Armstrong (pop. 4,342) is an authentic small farming community with a pleasing blend of country activities and outdoor recreation. Armstrong is situated between the sunny, rolling Okanagan Valley and the cooler, forested Shuswap Valley. The town’s authentic western look is complemented by its heritage buildings, shady streets and huge fair grounds. Armstrong boasts the famous Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede, which runs at the end of August. Armstrong is notable for many renovated heritage homes and businesses. The friendly city retains a charming old west image and historic feeling in the downtown area. People come to go shopping for antiques and locally handcrafted goods, to visit farms and orchards. Professional and amateur theatre companies attract drama fans while hikers find opportunities for bird watching, wildlife viewing and hiking to scenic viewpoints.