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Communities in 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 Princeton, Coalmont and Tulameen, Hedley, Keremeos, and Cawston. Other valley places you’ll come across are Cathedral Lakes, Chopaka, Eastgate, Manning Park, Olalla, and Twin Lakes.

Our Heart and Spirit

The Similkameen River is the heart of our valley, and our communities are the spirit. You’ll find the people who live in our eclectic small towns are friendly and hospitable. Also, you’ll find sizeable ranches and farms along the way.

We’re proud of what we have here. Boundless outdoor recreation, hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, the list goes on. We are also home to the Fruit Stand Capital of Canada, which is Keremeos. Another delicious title is we are home to the Organic Farming Capital of Canada, in Cawston. Then there’s our award-winning wine region. Just ask the locals or check-in with the Visitors Centres, and they’ll help you find what you’re looking for.

Take a Road Trip to the Similkameen Valley

It’s road trip time! Hop in your car and explore the Similkameen Valley. You’ll find all sorts of adventures here, from mild to wild. You’ll find our communities on the BC Hwy 3, also known as the Crowsnest Hwy. Getting here is easy—access Hwy 3 from Vancouver via the Trans Canada Highway 1 in Hope. When you’re coming from Jasper, Alberta, you will connect from the Coquihalla Highway, BC Highway 5A. Travellers 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.