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Around the District - Community of Chase

Chase is located on the shores of Little Shuswap Lake, between Kamloops and Salmon Arm, along the Trans Canada Highway (#1). Chase provides an excellent base to experience the Shuswap region - explore nature's bounty, events and attraction.  

Chase has a fabulous climate offering hot dry summers and mild winters. Known for its wildlife, surrounding mountains are scattered with big horn sheep, Osprey, black bears, white tail and mule deer.

During the sockeye salmon spawning cycle in fall, bald eagles and osprey are easily spotted along the shore of the South Thompson River and Shuswap Lakes. Just a short drive from Chase are several Provincial Parks including: Niskonlith, Roderick Haig-Brown, Shuswap, Adams, Sunnybrae and Herald.

There is a wealth of Native culture around Chase, as the village is nestled amongst Niskonlith, Adam's Lake and Little Shuswap Indian Bands who celebrate Powwow's with traditional drumming, crafts, dancing and authentic meals. Local interpretive areas include teepees, kekuli & sweat lodges. Ancient pictographs can be seen on rocks lining the Adams River and around Shuswap Lake.

Public Beach in Chase 

 The downtown core is lined with seasonal blooms and is easy walking to a variety of specialty stores, art, culture and restaurants. Stop by one of our coffee shops, bakeries or grocery outlets and enjoy a cappuccino or a refreshing fruit smoothie with your lunch or pick up your favorite fresh deli supplies baked bread and treats for a picnic on a downtown bench or lakeside park.

Downtown Chase BC 

Our many lakes, parks and hiking trails are easy access for light day excursions. Scenic highlights not to be missed are the shores and camping areas of Neskonlith Lake and a visit to Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park where salmon return to spawn each fall is a must. Brilliant red colors the waters of Adams River as the sockeye complete their 405 km journey from the ocean.

The Shuswap experience extends from rich valley lakes to mountain peaks where the more adventurous discover new vistas via snowmobile at Crowfoot Mountain. There is something for everyone in the Shuswap all year! 

 

Local produce including world famous corn, strawberries and pumpkins can be enjoyed in season from Pete Murray’s Corn Farm and Golden Ears Co-Op. The Chase Cornstock Festival combines our world famous corn and local musicians, in a fun family atmosphere at the Chase Memorial Park. Fall time at the Pumpkin Patch is another great family affair to enjoy during the late summer and rich fall seasons.

From May to September the local Farmer’s Market offers a variety of organic produce, arts and crafts.

During the summer one can experience Canada’s unique Aboriginal cultures at the Squilax Pow Wow celebration held every year in July. It is a celebration of First Nations people with traditional demonstrations and ceremonies.

Summer would not be complete without a round of golf and enjoy a relaxed lunch at the Sunshore Golf Course in the heart of Chase or at our neighbouring Talking Rock Resort and Quaaout Lodge, both with stunning lake and mountain views. 

Capture

 

Check out the shopping at the Chase Plaza,  Conveniently located in the heart of Chase. Safety Mart houses 24,000 sq feet of quality fresh produce, meats, bakery, deli & grocery items. Operating for over 30 years to offer a wide selection of products for all of your needs. Family owned and operated with strong community involvement. Lottery Terminal, ATM Machine, spacious parking (RV friendly), or stop at Chase Plaza Dollar & Gift Store which houses a full line of party, scrapbooking/crafts, house wares, gifts, pets and toys with a full assortment of seasonal items makes us unique. We are the only dollar & gift store in Chase.  Although they are small in size they are large in assortments filling your everyday needs.. If you are hungry make sure you stop into  Subway Restaurant for an always fresh Sub, Soup or Salad. There is also the Silver Fox Pub which has a full restaurant serving Lunch and Dinner. And if you are feeling thirsty you can make sure to grab some refreshments at the Silver Fox Cold Beer and Wine Store. Also located in the Plaza is a coin Laundry Mat and H&R Block. The Chase Plaza is your one stop shop.

Free RV parking is available and conveniently located in the Chase Plaza. The Plaza is next door to the Art Holding Memorial Arena home to the Chase Heat hockey team & The Treetop Flyers Zipline.

