Come and Play in the Great Outdoors
A mere five-minute drive on Hwy 3, just down the road from Keremeos, is the tiny hamlet of Cawston (population 975). What Cawston lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in personality.
Cawston Top 10 List
- Oktoberfest at Crowsnest Vineyard
- Go fishing in the Similkameen River
- Enjoy a wine tasting tour of the area
- Take a leisurely walk through the town
- Hike one of the several trails in the area
- Visit the underground caves at Seven Stones winery
- Get yourself some of the organic goodness grown here
- Check out Canada’s only strawbale winery at Orofino Winery
- Visit Harker’s Organics for some great organic produce and delicious fruit wines
- Catch a groove and bite into some freshly baked pizza at Friday Night Pizza Night at the Crowsnest Wood Fire Oven Bakery
View Cawston Location Map
Visitor Info Centre
417 – 7th Ave, Keremeos, BC
Small but Mighty
There is much more here than meets the eye in small-town Cawston. Nestled in the valley, surrounded by lush agricultural land, 40% of the farms here are certified organic. In fact, Cawston is the Organic Farm Capital of Canada! This is a stamp of pride for our region, and these cultivators take their craft seriously. The rural landscapes make it a popular home for hobby farms, horse ranches and nature enthusiasts.
Head out on a trail, and you’re likely to find almost every terrain imaginable. Be prepared because you’ll find everything from small to midsize cactus and sagebrush in a desert-like environment to lush sub-alpine meadows. Be sure to check with the Keremeos Visitor Centre to determine which trails would be best suited to you.
The Lower Similkameen Indian Band’s office is in Cawston. The Similkameen people, or Smelqmix, have a long history here that encompasses areas in southern British Columbia and North Central Washington. Their reserve lands run from Cawston, through Keremeos and up towards the Hedley area. The language of the Smelqmix is Nsyilxcn and is spoken throughout the Syilx Nation from the Upper Nicola Valley to the Colville River Valley and over to the upper reaches of the Columbia to the Methow Valley in the US.
Wine Away the Day
There are several great wineries in Cawston (one of them has a tasting cave!) and a cidery. They create award-winning fares that will have you wondering why you didn’t discover them sooner. Spend your day sipping in the sunshine as you relax on a winery patio or meander through the vineyards. Take a guided tour, or get a map from the Visitor Centre and explore on your own.
Where to Stay in Cawston
Take your time and stay overnight in this charming hamlet. In Cawston, there are some lovely B & Bs, including guest suites at an organic farm, a luxury stay at a winery and adventure centre, as well as lodging at a local vineyard and winery. Accommodation is also available up the road in Keremeos.