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Similkameen Valley Travel Experience Guide

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Paddling the Similkameen River west of Keremeos

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Venture to a land awaiting discovery, where rivers and historic trails guide you to an abundance of fishing spots, blossoming orchards, vineyard wine tastings, and fresh from the farm culinary experiences.

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Our Story Key Experiences Map Our Communities Fresh Flavours 29 Farms & Markets 31 Wine & Cider 33 Eateries Events

All photography by Darren Robinson © unless otherwise stated. Main image this page: Biking the KVR Trail near Tulameen. Front cover main image: The Similkameen River outside Princeton. Below: Camping on the river at Stemwinder Provincial Park.

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Our Story The Similkameen River is the heart of our Valley, giving life to a pioneering and welcoming spirit that connects our communities. This is our story...

Mountain biking the many trails on China Ridge, near Princeton

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SIMILKAMEEN VALLEY OUR STORY

A Valley Carved by the River The Bridge of Dreams spans the Similkameen River at Princeton

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From outdoor adventures by foot, bike, and paddle, to agriculture and wine country, the Similkameen is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered (or re-discovered). Explore stunning scenery in a rugged and rustic land. Get to know the welcoming spirit of the people - we may even tell you a bit about ourselves, our ancestors, and how we came to live in this exquisite valley. Uncover local lore told by the very pioneers who continue to shape our story. Listen carefully and you can hear the echoes of our past and the promise of our future. The Similkameen River’s raw beauty is a reminder of nature’s power. Marvel at the beauty of the valley carved by the Similkameen River over 200 million years ago, flowing

down from the Cascade Mountains. Today, the valley gives way to open ranchlands and meadows of alfalfa waving in the breeze, with craggy cliffs, lush orchards, and vineyards shifting to semi-arid grasslands. It’s where you’ll find us: walking mountain trails, fishing, picnicking, and relishing the beauty of where we live. We’ve been happy to share it with generations of travellers. We’d love to share it with you.

ANCIENT APPLES, ABANDONED MINING TOWNS, & REVIVED RAILWAYS

Our history is steeped in exploration and discovery. Walk in the footsteps of our


SIMILKAMEEN VALLEY OUR STORY pioneers, fur traders, and prospectors. Legends abound of the Similkameen First Nation, the Granite Creek Gold Rush in Coalmont, and the days of the Hudson Bay Brigade. Listen to our stories unfold at the Hedley Heritage Museum, and Princeton’s unique museum. Marvel as our curators bring the past to life. Discover the past at the South Similkameen Museum and Visitor Centre in Keremeos. Learn about the Indigenous people of the Similkameen at the Snaza’ist Discovery Centre. Discover sustainable farming with a tour and lunch at Harker’s Organics in Cawston, or shop at Parsons Farm Market in Keremeos. Gaze in awe as you stand under a 100-year-old apple tree. Savour the flavours of multi-generational organic farms, orchards, and vineyards.

In Princeton, explore the gentle railway grades of the historic Kettle Valley Rail Trail, a part of The Great Trail of Canada (formerly the Trans Canada Trail). Create your own legends filled with grit and adventure along the wilderness trails of China Ridge, Manning Park, Cathedral Lakes Park, and the Hudson Bay Company Brigade Trail.

SEASONS OF THE SIMILKAMEEN

Each season brings a fresh adventure. In winter, explore the trails by snowshoe or nordic ski. The Manning Park Resort Ski Area has two chairlifts and a tube park. Try ice fishing in one of our many lakes. In spring, our valley blooms with colour and our rodeos thrill. In the summer heat, seek out cool breezes on

our alpine trails and lakes. In the fall taste your way across the lower part of the valley at our harvest events, sample our award-winning wines, and sink your teeth into just-baked pies made of fruit picked that morning.

CONNECT TO OUR ARTS AND CULTURE

The cultural arts scene is as varied as the landscapes of the Similkameen Valley, bursting with music and food, rodeos and aboriginal dancers, fiddle players, and renowned Canadian performers and up and comers. Springtime is rodeo season, when the dusty air is alive with the scent of BBQ sauce and bulls. Come see our cowboys in action at the Chopaka Rodeo, the Keremeos Elk’s Rodeo, and Princeton’s Stan

Thompson Memorial Rodeo. Be serenaded at the Grist Mill and Gardens summer concert series featuring stories of days past set to music. Watch as Princeton’s Veterans Square Gazebo comes alive with an art and music experience every Saturday in summer. Take in countless events from wine festivals to endurance races, from a First Nations Pow Wow to the Princeton Show ’N Shine. Purchase some local art at the Sunflower Gallery or the Red Post Art Gallery in Princeton and at the One Eyed Budgie in Keremeos. Celebrate the Traditional Music Festival when it hits the streets of Princeton in August or explore the richness of our rural life at Princeton’s Agricultural Fall Fair. ➤

Swimming at Bromley Rock

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SIMILKAMEEN VALLEY OUR STORY

Biking the KVR Trail along Otter Lake

Getting Here The Similkameen Valley is one epic road trip. The best way to explore is to follow the Similkameen River via Crowsnest Hwy 3, which runs through the heart of our valley. From the western headwaters in Manning Park to Cawston, the Similkameen River connects our communities, a string of towns and hamlets along the Canada-US border. Along the way, discover rugged mountains and emerald lakes, along with world-class wine and organic food. Ask for directions, we enjoy helping people get to their next adventure. The Crowsnest Highway (BC 3) runs through the Similkameen Valley, travelling from Manning Park to Princeton to Hedley to Keremeos and Cawston, and on to Osoyoos. Nestled in the Be on the lookout for wildlife in the rugged and rustic Similkameen Valley

The many trails make for great walks, short or long

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Thompson Okanagan Valley region of BC’s Interior, the Similkameen Valley is 180 km (112 mi) end to end. Access the Crowsnest Hwy from Vancouver, BC via Hwy 1 to Hope, BC. From Jasper, AB, drive west on Hwy 16 to Hwy 5 to Merritt. Continue south on Hwy 5A to Princeton. Travellers from Calgary, AB can get here via Hwy 1 to Route 97, on to Hwy 3A from Penticton or Hwy 3 from Osoyoos. From the US, enter the valley at the junction of Hwy 97 and 3 near Osoyoos.

