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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Keremeos

Keremeos is located 45 km (28 miles) south-west of Penticton on Hwy 3A, and 67 km (42 miles) east of Princeton on Hwy 3.

The Dewdney Trail
Keremeos has a very historic past in the settlement of the lower Okanagan region. The Dewdney Trail was built through Keremeos and a location was chosen for a flour mill called the Grist Mill. Barrington Price, an early entrepreneur, built the mill in 1877, with the intention of building trade along the Dewdney Trail.

Grist Mill Heritage Site
The Grist Flour Mill can be seen at its original working state at the British Columbia Heritage Site on the way through town - watch for the signs along Hwy 3A.

'The Fruit Stand Capital of Canada'
Situated in the Similkameen Valley surrounded by three mountain ranges, Keremeos is famous for the bountiful fresh fruit that grows here and is called 'The Fruit Stand Capital of Canada.' If you enjoy canning fruit and vegetables, Keremeos and Cawston have British Columbia's largest selection of fruit stands from which you can choose.

Historic Buildings
Keremeos also has various historic and rejuvenated buildings in town. Take time to stop in the town to view some of the buildings along a 1.6 km (1 mile) heritage walk. If you would like some guidance, there is a self-guided walking tour map available at the Visitor Info Centre.

Wrong Turn Tavern
One building to keep your eye open for has been turned into a pub style restaurant is called the Wrong Turn Tavern. This is a great spot for you to have lunch and take in some of the old memorabilia placed on the walls and in the outdoor seating area.

Similkameen Museum
If you have time, Keremeos has a nice little museum full of antique items. The Similkameen Museum contains many interesting items including a 1920's kitchen, original jail cell, farm and mining equipment of the era, plus a great display of old maps and photos.

Ashnola River
Keremeos is the gateway point to the Ashnola River, a tributary of the Similkameen River. Located up the Ashnola River Valley is the fabulous Cathedral Lake Provincial Park. This is just an excellent area if you enjoy hiking and great views of rock formations. One rock formation is so real-like, it has been called "Smokey the Bear."

Cathedral Lakes Lodge
Most of the operations in Cathedral Lake Park are handled through the Cathedral Lakes Lodge. They can provide you a 4x4 jeep service from the parking lot into the main core of the park some 16 km (10 miles) away. This is a great place to start from and the lodge is an excellent one to visit.

Historic Red Bridge
The Ashnola River and the Cathedral Park exit is located on Hwy 3, west of Keremeos by a few minutes at the historic Red Bridge. A railway company - the Victoria, Vancouver & Eastern Railroad - built the bridge in 1907 to help service the various gold mines in the area. Now British Columbia's largest covered bridge, the Red Bridge takes you over to the south side of the Similkameen River.

Swimming Hole
If you like river swimming and tubing, there is a nice sandy beach on the Similkameen River located at the Red Bridge. If you can, get dropped off at this swimming hole and tube down to Pine Park located in Keremeos.

Keremeos Parks
The two other parks for you to discover in Keremeos are Pine Park and the Riparian Nature Park. These parks are both located along the Similkameen River and have very nice walkways along the river.

Emmy's Bake Shop
For coffee shops make sure you visit Emmy's Bake Shop located in the heart of Keremeos on 7th Ave. For the sweet tooth Emmy's specializes in short bread cookies plus has other baked goods. If you are hungry Emmy's serves up breakfast and starting at 11 a lunch menu.

Keremeos Links


RV Camping

  • The Grist Mill and Gardens - 11 creekside campsites that have water and electrical hookups. Telephone: (250) 499 2140 email: info@oldmillgardens.ca
  • Ashnola Campground located on the other side of the Red Bridge - Telephone (250) 499 5528



Map of Keremeos and Cawston
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Photo of the Grist Mill
Grist Flour Mill


Keremeos - 7th Ave. (Hwy 3)
Keremeos - 7th Ave. (Hwy 3)


Wrong Turn Tavern
Wrong Turn Tavern


Photo of the road to the Ashnola River near the Red Bridge
Road to the Ashnola River


Photo of K Mountain
K Mountain


Historic Red Bridge
Historic Red Bridge


Emmy's Baked Goods
Emmy's Bake Shop





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