Similkameen for the Cultural Explorer
Nothing makes a Cultural Explorer happier on vacation than getting away from it all. You love to completely immerse yourself in the culture, history and lifestyle of your holiday spot. You’re not one to sit on the sidelines. You want to experience it all… from historic sites to modern culture. For you travel is all about leaving your everyday world behind and living like a local. You happily forego comforts in order to discover new cultural experiences. Quirky and off-the-beaten-path adventures are just your kind of thing, after all they help you understand just how locals live.
Similkameen – Cultural Explorer Style
Wherever you go in the Similkameen Valley you’ll be meeting all sorts of interesting characters with unique traditions and interesting ways of life. You’ll meet cowboys who still ride the range and pioneers of organic farming and former big city executives who gave it all up to make wine. You’ll find hippies and yuppies and hipsters living side by side in the Similkameen. Our wide open space leave plenty of room for everyone.
Immerse yourself in the Similkameen and experience the distinct culture and lifestyle of our communities. Explore our history at museums and discovery centres at both ends of the Valley. Escape to the mountains. It’s here where endless peace and quiet will have you falling head over hiking boots in love with Mother Nature. Salute a green pepper on a sizzling September day or dance an Irish jig in the middle of the road — the locals do and you can too!
For the Cultural Explorer We Suggest…
Imagine your life as a homesteader
Follow in the footsteps of the Allison family, the first to settle in Princeton. Discover just how a family of eight lived in a house the size of a modern-day bathroom at the Princeton Museum and Archives. North America’s largest private mineral collection gets a glowing reception with glow-in-the-dark specimens sure to capture your imagination here. You don’t need to keep your hands in your pockets at this museum. Our exhibits are meant to be touched, and played-with bringing history to life in the palm of your hands.
When the Similkameen Sizzles
It means only one thing — it’s time to salute a green pepper! We grow more than 200 varieties of peppers in the Valley, and we like to honour that fact by throwing a bit of a shindig. Quintessentially Canadian, the Similkameen Sizzle is the place to be each September to take part in the hot pepper eating contest, sample every kind of pepper recipe you can possibly imagine and meet the kind folks who dedicate their lives to growing the food that we eat.
Kick back and relax in the wildflower meadows of Manning Park. The rugged Pacific Crest Trail runs from Mexico all the way to its end at Manning Park, making it an iconic quest on many hikers bucket list. You can take the shortcut and drive to the park. It’s just three hours from Vancouver! Once here though, you’ll be well off the grid, without cell phone service, but with plenty of wildflower filled trails to occupy your time and fill up your camera’s flash drive.
Dancing in the streets
That’s what happens at the end of the day at the Princeton Traditional Music Festival each August. An annual celebration of all forms of traditional music, drink it all in during concerts throughout the day. Take a fiddling workshop then jam with other musicians, it’s all good toe-tapping fun…but save some energy for the end of the day — the downtown street dance is not to be missed!