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.

The Similkameen Valley is the ancestral, traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx Nation, and is home to the Upper Similkameen Indian Band—the Similamix People—and the Lower Similkameen Indian Band—the Smelqmix People.

Our Boundaries and Communities

The Similkameen Valley is located in the southern interior of British Columbia extending 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). The Similkameen Valley is part of the Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia and Similkameen Country is the gateway to the Okanagan Valley and the Kootenay Rockies.

Communities, parks and hamlets include:


Manning Park

Upper Similkameen Indian Band
Lower Similkameen Indian Band

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

Similkameen Valley Planning Society (SVPS)

Municipalities: Keremeos and Princeton

Chair, Similkameen Valley Planning Society and Mayor, Keremeos, BC

I have had the privilege of living in many of the beautiful areas around BC, but the Similkameen is the area my family has put down roots. It is a privilege to serve as a member of the SVPS and to showcase the incredible diversity and opportunities present in our area, and the variety of experiences offered from the valley bottoms to the vast mountain peaks. Stop on by, you never know what you might discover.

Jason Wiebe, Mayor of Keremeos


Spencer Coyne, Mayor of Princeton, BC, SVPS

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 Past Chair, Similkameen Valley Planning Society

RDOS Electoral Area Representatives

Tim Roberts, Area G Director, SVPS

There is so much to be excited 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, Vice Chair Similkameen Valley Planning Society


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, Secretary / Treasurer Similkameen Valley Planning Society


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