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Encompassing the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, Similkameen in a sun-drenched land of plenty. From the orchards and vineyards of Keremeos and Cawston to the rolling hills, rivers and waterfalls of Princeton, the Similkameen bursts with life.
Winter in the Similkameen covers the mountains in champagne powder, perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Running rivers transform into outdoor skating rinks and ice-fishing holes. During the winter, the Similkameen is peaceful and tranquil, perfect for the traveler seeking space and solidarity.
During summer months, the Similkameen is bustling with activity. With a multitude of small lakes offering excellent fishing, Similkameen is heaven to the enthusiastic fisherman. The challenging and beautiful landscape will entice the avid hiker and mountain biker. Whether it's sporting events, a rodeo, traditional music festival, a celebration of Syrah or a salute to Similkameen pepper, the Similkameen knows how to celebrate in a fun and unique fashion.
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Get Out the Binoculars for BC’s Best Birdwatching
Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is an untamed oasis including two distinct ecosystems: the sweepingly beautiful marshland of Swan Lake and the jagged, oak-forested highlands of Christmas Hill. Both are home to an incredible array of native plants and wild animals. Visitors can take a trip to the reserve, located just outside Princeton, to experience some of the finest bird-watching BC has to offer.
Travel back in Time with a Gold Mine Tour
Visitors are invited to discover the incredible history of mining in the Similkameen Valley at Snaza’ist Discovery Centre in Hedley. At this center, guests will discover the legends of Canada’s ancestors by completing an unforgettable 4.5 hour tour through the Mascot Gold Mine, a mine perched precariously on a cliff overlooking the spectacular Similkameen Valley.
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Located on Princeton’s backdoor is an expansive landscape of rolling, grassy slopes. These slopes are perfect for thrilling cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Offering over 45 kilometers of polished and groomed trails, alongside 19 un-groomed trails, this area offers some of the most extensive and easily accessible trails in the Similkameen region.
Flanked on both sides by the tall, steep-sided Cascade Mountains, the invitingly rural Similkameen valley is a distinct and unique wine region. Partake in the winemaking process and watch as family run wineries begin the first step of the grape harvest; the wine crush. The process leaves a heady aroma of fermenting grapes lingering in the air, inviting visitors to tasting rooms to sample the fruits of previous years’ crushes.