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

Springtime in the Similkameen.

The snow has melted and the hills are alive with the sights, sounds and smell of spring.

The people in the Similkameen love to celebrate spring and they do it from the valley bottom to the tops of the mountains. Manning Park has some great events with Spring Fest and the Nordic Top to Bottom Fest in late March. Come back in April for the Guided Spring Snowshoe Tours.

In May the Similkameen Garden Club holds their annual Plant Sale.  Spring is also the perfect time to visit the wineries and see which wines have won awards, and then taste and see which ones you think will win your heart.
There’s also the Chopaka Rodeo at Easter and the Stan Thompson Memorial Rodeo in June.

Spring is also a time when the hills and valley fill with blooms. From wild flowers to the vineyards and orchards, beautiful blooms are everywhere! And don’t miss out on the Meadowlark Festival, May 16 – 20. Ask at the Visitor Centre for more information.

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