Every Wednesday evening a gathering of lawn chairs and blankets crowd Salmon Arm's Marine Park for musical concerts. Everything from jazz to rock, and from folk to funk, reggae to rythm and blues will be heard from the gazebo.
Salmon Arm is the centre of the action in B.C's Interior, hosting the ROOTSandBLUES Festival in mid-August, attracting thousands of music lovers to the quiet little town on the shores of Shushwap Lake.
The perfect road trip is more than just a scenic drive. It should involve a fun and cool experience to a destination you love or one that has been on your must-visit list for a while. For me, that was the Shuswap region of British Columbia, home of the ROOTS&BLUES Festival, which easily checks off every one of my road trip must-have boxes.
It’s fitting, albeit increasingly rare, for a roots festival to stick to its roots. Although the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival has expanded beyond its community hall beginnings, its musical soul remains.