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Similkameen River Red Bridge
Orchard in winter
Deer in snow
Bridge in snow
Similkameen River in winter
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Welcome to the Similkameen Valley

British Columbia, Canada

Rugged. Rustic. Real.

Imagine a quiet pine forest, blanketed in white. Every sound is beautifully muffled by the coating of snow. Your steps become lighter, and so does your soul. In this almost monochrome world, you can relax. Wandering the terrain on skis or snowshoes at China Ridge, Manning Park, Cathedral Lakes…you will discover beauty and peace. You’ll find space to simply breathe and enjoy the crisp, fresh air.

Join us this winter in the Similkameen…we can’t wait to welcome you.

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

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Getting Here

Getting Here Is Easy

The Crowsnest Highway (BC Highway 3) runs straight through the Similkameen Valley. It travels from Princeton to the Okanagan Valley at Osoyoos 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 180 kilometres. Start at Manning Park in the west and end up at the BC Highway 97 junction in Kaleden 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?

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

What does Similkameen mean?

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.