Sorrento, British Columbia

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Sorrento
Sorrento is located in British Columbia
Sorrento
Sorrento
Location of Sorrento in British Columbia
Coordinates: 50°52′38″N 119°28′14″W / 50.87722°N 119.47056°W / 50.87722; -119.47056Coordinates: 50°52′38″N 119°28′14″W / 50.87722°N 119.47056°W / 50.87722; -119.47056
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia

Sorrento is an unincorporated settlement located on the south shore of Shuswap Lake in the Southern Interior of the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is located on the Trans-Canada Highway, and is 16 miles (25 km) northeast of the town of Chase and 28 miles (45 km) northwest of the city of Salmon Arm. Sorrento is in the Columbia-Shuswap C electoral region of the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District.

History[edit]

The name of the townsite was changed from Trapper's Landing to Sorrento by resident J.R. Kinghorn, who saw a physical resemblance between Copper Island, which lies across Shuswap Lake, and the Isle of Capri as seen from the city of Sorrento, Italy.[1]

Shuswap Lake and Copper Island as seen from Sorrento
Sorrento in the winter months

Festivals[edit]

Sorrento hosts the Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts in July, and the Sorrento Bluegrass Festival in late August.[2][3]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Sorrento
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.5
(56.3)
12
(54)
16.5
(61.7)
28.9
(84)
32.5
(90.5)
33
(91)
37
(99)
35.6
(96.1)
29.5
(85.1)
25
(77)
19.4
(66.9)
10.5
(50.9)
37
(99)
Average high °C (°F) −1.9
(28.6)
0.8
(33.4)
6.8
(44.2)
13.3
(55.9)
18.3
(64.9)
22
(72)
25.3
(77.5)
24.8
(76.6)
17.9
(64.2)
10.5
(50.9)
3.2
(37.8)
−1.2
(29.8)
11.6
(52.9)
Average low °C (°F) −6.4
(20.5)
−4.9
(23.2)
−1.7
(28.9)
1.8
(35.2)
6.3
(43.3)
10.2
(50.4)
12.5
(54.5)
12.5
(54.5)
8
(46)
3.3
(37.9)
−1.4
(29.5)
−5.1
(22.8)
2.9
(37.2)
Record low °C (°F) −27.2
(−17)
−23
(−9)
−19.4
(−2.9)
−7.8
(18)
−1.1
(30)
2.5
(36.5)
4.4
(39.9)
3.5
(38.3)
−1.5
(29.3)
−16
(3)
−27
(−17)
−25.5
(−13.9)
−27.2
(−17)
Precipitation mm (inches) 55
(2.17)
46.2
(1.819)
32.9
(1.295)
28.4
(1.118)
45.5
(1.791)
49
(1.93)
43.4
(1.709)
39.7
(1.563)
40.5
(1.594)
36.9
(1.453)
59.9
(2.358)
71.4
(2.811)
548.7
(21.602)
Source: Environment Canada[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Information originally provided by: British Columbia Place Names, eds. G.P.V and Helen Akrigg, UBC Press, Vancouver, 1997
  2. ^ http://www.artsfestivalshuswap.ca/history.html
  3. ^ http://www.musicworkshops.ca/
  4. ^ Environment CanadaCanadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 11 July 2009