Enhancing Accessibility for Your Similkameen Escape
Accessibility is so much more than what we build into our physical environment. It is a collective positive energy and attitude that can be felt upon entering any setting. Accessibility transcends directly from the heart and evokes feelings of belonging and liberty. This powerful and open mindset towards full integration, for everyone, inspires meaningful and authentic connections with one another, enriching the lives of ALL along its path.
This energy and atmosphere are what you will find as you venture through the Similkameen Valley. The businesses and establishments of this region are led by quality people, people who get it. People of substance who collectively strive to make the experiences and adventures of the Similkameen accessible and inclusive for all.
When planning your Similkameen escape, we recommend that you speak to staff directly before booking accommodations & experiences, as your needs may be specific.
The communities of the Similkameen consist of smaller towns but it is encouraging to see the focus on making accessibility a priority. When looking into accommodation, if you’re planning a shorter stay, perhaps look at motel options close to downtown such as Elks Motel in Keremeos. If considering a longer stay in the region, think about making your ‘home base’ among the vibrant orchards and vineyards. Accommodations like Klippers Guest Suites or Similkameen WILD Winery provide a perfectly unique setting for you to forget about all of your worries and fully immerse yourself in your Similkameen escape.
Taste & Play
Two of the biggest attractions in the Similkameen are the harvested flavours and boundless outdoor adventure. Wine tasting is a marquee experience out this way and a number of members of the Similkameen Independent Winegrowers have made it their prerogative to ensure their experience is available to all. Hardtop parking, wide entrances with little to no step-ups, accessible bathrooms, and variable height tasting counter options are all
The Similkameen Valley’s outdoor adventure is remarkable, and the biggest part is the bevy of trails available. A number of these trails are low-grade, which is easier to manage for hand-cyclers. While some trails will require adaptive equipment to explore, the KVR has sections that are paved for easy, hassle-free access.
Again, our region is ever-evolving and becoming more accessible by the day. Please check in with operators as you plan your visit.