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Hedley, Similkameen Valley

Hedley

You can drive through the very small community of Hedley in a minute or two but you will be well-rewarded if you take time to stop along this scenic route (Crowsnest Hwy 3) to experience the history of gold mining right here. Look up and you can see the mine clinging to the side of the mountain. Today, The Mascot Mine was developed into an interpretive centre with guided tours however these are unfortunately not available at this time. The town isn’t just about history, it is situated on the Similkameen River and for those who enjoy tubing, you can take a float down the river. The river also attracts an abundance of bird species so bring your binoculars and enjoy.

Location

Hedley is located on Hw 3 (Crowsnest Hwy) in the Thompson Okanagan‘s Similkameen Valley, 29 km (18 mi) west of Keremeos and 48 km (30 mi) east of Princeton.

A Step Back in Time

Made famous by the discovery of gold in 1897, Hedley has become one of the great names in Canadian gold mining history. Named after Robert R. Hedley, manager of the Hall Smelter in Nelson, who had grubstaked many of the early prospectors, Hedley grew quickly, and by 1900 boasted a population of over 1,000, with 5 hotels and a large stamp mill.

The V.V. & E. railroad arrived in Hedley in 1909 to help haul the gold out at the incredible rate of more than 50,000 ounces per year. In 1936 the Mascot Mine started operation, increasing the total production to more than 1.5 million ounces of gold and in excess of four million pounds of copper. By that time Hedley boasted all of the major conveniences of a small city, including a nine-hole golf course.

Between 1956 and 1957 there were several disastrous fires in the community and this, coupled with dwindling ore production from the mines led to Hedley’s steady decline.

Nowadays, Hedley is a quiet community with an approximate population of 400.

Contact Information

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Hedley & Nearby Accommodations

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Riverhaven RV Park & Motel

Riverhaven RV Park & Motel

Hedley

The NEW owners of Riverhaven RV and Motel welcome you to the nicest campground in the southern interior of BC, located in Hedley, on the beautiful Similkameen river, at 6165 Hwy#3 (Crowsnest Pass Hwy). You are encouraged to sit back and relax with a good book, watch the river roll by, check out the ... More Details
Gold Mountain RV Park & Cabins

Gold Mountain RV Park & Cabins

Hedley

Situated on a beautiful landscaped park on Similkameen River, Gold Mountain RV Park & Cabins offers spacious, grassy sites and rustic cabins that the whole family will enjoy. Adventure outdoors and hike to Gold Mountain or access our ATV trails from your own campsite! Other favourite activities that ... More Details
River Valley RV Park

River Valley RV Park

Keremeos

Welcome to River Valley RV Park, a privately owned RV Park conveniently located near the Village of Keremeos.  We are nestled in the valley along the Similkameen River, surrounded by beautiful mountains.   Looking for a getaway, family function, or a new place to call home? Book with us!  The Pa ... More Details
Eagle Campground & RV Park

Eagle Campground & RV Park

Keremeos

Come see us in Keremeos, fruit stand capital of Canada. Nestled between mountains in the valley, is our full-service, grassed level, pull through RV park. Near historic Red Bridge and river walk. ... More Details
Old Grist Mill & Gardens

Old Grist Mill & Gardens

Keremeos

A short drive from Penticton, Oliver and Osoyoos, the Grist Mill Campground is a quiet family-oriented destination nestled in the shade of tall cottonwood trees adjacent to the meandering Keremeos Creek. This campground consists of a total of 11 creekside sites; power hook-ups, water, picnic tables, ... More Details
Princeton Golf Club

Princeton Golf Club

Princeton

Small-town friendliness with full amenities make this a must-play destination for golfers of all levels. Enjoy our well-stocked pro shop, driving range, power & pull carts, licensed restaurant & patio and fully-serviced RV park. ... More Details
Princeton Municipal RV Park & Campground

Princeton Municipal RV Park & Campground

Princeton

**The Princeton Municipal RV Park & Campground is now open with required Social Distancing measures in place.** **The campground will remain open after October 15, 2020\. Closing date is unknown at this time.** Relax by or tube down the beautiful Similkameen River at Princeton Municipal RV Park & ... More Details
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