HOURS TO DRIVE Calgary to Princeton

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ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING

There are charging stations throughout the Similkameen Valley. While your car is charging, recharge yourself at a winery or restaurant. For more information visit PlugInBC.ca and Tesla.com.

Plan a Similkameen road trip along Crowsnest Highway 3

PRINCETON LEVEL 2 AND DC FAST Princeton Plaza, 114 Tapton Avenue, CHAdeMO DCFC, CCS DCFC ports. Open 24 hours, $0.35/kWh. Greenlots RFID or App required. Station ID #33084 Princeton Visitor Centre – 169 Bridge St., EV Plug (J1772), CHAdeMO DCFC, 2 Tesla Model S / Model Xs, CCS DCFC ports.

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MANNING PARK RESORT DC FAST Manning Park Resort, 7500 Hwy #3, CHAdeMO DCFC, CCS DCFC ports KEREMEOS LEVEL 2 AND DC FAST Keremeos Municipal Hall, 702 4 St., CHAdeMO DCFC, CCS DCFC ports, $0.35/kWh. Use the Greenlots RFID card to activate. Clos du Soleil Winery, 2568 Upper Bench Road, EV Plug (J1772), Tesla Model S / Model X ports. CAWSTON LEVEL 2 Seven Stones Winery, 1143 Hwy 3, Tesla Model S / Model X ports

The Copper Pit Restaurant – 157 Vermillion Ave., Tesla Model S / Model X ports.

Hedley Heritage Museum Famous for gold

• Tea Room & Gift Shop • Tourist Information • Museum Gallery, Outstanding black & white photo collection, 1904 buildings and picnic park • Telescope Viewing of Mascot Mine

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10:00AM - 4:00PM Fri - Mon May & June ~ Daily July 1 - Sept 15 Please check our website for updated hours.

712 Daly Avenue, Hedley, B.C. • 250-292-8787 email: info@hedleymuseum.ca • www.hedleymuseum.ca

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key experiences From mountains and rivers, to wine and agriculture, there is so much to explore in the Similkameen Valley. Spend your days outdoors, hiking, biking, golfing, fishing, or relaxing riverside. Taste the bounty of fruits and vegetables (many organic) fresh picked from the fields and drink in the terroir of our region. The story is yours to discover.

Paddling the river at Bromley Rock

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Make a Splash

Adventure along the shoreline, paddle the surface, or jump into the waters. Pick a spot on the river for a picnic, then relax with a lazy day along the Similkameen or Tulameen Rivers. Locals know it’s the best way to beat the sizzling summer heat. It’s easy to let go of your cares as you drift between Princeton’s old Brown Bridge and the Bridge of Dreams. You can go further to PY Point, then on to Bromley Rock and even paddle along to the Keremeos Red Bridge and beyond to Kobau Park in Cawston, on to the Chopaka Wooden Bridge. Relax in our rivers. It’s part of what makes your Similkameen experience rugged, rustic, and real. Shuttle services should be made in advance.

Swimming spots on the river are numerous

MUST DO LIST • Make a splash in the Similkameen waters - swim, paddle, or fish in the iconic rivers connecting our valley • Hike, Bike, and Ride the trails at China Ridge near Princeton • Play in the Wilderness of Manning Park • Taste the Similkameen terroir in our wines and ciders • Journey to Cathedral Lakes Park for a rugged backcountry adventure • Shop for fresh fruits and veggies in Keremeos, Canada’s Fruit Stand Capital, and Cawston, the Organic Capital of Canada • Gaze up at the stars in Manning Park and learn about the skies beyond at Astronomy Weekend • Watch birds and wildlife and learn about our diverse eco-systems • Fish our lakes and rivers in all four seasons for rainbow and brook trout • Play a round of golf at Princeton’s challenging 18hole course or at Twin Lakes Golf Course • Discover our storied past in museums, gardens, heritage trails, and a ghost town • Join us in celebrations and events throughout the valley

Hike, Bike, and Ride at China Ridge

Great trails on China Ridge

Explore 55 km (34 mi) of uncrowded trails in Princeton’s backyard by foot, mountain bike, horse, cross-country ski, or snowshoe. Gather up your friends and family for an adventure in the great outdoors exploring nature. Start your bicycle tour along the China Ridge Trail network which links to the Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail. This is part of The Great Trail, which connects Canada over 24,000 km (14,912 mi) of greenways and roadways, forming the world’s longest network of recreational trails. Follow the scenic 30 km (18 mi) loop that follows the Tulameen

River, through two tunnels and over three bridges, then back into Princeton. Meander down a slope of deciduous and evergreen trees, then make your way through deadfalls and dips, and around trees and rocks as you ride. Your reward is the picturesque White Sands Beach on the KVR along the Tulameen River. Pack a picnic lunch or a snack, bring your bathing suit, and cool off in the swimming hole before you head back on the 18 km (11 mi) ride to Princeton along the KVR Trail. Contact the Princeton Visitor Centre in advance for information on the shuttle service.

