Similkameen Valley

3 to 7 days, 269.88 km (167.7 mi)

Climb rugged mountain peaks in search of emerald lakes in Cathedral Provincial Park, or take the Crowsnest Highway through one of BC’s wine regions.

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Part 1

Osoyoos to Keremeos

Moon Curser Vineyards, Osoyoos | @mooncurservineyards via Instagram

Head west on Highway 3 from Osoyoos and you’ll find yourself in the Similkameen Valley. 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.

Part 2

Cathedral Provincial Park

Ladyslipper Lake at Cathedral Provincial Park | @jason.rutherford via Instagram

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 33,000 ha (80,000 ac) of mountain wilderness and wildlife.

Part 3

Bromley Rock Provincial Park

Bromley Rock Provincial Park | @rose.isafriggenninja via Instagram

Bromley Rock Provincial Park is located off Highway 3, en route to Princeton. The park’s popular swimming hole is an ideal spot for cooling off during the dry Similkameen summer. A notable rock bluff is the focal point for the park, and campsites are located along the Similkameen River.

Part 4

Princeton

Tulameen River 26, Princeton, Similkameen, summer, landscape, Darren Robinson

Follow the river toward Princeton, where you’ll find ample fishing and recreational opportunities. Hike or cycle the Kettle Valley Rail Trail—part of The Great Trail—or head to the China Ridge Trails for mountain biking or horseback riding. In the winter, grab your snowshoes or Nordic skis for miles of endless outdoor fun.

Part 5

Princeton to E.C. Manning Provincial Park

E.C. Manning Provincial Park | @veronika_ via Instagram

Just an hour from Princeton, you’ll enter the east side of massive E.C. Manning Provincial Park, almost 84,000 hectares (207,500 ac) in size. Nestled in the heart of the Cascade Mountains, the park is home to five campgrounds and a host of wilderness adventures.

Part 6

E.C. Manning Provincial Park

Kayaking in E.C. Manning Provincial Park. Photo: Darren Robinson

Hike through the mountains and see wildflowers in bloom, kayak crystal-clear waters, and head up to the Cascade Lookout for 360-degree views. In winter, hit the slopes at Manning Park Resort and check out its snowshoe and Nordic trails.

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