River originates north of Allison Pass in Manning Provincial Park
in southwest British Columbia, and flows alongside the Crowsnest
Highway 3 while passing the towns of Princeton, Hedley, Keremeos,
and Cawston in the Similkameen Valley. The 122-mile (197-km) run
of the Similkameen River ends just south of Oroville in Washington
State, where it flows into the Okanogan River.
North of the
east gate of Manning Provincial Park, near Copper Creek and Pasayten
River is Similkameen Falls on the lower Similkameen River, approximately
25 km south of Princeton.
There are numerous
viewpoints of the Similkameen River from the Crowsnest Highway,
the most popular at Bromley Rock. For a refreshing dip or paddle
in the cool waters of the Similkameen River, stop at Bromley Rock
or Stemwinder Provincial Parks east of Princeton. At Stemwinder,
only very good swimmers should brave the fast waters of the Similkameen
River. Watch out for poison ivy along the riverbank. Bromley Rock
features a large picnic/day use area, and Stemwinder is also popular
as a picnic stop for travellers along Highway 3.
to expert, the Tulameen and Similkameen Rivers offer more than 75
km of excellent canoeing and kayaking on 2 to 6-our runs. Or try
tubing the rivers on a hot summer day, there's nothing like it!
Near Keremeos, tubers can tube down the Similkameen River from the
historic Red Bridge to the village of Keremeos.
and Sumallo Rivers have dolly varden and rainbow and cutthroat trout.
Watch for good casting spots as Highway 3 runs beside both rivers
on its journey through the park.
Similkameen River near Keremeos is the Red Bridge, one of only a
handful of covered bridges remaining in North America. Built by
the Victoria, Vancouver and Eastern Railroad in 1907, the bridge
is a reminder of that bygone time when the now abandoned railway
ran up the Similkameen Valley. Today, this covered bridge is used
as a highway bridge to the south side of the Similkameen River and
to the Ashnola and Cathedral Lakes Park.
Highway 3, Similameen
Manning Provincial Park
Bromley Rock Provincial Park
Stemwinder Provincial Park