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30 Varieties of Apples 8 Varieties of Pears 10 Varieties of Peaches 17 Varieties of Cherries 45 Varieties of Peppers

• Ice Cream • Fresh Fruit Milkshakes • Frozen Yogurt

• All Sorts of Goodies • Mini Donuts • Fresh Juices

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Play in the Wilderness of Manning Park

The Twisted Hills Cider Dome in Cawston

Wine & Cider Tours Visit the down-to-earth winery tasting rooms to sip award-winning wines that reflect our unique terroir. Swirl, sniff, and sip your way through Keremeos and Cawston, choosing from over 15 wineries, including specialty fruit wine and cider producers. Chat with winery proprietors, owner’s and winemakers about our terroir along the wine route. Cycle along vineyards, take a guided tour, or board a helicopter for a bird’s eye view of the valley.

There are plenty of activities year-round to keep you busy in Manning Park’s vast 83,671 hectares of wilderness. Throughout the spring, summer, and fall, enjoy the wildflowers, wildlife, fishing, and hiking trails. Take a drive up the paved and winding road to the Cascade Lookout. Soak up the sights of the hills and jagged peaks as they roll towards the horizon, whether you go for an hour, a day, or a multi-day backcountry trek. In the winter, spend your days snowshoeing and skiing (both Nordic and Alpine)

or go tubing at the Polar Coaster Park. Take in events like SpringFest in March, the Bird Blitz in June, and the Lantern Festival in August. Reacquaint yourself with Mother Nature on a short hike or pack your overnight camping gear and make it an expedition! There are plenty of places here to rest your head after gazing up at the deep, dark sky: Manning Park Resort offers lodge guestrooms, new premium cabins, campgrounds, and a large 50+ group facility.

Paddling in Manning Park

Rugged Backcountry Adventures in Cathedral Lakes Park

Hiking in Cathedral Lakes Park

The best way to experience this remote backcountry paradise is to book a ride with Cathedral Lakes Lodge and journey up the 16 km (10 mi) private road. Once there, hike, bike, or ride from your doorstep up to stunning panoramic views in an area considered the Shangri-La of the Similkameen. Remember to breathe as you scan the skyline and take in the sparkling sapphire lakes and jagged mountain peaks. Take your time on well-

marked trails filled with awe-inspiring scenes of blossoming alpine meadows, tumbling waterfalls, and striking rock faces. This old growth forest is home to mountain goats, California Bighorn sheep, mule deer, and the rare Arctic Ptarmigan. Watch in wonder as rainbow trout jump and shimmer in the sun. Drift off to sleep to the haunting call of the loons. Stay in an off-thegrid cabin or camp beside a jewel-toned lake.

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Star Gazing

The night sky is deep and dark in the mountain-shadowed lands of Manning Park and throughout the Similkameen, making for some of the best stargazing around. As the days get shorter, the stars appear longer, meaning autumn and winter are excellent seasons for pondering the great beyond. Turn your telescope to the skies and learn about constellations and telescope viewing techniques at a Manning Park Dark Sky event like the annual Astronomy Weekend in October. Manning Park offers telescope rentals, workshops, and directions to stargazing locations.

Orchards and Fruitheirloom Stands Choose from a kaleidoscope of colours and tomatoes, dozens of types of cherries, flavours, from spring until autumn at the fruit stands and orchards that dot the landscape around Keremeos and Cawston. You’ll find a wide variety of just-picked produce, locallymade preserves, and fresh-baked fruit pies. Shop for ingredients for a perfect picnic or to cook up an old family recipe. Choose from over 200 types of peppers, 30 varieties of

many of which are organic. There are plenty of pumpkins, gourds, corn, and more to taste. Shop the weekly farmers’ markets in Princeton and Hedley where you’ll find farmfresh produce and a huge selection of locally crafted works of art. Look around wineries and coffee shops and you might find other examples of preserves and local art on display.

The Ambrosia apple variety was discovered in a Cawston orchard in the 1990s

Birdwatching & Wildlife The dark sky above Manning Park

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We consider our wildlife one of the true treasures of our valley. Plenty of wildlife live here, including eagles, deer, elk, moose, bear, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep. Explore the richness of our diverse ecosystem and abundant wildlife at the

Meadowlark Festival and Manning Park’s Bird Blitz each spring. Princeton’s Swan Lake Nature Reserve offers visitors marked trails, bird blinds, a kettle lake surrounded by a riparian zone, and an abundance of wildflowers and wildlife.

Bring your camera for birdwatching and wildlife viewing

Golf in the heart of scenic Similkameen

Find your sweet spot in the Similkameen. Carved from the mountains, the Princeton Golf Club offers an affordable challenge to all levels of golfers (18 holes, par 72). There’s a wellstocked pro shop, power carts, pull carts, and club rentals. Hit the 19th hole at their licensed patio restaurant. Stay and play from the fullservice RV park. Try to land an eagle at Twin Lakes Golf Course, the 18-hole course at the other end of the valley on Hwy 3A.

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Four Season Fishing The many years rivers and lakes of the Similkameen have lured anglers since time immemorial. Imagine days in the sunshine with a hand-tied fly, dry dip waders, and a fresh water trout cooked on an open campfire. The Similkameen is one of the best spots to angle for trout, mountain whitefish and the elusive west slope cutthroat. There’s plenty to catch in all four seasons and you are sure to have some great fish stories to take home.

