Discover the History of the Valley
Welcome to Hedley (population 242), an eclectic hamlet that holds the legends of the region’s settlers near and dear. You’ll find it on Hwy 3, an hour east of Penticton or 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 stock up supplies for a picnic by the river
- Glimpse the past at Hedley’s cemetery and Masonic cemetery
- 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
- Have coffee and baked goods and ice-cream at the Grand Union Cafe
- 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 was once where 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.
Visit the Hedley Museum (open for summer) and enquire about what to do in and around Hedley.
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 scratch-made GOODIES!
Stop in for coffee and scratch-made goodies. The family-owned 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, handmade sandwiches and soups, condiments, fruit and vegetables, as well as beer and wine. Stop by the Grand Union for speciality coffee, baked goods and ice cream – there’s plenty of outdoor space.
Where to Stay in Hedley
There is limited accommodation in Hedley. The Old Hedley Road Inn B & B is situated on four acres along the river and has an oversized deck where you can watch the eagles fishing in Hayes Creek. Check out the Gold Mountain Cabins and Campground on the beautiful Similkameen River.
In Case of Emergency
Go to the Princeton General Hospital 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.