Rock Provincial Park
Bromley Rock Provincial Park is located 21 km (13 miles) east of
and 15 km (9 miles) west of Hedley.
To get to here, take Hwy 3 between Hedley and Princeton and travel
along the Similkameen River to a point where the river forms some
natural pools by a large boulder called Bromley Rock. There is a
large day-use parking lot and campground for the provincial park
sandwiched between Hwy 3 and the river.
The park's main attraction occurs during the summertime when the
Similkameen River boasts the very popular and well-used Bromley
Rock swimming hole. Bromley Rock, situated at the day-use area,
has a sandy beach, wheelchair-accessible pit toilet and a very nice
picnic ground overlooking the natural pool.
The campground at Bromley Provincial Park contains 17 vehicle-accessible
campsites of which half are on the on the water's edge of the Similkameen
River and are quite private. The other half of the campsites back
onto Hwy 3 which, unfortunately, can be very noisy from transport
trucks which are travelling during the nighttime.
If you have the opportunity, try and get a riverfront campsite where
there are small private beaches next to some deep pools right in
front of the campsites. There is a slight bank but from here there
is also easy access to the Bromley Rock swimming hole, then floating
a tube or swimming back to your site.
The campground facilities here are more limited than larger parks
with only pit toilets and a hand pump system for water. There are
no phones at the park with the nearest grocery store of any size
either in Princeton or Keremeos.
The campground season runs from April 5 - October 8 but is open
all year when there are no fees charged or maintenance performed.
Tubing or Kayaking the Similkameen River
Lots of people make Bromley Rock Provincial Park as the starting
point for whitewater kayaking, inner tubing or floating down the
Similkameen River. From here Similkameen River allows easy access
either above or below the swimming hole to various exit points down
A favourite kayak or tube ride is to Nendick's RV Campground from
Bromley Rock about a two-hour trip depending on water flow. For
further trips most people either kayak or tube down to the bridge
crossing on Hwy 3 or Stemwinder Provincial Park.
The campsites at Bromley Rock Provincial Park are offered on a first-come,
first-served basis but unfortunately with no reservations taken.
During the early summer or fall time is usually the best time to
come in order to get a riverfront campsite.
Time for the Swimming Hole
The best time to visit Bromley Rock swimming hole in the day-use
area is usually from late July into early September in order to
give the water at the swimming hole a chance to warm up. Unfortunately,
before this time the Similkameen, where the headwaters start very
close in Manning Park and, the biggest tributary, the Tulameen River
north-west of Princeton, are both still quite cold from snow melt.
Kaloya Contracting Ltd Inc are the park facility operators and maintain
Bromley Rock Provincial Park.
on Bromley Rock Provincial Park