Help Keep the Similkameen River Clean

Jul 26 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The Village of Keremeos, the Town of Princeton and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) are reminding residents and visitors to Help Keep Our Rivers Clean.


With the busy summer season comes increased pressure on our natural environments and watercourses including the Similkameen River. In addition to providing numerous recreational opportunities, the Similkameen River is also a vital part of the region’s complex and sensitive ecosystem. It provides habitat, biodiversity, drinking water and water to grow food.


The Similkameen River starts on the east flank of E.C. Manning Provincial Park and flows through the Nlaka’pamux and Syilx/Okanagan People’s territories and the communities of East Gate, Princeton, Hedley, Keremeos and Cawston.


If you’re spending time on or near the Similkameen River or any watercourse, please consider your environmental impact, clean up after yourself and encourage others to do the same.


If you see anyone polluting or destroying habitat or riparian areas, please report the activity immediately.


Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) 

1-877-952-7277 |


The RAPP program is a toll free tip line and online service that also allows you to report known or suspected violations of fisheries, wildlife, or environmental protection laws anonymously and without risk of confronting the offender.


BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) Conservation App


The BCWF app makes it easy for users to take geo-referenced, time-stamped photos or videos and to report issues related to illegal use, or abuse of our natural resources.


For more information, please contact:

RDOS: 250-492-0237 |

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Try some bench exercises while walking the dike!

Jul 26 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

As part of the Village’s Age-Friendly Program funded by the Ministry of Health, the successful Steps to Better Health walking group has expanded in 2019.


Funding was provided to place signs along the dike, showing exercises which can be performed at the park benches. The western end of the dike has a park bench with a map, some general instructions, and 4 exercises of the "Vitalia" program and 4 exercises of the "Enduro" program. The Vitalia program is well suited for seniors while the Enduro program is a better fit for younger walkers.


The Steps to Better Health walking group is open to everyone at no cost, and meets in front of the Senior’s Centre, 421-7th Avenue, at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays (30 minute walk) and Thursdays (60 minute walk).


Many thanks to Selena at the Similkameen Pharmacy for her tireless work on this project!


Keremeos Dyke Exercise Map

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PreparedBC Releases Wildfire Preparedness Guide

Jul 3 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Wildfires have always been a reality in British Columbia, but in the past few years, their impact on people, businesses and tourism has been increasing.


On the heels of two of the worst wildfire seasons in the province’s history, PreparedBC is releasing a new Wildfire Preparedness Guide.  The guide contains useful information that will help British Columbians better protect themselves and their homes, and understand what to do if a wildfire approaches their community.


To learn more and download a copy of the guide, please click on the link below.


PreparedBC Wildfire Preparedness Guide

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Keremeos & Area Opportunities Guide Now Available

Jul 3 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Over the past decades, our community has slowly evolved from our modest agricultural roots to become one of the fastest growing villages in our province. 


To celebrate our achievements and market our community within a broader audience, the Village has compiled the Keremeos & Area Opportunities Guide to provide those outside our region with in-depth information about what it’s like to live, work and play in our area.  The Guide is currently being featured through a social media campaign designed to promote our community within larger centres.


The Guide consists of high quality imagery of our area and is filled with direct links for readers to learn more about the many places and experiences to discover in our area.


To view the Keremeos & Area Opportunities Guide, please click on the link below and join in celebrating the growth of our community.


Keremeos & Area Opportunities Guide

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Keremeos Area Business Map Now Online

Jun 20 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The Keremeos area’s new Interactive Business Map is up and running on the Village of Keremeos website and provides an opportunity for area businesses to showcase their operations to a broader audience online.  You can view the map by visiting


The map features a variety of businesses and services within the Keremeos area and provides links to their websites and social media channels, giving users a more in-depth understanding about their operations and what they have to offer.   The Business Map will also be featured through an upcoming social media ad campaign designed to promote our community within larger centres.


If you are a local business owner and would like to be featured on the Interactive Business Map free of charge, please download and complete the enclosed Submission Form.  The Submission Form can also be found online at


Interactive Business Map – Information Submission Form


You can submit your completed form by emailing a copy to, by faxing a copy to (250) 499-5477 or by mailing or dropping a copy off at the Village Office (702 4th Street, PO Box 160 Keremeos, BC V0X 1N0).  Please ensure you provide current contact information along with any photographs of your business you wish to be included within your submission.

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Open Burning Ban in Effect in Kamloops Fire Centre and Village of Keremeos

Jun 11 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Effective at noon on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, any open burns larger than a campfire as well as other activities and the use of certain equipment will be prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public.


