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

The Similkameen Valley Planning Society (SVPS) facilitates tourism development 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 Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District 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:

Cawston Chopaka Coalmont
Hedley Keremeos Olalla
Eastgate Manning Park Upper Similkameen Indian Bands
Princeton Tulameen Lower Similkameen Indian Bands

Contact us:

Similkameen Valley Planning Society
Keremeos and Princeton

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


I am pleased to have been associated with the SVPS since 2008. Our group has moved forward on our River Study. We are now commencing phase three of this very import undertaking. Collectively, we have done a very fine job in promoting our valley wide tourism. We’ve seen a marked increase in visitors to our area.

Frank Armitage, Mayor of Princeton

SVPSKimMaynard3x3I am very proud to be on the SVPS board. This organization is undertaking the first Watershed study of the Similkameen Valley. Our valley wide Tourism Guide is a collaboration of our valley communities. It evolves every year. We have a lot to share and we’re getting the word out there!

Kim Maynard, Director, Town of Princeton


RDOS and Electoral Areas

Tim Roberts is the new director for Electoral Area G. The directors of SVPS work well together. We make it possible to step into the history of the Similkameen Valley. Come and visit Granite Creek. Relive the Gold Rush days there or at Princeton, Hedley, Similkameen and Tulemeen Rivers. There’s still plenty of gold to be found here.

Electoral Area G


The SVPS gives me the opportunity to represent all groups and organizations of 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 recently opened Hudson Bay Brigade historic trail.

Bob Coyne, RDOS Area H