Falkland is small community located in the Columbia Shuswap Regional District of British Columbia, Canada between Vernon and Kamloops. Falkland is recognized for one of Canada’s largest Canadian flag as well as The Falkland Stampede, one of Canada’s oldest stampedes.
Falkland is nestled at the confluence of three valleys and two rivers, the Salmon River and Bolean Creek, and is cradled by Tuktakamin Mountain (5811 feet/1771 metres) to the south, and Estekawalan Mountain to the west (5960 feet/1817 metres).
Originally known as Slahaltkan, a First Nations word meaning “meeting of the winds”, the farming community of Falkland was named after English Colonel Falkland G.E. Warren of the Royal Horse Artillery, an early pioneer who made his home in the valley in 1893 and established a post office. Started in 1926, Falkland’s Gypsum Mine, now owned by Lafarge, continues to operate to this day.
Still unincorporated, the community, with a population of around 900, has all the amenities; restaurants, store, gas station, Falkland Library, Post Office, Falkland Elementary School, Falkland Fire Department, Falkland Museum, and a Church.
The Falkland and District Community Association is a one of the community’s non-profit organization and is responsible for managing the stampede grounds, as well the community hall, a two-lane curling club and the outdoor skating rink.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Falkland offers something for everyone such as hiking, mountain biking, fishing, snowmobiling, camping, and minutes away from golfing & skiing.