welcome to ARMSTRONG
Armstrong is a vibrant community surrounded by the Township of Spallumcheen. This rural community just north of Vernon offers its citizens many commercial and recreational choices. Within Armstrong you will find numerous recreational amenities including an outdoor pool, hockey and curling rinks, baseball diamonds, a golf course and walking trails. Armstrong and Spallumcheen are home to a wide variety of clubs and churches of all major denominations.
Armstrong is well known for its friendly people and peaceful community athmosphere.
a little about ARMSTRONG’s HISTORY
a little about
When work was completed on the Shuswap\Okanagan Railway in 1892, Armstrong consisted of a lone box car which served as station and home for the rail agent. “Apart from the box car,” remarked one pioneer, “there was just willows & swamp”. Ironically, the largest settlement in Spallumcheen, Lansdowne, had been bypassed by the S & O Line. Undaunted, the citizens of the community packed up belongings, even buildings and resettled beside the tracks in Armstrong. Today the only standing testimony we have of this once sprawling western town is the old Lansdowne cemetery. Armstrong was named after William Charles Heaton-Armstrong, who in 1885 started a private bank and arranged a successful issue of bonds for the Shuswap and Okanagan Railway. Today, Armstrong is a vibrant community made up of young families, empty nesters and retirees.
Armstrong is best known for it’s annual Interior Provincial Exhibition in August. With agricultural events for everyone, midway rides for the meek and wild, and live entertainment all weekend long. But it doesn’t stop there! For those who like things a little bit lounder, Armstrong Metalfest takes place in July. Summer also brings the annual Lavender Festival, Canada day fireworks, and music in the park.
In the fall, there is the annual ploughing match, with competition by both horses and tractors. October brings the exciting annual Armstrong Demolition Derby. Don’t miss the Harvest Pumpkin Festival or Caravan Farm Theatres spooky ‘Field of Screams’.
Armstrong becomes a wonderland in winter, with annual festive events such as the downtown lightup, the Festival of Trees, and a candlelight ceremony.
Spring arrives with the opening of the weekly Farmers Market in April and “Come Taste the Valley”, a Free Family Event showcasing local producers and processors of food and beverages.