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Top 5 Things to do with your family in the Similkameen

Swimming 94, Bromley Rock Provincial Park, near Princeton, Similkameen, summer, activities, Darren Robinson

Are you ready to take your family on the road?

You don’t have to go far to find adventure, whether you’re travelling from points north, the Lower Mainland or Alberta.

The Similkameen Valley has a great deal to offer…

Wondering what to do in the Similkameen Valley?

There are so many adventures waiting for you in the Similkameen Valley. Here’s our top five…

Camping 100, Otter Lake Provincial Park, near Tulameen, Similkameen, summer, activities, Darren Robinson

1. Camp

Whether you pitch your tent in Manning Park, at the Grist Mill, or one of the many private and provincial campgrounds around the valley, you’ll find loads of outdoor activities for the whole family.

Or, rent an RV and take your camping experience on the road! Check out all the options for camping and RVing here.

Hiking 224, Cascade Recreation Area, E.C. Manning Provincial Park, Similkameen, summer, activities, Darren Robinson

2. Hike

There are loads of options for hikers of all levels and ages. You don’t have to be a mountaineer to take in the trails at Cathedral Lakes or Manning Park and enjoy the alpine air.

China Ridge is a popular spot for day hikes, as well. Or you can walk along the Similkameen River in Keremeos and stop at one of the lush, cool parks along the way.

Pick up on the historic Trans Canada Trail, or walk in the footsteps of early traders on the Hudson Bay Company 1849 Trail.

If a leisurely walk is more your speed, take the kids for a tour of the Bronze Sculptures in downtown Princeton and pop into the museum while you’re there.

Check out all your options here.

3. Ride

Whether you’re on an ATV, bike, or horse, there are countless adventures for your entire family.

Rent an ATV in Tulameen, or book a back-country horseback excursion. Bring your bikes and ride along the Kettle Valley rail line or snake along the river. And don’t forget to take time to dip your toes in the water along the way!

Visit the trails at China Ridge or pedal through town and cool off at the waterpark in Keremeos before continuing on your adventure.

Check out our website for maps and more details.

4. Splash

Few things are more pleasant on a hot day than floating down the Similkameen and Tulameen Rivers.

Enter the Similkameen River from the Bridge of Dreams in Princeton and float, kayak or canoe to Bromley Rock or on to Cawston. You can also spend a lazy day kayaking or canoeing on the Tulameen River or kayaking between Coalmont and Princeton.

There are some tour companies in the area that will unload upriver above the Township of Tulameen.

Float for as little as a couple hours or make it an all-day excursion. It’s a great way to spend time with the family.

See more information here.

5. Snack

Summertime means fresh fruit and vegetables are in abundance in the Similkameen Valley.

You’ll find family-owned fruit stands all along your route, including many organic options. So keep your kids fueled on ripe apricots, peaches, cherries, and apples. You’ll find a rainbow of colours and something for every tastebud…including frozen treats and cold juice.

Pop into the Hedley General Store and try Vicky’s homemade soup, visit the patio at Crowsnest Winery, or the bistro at Tree to Me for some farm-to-table dishes. If your kids have adventurous palates, they’ll probably love the Thai food at Benja in Keremeos.

You can see all the options here.

A simple getaway for the whole family

Take your family on an outdoor adventure in the Similkameen Valley…enjoy the easy-going pace, the warm weather, the lazy rivers, the clean air.

Choose a home base, go for short day trips, or take time to camp or stay in every community along the route and get to know the people and their history.

If you want to know about what to do in the Similkameen Valley, explore our website or pop into the Visitor Centres in Keremeos, Hedley, and Princeton. They have a wealth of knowledge about the region and all it has to offer for you and your family.

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