Discover Salmo, BC!

The "Hub of the Kootenays"

Regional Stats

Regional District  Population 
East Kootenay  61,862 
Central Kootenay   60,237
Kootenay-Boundary  33,118

Economic Drivers 

  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • High Tech
  • Forestry
  • Agriculture
  • Hydro Electric Power
  • Health & wellness
  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas Extraction
  • Manufacturing
  • Arts & Culture
Village Of Salmo

Salmo is a small friendly community nestled in the beautiful Selkirk mountains of southeastern British Columbia.  Known as the "Hub of the Kootenays" Salmo is located an equal 30 minute drive from the communities of Nelson, Castlegar, and Trail.  Surrounding mountains, pristine lakes, streams and rivers make Salmo a natural haven for a wide variety of wildlife and offer an ideal setting for outdoor recreation enthusiasts.  During the winter months our local ski hill, located just minutes from town, offers night skiing on fully lit runs as well as great daytime skiing on the weekends.  We also have an indoor curling rink, outdoor skating rink and many kilometers of cross country ski trails.     

In summer, our outdoor pool, many hiking trails and local parks provide endless opportunities to enjoy a healthy living lifestyle. On top of all that, some say we have the best drinking water in the world!  All of this makes Salmo truly one of the best travel destinations as well as a great place to live.  Please explore our website and discover all that our area has to offer.  We hope to see you soon!

Salmo River Bridge

Salmo (originally known as Salmon Siding), Ymir and Erie were small mining towns that grew up along the right-of-way of the historic Nelson/Fort Shepherd Railway in the latter days of the 19th century.  Mining and logging were the major industries in those early days.  Mines in the area were major producers of gold, silver, lead, zinc and tungsten.  Logging has continued to flourish over the years and continues today as a mainstay for many residents of the area.  In the early days, the Salmo River Valley was famous for its large cedar trees.  Small isolated stands of these ancient giants can still be found in the area and huge stumps also bear witness to the size of the old trees.

Ymir was the largest and most prosperous of the three townsites in the early years.  However, due to the decrease in mining over the years, Ymir steadily decreased in size and Erie nearly vanished completely.  Today, Salmo has replaced Ymir as the major centre situated as it is at the junction of two main highways.

Before the dams on the Columbia river were built, the Salmo river was teeming with large Salmon giving the river (Salmon River) and the townsite (Salmon Siding) its name.The names were later changed to Salmo to avoid confusion with other places bearing the same name.

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