Anyone conducting Category 2 or Category 3 open burns must extinguish those fires by Noon on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.


As the Village of Keremeos already prohibited open burning within municipal boundaries, this prohibition now applies to all public and private land located within Area ‘B’ (Cawston) and Area ‘G’ (Rural Keremeos) of the RDOS.


This prohibition will remain in effect until October 15, 2019, or until the public is otherwise notified.  A map of the affected areas is available online at:


This prohibition does not ban campfires that are half-metre high by half-metre wide (or smaller), and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.  A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at


Specifically, prohibited activities will include:

  • The burning of one or more open fires larger than one metre high by two metres wide;
  • Stubble or grass fires of any size;
  • The use of fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, tiki torches (and similar kinds of torches);
  • The use of burning barrels and burning cages of any size or description; and
  • The use of binary exploding targets (pre-packaged or homemade explosives, such as Tannerite, Thundershot, Gryphon, Firebird SS65, Sure Shot or similar products)


Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.  If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.


The Kamloops Fire Centre would like to thank the public for its continuing help in preventing wildfires.  To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.


For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to


You can also follow the latest B.C. wildfire news:


Connect with the Province of B.C. at:

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2018 Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Survey Now Available for Public Viewing

May 29 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The 2018 Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Survey is now available for public viewing and can be located by accessing the link below.


2018 Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Survey


Some of the major initiatives highlighted in this report are the upgrading of street and other community lighting to higher efficiency LED lighting, exploring the use of solar and wind powered generators for possible future implementation for Village owned buildings and continued upgrading to the Wastewater Treatment Plant to increase reliability and energy efficiency.


The Village wishes to thank all parties who support this Climate Action initiative.

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Landfill Charges Changing May 1st, 2019

Apr 16 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) will be adjusting fees for wood products, lead paint containing materials, asbestos, assessed demolition and new construction waste mixed load materials. The new landfill fees for the Campbell Mountain (Penticton), Oliver and Okanagan Falls Landfills and Keremeos Transfer Station will begin May 1st, 2019.


Wood products, including lumber cuts, pallets, painted wood, cabinets and wood tables, will no longer have a free component. Historically these materials were free for the first 500 kg. Wood products continue to be charged at $60 a metric tonne, but with a $5 minimum charge. The removal of the free component for wood products is due the cost of handling wood grindings. Due to contaminates, ground wood products at landfills are very difficult and expensive to manage.


Yard and garden waste and tree waste continues to be free for the first 500 kg per load. There is no change of fees for compostable leaves, pine cones, branches, garden waste, prunings and tree waste brought to local landfills. 


Hazardous materials are changing rates to better match the high cost of management. Asbestos containing materials will be charged $110 per metric tonne. Asbestos must be identified and an appointment made prior to hauling to Campbell Mountain or Oliver Landfills.


Lead painted materials and preserved wood, such as pressure treated boards for decking, will be charged $60 a metric tonne. These materials contain dangerous chemicals and should never be mixed with other wood products. Lead painted materials and preserved wood are immediately buried when brought to the landfill.


At the Okanagan Falls Landfill-DRC Sorting Site, the cost for assessed demolition and renovation waste and for mixed waste from new construction will drop from $125 to $110 per tonne (in-service area rate), and from $150 to $135 per tonne (out-of service area). The demolition sort facility at the Okanagan Falls Landfill is able to divert over 95% of materials it receives, saving the Regional District thousands of dollars per year.  To receive this rate, complete and submit the required documentation prior to hauling.  See


For more information on landfill fees, contact the RDOS Public Works Department at 250-490-4129, or visit

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Warmer Weather Prompts Outdoor Burning Precautions

Apr 1 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Given the recent mild and dry weather conditions in the Northwest Fire Centre, the BC Wildfire Service encourages members of the public and industry personnel to exercise caution when doing any outdoor burning.

To help reduce the number of preventable wildfires, people wanting to light an open fire must watch for changing weather conditions and follow all burning regulations. They should also take the following precautions:

  • Ensure that enough resources are on hand to control the fire and prevent it escaping.
  • Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.
  • Create an appropriately sized fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material, right down to the mineral soil.
  • Consider conducting smaller burns around the perimeter of the main fire site before lighting the main fire. This will create a fuel break and help prevent the fire spreading beyond its intended size.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Make sure the fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

Anyone planning to do large-scale industrial burning or conduct a grass burn larger than 0.2 hectares (Category 3 fires) must obtain a burn registration number at no charge ahead of time by calling 1 888 797-1717. Burn registration numbers are entered in the Open Fire Tracking System, which allows the BC Wildfire Service to track open burning activity throughout B.C.

