Camping and RVing in the Similkameen
As society is constantly adapting and re-creating a ‘new normal’, one travel activity that is perfectly fine as-is: camping! This is great news in that the Similkameen has always been a splendid destination for camping & RVing.
Campgrounds and RV Resorts
There are several private Campground and RV resorts in the Similkameen. In addition, there are also 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.
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. Our service directory has a listing of many of the Campgrounds and RV Parks in the area.
View Camping & RVing Locations Map
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.
- 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.
- Nickel Plate Provincial Park is near Apex Mountain on a forest service road. Great for summer and winter recreation, hunting and fishing. There’s a boat launch and pit toilets here.
- 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 accepted. 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.