The Lower Similkameen Valley is part of Canada’s only temperate desert lands. It has one of the highest concentrations of rare birds, reptiles and mammals in Canada.
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Pictures cannot do justice to the remarkable beauty of the area. The contrasts of light and colour on the stark desert hills and chiseled mountains change from moment to moment, day to day and season to season. The valley sides are rugged here; fans of fine stones and sand there. The grasslands of the valley bottom give way to pine and fir forests; these terminate in alpine meadows and snow fields. Many shades of green from fruit orchards, vineyards and vegetable farms fill the valley bottom. And always there is the river, clean and beckoning on a hot summer’s day.
This inspiring landscape can be enjoyed in many ways. Independent and guided hiking adventures can be arranged. Tubing, canoeing or kayaking down the Similkameen is an unforgettable experience. Fly fishers will find plenty of action in the eddies of the Similkameen. Commercial riding stables are ready to serve you.
Apex Mountain Resort has a vertical of 2000 feet, 67 trails and four lifts. It is located 40 minutes drive from Keremeos. http://www.apexresort.com/
dry interior powder
There are two championship golf courses in the area. Twin Lakes Golf Course is 15 minutes drive from Keremeos and Princeton Golf Course is 40 minutes away.
In contrast to the semi-desert Similkameen Valley, Cathedral Lakes Provincial Park is 80,000 acres of lush alpine meadows. The Park contains six alpine lakes and five glacier topped peaks. A fit hiker will need a day to hike in and another out. For those who prefer to save their energy for strolling the alpine meadows, Cathedral Lakes Resort will drive you and your gear to their alpine lodge for a fee. The Resort is world class, so we recommend you enjoy its comforts and fine cuisine after a day of alpine hiking, bird watching and exploration of fantastic quartzite rock formations.
close to the edge in Cathedral Lakes Provincial Park
Keremeos Columns Provincial Park can be reached by hiking or driving part way (truck or 4-wheel drive recommended). The Keremeos columns are a geological oddity - a jumble of columnar rocks.