Camping and RVing in the Similkameen
Immerse yourself in nature and enjoy one of the many campgrounds throughout the Valley. From fully serviced RV lots to beautiful remote tenting spots, there are relaxing and memorable experiences waiting for you. Enjoy the river from your campsite, listen to the wind in the trees from your bed. Nature will lull you to sleep! Take in the fresh air, and quality time with family and friends and explore our trails.
Camp beside the river, or in an orchard near a winery. Perhaps you’d prefer setting up for the night in a historic site or maybe at a golf club? In addition, you’ll find Camping and RV parks located within a short walk to a lake, or nestled beside a babbling brook.
There are so many ways to fall asleep under the stars here.
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Campgrounds and RV Resorts
There are over 7 Provincial Campgrounds from Manning Park, to south of Cawston, as well as Municipal and private options, offering a range of camping and RV sites. Find the perfect spot at Princeton Municipal RV Park (pictured above) consists of 73 RV and tent sites located right along the beautiful Similkameen River on Highway 3. Meet friends at one of the private campgrounds including Princeton Rainbow Lake Castle Resort (RV). Hit the links early at Princeton Golf Club RV Park or further west at Twin Lakes Golf and RV Park.
Travelling west to Keremeos options include the amazing high elevation Cathedral Lakes area, the River Valley RV Park or the Eagle Campground and RV Park. Just west of Keremeos hear the babbling Keremeos Creek while camping at the Grist Mill & Gardens or treat yourself to meadow camping at Similkameen Wild Resort which also includes tepee options!
In addition to the private Campground and RV resorts in the Similkameen there is the members-only Harvest Host camping experiences at area wineries and farms. Others have cottages or cabins and places to park your RV or pitch your tent.
For a full list of camping/RV spots review the list below from our business directory Campgrounds and RV Parks.
You’ll find several Provincial Parks nestled along scenic lakes and rivers in the Similkameen that offer drive-in camping and RV experiences. All have plenty of stars overhead. Plan ahead and visit the BC Parks Page for information on closures, restrictions, etc.
- Allison Lake Provincial Park is off the beaten track, 28 km north of Princeton. Open June to September, there are 22 vehicle accessible campsites here. Enjoy canoeing, cycling, fishing, swimming, and water skiing!
- Bromley Rock Provincial Park is located 21 km east of Princeton off Hwy. 3. Open April to late September, there are 17 vehicle accessible campsites. Reservations accepted. Enjoy relaxing on or beside the river at the picnic area. Lie on the beach or swim in the pool created by jutting rocks.
- Skyview RV Campground, located 4kms off Hwy #3, is next to the Lightning Lake Day Use area in E.C. Manning Park. With over 90 sites in the summer and 60 sites in the winter, this year-round location has large pull-through and back-in sites.
Otter Lake Provincial Park is 33 km northwest of Princeton near Coalmont and Tulameen. Open May to late September, there are 45 vehicle accessible campsite. Reservations accepted. Canoe, fish, hike, bike, or ski, swim to your heart’s content. There’s also a boat launch and a picnic area for your convenience.
- Stemwinder Provincial Park is 35 km east of Princeton on Hwy. 3 near Hedley. Open April to late September, there are 27 vehicle accessible campsites. Reservations accepted. Bring your fishing gear as anglers love to cast from the rock covered shoreline.
- Cathedral Provincial Park and Protected Area is just off Hwy 3, west of Keremeos, by crossing the red bridge. This site is open May to October, with a small number of vehicle accessible campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Lakeview Trailhead campground.
E.C. Manning Provincial Park has several campsites, some open from spring to fall, and others for winter camping only. You’ll find the eastern gate to Manning Park, 52 km west of Princeton on Hwy 3. Reservations must be booked through BC Parks. Discover how much there is to do here for summer and winter recreation. They have approximately 20 trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. In addition, there’s even a place to camp with your horse.
The best way to find out where to do your backcountry camping is to check in with the nearest Visitor Centre. Pick up a forestry map while you’re there. They’ll also be able to tell you which roads are not accessible at the time of your visit. Make sure you find out if there is any logging activity or restrictions before you head into the backcountry.
Recreations Sites and Trails has a mobile-friendly map where you can see where to find spots for rustic camping as well as trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and more. You can check for current closures as well as any alerts that may be in effect.
The BC Government also has a great site with resources to help you plan your backcountry adventure.