Anyone conducting an open burn must check local venting conditions before lighting any fire. If the venting conditions in the area are rated “poor” or “fair,” Category 2 or Category 3 open burning is restricted. The venting index can be obtained by calling 1 888 281-2992 and is available online:

Anyone conducting an open burn must comply with the Wildfire Act and air quality control legislation. If an open burn escapes and causes a wildfire, the person responsible may be held accountable for damages and fire suppression costs. It is the responsibility of that individual to ensure burning is done in a safe manner and in accordance with regulations and any current burning restrictions.

The Northwest Fire Centre urges the public to report smoke rising within the perimeter of any of the 2018 wildfire sites. An overwintering fire, sometimes called a holdover fire, can occur when a wildfire that burned deep underground last year has continued to smoulder all winter. Most overwintering fires will occur well within the original fire’s perimeter.

Follow the latest wildfire news:

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST or visit:

Learn More:

A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online:

For more information about safe open burning practices, check the BC Wildfire Service website:

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Steps to Better Health Walking Group – Every Tuesday at 9 AM Starting at Victory Hall

Mar 18 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

We are pleased to announce that this year's Steps to Better Health walking program is now active. Selena Despres, the walk organizer, will be in front of the Keremeos Senior Centre entrance at 8:45 am and the walk should start at 9am and last about 25 minutes. Do not hesitate to join us as this is designed as an inclusive walk, not a race! It will be followed by a "meet and greet" with some refreshments, up at Victory Hall. I hope you can join us. 


If you do not wish to participate in the walk, you are still welcome to join us on Tuesdays, for a social activity. These will take place at or near Victory Hall, at 9:30am. 


For additional information and to pick up registration packages, go to Similkameen Pharmacy, 633-7th Avenue, Keremeos.

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Changes to Schedule at Penticton Airport

Mar 15 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Air Canada Express recently announced changes to their service at Penticton airport beginning May 1, 2019, including:


  • The aircraft will be changed to the larger Q400 which has improved reliability during periods of inclement weather, particularly during the winter months 
  • Penticton airport will have three daily flights with Air Canada in the larger Q400 aircraft
  • The 6 am departure from Penticton, and the 10:50 pm arrival from Vancouver will be removed from the schedule


Travellers for work, business or pleasure can share their views on the flight service available at the Penticton Airport in a survey now on


The City of Penticton and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen want to better understand the flight needs in the area in light of recent changes to the Vancouver service provided by Air Canada Express. The survey is open to anyone who travels through the Penticton Airport.  Surveys will be accepted until April 6, 2019.

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Emergency Operations Centre Update: Emergency Support Services Recruitment Video & Preparedness Information

Mar 11 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Emergency Support Services (ESS)

British Columbians forced from their homes by fire, floods, landslides or other emergencies may receive Emergency Support Services (ESS) for up to 72 hours or longer. Most communities have an ESS team that works with the local emergency program during a crisis. The ESS program relies on trained volunteers to meet the needs of people impacted by an emergency.


Volunteering as an ESS responder is an opportunity to help others during a time of crisis. ESS volunteers are trained by the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) and receive WorkSafeBC and liability insurance coverage through Emergency Management BC (EMBC). Training is provided free of charge. Volunteers must undergo a criminal record check. 


For more information about ESS, please watch this short video:


Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) ESS: 250-486-1890


Are You Prepared?

Coping with the stress of being out of your home during an Evacuation Order is easier, if you have a plan.

  • Understand the risks in advance, prepare and practice your family and business emergency plan
  • Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit for your family and vehicle
  • Sign up for Keremeos' Resident Notification System and receive notification messages and information updates:


“Property Owners are responsible for protecting their property.” 

In British Columbia, property owners are responsible for taking the necessary steps on their property to protect their home and property from flooding, while government emergency programs focus on broader flood response measures. The RDOS will provide sand and sandbags for property owners as needed, in addition to information about sandbag placement. During a flooding emergency, Emergency Management BC (EMBC) may assist with funding for response works such as tiger dams, sand and sandbags, and other emergency resources.


“Groundwater levels are currently higher than normal due to wet conditions experienced in 2017 and 2018, creating an increased potential for flooding during freshet in 2019.” 

Ecora – Professional Engineers and Environmental Consulting / Dobson Engineering Ltd.


Is Your Property Prone to Flooding?

