Current Travel Info

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the beautiful Similkameen Valley

The Similkameen Valley Planning Society (SVPS) supports tourism as part of its overall economic and community development mandate. The society has membership from both municipal governments (Princeton and Keremeos) and regional government. This includes the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) areas B, G and H, and the Lower Similkameen Indian Band.

Similkameen Country is the gateway to the Okanagan Valley and the Kootenay Rockies. The Similkameen Valley is part of the Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia.

Our Boundaries and Communities

The Similkameen Valley is located in the southern interior of British Columbia. It extends from Richter Pass in the east to the Similkameen River’s headwaters in Manning Park in the west. Primary access is along the Highway 3 (Crowsnest).

Communities, parks and hamlets include:

EastgateManning ParkUpper Similkameen Indian Bands
PrincetonTulameenLower Similkameen Indian Bands

Contact: Tourism Services are provided by Carlysle & Co. contact Simone Carlysle-Smith, Tourism Services Manager for the Similkameen Valley Planning Society at 250-575-7247 or via email

Similkameen Valley Planning Society (SVPS)

Keremeos and Princeton

Spencer Coyne, Mayor of Princeton, BC, SVPS

SVPS Chair and Mayor Town of Princeton, BC

I am excited to be working collaboratively with our Similkameen neighbours. By working together we strengthen our valley and celebrate our uniqueness from other regions of the province. We work together to showcase why the Similkameen is the best place to live, play and work.

Spencer Coyne, Mayor of Princeton and Chair, Similkameen Valley Planning Society


Chair of the Similkameen Valley Planning Society, and Mayor of Keremeos, Manfred Bauer

Past Chair SVPS, Retired Mayor of Keremeos

It has been a great experience to work together with all the SVPS members. We work hard to showcase our valley to visitors from around the world. We love to show them the uniqueness of our towns and the bounty of our stunning natural surroundings.

Manfred Bauer, Retired

RDOS Electoral Area Representatives

Tim Roberts, Area G Director, SVPS

There is so much to be exited about. The rugged natural beauty of our valley and its endless possibilities for families, businesses and visitors is exciting. Collaborating to protect what we have while enhancing and preparing for a happy healthy tomorrow.

Tim Roberts, RDOS Area G


The SVPS gives me the opportunity to represent all groups and organizations in our area. Agriculture is our biggest industry. The Similkameen River is our biggest resource. I am proud to represent Cawston rural. This area runs from Keremeos rural south to the USA border. It excludes the area of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band.

George Bush, RDOS Area B


Come and play in the Similkameen sunshine, summer or winter. Come bike and cross country ski at China Ridge Trails.  Get out and hike in the Alpine in our provincial parks. We are a very rural area with Manning Park at our western boundary. We have some of the best hiking trails in the province. They include the Hudson Bay Brigade historic trail.

Bob Coyne, RDOS Area H