Coming to the spectacular Similkameen? Let us inspire you to stay a while:
Have a sip
Take a tour – safely self-guided or with a local tour company – through the Similkameen and taste your way through our valley. Visit our many award-winning wineries and cideries, learn more about the wine making process and what makes the Similkameen so special in this industry.
Find out more about the wineries and cideries of our region by visiting our business directory or our friends, the Similkameen Independent Wine Growers.
Enjoy our unique events
From Kars under the K, Pocket Park Market, the Similkameen Sizzle (Canada’s only hot pepper festival) to the Similkameen Pow Wow: we have something for everyone’s calendar throughout the year. Check out our Event Calendar to see if your visit overlaps with one of our special events or celebrations!
Here, we don’t only display our own events, but also the ones of members, partners and other community groups. You’re a local and want to add your event to our calendar? Email us!
Cultivate something fragrant
A local group of eager volunteers, led by Albert McCormick, formed the Inclusive Community Garden Society a few years back and started, right in the heart of Keremeos, our beautiful Community Garden. Fruit, veggies and flowers can be purchased by donation and admired for free.
To learn more about the Inclusive Community Garden Society or to get in touch with Albert, visit their Facebook page here.
Hike the backcountry
Are you an adrenaline junkie looking for an adventure or simply enjoy a quiet outdoor hike? Search no further! Cathedral Lakes is a Provincial Park and the perfect destination for anyone looking for a sporty, backcountry experience. With trails throughout, the park can only be reached by foot or by booking a vehicle through the privately owned Cathedral Lakes Lodge.
Uncover our stories
Interested in history? Stop by the Keremeos Museum or visit the nearby Grist Mill, Western Canada’s oldest working waterwheel powered flour mill. These are also perfect kid-friendly activities!
Stock up at our famous fruit stands
Cawston is the Organic Farming Capital, Keremeos calls itself the Fruit Stand Capital of Canada – you know you’ll have to tour our fruit stands when you’re here.
Cherries, apricots and peaches, apples, pears or squash – we have something for everyone! Many fruit stands have a small coffee shop or bakery attached (or nearby!), if you need a bit more than fruit sugar to make it through the day.
Walk the VVE Railtrail
From the historic Red Bridge all the way to Cawston, the VVE (Vancouver-Victoria-Eastern) trail, running along the former railroad tracks, offers a beautiful experience in and around Keremeos on foot or by bike. Include the scenic riverwalk on the dyke to make it a perfect loop!
To find out more about the work of the Similkameen Trail Society, click here.
Come on in, the water's fine!
Drop in at the Red Bridge and float or kayak all the way to Cawston if desired, with stops on the way to enjoy our sandy beaches left and right. The perfect activity for the summer time, allowing you to enjoy our high temperatures from the comfort of the water vessel of your choice!
Not quite enough? Visit www.similkameenvalley.com for more ideas!