Similkameen Valley, South Okanagan, BC

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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

133-137 Bridge Street Princeton British Columbia V0X 1W0 CA
What's Happening

Welcome to our Winter Wonderland

It may be cold outside but inside our local wineries, offer all the warmth of the season. The first weekend in December they host a special Christmas Open House. Raise a glass to the winemaker pouring for you and discover why Similkameen grown grapes make our wine so noteworthy.

Manning Park has plenty of snow fun for the whole family. There wreath making on December 2nd, a guided snowshoe tour on December 16, and a lantern making workshop on December 23rd. On December 24th bundle up for the Torchlight Parade with Santa, then on Christmas day come out and ski with Santa!

In Princeton, come out for the Christmas Light up at the end of November as well as the Family Fun Days in February.

The Keremeos Light up is the first weekend of December. Be sure to stop in at the historic Grist Mill and Gardens for their community bonfire on December 1st, or their wreath making workshop on December 6.

For more events visit our events section on our website.

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.

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