Due to high groundwater throughout the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS), there is a high probability of flooding from freshet - in areas that are prone to flooding. In some areas, there remains an imminent risk of flooding from rainfall events. Property owners living in areas that flood need to be prepared. Flooding on private property will typically occur as a result of high stream flow, pooling or slow rising water from a body of water. 


For more information about sandbagging, please watch this short video:


Important Notes

  • Public sand and sandbag locations will be listed on the RDOS website:  In the Keremeos area, the sandbag location will be at the Keremeos Irrigation District pump house west of Highway 3A just north of Similkameen Elementary Secondary School.
  • The RDOS does not deliver sand or sandbags to private residences or businesses
  • If you require assistance with sandbagging, please connect with your friends, family or volunteers
  • Filled sandbags are not available from the RDOS


For further information, please contact the RDOS EOC: 250-490-4225

Visit our website:


Building Climate Resilience in the Okanagan – A Homeowners’ Resource Guide


Important Emergency Terms

Being familiar with these terms will help remove the stress of coping with an emergency.


Evacuation Alert – Be Ready and Standby

Upon notification of an ALERT, you should locate all family members or co-workers and designate a meeting site outside the evacuation area, in case an Evacuation Order is issued. Gather essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers, cell phone charger, immediate care needs for dependents, and keepsakes. Have these items ready for quick departure.


Prepare to move any disabled persons and/or children. Arrange to transport your household members or co-workers in the event an Evacuation Order is issued. Prepare to move pets and livestock to a safe area. Monitor news sources and the Village and RDOS websites and social media for information.


Evacuation Order – Get Out

Upon notification of an ORDER, you must leave the area immediately. Close and lock all windows and doors. Shut off electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers. Do not lock gates. Gather your family and take a neighbour or someone who needs help. Take critical items if they are immediately available. Take pets in pet kennels or on leash. Do not use more vehicles than necessary, to help reduce congestion. Do not use the telephone unless you need help.


Evacuation Rescind (Safe to Return)

It is safe for evacuees to return home. Residents may remain on Evacuation Alert and should be prepared to leave on short notice, if the incident changes.


Grab-and-Go Bag

Don't count on being home when there's an emergency. In addition to an emergency kit at home, create grab-and-go bags for your work and vehicles. You should include important documents, first aid kit and medications.


For more information visit the RDOS website

Issued by RDOS Director of Emergency Operations

RDOS EOC 250-490-4225

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Summer Hours at Keremeos Landfill Start March 1st / 2019 Compost Bins Now for Sale

Mar 1 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Summer Landfill Hours


The Keremeos Landfill starts extended hours as of March 1st.


The Keremeos Landfill, will be open on Wednesdays from March until the end of November.  During these months the Transfer Station will be open Wednesday from Noon to 4 pm in addition to regular hours on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.


Residents with questions can contact the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Solid Waste Group at (250) 490-4129, toll free 1-877-610-3737, or visit


2019 Compost Bins Now For Sale


Residents across the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) can pre-purchase wholesale compost bins from March 1st until March 25th only at participating locations. Collection of all pre-purchased bins will start Earth Day which falls on April 22nd.


The FreeGarden Earth Compost Bin™ is available for $49 plus taxes. A curved black container, the compost bin helps break down garden waste, leaves, uncooked fruits and vegetables. It is a great system for creating rich compost for home gardens.


In Keremeos, the Home Building Centre will be pre-selling compost bins. The pre-sale ends on March 25th and residents can collect purchased units on April 22nd.


For further information, please contact Cameron Baughen, Solid Waste Management Coordinator, at 250-490-4129 or

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Wildfire and FireSmart Project Reports Now Available

Feb 22 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The Village of Keremeos’ wildfire prevention contractor has now reported out on both the Community Wildfire Prevention Plan and on the Riparian Park area Community Assessment and FireSmart Plan. The reports will be presented to Council in an open meeting, March 4, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., and Council will provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.


The reports to be presented are quite lengthy and can be accessed by visiting the following website:

We hope to see you there.


Marg Coulson

Chief Administrative Officer

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2019 Council Meeting Schedule, Committee and Liaison Appointments and Acting Mayor Schedule

Dec 18 2018
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The 2019 Regular Council Meeting Schedule has now been ratified by Village Council and can be found by following the links below:


2019 Regular Council Meeting Schedule

2019 Regular Council Meeting Calendar


The 2019 Council Committee and Liaison Appointments have now been ratified by Village Council and can be found by following the link below:


2019 Council Committee and Liaison Appointments


The 2019 Acting Mayor Schedule has now been ratified by Village Council and can be found by following the link below:


2019 Acting Mayor Schedule

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