Head west on Highway 3 from Osoyoos and find yourself in the Similkameen Valley. Check out Spotted Lake, an ecologically sensitive body of water so rich in minerals that when the water evaporates in the summer, spots form on the surface. Mount Kobau in the South Okanagan Grasslands features hiking trails that make you feel like you’re on top of the world. Cawston and Keremeos are home to most of the Similkameen Valley’s wineries, with many tasting and touring options to choose from. Keremeos is also known as the Fruit Stand Capital of Canada, and as you drive through the produce-lined highway, you’ll understand why.
For an authentic backcountry experience, take a trip into Cathedral Provincial Park and Protected Area. The park offers 360-degree views of mountain ranges on both sides of the border and is home to more than 80,000 ac (33,000 ha) of mountain wilderness and wildlife.
Directly off Highway 3 en route to Princeton you’ll find Bromley Rock Provincial Park. A popular swimming hole is an ideal spot for cooling off during the dry Similkameen summer. A notable rock bluff acts as the focal point for the park, and campsites are located right along the Similkameen River.
Follow the river toward Princeton, where you’ll find ample fishing, cycling, and hiking trails.
You’ll find E.C. Manning Provincial Park just an hour from Princeton and bisected by Highway 3. Nestled in the Cascade Mountains, the park is home to five provincial