Step back in time when you visit the Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos, a Provincial Heritage Site and the last working waterwheel flour mill in British Columbia from 1877. Bring the family and spend the day. The staff are knowledgeable and are sure to make your experience as enjoyable as possible! You can watch the grains get milled into flour, tour the gardens, enjoy lunch, browse the gift shop, have a picnic on the expansive grounds or take in a special event. Better yet, stay awhile at the family-oriented campground nestled in the shade next to Keremeos Creek.
Top Things to Do at the Grist Mill
- Savour the tasty baked goods made from freshly ground flour
- Enjoy scratch-made food at the tea room cafe or picnic on the grounds
- Camp or relax by Keremeos Creek
- Watch the authentic watermill in action
- Attend a special event
- Tour the heritage orchard and gardens
- Browse the giftshop for locally made goods
- Take part in the Heritage Fall Fair
- Book a historic themed birthday party or your wedding!
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Tours and events
The Grist Mill has several great events throughout the year, including live music, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Canada Day celebrations. Wine Your Way Tours will take you there and pick you up afterwards, so you can leave the driving to them and enjoy a drink.
In the summer, take part in old-fashioned handi-crafts like their sheep to shawl fibre arts weekend. They also host workshops on traditional food craft, heritage gardening and farm-to-table fresh food experience.
In the fall, the Heritage Fall Fair, Apple Day, and the Heritage Harvest dinner are sure to draw the crowds. In the winter, there are community bonfires and workshops.
The Grist Mill Gardens
The bakery at the Grist Mill is a must do here. You really can taste the Similkameen with their buttery scones, delicious jams, and fresh garden fruits and vegetables grown right onsite or at neighbouring farms. Pickup some Similkameen deliciousness to take home. The colourful heritage flowers and other plants you see here are living artifacts from times gone by. There’s a herb garden and an orchard loaded with heritage apples, wheat and other grains waving in the breeze, and a vegetable garden that grows peppers and several vegetables, including gigantic heritage. Zucca Melons can grow fruit weighing upwards of 68 kg! (150 lbs.)