Communities of the Similkameen Valley
Welcome to the beautiful Similkameen Valley in southern British Columbia. Our valley lies just above the US border in the Thompson Okanagan. This is a rugged, rustic and real under-discovered region. It was made for those who like to relax in nature and for adventurous self-explorers. Our communities include: Cathedral Lakes, Cawston, Chopaka, Coalmont, Eastgate, Hedley, Keremeos, Manning Park, Olalla, Princeton, Tulameen and Twin Lakes.
Take a Road Trip to the Similkameen Valley
First of all, to start your adventure, you take the Crowsnest Highway (BC Highway 3). You can access it from Vancouver via the Trans Canada Highway 1 in Hope. Or, if you’re coming from Jasper, Alberta, you’d connect from the Coquihalla Highway, BC Highway 5A. Travelers from Calgary would connect to BC Highway 3A linking the Crowsnest to Penticton. US travellers can enter the valley at the junction of Highways 97 and 3 near Osoyoos. You’ll find mild and wild adventures here.
Our Heart and Spirit
While you are here, enjoy exploring from the Allison Pass to the Richter Pass. You’ll marvel at the 200 kilometre (125 mi) long corridor carved out of the Cascade Mountains by the Similkameen River.
The Similkameen river is the heart of our valley and the communities are our spirit. You’ll find the people who live in our eclectic small towns are friendly and hospitable. In addition, you’ll find sizeable ranches and farms along the way.
The Similkameen is home to the Fruit Stand Capital of Canada. A delicious title to have. We are also are home to the Organic Farming Capital of Canada, and we have an award winning wine region.