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The Similkameen 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.

Rated beginner 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.

The Similkameen 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.

Spanning the 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.

Nearest Towns: Princeton, Hedley, Keremeos, Osoyoos, Crowsnest Highway 3, Similameen Country

Nearest Parks:
Manning Provincial Park
Bromley Rock Provincial Park
Stemwinder Provincial Park

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