase make it an ideal location for agriculture. Be sure to take in the local Farmer’s Market on Fridays during the summer, grab some fresh produce from the many great sustainable farms and do a tasting tour of the wineries and breweries around the area. In August, be sure to pick up a bag of our world famous corn and join in the annual CornStock festivities. Just outside of Chase you can find bison roaming the ranch at the Turtle Valley Bison Farm, with special events and feasts throughout the year. Just down the road is the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge Society, offering refuge to donkeys since 1999 this working farm is dedicated to caring for donkeys and encourages visitors to visit the donkeys over the fence (sorry, no riding the mules).
Chase is the Ultimate Adventure in the Shuswap! From fishing, boating and kayaking to the Zip – Jump – Swing. There are many accommodations to suit explorers of all types from hotels/motels, resorts, B&Bs, to camping and RV parks all within the Village or a short drive outside the community.
Experience downtown! Stroll around and explore the boutiques, shop and services that the Village of Chase has to offer. You will find fashion, gifts, outdoor specialty shops, salons, groceries, and many cafes and restaurants as you meander through town.
Fall is breathtaking in Chase, as the amber trees transform the hillsides and eagles soar along the shorelines. A hike up Mount Scatchard and Mount Boysee is great anytime of year, and a climb in the autumn will reward you with incredible views and picturesque landscapes sure to earn you some serious likes on Instagram. Over at Pete Murray’s Corn Farm, families fill an afternoon in the Pumpkin Patch, solving the Corn Maze, and picking up fresh goodies in the Harvest Market. A major excitement each fall is the return of the Sockeye Salmon to the Adams River. Though salmon return to the spawning grounds every year at Tsutswecw Provincial Park (nee Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park), and the dominate run happens every four years where millions of Sockeye Salmon and hundreds of thousands of visitors celebrate the Salute to Sockeye – Adams River Salmon Run. As one of the most important sockeye salmon breeding areas in the world, this annual phenomenon is important to the local ecology, history, and culture of the Secwepemc people since time immemorial.
If you seek winter adventure, Chase and the Shuswap is a fantastic place to visit. Just north of Chase is Skmana Lake, home to the Skmana X-Country Ski Club, where 14 kilometers of track set classic ski trails and a generous offering of designated snowshoe trails awaits. The well marked trails cover a wide range of natural forest, lakes and streams. If you watch closely you may even encounter hares, woodpeckers and grouse, and with real luck you may come across their resident moose! 36 kilometers east from Skmana Lake is Crowfoot Mountain, a trail riding, boondocking, hillclimbing or tree riding ultimate adventure. Crowfoot offers terrain for intermediate to expert riders and great views of Shuswap Lake. Elevations range from 1,200 metres to 2,250 metres, allowing sledders to experience subalpine regions, alpine regions or both. In town check out a bonspiel at the Chase & District Curling Club, throw a game of bowling or play some arcade games at the town’s newest hotspot, Village Lanes Fun Centre or strap on a pair of skates at the Art Holding Arena where you can also take in a Chase Heat Junior Hockey game. Grab your cowbell and become one of the locals for a night!