Discover the History of the Valley
Welcome to Hedley (population 242), a quaint town that holds the legends of the regions settlers near and dear. You’ll find it on Hwy 3, 30 minutes east of Princeton, an hour west of Penticton and three and a half hours from Vancouver.
Hedley Top 10 List
- Visit the Snaza’ist Discovery Centre
- Explore the Hedley Heritage Museum
- Visit the Hedley Country Market and grab supplies for a picnic by the river
- Glimpse the past at Hedley’s cemetery and Masonic cemetery
- Guess the cost of your pepperoni at Doug’s Homestead Gourmet Meats
- Take a walk along the river
- Check out the Hedley Post Office and the mural on this heritage building
- Browse the West Hedley Mall (which isn’t a mall) for antiques and treasures
- Pay your respects at the Cenotaph, erected for the Hedley men who fought in both World Wars
- Sit for a while and have a chat with some of the locals. They have plenty of tales to tell and recommendations to issue.
View Hedley Location Map
Hedley (Seasonally) Hedley Museum
712 Daly Avenue, Hedley, BC
Peek into the Past
When you visit, take the opportunity to peek into the past and discover the town’s history and the land around it. Hedley looms in Nickel Plate Mountain’s shadows, which serves as a constant reminder of the town’s heritage. The mining history revolving around Nickel Plate is evident in the architecture you see today.
The Snaza’ist Discovery Centre and the Hedley Museum offer insightful exhibits into our First Nations and prospecting history. The Upper Similkameen Indian Band has its office here in Hedley. The band’s territory runs from just outside Hedley to Princeton.
Hedley is where you’ll get a seasonal opportunity to peer into days of old when gold was on everyone’s mind. Mascot Mine, located 1 km (.62 mi) above the town, is closed for renovations and upgrades.
It is rumoured that legendary outlaw, Billy Miner, used to come to Hedley with boxes of chocolates to give to the ladies at the dance hall.
Go for the Gold!
From 1850 to the 1960s, there was plenty of gold panned around Hedley. Around 1890 they were panning at the mouth of Hedley Creek (20-mile creek). Even today, there are still gold claims along the creek and the Similkameen River.
Coffee, Picnics and Gourmet Meats!
This cozy town is the perfect place to stop for coffee and grab some picnic goodies, including gourmet meats! The Hedley Country Market, just off the highway on Scott Avenue, has a full assortment of things you’ll need for your picnic, including loaves of bread, condiments, fruit and vegetables as well as beer and wine. You can also get a cup of coffee there.
Where to Stay in Hedley
You’ll find a nice variety when it comes to places to lay your head and relax. To fully immerse yourself in the natural setting, there a couple of options. Corals Cabins, in a countryside setting, near hiking trails, waterfalls and a creek and the Gold Mountain Cabins and Campground on the beautiful Similkameen River.
The Old Hedley Road Inn B & B has an oversize deck where you can watch the eagles fishing in Hayes Creek. At the Colonial Inn and RV Park, you can park your RV or stay in one of the original five guest rooms in this historic home. The Hedley Inn & Hostel is upstairs in a funky historical building across from the Hitching Post. You can rent dorm rooms, private rooms or an entire suite. The Elks Motel is right on Hwy 3 West. It accepts small pets, has kitchen units, and has a picnic area.
In Case of Emergency
The Princeton General Hospital is where to go for medical emergencies of the human kind. For emergencies involving pets, there are two veterinarians in Princeton, 25 minutes from Hedley. Medical services are also available at the Penticton General Hospital, one hour away.