Casting an early morning line on a local tributary

Freshwater fishing is easily accessible from many sites along the Crowsnest Highway (3) and 5a, from Princeton to Cawston and points in between, including: • The secluded Chain, Osprey, or Link lakes along the Princeton– Summerland backroad – Drop your line in and drink in the glories of the great outdoors while you’re waiting for something to bite. • Otter Lake in Tulameen – The largest lake in the Similkameen and a favourite spot for locals dreaming of landing the “big one.” • Ashnola, Tulameen, or Similkameen Rivers – Cast your line in the fast running currents and deep watery pools and angle for rainbow and mountain whitefish. • McKenzie, McCaffrey, and Dry lakes – Head out to cattle country where the fish are always biting. Allison Lake near Princeton is teeming with rainbow trout. • Yellow Lake is a popular fishing spot for ice fishing, with rainbow trout, kokanee, and brook trout. Ice fishing on most of our Princeton lakes starts in midDecember and runs through to March. This is mountain country so be prepared with the right gear and you’ll have a whopper of a story to take home. There are literally hundreds of places to start your next fish story. Grab your tackle box and BC Fishing Licence; cast about in our waters and you’ll soon be hooked on the Similkameen. Visit the Princeton Outdoor Supply store for directions to where the fish are biting.

Fly fishing for rainbow trout in the Similkameen River

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Winter Experiences Embrace winter as you explore mountains, valleys, and lakes. Ski and snowboard at Manning Park Resort or backcountry at Cathedral Lakes Lodge. Try your hand at ice fishing on the lake. Play a game of hockey with locals on the outdoor ice rink in Tulameen, Keremeos, or Manning Park. Go backcountry sledding through mountain trails and alpine bowls from Princeton and Tulameen to Olalla. Venture out under the stars, snowshoeing or nordic skiing atop powdery slopes in Manning Park or along the China Ridge trails in Princeton. Wineries in Keremeos and Cawston are open by appointment, simply call ahead for a tasting. After a day of adventures, cozy up in a cabin, lodge, or motel.

History & Heritage

Step back in time to our homesteading past at the Princeton Museum and Archives, from the history of prospecting, ranching, and the first family to make a home in Princeton. Uncover the culture, language, history and heritage of the Similkameen First Nation at Snaza’ist Discovery Centre in the historic hamlet of Hedley. In the Hedley Museum and Archives, discover a rich history of gold mining stories and artifacts from its boomtown days. Immerse yourself in the full pioneering experience at the Keremeos’ Grist Mill and Gardens, the oldest surviving pioneer mill. Stroll through the heritage gardens, where many heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables are grown. Explore the past at the South Similkameen Museum in Keremeos, from days of cattle rustling to fruitful agriculture. Walk in the footsteps of our earliest explorers on 160 km (99 mi) of heritage trails. Princeton’s China Ridge Trails offer a welcome escape in nature close to town. Link to our past on the Kettle Valley

Take a thrilling tube ride down the Manning Park Polar Coaster

Rail Trail, where trains once rolled. Learn the secrets of the 74 km (46 mi) Hudson Bay Company 1849 Trail, which runs from Tulameen to Hope. Take a walk into the past at the Granite Creek Ghost Town, just outside of Princeton. This was the oldest townsite in the area and once a hub for gold seekers. The town burned down in 1907 and only the cemetery remains. However, there are a series of 10 interpretive signs to show you how this once booming town looked in its heyday. Gold runs deep through the Similkameen! Dip a pan into the river and give it a swirl—who knows what you might find! Drop by the Visitor Centre in Princeton for information and maps on where to find public gold panning. Bromley Rock Provincial Park is renowned for the sandy river shore and inviting picnic area at a peaceful rest stop that was once a traditional fishing ground for the Similkameen First Nations. Today, it’s a place to cool off and make a summer memory.

Step into our past at the Princeton Museum

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Similkameen Spring

As the snow melts the valley comes to life in the spring

Trails once blanketed with snow reveal themselves to hikers and mountain bikers anxious to get outside and play. When the weather warms, the fruit trees awaken and burst into bloom in the orchards surrounding Cawston. Rivers swell and rapids course more quickly, making for the most adventurous season for paddling our waterways. Take your time, look and listen for wildlife emerging from their winter homes. Bird lovers can drive 6 km (4 mi) from Princeton and settle into one of two bird blinds and watch for migratory birds at the Swan Lake Nature Reserve. Get your cowboy on at the Chopaka, Princeton, and Keremeos rodeos and let the pros show you how it’s done. It’s all part of the adventure and excitement of spring in the Similkameen.

Similkameen Autumn Autumn transforms the unique

Autumn harvest at Rustic Roots Winery

landscape of the Similkameen Valley, casting a natural mosaic of vibrant hues all along the Similkameen and Tulameen rivers. Travel along Hwys #3 and 5A for adventures set on a backdrop of rolling hills, soaring mountains, crystalline lakes, and broad valley vistas.The cool temperatures are perfect for hiking, biking, and wine touring. Larch trees in the Cascade Mountain trails of Manning Park turn yellow before casting away needles. Vintners bring in deep rouge grapes from the vineyards. The harvest season brings a delightful selection of culinary experiences at wineries, restaurants, and markets. Ask the locals about what the farm harvested today!

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OUR COMMUNITIES

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MANNING PARK

Explore the wilderness from Manning Park Resort, a full-service rustic lodge that can accommodate over 450 people, located in E.C. Manning Provincial Park. Explore the Cascade Mountains in every season, hiking along wildflowers and paddling on Lightning Lake. In winter, snowshoe through snow-covered forests or cruise the slopes at the Manning Park Ski Area. Accommodations: Lodge guest rooms, private cabins and chalets for up to 14 people, and RV and tent campsites.

