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Similkameen Valley: Cawston & Keremeos
Southwest off Highway 97 and you’ll find the Simikameen Valley, which is described by the tourism association as “off the beaten path, eclectic, out there and edgy.” It is certainly worth the visit. Situated on the banks of the Similkameen River that breathes life into the otherwise arid grasslands, it’s rich in a pioneering spirit and the “cowboy way” of life still thrives on ranches and farms throughout the area. There’s also a mining history and hopeful prospectors are still drawn to the river’s edge to pan for gold. You’ll come across colourful fruit stands and farms, many of which are organic. And the Similkameen Valley has been recognized as wine region onto its own right, with an increasing amount of wineries that produce both grape and fruit products in the bottle. They’ll make you think twice about what is possible with the region’s bounty. The Similkameen boasts scores of accessible fishing lakes along with the remote backcountry terrain of Cathedral Provincial Park, a major attraction to adventure seekers looking for unparalleled experiences and breathtaking views. History buffs will be drawn to the old frontier-like atmosphere and landscape.