Get a Boost
Explore the scenic wonders of the Similkameen in the comfort of your Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV). Recharge your own batteries as your car is being charged. Take your time at a wine tasting or explore the shops and business of downtown. Our Visitor Centres in Princeton and Keremeos have car chargers for your convenience. There are also public and high power stations located at various locations in the Similkameen to help you get where you going.
Car Charging Times
Plan your trip according to charging times for your CEV. There are two types of electric car charging stations in the Similkameen: Level 2 (240v – SAE J1772 plug) for a 4 to 6-hour charge to capacity; and the Level 3 (DC Fast Chargers) for a fast 30-minute charge to 80 percent.
Where to Charge
In the Similkameen, there are car charging stations in Cawston, Keremeos, Princeton, and Manning Park. Click on the links below to locate the most convenient EV station along your route:
- Plug In BC, Similkameen Region, BC
- Sun Country Highway Charging Stations, Similkameen, BC
- Tesla Super Chargers, Similkameen, BC
While you Wait
Stretch your legs and come explore our towns, trails, and wineries while your car charges. Visit one of our local eateries and fuel up while your car is charging.
Clos du Soleil Winery has a Level 2 car charging station on Upper Bench Road. Take your time and tour the winery and vineyard, while your car is charging up. Afterwards, stretch your legs and walk five minutes west towards Corcelettes Estate Winery. Just past Corcelettes is The Apple Guy (formerly Upper Bench Organics) where you’ll find in-season fruits, vegetables and herbs. A few minutes west of there is the Old Grist Mill and Gardens. Stroll the grounds, tour the gardens and relax by the Keremeos Creek. When it’s time to leave, it’s a 15-minute walk back to the charging station at Clos du Soleil.
Fifteen minutes (by car) south of Clos du Soleil is the Seven Stones Winery with a Level 2 Tesla charger. While you’re here ask about the 40-minute Seven Stones Experience. It starts with a walk through the vineyard, then down into the caves for some barrel tastings paired with chocolate. From there you can explore the architecture and unique features of the cellars. Once you’re done, climb the spiral staircase to the upper deck for beautiful views. Picnic baskets are welcome as you wait for your car to charge.
In Keremeos, the Level 3 car charging station is located off 7th Ave, in front of the Keremeos Municipal Hall. It’s across the street from the Similkameen Country Visitor Centre, where you can find out what’s happening in town. Use the Greenlots RFID card to activate.
Take a walk around this quaint village and soak up the small town ambiance as you explore the local shops. Head east down main street (Hwy 3) and you’ll find several restaurants where you can enjoy a meal while your car charges. There’s a bakery, pharmacies, a liquor store and a collectables store. To the west there’s a curiosity shop and a bargain centre. Walk a few more blocks west and you’ll find the famous Keremeos fruit stands.
There’s park that surrounds the Keremeos Visitor Centre is Memorial Park. It has a swimming pool, water park, picnic tables, sitting benches and a playground. Right next to the playground, beside the gazebo, is an outdoor exercise park with five pieces of outdoor equipment. A great way to get your workout in while on the road.
To get your nature fix, take a fifteen-minute walk from Memorial Park to Pines Park on 12th Avenue. From there you can walk straight through the park and you’ll be on the village promenade where you can go birdwatching, take a leisurely stroll along the Similkameen River and explore along a dyke.
In Princeton, the charging stations are all located within three blocks of each other. There’s a Level 2 charger located at the Vermilion Fork Restaurant on Vermilion Avenue. The Princeton Visitor Centre on Bridge Street has two chargers: a Sun Country Highway and a Tesla, both set to high power (Level 3). Another Level 3 charger is located at the Valley First Credit Union on Tapton Avenue.
Come in to the Visitor Centre where they’ll be happy to tell you what is going on around town. Take a leisurely stroll through the downtown core and explore the unique shops in the area.
Veteran’s Square Park is located within walking distance of all three charging stations. Relax under the trees or have a snack at the picnic tables.
It’s a 10-minute walk to the Two Rivers Park and Bridge of Dreams from the Visitor Centre. Located at the confluence of the Similkameen and Tulameen River, it is right beside the Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail) and the Bridge of Dreams. From there it’s an easy 10-minute walk south, back along the Similkameen River on the Great Trail towards Phifer’s Fountain. The fountain was orphaned when developers were expanding Burrard Street in Vancouver. The community took the fountain, sculpted from old growth forest timber, and placed it at the gateway to the Great Trail. From Phifer’s Fountain it’s a quick five-minute walk back to the charging stations. For a longer walk, continue on the Great Trail for 1.5 km (.93 mi) walk through a 304 m (1,000 ft) tunnel that is lit to the old train trestle bridge and onto Ochre Bluffs.
The high power car charging station is conveniently located near the Hope-Princeton sign across from the lodge, right near the restaurant/washrooms. Come in for a meal, or explore the area. There is also free Wi-Fi here. There is a super charger stations in Hope, a 50-minute drive from Manning Park, and a one hour and forty-minute drive from Vancouver.
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