Our Valley Places
Other Similkameen Valley Places to visit in between our communities from west to east include Manning Park, Eastgate, Bromley Rock, Cathedral Lakes, Olalla, Twin Lakes, Chopaka. These valley places will enchant you. We hope you come back again soon!
View Valley Places Location Map
At the westernmost 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 areas. Spend the night in a tent under the stars or stay at year-round accommodation in their rustic lodge. Electric car owners can charge their cars near the Hope-Princeton sign across from the lodge.
This area, 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.
Bromley Rock Provincial Park
It’s not a community, but it is a great place to stop and rejuvenate. In fact, it is a must-stop! Located halfway between Princeton and Hedley, Bromley Rock 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 Provincial Park / Cathedral Lakes
Prepare to be amazed by the scenery and stunning vistas at Cathedral Lakes 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 relax. Reconnect with nature, that’s what you’re here for, or book in at the Cathedral Lakes Lodge.
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.
On the eastern edge of the Similkameen, you’ll find the small community of Twin Lakes, located off Hwy 3A on Twin Lakes Road near the Hwy 97 junction. Accommodations include area B & Bs as well as at the RV Park on the Twin Lakes Golf Course.
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 Lower Similkameen Indian Band’s governance, based in Keremeos. Chopaka is known for its annual rodeo every Easter. It also has a CAN/US border crossing that is usually open from 9 am to 5 pm. It is highly recommended you check with customs first to see if you can cross here.