PRINCETON

Cross the Bridge of Dreams over the Similkameen River in Princeton

Explore eclectic small towns and quaint hamlets, surrounded by bustling orchards, sprawling ranches, rocky vineyards, glistening lakes, and gently flowing The Manning Park Resort Lodge

rivers. We live life at a relaxed pace here, with a certain Canadian charm. Meet the locals and visit our museums. We’ll be happy to share the tapestry of stories from both Shop for souvenirs and gifts at the Hedley Trading Post

past and present that make the Similkameen so unique. Venture to these communities and hamlets, listed from west to east on the Crowsnest Highway (3):

Princeton (pop 2,830) is the largest community in the Similkameen Valley, known for fishing, golf, and outdoor recreation. Trek along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, Hudson’s Bay Company Trail, China Ridge Trails, and the historic Dewdney Trail. Snap photos of wildlife at the Swan Lake Nature Reserve. Learn about the rich mining and pioneer history at the Princeton Museum. Enjoy the small-town hospitality at many family-operated restaurants and stores and join us at events like the Stan Thompson Memorial Rodeo and the Princeton Traditional Music Festival. Accommodations: Motels, RV camping, and vacation rentals.

COALMONT

Once a junction on the Kettle Valley Railway, Coalmont (pop 100) is now known for great outdoor recreation and fishing. Find your way to White Sands Beach on the banks of the Tulameen River, for the perfect spot to spend a summer’s day. Located 18 km (11 mi) northwest of Princeton.

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TULAMEEN

In summer, relax, swim, boat, waterski, and fish for lake trout. In winter, skate on the covered outdoor ice rink, celebrate with the people of Tulameen (pop 240) with a snowmobile poker run, winter carnival, fishing derby and Family Days.You’ll find Tulameen on the south end of Otter Lake, 26 km (16 mi) northwest of Princeton.

HEDLEY

Come to the eclectic hamlet of Hedley (pop 240), where people still pan for gold in the Similkameen River and the mouth of Hedley/20-mile Creek. Take a tour of the Snaza’ist Discovery Centre and learn about our First Nations and mining history. Visit the Hedley Museum to explore insightful exhibits and the evolution of our town. Look up at Mascot Mine through a telescope and learn to pan for gold at seasonal events. Stop by the Country Store for coffee, pastry, soups, liquor, and other pantry items. Accommodations: RV Park and Motel, tent camping, and a hostel.

KEREMEOS

at the Ashnola recreation area and Cathedral Provincial Park. Stop by the Keremeos Visitor Centre and let the kids play on the Memorial Park playground. Inside, the walls tell tales of the South Similkameen’s historic landmarks, the building of the Great Northern Railway, First Nations residents, homesteads, and ranch life. Accommodations: B&Bs,

modest family-run motels, RV, and tent camping.

CATHEDRAL LAKES

Cross the Red Bridge to reach Cathedral Lakes Provincial Park, where Cathedral Lakes Lodge can transport you along a private road to a magnificent plateau with a plethora of backcountry hiking trails. Accommodations: Stay in the off-the-grid lodge or camp under the stars.

CAWSTON

Cawston (pop 970+) is just east of Keremeos in what’s known as the Organic Farming Capital of Canada. Aside from great organic produce, there’s 10 wineries with eateries, guest suites, and riverside patios. The surrounding terrain ranges from sub-alpine meadows to cacti and sagebrush desert. Accommodations include orchard and vineyard stays and B&Bs.

Lush farmlands surround Cawston

Coalmont is a basecamp for outdoor recreation

Keremeos is at the centre of a thriving wine and fruit producing area

Keremeos (pop. 1,500) is surrounded by jagged mountains, framed by the Similkameen River. Once you experience the lush orchards, vineyards and farms, you’ll understand why Keremeos is the Fruit Stand Capital of Canada. It’s here where you buy the freshest home-grown produce at seasonal fruit stands and markets. Sip and savour at four wineries surrounded by vineyards. Visit the historic Grist Mill and Gardens and walk the grounds of Western Canada’s only working water wheel powered flour mill. Take in an event or concert. Keremeos is a great starting point for outdoor adventures SimilkameenValley.com #Similkameen

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fresh flavours From spring to fall, the Similkameen offers a kaleidoscope of fresh from the farm flavours. Join the growing number of home cooks and professional chefs who travel to Keremeos, Canada’s Fruit Stand Capital, to buy organic produce, grown next door in Cawston, the Organic Farming Capital of Canada. Taste the distinct flavours of the Similkameen terroir in our grape and fruit wines, ciders, fruit, and organic produce.

Peaches ripe for picking at Harker’s Organics

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Keremeos– Fruit Stand Capital of Canada

Living up to its reputation as the Fruit Stand Capital of Canada, the highway between Keremeos and Cawston is where you’ll find a rainbow of colourful stands dotting the landscape. Taste just-picked produce and locally-made preserves from over 15 fruit stands and farm-side markets that dot the wide valley bottom. Sink your teeth into mouth-watering sunkissed fruits and vegetables, grown right here in the Similkameen. Find perfectly ripened cherries, peaches, apricots, crisp apples, fresh vegetables, and more than 200 varieties of peppers. You’ll

also find a tasty assortment of Similkameen honey, jams, preserves, chutney, pies, juices, and wine vinegars. Bite into a piece of fresh-baked pie made from just about every tree fruit you can imagine. Some of the fruit stands have been here for over 100 years, offering an array of just-harvested fruits and vegetables. Things have changed somewhat over the years, reflecting the diversity of the Similkameen Valley. You can now find exotic Indian dishes, East Asian fashions, and the handiwork of local artisans as well. You can meet some

of the friendliest people here over a bushel basket of fresh greens or a pile of pumpkins—

growers dropping off a delivery, professional chefs and home cooks shopping for produce in bulk, and folks putting together a perfect picnic.

