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Our Communities and Area — Our Valley Places

The Similkameen Valley includes Cathedral Lakes, Cawston Chopaka, Coalmont, Eastgate, Hedley, Keremeos, Manning Park, Olalla, Princeton, Tulameen and Twin Lakes. These valley places will enchant you. We hope you come back again, soon!

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Bromley Rock
Bromley Rock

Bromley Rock Provincial Park

It’s not a community, but it is a great place to stop and rejuvenate. Located halfway between Princeton and Hedley, Bromley Rock Provincial Park is a famous swimming hole and one of the best places to start a lazy float down the Similkameen River. There are 19 day-use picnic sites at Bromley and if you want to stay a little longer, there are 17 drive-in campsites too.

Cathedral Lakes
Cathedral Lakes

Cathedral Provincial Park / Cathedral Lakes

Prepare to be amazed by the scenery and stunning vistas at Cathedral Provincial Park. From Keremeos take Hwy. 3 West and turn left onto Ashnola Rd. Follow Ashnola River Road as it turns into Ewart Creek Road. Continue down Ewart Creek and follow the signs to Cathedral Lakes. Once you arrive you can hike, explore, or just relax. That’s what you’re here for.

Chopaka
Chopaka

Chopaka

Chopaka was the name of a legendary hunter of the Okanagan people. Coyote turned him to stone and he became Chopaka Mountain. You’ll find two Chopaka Indian Reservations here, both under the governance of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band, based in Keremeos. Chopaka is known for its yearly rodeo every Easter. It also has a CAN/US border crossing that is usually open from 9am to 5pm. It is highly recommended you check with customs first to see if you can cross here.

Lightning Lake, Manning Park
Lightning Lake, Manning Park

Eastgate

This small community, as the name implies, is at the east gate of Manning Park. Several people live here year round in cabins down by the river. For visitors, it’s a recreational paradise in all four seasons. Accommodation includes cabins, chalets, camping and a motel.

Manning Park, big and beautiful
Manning Park, Big and Beautiful

Manning Park

At the western most point of the Similkameen is Manning Park, located 45 minutes west of Princeton. This four seasons playground has endless trails and crystal clear lakes. In the winter, people come from all over the world to snowshoe and cross country ski in the area. Spend the night in a tent under the stars, or in a first-come-first-served hostel. There’s also year round accommodation at their rustic lodge. Electric car owners can charge their cars near the Hope-Princeton sign across from the lodge.

Olalla
Olalla

Olalla

Olalla is a tiny retirement community located a few minutes north of Keremeos. The name Olalla is a local adaptation of the Interior Salish word for berries.

Twin Lakes

On the eastern edge of the Similkameen, you’ll find the small community of Twin Lakes, located off Hwy 3A on Twin Lakes Road between Hedley and the Hwy 97 junction. Accommodation include area B & Bs as well as at the RV Park on the golf course.

You can learn more about our larger communities of Cawston, Keremeos, Hedley and Princeton by clicking on the links.