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Similkameen Wild Resort & Retreat lies on the unceded land of the Sylix people. For more information on the rich culture of the Smalqmix First Nations and other local First Nations please visit the Lower Similkameen Indian Band, The Upper Similkameen Indian Band, The Osoyoos Indian Band, and The Okanagan Indian Band
The Similkameen Valley, as we now know it, is home to orchards, farms, ranches, artisans, art galleries, award-winning Similkameen wineries, and Similkameen cideries. Sheltered by the cascade mountains, with the Similkameen River meandering through, our valley produces the best organic fruit, organic vegetables, wine and cider that can be found in British Columbia, if not the world! We are on the road from Vancouver to Calgary.
Keremeos, The “Fruit Stand Capital of Canada'' doesn't disappoint. A slew of fruit stands line Highway 3, offering fresh produce, gifts, local crafts and more. Keremeos’ main street has some great shops and Keremeos art galleries and is home to several murals by local indigenous and non-native artists. There are great choices for restaurants: looking for a cold local beer and some killer nachos? The Wrong Turn Tavern has both. Or perhaps some authentic Thai-Food in Keremeos? Benja Thai is a culinary delight. Samosa Gardens also offers authentic Indian Food at Sanderson’s Fruitstand.
Don’t let Cawston’s size fool you, with more than 40% of the farms here are certified organic making Cawston the “Organic Farming Capital of Canada.” It’s the place for fresh produce: For a farm to table experience like no other, check out Row 14. Looking for an espresso and some home baked goods? Look no further than The Honest Food Farm. Or maybe you want to connect with some good honest farmers? Every Friday, Husband and Wife team at Food Of The Sun sell their produce straight from the ground. With its relaxed vibes and unpretentious people, you’ll be charmed at the rustic bohemian vibes of this area.
Osoyoos does summer like no where else in BC! Home to Canada's Warmest Lake, people from across the world flock here to bask in the sun, drink amazing Okanagan Wines, eat Indigenous inspired cuisine at the award-winning The Bear, The Fish, The Root & The Berry, and watching amazing sunsets over this desert mecca.
Population of 250, Hedley is ‘blink and you miss it’ kind of town. But it’s more than worth the stop. With its goldrush heritage, Hedley is home to country shops and quaint cafes––The Grand Union Café serves some great coffee. The Snaza’ist Discovery Centre and the Hedley Museum highlight the region's First Nations and prospecting history. In winter, the Nickel Plate Nordic Center offers one of the longest ski seasons in the western hemisphere, with trails for all abilities.
Known as the “Bronze Sculpture Capital of Canada.” with 15 sculptures highlighting the area’s diverse Okanagan wildlife. Historically, the area's main industry has been mining—copper, gold, coal, and some platinum. Bromely Rock is a popular swimming spot in the Summer.