The valley is proud of its produce

Cawston – Organic Farming Capital of Canada If it comes out of the ground in Cawston, chances are it’s organic, which is why Cawston is known as the Organic Farm Capital of Canada. With nearly 100 certified organic farms, the Lower Similkameen Valley has the highest concentration of organic farms in Canada. Over 40% of farms grow certified organic fruit and vegetables. Our long growing season and hot summer days ensure our fruits and vegetables are some of the tastiest you’ve ever eaten. The dry, windy

conditions are ideal for many types of fruits and vegetables so even the non-certified growers have little need for herbicides and pesticides. The near-desert climate here provides fantastic growing conditions for growing healthy food sustainably. Linger a while and you may meet up with growers happy to chat about their crops. Our growers toil side-byside to produce a bounty of seasonal crops in a place where agriculture is a way of life.

Some of our farmers have worked the family farm for generations, while others are new to the area, brimming with great ideas. Take a bite of a sweet Ambrosia apple, a varietal that was cultivated here in the 1990s. Browse the markets for 200 kinds of peppers and more than 30 varieties of field-grown heirloom tomatoes, dozens of types of cherries, and plenty of pumpkins, gourds, and corn.

Orchard & Vineyard Stays

These family run boutique guest accommodations are your chance to sip, savour, and stay on a working orchard or vineyard. Stay right on the farm at Farmersdotter Organics or Klippers Organics. Take a stroll through the lavender patch and the herb garden at Tree to Me B&B and shop at the onsite market filled with produce from their own organic farm. Wake up to beautiful vineyard

views in one of Orofino’s luxury fully equipped vineyard suites. Stay in a German Country Inn at Crowsnest Vineyard, enjoying daily fresh-baked bread and your morning coffee as you stroll through a vineyard or farm. To learn which orchards and vineyards have accommodations, visit the directory on SimilkameenValley.com or stop in at the Keremeos Visitor Center. ➤

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SIMILKAMEEN WINE REGION - TASTE OUR TERROIR

The Similkameen Independent Winegrowers have a common goal – to express the gift of our rare terroir by creating award-winning wines and ciders that reflect this unique place. See the beauty. Taste the Similkameen.

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LIBER FARM & WINERY 156 Sumac Rd, Cawston 250-499-5305 |

CORCELETTES ESTATE WINERY 2582 Upper Bench Rd., Keremeos 250-499-5595 | www.CorcelettesWine.ca

OROFINO WINERY 2152 Barcelo Rd., Cawston 250-499-0068 | www.orofinovineyards.com

CROWSNEST VINEYARDS 2135 Surprise Drive, Cawston, BC 250-499-5129 | www.crowsnestvineyards.com

ROBIN RIDGE WINERY 2686 Middle Bench Rd., Keremeos 250-499-5504 | www. robinridgewinery.com

EAU VIVRE WINERY 716 Lowe Drive, Cawston 250-499-2655 | www.eauvivrewinery.ca

RUSTIC ROOTS WINERY 2238 Hwy. 3, Cawston 250-499-2754 | www.rusticrootswinery.com

FORBIDDEN FRUIT WINERY 620 Sumac Rd., Cawston 250-499-2649 | www.forbiddenfruitwines.com

SEVEN STONES WINERY 1143 Hwy. 3, Cawston 250-499-2144 | www.sevenstones.ca

HUGGING TREE WINERY 2505 Upper Bench Rd., Keremeos 250-499-2201 | www.huggingtreewinery.com

TWISTED HILLS CRAFT CIDER 2070 Hwy. 3, Cawston 250-499-0807 | www.twistedhills.ca

KLIPPERS UNTANGLED CRAFT CIDER 725 Mackenzie Road Cawston, BC. V0X 1C2 250-499-0758 | www.klippersorganics.com

VANESSA VINEYARD ESTATE WINERY 1090 Hwy. 3, Cawston 250-499-8811 | www.vanessavineyard.com

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Syrah. Have a taste and you’ll see what all the buzz is about.

We have over a dozen wineries and cideries in the Similkameen, with vineyards clustered around Keremeos and Cawston. Downhome hospitality creates an unforgettable tasting experience. Meet our wine and cider makers in tasting rooms or on sundrenched patios overlooking beautiful vineyards. They are happy to share stories about their wines. Sip beneath the shade of a 100-year old apple tree. Overlook the shores of the Similkameen River or venture deep into a cave built for wine storage and special events, and tastings.There are over a dozen wineries with licensed patios and picnic areas. Many restaurants and pubs in the Similkameen, and throughout BC, also serve our wines and craft beers.

Hot, sun-soaked summers and windy days create the perfect conditions for growing juicy grapes. You can almost taste the Similkameen sunshine in every glass. Discover why our wines have garnered hundreds of awards, earning recognition as some of the best in the world. Winemakers here grow a variety of grapes suited to their specific vineyards, mastering the art and science of creating wines that will have you swirling, sniffing, sipping and smiling your way across the Similkameen. Grapes are crafted into vintages that pair beautifully with meals, appies, or cheese platters. Take time to savour these Similkameen flavours while relaxing in the sun on one of our patios or

WHERE TO SIP

TASTE OUR TERROIR

Similkameen wineries have made a name for themselves as one of the fastest growing and best grapegrowing regions in Canada. Our beautiful valley is a recognized grapegrowing appellation with an official geographical indicator. The Similkameen Valley terroir is quite unique in that it was created when the glaciers melted, creating a huge river bed. As the water receded it left behind .5 to 1.5 m (2 to 5 ft) of loamy topsoil with calcium-covered river rocks underneath. Combine those elements with sustainable and organic farming practices and you’ve got the ingredients for world-renowned wines crafted right in our backyard. Popular varietals include: Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and

SWIRL, SNIFF, SIP

paired with a perfect picnic of local ingredients.

