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Welcome to the Similkameen Valley

British Columbia, Canada

Rugged. Rustic. Real.

It’s summertime in the Similkameen Valley, and that means new sights, smells, sounds and tastes. 

Prepare your senses for an explosion of colours and flavours as desert flowers bloom, fruit ripens in our orchards, and the bounty of our organic gardens invite you to dive in and enjoy. 

Lace up your hiking boots or jump on a bike and traverse our trails among the pine trees basking in the sunshine, giving off a warm, sweet scent. Or take a float down the river – the currents are gentle, the water is warm. It’s a great time to cast your line, too, in one of countless crystal-clear mountain lakes.

Pitch a tent, park your RV, or stay in one of our unique motels and inns. And bring your golf clubs…you’ll want to get in a few rounds.

Don’t forget to visit our wineries and cideries. You’ll find a style of hospitality unique to our valley…warm, welcoming, and down-to-earth.

Join us for summertime in the Similkameen Valley. We can’t wait to see you.

The Similkameen Valley is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Similamix and Smelqmix People.

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Getting Here

Driving Hwy 3 beside the river

Getting Here Is Easy

The Crowsnest Scenic BC Highway 3 runs straight through the Similkameen Valley. Starting from the west exit from Hope, you will travel to Manning Park, then onward Princeton, followed by Hedley, Keremeos and Cawston. Further eastbound you will arrive at the junction of Highway 97 at Osoyoos and gateway to the Okanagan Valley in the Thompson-Okanagan Region of BC’s Interior. We are a 3-hour drive from Vancouver.

If you were to drive the valley from end to end, you’d cover 111 miles (180 km). Start at Manning Park in the west and end up at the BC Highway 97 junction in Kaleden (Hwy 3A) or Osoyoos in the east. How long it takes to drive it will be up to you, there is plenty to see and do!

What does Similkameen mean?

What Does Similkameen Mean?

The Similkameen river and valley is named for its Indigenous people, the Similkameen, meaning “people of the river.”

Official visitor website for the Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, Canada including Cathedral Lakes, Cawston, Chopaka, Coalmont, Eastgate, Hedley, Keremeos, Manning Park, Olalla, Princeton, Similkameen Valley, Tulameen and Twin Lakes.