Healthy Living, Naturally. Air so clean the world looks bolder and brighter. Clean water in the river and in the tap. Fruit trees in blossom. Lots of healthy food grown locally. That’s Keremeos.
Keremeos could be called the "Orchard Village." Nearly one-third of its area is occupied by orchards. The economy of the area has been based on agriculture since the first settlers arrived in the mid-nineteenth century. Abundant sunshine and a vast, replenishing aquifer make the Lower Similkameen Valley one of Canada's most productive farmlands.
The South Similkameen has the distinction of having the highest concentration of certified organic farms in Canada. Whether it is organic or conventional produce, area farmers are justifiably proud of the tree fruit, ground crops, grapes, and beef cattle produced in the area.
The landscape surrounding Keremeos is semi-arid and contains hundreds of plant and animal species found only in this region. Steep, rocky mountain sides and long slides of fine material give the Keremeos area a look found nowhere else in British Columbia. Californian Big Horn Sheep and Mountain Goats can be seen frequently on mountainsides.
Summers are long and hot in Keremeos. The village gets its name from the Okanagan Nation's language and means "meeting of the winds." Residents are thankful for the strong breezes that blow on hot summer days. Winters are short and shovelling snow is not a frequent activity in Keremeos.
Keremeos is a safe community. A place where a smile and a hello are exchanged when passing on the sidewalk. Residents are proud of the peaceful, clean, and healthy environment that they call home.
Healthy Living, Naturally