Welcome to the Similkameen Valley!
Surrounded by orchards, fields, trails and lakes, and the Similkameen River that connects us all, the Similkameen Valley is one of British Columbia's best kept secrets. Right between the bustling cities of Vancouver and Kelowna, more and more people have been giving up their busy city lifestyle for something a little more laid-back.
In the 1880’s and 1890’s there were several famous gold strikes, including the Tulameen Gold Rush, the Nickel Plate Mine in Hedley and the short-but-sweet gold strike in historic Granite Creek that put the Similkameen Valley on the map. Now the land is used for it’s dry and sunny weather to grow fruits and vegetables, with thousands of free-range cattle scattered throughout to supply all of British Columbia with fresh, local and simple food.
Named for its indigenous people, Similkameen means “people of the river”, and today the people living here embody that free, adventurous spirit by exploring the endless trails and lakes throughout the region. A new adventure can be had every weekend if you know where to look, both in the hot summers and cold snowy winters.
The climate in the Similkameen Valley is one of extremes, with summers reaching 30+ and winters hitting a chilly averages of -20. Snow comes every holiday season, allowing the residents to snowmobile, cross-country ski, and ice fish during the cold winter months. Summer brings the warm, dry weather, where people can swim, camp, and relax, and while rain certainly does happen, most of the year is dry. A big change if you're moving from the Greater Vancouver Area!
From the rustic scenery of Princeton to the warm lakes of Osoyoos, to the breathtaking mountains of Manning Provincial Park, this landscape is ready, waiting to be discovered. Now is the time to begin your new adventure and make the Smart Move to BC's best kept secret.