Discover the History of the Valley
Welcome to Hedley, a town filled with legends of the people who settled in this area. Hedley (population 400) is on Hwy 3, 30 minutes east of Princeton, an hour west of Penticton and three and a half hours from Vancouver.
Peek into the Past
When you visit, take the opportunity to peek into the past and discover the history of the town and the land around it. The mining heritage of this town, located at the base of Nickel Plate Mountain, 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 is where you’ll get a seasonal opportunity to peer into days of old when gold was on everyone’s mind. Mascot Mine, located 1 km (.62 mi) above the town is closed for the 2018 season 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.
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.
Should you decide to try your luck, head over to the Mountain Mist store where you can purchase most of the panning equipment you’ll need. You can even ask for a guide to take you to some of the good spots.
As you stand outside the Hitching Post Restaurant you might start to believe you’re back in the early 1900s. This building is one of the many heritage sights in Hedley. Built in 1903, a local chef, Wilson Wiley, and his archaeologist wife, Brenda Gould, purchased the building and the business in 2004. The Hitching Post remains a destination restaurant to this very day. It’s also a great place to meet the Hedley locals and learn more about this unique community.
Stop by the Nickle Plate just off the highway where you can find some good eats and down home hospitality.
Hedley’s also home to some legendary eateries. Make sure you check out Doug’s Homestead Gourmet Meats, where you can guess the price of your pepperoni, and if you’re right, it’s free! Winners get to sign the winners wall and get their photo taken.
Where to Stay in Hedley
Hedley has a nice variety when it comes to places to lay your head and relax. To stay close to nature, there is Corals Cabins, in a countryside setting, near hiking trails, waterfalls and a creek and the Gold Mountain Cabins and Campground on the beautiful Similkameen River. The Old Hedley Road Inn B & B has an oversize deck where you can watch the eagles fishing in Hayes Creek. At the Colonial Inn and RV Park you can park your RV or stay in one of the original five guest rooms in this historic home. The Hedley Inn & Hostel is upstairs in a funky historical building across from the Hitching Post. You can rent dorm rooms, private rooms or an entire suite. The Elks Motel is right on Hwy 3 West. It accepts small pets, has kitchen units, and has a picnic area.
In Case of Emergency
The Princeton General Hospital is where to go 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.