The Similkameen Valley
HOW TO FIND US
The Valley is nestled on the edge of the Thompson-Okanagan Region of Southern British Columbia. You’ll find us just above the US border, bounded by the Okanagan Valley and the Lower Mainland. The Similkameen Valley is a rugged, rustic and largely under-discovered region made for adventurous self-explorers. Vast and varied, it’s almost 200 kilometres (125 mi) long.
Follow Crowsnest Pass (Hwy 3) from the lower mainland through rolling ranch and farmlands to the fragile grasses of northern tip of the Columbia Plateau. While you drive down the valley you will follow the Similkameen River as it carves through the whole length of your journey, in the shadow of the Cascade Mountains. You won’t be the first to pull over for a picture. Time and the elements have battered the mountains into craggy, jagged peaks, lending a breathtaking backdrop for your visit. There are plenty of roadside sightings and photo opportunities of eagles, deer and mountain goats.
Stop to ask directions in the eclectic small towns and you’ll find yourself getting to know local folks up close and personal and, even if you just drive by, don’t forget to wave back... we still do that here. Keremeos is home to the Fruit Stand Capital, the Organic Farming Capital of Canada and also home to an award winning wine region. Princeton and it's historic surrounding communities can be explored and enjoyed by a variety of recreational activities. It’s the kind of laid-back place where unique and unforgettable experiences often surprise you, but don’t be surprised by our hospitality, it’s almost as warm as the Similkameen summers.
Browse the map or click the links to get to know what Princeton has to offer in it's local communities, neighbourhoods, and rural valleys.
Size: 7,600 km2
Agriculture: 55,000 ha
Princeton: 700 metres / 2300 feet
Coalmont: 855 metres / 2800 feet
Tulameen: 920 metres / 3000 feet
Bankeir: 1100 metres / 3600 feet
China Ridge: 1212 metres / 4000 feet
Keremeos: 365 metres / 1200 feet