Similkameen Valley, South Okanagan, BC

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

Autumn Calls You to the Similkameen

We don’t slow done when the weather gets cooler. In fact, we heat things up a bit! Check with your local Visitor Centres for complete info on things to see and do, Similkameen style.

There’s still plenty of bounty to pick up at the fruit stands and markets throughout the Similkameen. Before you head home, be sure to fill up on fresh produce at the fruit stands in Cawston and Keremeos.

Manning Park has an astronomy weekend October 13 and 14th. This is their first astronomy weekend and it features workshops, speakers and star gazing!

Kids of all ages will love Princeton’s Halloween Family Fun night on October 27th from 5 to 9 pm. Later on in November, there’s a craft fair, bake sale and tea in Princton on November 17th. Call 250-295-7515 for more info.

Light Ups happen all over the valley in the cooler months. In Princeton it’s November 24 at Veterans Square.  The Christmas Light-up in Keremeos is December 7 and 8! A great time to tour wineries, stop at the Grist Mill and support local artists and artisans.

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

Keremeos Visitor Centre:

417 – 7th Avenue PO Box 490 Keremeos BC Canada V0X 1N0

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

The Similkameen Valley has Camping and RV facilities.


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