Similkameen Valley, South Okanagan, BC

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Our Story

Quench your thirst for the great outdoors as you explore our mountains and valley, carved by the Similkameen River. Follow Highway 97 through the Similkameen where you’ll find friendly, eclectic small towns, sizeable ranches and farms, orchards, vineyards and wineries. Choose from an assortment of adventures from mild and wild.

The Similkameen is where you’ll find the Fruit Stand Capital, the Organic Farming Capital of Canada and an award winning wine region. Heritage sites and museums proudly showcase the pioneers who settled here and the First Nation people who have called this place home for thousands of years.

Mother Nature did some of her best work here. Mountains with jagged peaks, rocky outcrops, rolling hills, alpine meadows, crystal clear lakes, and the Similkameen River invite you to connect with our ancient landscape. Hike, bike, camp, swim, fish, canoe, kayak or float your days away. Wildlife abounds with Bighorn Sheep, mountain goats, bear, elk, deer, moose, eagles, hawks and countless other species. In the winter, enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing as well as snowshoeing and snowmobiling. This is where you unplug, unwind and reconnect with who you are. This is the Similkameen.

What's Happening

Summer Sizzles in the Similkameen

There’s so much to do in the Similkameen in the summer! Take part in the celebrations up and down the valley for Canada Day on June 30 and July 1st. Check with your local Visitor Centres for complete info.

Make sure to take in a concert at the Grist Mill this summer. They have concerts throughout July and August, right through to mid-September.

Manning Park has some fun celebrations this summer. There’s the Parks Day Celebrations on July 21 from 11 am to 3 pm and the Lights on Lightning Lake Lantern Festival on August 4. The fun starts at 10 am with a BBQ and lantern building workshop and at 9:30 pm the lanterns are launched!

Snug Lake Element Music Festival is July 26 to 29 (near Princeton). From August 17 to 19 it’s the Princeton Traditional Music Festival. This three-day musical banquet comes complete with fiddles, bagpipes, harps and sing-alongs to rousing sea shanties. Come dance in the street to some great Celtic Music. There’s also belly dancing!

Stargazers take note! It’s the 35th annual Mt. Kobau Star Party, southwest of Cawston, which begins at dusk August 4, and ends at dawn August 12, 2018. The Mt. Kobau Star Party is for those who love gazing up at the stars at night.

For the first time, ever, the RCMP Musical Ride is coming to Princeton. Don’t miss out on this fascinating event August 11 and 12.

The Fat Dog 120 Endurance Race runs from August 10 to 12 with a course that runs from Keremeos to Manning Park. While it may be considered one of the toughest ultras in the world, it’s also rewards participants with some of the most stunning scenery in the world.

Coming up in September is the Princeton and District Agricultural Fall Fair, on September 8 and 9. Don’t miss out on the, oh so tasty Similkameen Sizzle, a pepper festival, held in Keremeos on September 15.

Before you head home, be sure to fill up on fresh produce at the fruit stands in Cawston and Keremeos.

For more events visit our events section on our website.

Visitor Centres

Princeton Visitor Centre:

169 Bridge Street Box 670 Princeton BC Canada V0X 1W0
250-295-0235

Keremeos Visitor Centre:

417 – 7th Avenue PO Box 490 Keremeos BC Canada V0X 1N0
250-499-5225

Contact and Location
133-137 Bridge Street Princeton British Columbia V0X 1W0 CA
RV Facilities

The Similkameen Valley has Camping and RV facilities.

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Top 10

Similkameen Valley

  • Spend the day floating down the Similkameen River
  • Hike or bike the Kettle Valley Rail/Trans Canada Trails in Princeton
  • Take in an event, workshop, tour or concert at the Grist Mill and Gardens
  • Discover our storied past at Princeton, Hedley and Keremeos museums
  • Taste your way across the Similkameen at our harvest celebrations
  • Hike, ski or snowshoe in Manning Park, Cathedral Lakes and China Ridge
  • Fish our lakes and rivers in all four seasons for Rainbow and Brook trout
  • Buy organic in Cawston, the Organic Capital of Canada and visit Keremeos, Canada’s Fruit Stand Capital
  • Chat with owners and winemakers about our terroir at our wineries
  • Relax and enjoy the beauty while photographing Swan Lake Bird Sanctuary in Princeton
  • Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday throughout the Similkameen