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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.