CIDER & FRUIT WINES

Beat the summer heat with one of our delicious apple or pear ciders. These traditional, hard ciders come in a range of styles from dry to semisweet, and some are even blended with other fruits to create delightful summer sippers. Many cideries and fruit wineries use organically grown fruit because of the favourable conditions here and a commitment to respecting our land. Sample a wide variety of organic fruit wines, overlooking the Similkameen River at Forbidden Fruit Winery. Sip ciders looking out at the orchards where the fruit was grown at Klippers Untangled Craft Cider. Enter the cider dome at Twisted Hills Craft Cider for a taste of sweet organic artisan cider. ➤

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OLD WORLD ELEGANCE NEW WORLD EDGE Taste Award-Winning Wines at Clos du Soleil Winery Wine shop open March 20 to October 31 10am to 5pm daily 2568 Upper Bench Road, Similkameen Valley, Keremeos, BC Email: wine@closdusoleil.ca Call: 250-499-2831 Visit: www.closdusoleil.ca

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Vanessa Vineyard in Cawston

WINE TOURS – LAND OR AIR

Let our guides show you the way. Hop in an air-conditioned van and meander your way from winery to winery as the experts show you a good time! Take flight on a helicopter and see the valley from above. Several of our wineries have helipads so you can get a bird’s eye view of the valley and stunning views of the vineyards below. See our directory online or contact the Visitor Centre nearest you for more information.

OPEN SEASONALLY

Open from April/May to October (and by appointment in winter) our tasting rooms and special events provide an intimate winery experience with winemakers. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a taste of wine with your meal on a vineyard patio. Come on your

own or with an organized tour. Make a weekend of it for the full Similkameen experience.

Vanessa Vineyard in Cawston

WINERY EVENTS

We have lots to be thankful for here, and we love celebrating it! Winery events like Seven Stones’ Vertical Tastings held in their underground cave and our wineries’ Christmas Open Houses are a fun way to celebrate Similkameen wines with us.

The Eateries Fresh, delicious, and mouthwatering flavours entice you with each visit to the Similkameen Valley. Choose from eclectic dining scenes to down-home cooking in Princeton, Keremeos, Hedley, and Cawston. The diverse range of eateries tucked away in

Keremeos may surprise you: Benja Thai is known throughout the region as “Thai worth the drive.” There’s also the Branding Iron Bar and the Ranch Restaurant. Up the road at the Crowsnest Winery, drop by for fresh baked bread or Sasha’s handmade pizza

baked in a wood fire oven during the summer on Fridays. For full flavours and a bit of spice, check out Sanderson Farms Fruit Stand and Samosa Garden Restaurant, known for homemade pakoras, samosas, and a wide range of curries. Harker’s Organics Barn ➤

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In the stunning Similkameen Valley

Offering distinctive, single vineyard wines that celebrate their origin. Spacious 1 and 2 bedroom suites overlook our vineyard to provide the ultimate wine country stay.

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WINE & GIFT SHOP OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 10-5PM DINNING ROOM & PATIO FEATURING EUROPEAN CUISINE FRESH BAKED GOODS PIZZA’S FROM OUR WOOD FIRED OVEN

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FRESH FLAVOURS Robin Ridge Winery in Keremeos

Door Bistro is a quaint organic bistro with seasonally inspired dishes, daily baking, take-away, organic slushies, coffee, and ice cream. The Harkers have been leading the charge in local organic and sustainable farming for over 120 years and six generations. Take a farm tour, lunch on just-picked produce, and sample the

award-winning fruit wine and ciders. Tree to Me is the place to go for a stroll through the herb and lavender patches before a bite in the café. Stock up on produce at the organic market, and desserts in the bakery. Row 14 Restaurant opened in June 2019 in Cawston, offering a casual fine dining experience.

Crowsnest Winery in Cawston

Similkameen sunshine in every bottle

Passion. Precision. Purpose. Get a Taste of it!

May - October: 10:00 - 5:30 or by appointment 250-499-5504 2686 Middle Bench Rd Keremeos

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FRESH FLAVOURS This true farm to table restaurant is located in the middle of an orchard, prepping meals in a wood fired oven. This may well be one of the tastiest journeys you’ve ever taken. For gluten-free alternatives check out BuyLow Foods in Keremeos for a line of gluten-free treats baked on site. The Grist Mill and Gardens has a delicious Sunday brunch made with fresh heirloom ingredients grown onsite. The al fresco long-table dinners showcase produce in peak season. The Grist Mill takeout menu includes picnic baskets to enjoy either in the gardens or as you explore the Similkameen Valley. The working agricultural Victorian-style ornamental garden grows heritage varieties of apples, wheat, tomatoes, carrots, and some odd crops like Zucca melons and gourds that can weigh up to 120 lbs. Drop in for a cuppa

tea and a slice of pie at the Hedley Museum. The Country Store is also open with a wide selection of soups, sandwiches, and other tasty treats perfect for a picnic. The Nickel Plate Restaurant has a full menu and serves breakfast and lunch daily until 2 pm, except Wednesdays. In Princeton, breathe in the fresh air on the outdoor patio at the southern style barbeque, the Copper Pit or enjoy made-fromscratch treats at the Vermillion Fork. Check out the Mediterranean fare at Little Creek Grill, where the steaks are tender and desserts are delicious, with gluten free options. Mikado Sushi is known for high quality Japanese food. Family friendly fare and breakfast all day can be found at Billy’s Family Restaurant, named for gentleman train robber, Billy Miner. Take a bite of a tasty burger or sandwich at the Brown Bridge Pub. Don’t

forget Thomasina’s, a great bakery with take-out food, table service, and outdoor seating. The quaint and quirky coffee shops in Princeton offer fantastic drinks and great lunch choices, with Cool Beanz offering vegan options.

