Our Communities and Area – Our Valley Places
The Similkameen Valley includes Cathedral Lakes, Cawston Chopaka, Coalmont, Eastgate, Hedley, Keremeos, Manning Park, Olalla, Princeton, Tulameen and Twin Lakes. These valley places will enchant you. We hope you come back again, soon!
Bromley Rock Provincial Park
It’s not a community, but it is a great place to stop and rejuvenate. Located halfway between Princeton and Hedley, Bromley Rock Provincial Park is a famous swimming hole and one of the best places to start a lazy float down the Similkameen River. There are 19 day-use picnic sites at Bromley and if you want to stay a little longer, there are 17 drive-in campsites too.
Cathedral Provincial Park / Cathedral Lakes
Prepare to be amazed by the scenery and stunning vistas at Cathedral Provincial Park. From Keremeos take Hwy. 3 West and turn left onto Ashnola Rd. Follow Ashnola River Road as it turns into Ewart Creek Road. Continue down Ewart Creek and follow the signs to Cathedral Lakes. Once you arrive you can hike, explore, or just relax. That’s what you’re here for.
Chopaka was the name of a legendary hunter of the Okanagan people. Coyote turned him to stone and he became Chopaka Mountain. You’ll find two Chopaka Indian Reservations here, both under the governance of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band, based in Keremeos. Chopaka is known for its yearly rodeo every Easter. It also has a CAN/US border crossing that is usually open from 9am to 5pm. It is highly recommended you check with customs first to see if you can cross here.
Coalmont and Tulameen
Coalmont and Tulameen are hamlets just outside of Princeton. It’s here where you can really get away from it all. There are several types of accommodation to choose from: camping, RV-ing, lodges, retreats, vacation homes and a hotel. You’ll find plenty of places to fish, pan for gold, and explore. In the warmer months you can cycle the Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail) and in the winter head out into the backcountry on a snowmobile.
This small community, as the name implies, is at the east gate of Manning Park. Several people live here year round in cabins down by the river. For visitors, it’s a recreational paradise in all four seasons. Accommodation include cabins, chalets, camping and a motel.
At the western most point of the Similkameen is Manning Park, located 45 minutes west of Princeton. This four seasons playground has endless trails and crystal clear lakes. In the winter, people come from all over the world to snowshoe and cross country ski in the area. Spend the night in a tent under the stars, or in a first-come-first-served hostel. There’s also year round accommodation at their rustic lodge. Electric car owners can charge their cars near the Hope-Princeton sign across from the lodge.
Olalla is a tiny retirement community located a few minutes north of Keremeos. The name Olalla is a local adaptation of the Interior Salish word for berries.
On the eastern edge of the Similkameen, you’ll find the small community of Twin Lakes, located off Hwy 3A on Twin Lakes Road between Hedley and the Hwy 97 junction. Accommodation include area B & Bs as well as at the RV Park on the golf course.