HISTORY

The first settlers in the South Thompson area some 10,000 years ago were the Shuswap people - a corruption of Secwepemc which means, "The beginning of a spill-over from a big lake." There are presently three bands in the area; Niskonlith, Adams Lake and Little Shuswap Indian Bands.

Whitfield Chase who was born in 1820 to the famous Chase Family left Otego, New York March 25th 1852 and arrived at Fort Townsend Sept. 24th 1852. In 1853-54 after Chase's sailing partner drowned, Whitfield moved to Victoria plying his trade as a carpenter. By July 1857 he was back at Port Townsend.

In 1859 Whitfield wrote home, "I may visit California or I may return to the States or I may go to the gold diggings towards the head waters of those streams which flow into the Fraser's River." Whitfield by 1862 was prospecting up the South Thompson River but by the fall of 1864 returned to Kamloops and after a stint in Barkerville decided to go farming. Whitfield married the eldest daughter of Chief Synsetid the Niskonlith Chief in 1865 and took over James Todd's 460 acres at the foot of "lesser Shuswap Lake."

By 1884, when the C.P.R. arrived, Whitfield had amassed 1330 acres with 550 cattle, 30 horses and five teams, as well as a huge garden and orchard. Elizabeth bore four boys and six daughters for Whitfield between; 1869-1892. Whitfield died in 1896, and Elizabeth in 1907. Both are buried in the Chase graveyard. Marcus Chase, Whitfield's eldest living son ran the ranch eventually leasing 68.8 acres in November 1906 to the Adams River Lumber Company, settling the Town site in 1907. Marcus died in 1908.

The Adams River Lumber company was formed July 2, 1907 by J.P McGoldrick president of the McGoldrick Lumber Company of Spokane Washington along with A.J Lammers, a well known Minnesota Lumberman. The Mill started up in 1908 and started selling the townsite, the first lot was purchased by George Price May 5th 1908. The town had running water, telephone, electricity, as well a government in the form of The Chase and District Central Board of Trade. The town had a fire hall, band, baseball team(s), opera house, movie theatre, hospital, hotels, churches, bank, stores, and restaurants.

The Mill was considered the largest in the Interior of BC and the third largest in the province. The Mill ran from 1908-1925 cutting 30 million feet in 1910 averaging 175,000 feet in a ten hour shift, employing approximately 300 men. The stack was the tallest on any mill in BC beings 184 feet high. After Adams River Lumber Company closed the Big Mill various smaller mills ran in the former location right up to 2005.

The village carried on as the town had electricity, telephone, running water, the Chase Board of Trade, to go along with the best climate in the world. Then in 1939 Canada declared war on Germany and most of the men went to serve their country. 1945 saw the return of the veterans who picked up their lives again working at the new Adams Lake Sawmill located at the south end of the Adams Lake and various mills on the Chase site. The village voted to incorporate in 1969; the largest driving force was to get clean water.

With the Incorporation of the village of Chase came the first Mayor, Mayor Alex Brown. The streets were paved, the water system updated, a sewage system implemented and many other services and resources have since been added to the village.

 

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CHASE POPULATION
The Village of Chase has a population of roughly 2,500. The local trading area includes more than 15,000 residents.

LOCATION
Chase is the Western Gateway to the Shuswap Lake System and lies in between Kamloops (56km) and Salmon Arm (52km). Vancouver is just over 400km from the village and Calgary is about 564km from Chase.

ELEVATION
Chase sits at 355 metres above sea level.

CLIMATE
The climate in Chase is extraordinary; short winters give way to vibrant and green springs. Summers are filled with sun and temperatures sit around the 30°C mark. Fall is warm allowing for nature to slowly prepare for winter.

 

 Secwepemec people have lived in the area
for at least 10,000 years.

 1800's  Fur traders, missionaries, miners
 1865  Whitfield Chase settled in the area
 1908  First building lot was purchased in Chase
 1912  Chase Central Board of Trade established
 1968  Village of Chase Incorporated
 2008  Chase celebrated its 100th anniversary


 Chase Museum