You’re sure to enjoy your culinary adventure in the flavourful Similkameen Valley. Taste the freshness at our local eateries, with dishes proudly created with locally sourced ingredients.

Little Creek Grill, Princeton

Delicious burgers at Vermillion Fork, Princeton

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Events

For more information on these and future events, visit SimilkameenValley.com/events, or stop by our Visitor Centres. To confirm events and dates, contact the nearest Visitor Centre.

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Curling Bonspiels – Princeton – CurlBC.ca Snowmobile Poker Run – Tulameen TimberlineCruisers.com Princeton Rotary Wine Festival

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St. Paddy’s Snow Shoe Stomp – Manning Park SpringFest at Manning Park Guided Snowshoe Tours – Manning Park Theatre: Crimson Tine Theatre - Princeton Chopaka Rodeo – Cawston

MAY

16-18 Summer Camping Season kicks off at Manning Park 16-20 Meadowlark Festival – throughout the valley 18-20 Elk’s Rodeo – Keremeos 21 Mining Day – Princeton 25 Stamp Mill Days – Hedley Museum – Hedley 27-31 Model Jet Fliers - Spring Warm Up Princeton 30-31 Riding Club Spring Show – Princeton Exhibition Grounds – Princeton > Highland Dance Performance - Princeton > Princeton Health Fair

JUNE

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Manning Park Bird Blitz – Manning Park Rotary Charity Golf Tournament - Princeton Hedley Makers Weekend – visit artists and makers – Hedley 13-14 Stan Thompson Memorial Rodeo – Princeton 14-16 Keremeos Elk’s Bluegrass Country Jamboree 19 National Indigenous Day - Veteran Square, Princeton 27-28 Princeton Days: Mixed Open Golf Tournament, Parade, Pancake Breakfast, Duck Race, Dance – Princeton

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Canada’s Birthday Celebrations – throughout the valley 4-5 Mixed Open Golf – Princeton Golf Course 4 Princeton Show & Shine Car Show 10 Senior Men’s Open Golf – Princeton Golf Course 13 Legion 9-Hole Golf Tournament - Princeton 17-19 Ball Buster Mixed Slo-pitch Tournament Princeton 18 Parks Day Celebrations – Family Fun – Manning Park 25 10k & 21k Trail Race – from Fraser Valley Trail Races – Manning Park 27 Mt. Kobau Star Party for serious astronomers– Mt. Kobau – Cawston (continues through August 4) > Concert & Workshop series at Grist Mill and Gardens > Legion 9-Hole Golf Tournament - Princeton

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Lights on Lightning Lake Lantern Festival – Manning Park Mt. Kobau Star Party for serious astronomers – Mt. Kobau – Cawston (started July 27) Tulameen Family Days Ultra520 Canada Triathlon – Similkameen Valley Kars Under the K – Keremeos Electric Love Music Festival - Snug Lake Princeton Fat Dog 120 Endurance Trail Race – Cathedral to Manning Park Traditional Music Festival – Princeton PGC Men’s Open – Princeton Golf Club Model Jet Fliers - Princeton Airport Similkameen Pow Wow – Grand Entry 1 pm and 7 pm – Keremeos Concert & Workshop series at Grist Mill and Gardens

Similkameen Pow Wow – Grand Entry 1 pm – Keremeos 5 Wings on the Wind Kite Festival – Manning Park 12 Take a Swing at Cancer Golf Tournament Princeton 12 Princeton & District Agricultural Fall Fair 13-15 Keremeos Elk’s Bluegrass Country Jamboree 18 Twilight Golf Tournament – Princeton Golf Course 19 Ladies “In the Pink” Golf Tournament – Princeton 20-21 Similkameen Sizzle & Family Dance – Keremeos > Harker’s Organics Apple Tree Dinner – Cawston > Heritage Fall Fair at the Grist Mill & Gardens

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Thanksgiving Celebrations at Manning Park Resort 16-18 Astronomy Weekend – Manning Park 24 Halloween Festival – Princeton > Apple Day at the Grist Mill & Gardens – Keremeos

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Remembrance Day throughout the Similkameen Valley Christmas Light up – Princeton

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Christmas Light up – Keremeos Similkameen Country Christmas Wineries Open House Tours


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Nestled on benchland overlooking the Similkameen Valley, Seven Stones Winery is well-known for its full-bodied red wines, a spectacular view and its mysterious caves.

Experience the magic of the caves and our well-aged, old-world wines. Experience Tours | Tastings | Special Events | Weddings Winemaker Dinners | Corporate Retreats

TASTING ROOM OPEN from 10am to 6pm on April 9 - October 31 by appointment from November 1 - April 8

1143 Highway #3, Cawston, BC VOX 1C3 250.499.2144

www.sevenstones.ca

Profile for Thompson Okanagan Tourism

2020 Similkameen Valley Travel Experience Guide  

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