Take the Guesswork Out of Touring
Take the guesswork out of travel and leave the organizing up to the experts. We have some inventive ways to tour the Similkameen with professionals who are happy to do the planning and driving (and flying), leaving you to just sit back and enjoy the ride!
Top 5 Ways to Explore the Similkameen
- Indulge in a private, guided tour of Similkameen wineries, swirling and sipping the whole day
- Soar above the peaks and then touch down in a vineyard or by the river, for an exclusive tasting, helicoptering in from nearby destinations
- Explore the fractured rocks of the Similkameen Valley
- Learn about the Similkameen Nation at Snaza’ist Discovery Centre.
- Spend the day on a tour of the Old Grist Mill and Gardens and stay for lunch
Curious about the buzz surrounding Similkameen wines? We have several wine tour operators who are happy to escort you, share their insider stories, introduce you to our winemakers, and to their favourite libations. All this can be done from your seat in a luxury coach of from the seat of a helicopter! See our Service Directory for tour providers.
Flights of Wine
Don’t have time to make the drive over the pass? Both Grape Escapes and Valhalla Helicopter tours would be more than happy to give you a lift! Enjoy the thrill of a lifetime soaring through the Cathedral range spying sapphire blue lakes and wildflower meadows, then touch down at Seven Stones Winery for a private tasting and lunch. Then you’re off again to Forbidden Fruit Winery where you’ll touch down on the banks of the river. Several other area wineries are also available to visit on a helicopter tour. Tours originate in the Osoyoos, Kelowna and Vernon regions.
Guided Tours into the Past
Step into the past and learn the secrets of the Similkameen Nation at Snaza’ist Discovery Centre. Interpretive exhibits tell the story of turning ochre into gold. Then roam through the Hedley Museum with its archival photography exhibits depicting the life of gold miners perched one kilometre above town at the defunct Mascot Mine.
Take a Tour of a Gold Mine
NOTE: The mine may be closed for upgrades. Drop by the Snaz’ist Discovery Centre admin offices for more info. Upstairs in the big red building off the highway.
Take a 4.5-hour tour of the Mascot Gold Mine, perched high on a cliff overlooking the Similkameen Valley, in the town of Hedley. Find out how gold was mined here years ago and experience what it was like to live at the mine. Bring your cameras and be prepared to have the view take your breath away. If the view doesn’t do it — climbing 583 stairs just might! To access the mine, you take a short hike down a dirt road and then climb up and down 583 stairs. Comfortable shoes are a must, as is water, snacks and a sweater.