Spend Time Exploring Southern British Columbia
When traveling the Crowsnest Pass (Highway 3) through the Thompson Okanagan you’ll be treated to breathtaking mountain views while winding past orchards and vineyards and clear blue lakes. Next time you plan a road trip through the Similkameen Valley and Boundary Country consider these provincial parks for a night or two!
Jewel Lake Provincial Park
Located just north of the highway between Grand Forks and Greenwood, Jewel Lake is a quiet and cozy campground nestled in a quaint valley with basic services like a pit toilet and hand-pump water. Known for great rainbow trout fishing, the lake is popular with fly fishing enthusiasts. The park also has a nice day use area with a beach for the whole family to enjoy, so bring your barbeque and beach toys.
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Conkle Lake Provincial Park
An escape to the wilderness of Conkle Lake will leave you relaxed and refreshed. This secluded park offers 34 campsites, pit toilets and a hand-pump for water. A serene beach and cold clear water make it a great place to spend a hot summer day. You can find incredible fishing and a calming waterfall in this remote campground.
Google Maps park access suggestion is not recommended
Google Maps suggests taking an access road from Okanagan Falls, but this route is not maintained or signed, and is not recommended.
The best access road is off of Highway 3 about 6km east of Bridesville. Follow Johnstone Creek Road for 25km to the park. It is a maintained gravel road and takes approximately 40 minutes from the highway turnoff. Other access points off of Highway 33 and from Okanagan Falls are not well marked and are unmaintained forestry roads that are not suitable for vehicle traffic.
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Swiws Provincial Park
Previously known as Haynes Point, Swiws Provincial Park is located on Osoyoos Lake and is surrounded on three sides by water with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Most campsites are located right on the lake, making this a very popular camping location and reservations are needed in summer months and recommended in the spring and fall. If you’re looking for a unique experience, check out this site, as you feel like you’re on an island in the heart of the summer town of Osoyoos.
For more information on Swiws, click here.
Stemwinder Provincial Park
Easily accessible off of the highway and nestled along the Simikameen River, Stemwinder is a small campground with rustic amenities like pit toilets and hand pumps for water. The rocky shoreline of the river makes it a popular spot for fly fishing. Have a campfire and watch the sun set down the valley, creating beautiful colours across the entire sky.
For more information on Stemwinder, click here.
Bromley Rock Provincial Park
With a popular swimming hole on a hot day and easy access off the highway, Bromley Rock is the perfect place for a summer get away. Tubing down the Similkameen River to Stemwinder Provincial Park is also a popular way to spend the day or just relax on the beach. Campsites are reservable, but also available on a first come, first served basis.
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