Set in the transition zone between the semi-arid Okanagan Valley and the interior rainforest of the Monashee Mountains, Lumby is surrounded by a truly amazing diversity of terrain and ecosystems.
The village rests in the fertile White Valley at the confluence of Duteau and Bessette creeks.
Dry grassland and ponderosa pine dotted hillsides rise to the Okanagan Highland in the west, while cedar and hemlock densely forest the wet, steep slopes of the Shuswap Highlands and Monashee Mountains to the north and east.
Camel's Hump is the most notable local landmark, with its 1,200m/3,937ft rounded summit punctuating the skyline from every direction. In geological terms, the iconic hump is an erosional remnant, the stump of a volcanic cone formed by ancient lava flows, sculpted by glaciers and worn down by eons of erosion. A moderately difficult hiking trail leads to the summit and provides predictably outstanding views.
Creeks and Rivers
Lumby is located at the confluence of two relatively minor waterways, Duteau and Bessette creeks. But the nearby Shuswap River is an important generator of hydro electricity that also provides a venue for easy rider tubing and tame or adventurous canoeing and kayaking.
Mabel Lake, Echo Lake, Keefer Lake and Sugar Lake lie within a 60km/37mi radius of Lumby, providing recreational opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing and kayaking.
Four scenic waterfalls are easily accessible by car from Lumby. Short trails from parking areas lead to Shuswap Falls, Cascade Falls, Brenda Falls and Rainbow Falls.
Interior Temperate Rainforest
The steep slopes of the snow-capped Monashee Mountains east of Lumby (with peaks rising as high as 3,274m/10,741ft) lie in the BC Interior Rainforest. This is the only rainforest in the world that is located so far from the ocean and it is also the only rainforest that derives much of its water from snow, producing a unique biological zone.
The western cedar and hemlock forest, protected by its wetness from forest fires, hosts trees as old as 1,800 years and a wide range of plants, animals and lichens. The area northeast of Lumby is one of the best wild mushroom hunting grounds in the country.
Climate & Weather
Lumby is located in a transition zone, receiving more precipitation than the semi-arid Okanagan Valley to the west and less than the Interior Rainforest to the east. Average annual rainfall amounts to 43.6cm/17.2in while snowfall averages 143cm/4ft.
Spring is marked by abundant wildflowers and in autumn the cottonwood and aspen trees turn a rich gold. Summers are pleasantly warm with average highs in August of 23.6°C/74.5°F, although many days are much hotter. January is the coldest month with average daily highs of -6.5°C/20°F.