What We Do
Promotion of Local Businesses and Services
Exposure and Visibility: Members can display business cards and promotional materials in our Info Centre at the corner of Hwy 3 and 4th Street in Keremeos. Member listings on our website include contact information; logo; a picture related to the business or organization; email address; and website link.
Community Events: Each year Similkameen Country puts on a Canada Day Celebration, Christmas Lighup & Parade, Christmas Craft Show & Sale, Similkameen Sizzle Hot Pepper Festival and miscellaneous one-time events. These events offer local businesses and service organizations special opportunities to present themselves to the public.
Workshops: Similkameen Country supports workshops on behalf of local businesses and service organizations.
Economic Development: Similkameen Country supports economic development initiatives and shares ideas with the Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen.
Business After Business: This is an opportunity for the business to showcase its products and/or services to the community and to other Similkameen Country members. It affords an excellent chance for networking with community members and other local businessess.
Promotion of Our Community
Community Events: The annual community events put on by Similkameen Country bring local people and visitors together to celebrate and enjoy some of the very best aspects of life in our community.
Dissemination of Information: Our Info Centre provides locals and visitors with up to date information about news, events and attractions in our area. Similkameen Country promotes our local area to BC, Canada, and the world.
Community Calendars: Our website features a Community Events Calendar. Members and not-for-profit organizations (members and non-members) are invited to email us their event details so their event can be included in our calendar.
Political Forums: For municipal, provincial and federal elections Similkameen Country organizes the “All Candidates Forum”.
Promotion of Area Tourism
The Community Resource Centre: Our inviting Info Centre provides a central and very accessible location for the distribution of information to both visitors and locals alike. The knowledgeable and friendly staff are on hand to provide visitors with materials related to recreational activities and tourist attractions in our area.
Community Events: The community events put on each year by Similkameen Country attract visitors from neighboring communities and around the world.
Promotional Materials and Emails: Similkameen Country prepares and distributes materials and emails promoting important events and regional activities.
Networking: Similkameen Country is associated with the Travel British Columbia Valley Vineyards Circle Tour. We are a member of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association and the BC Chamber of Commerce.
Representation: Similkameen Country meets with local, Provincial and Federal government representatives on behalf of our community members.
Regional Shows: Our Pepper mascots and Similkameen Country representatives attend trade shows, regional events and parades in order to promote tourism in our area.