Discover the History of the Valley
Welcome to Hedley (population 242), a town filled with legends of the people who settled in this area. You’ll find Hedley on Crowsnest 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 Hedley Museum offers insightful exhibits into 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 at this time 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.
Coffee, Picnics, and Gourmet Meats!
This cozy town is the perfect place to stop for coffee and grab some picnic goodies, including gourmet meats. The Hedley Country Market, just off the highway on Scott Avenue, has a full assortment of picnic ingredients, including bread, condiments, fruit, and vegetables as well as beer and wine. You can also get a cup of coffee there.
Where to Stay in Hedley
You’ll find 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. 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.