Hedley, Similkameen Valley

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Hedley

You can drive through this very small community in a minute or two but you will be well-rewarded if you take time to stop along this scenic route (Crowsnest Hwy) 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 has been developed into an interpretive centre with guided tours that will delight all visitors. 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 south Okanagan, 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.

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Hedley & Nearby Accommodations

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Riverhaven RV Park & Motel

Riverhaven RV Park & Motel

Hedley

Unwind in the beauty of nature at Riverhaven RV Park & Motel. Located in the beautiful Similkameen Valley, our resort is the ideal destination to relax in the sun, watch the gentle river or catch sight of amazing wildlife. Our hosts are excited to bring you an unforgettable vacation, exceeding all y ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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. ... Read more
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. ... Read more
Princeton Municipal RV Park & Campground

Princeton Municipal RV Park & Campground

Princeton

Relax by or tube down the beautiful Similkameen River at Princeton Municipal RV Park & Campground. Offering 73 RV and tent sites situated along the river, our campground provides a peaceful atmosphere for guests to relax and unwind. The park is nestled underneath a variety of towering trees, providi ... Read more
Princeton Castle Resort

Princeton Castle Resort

Princeton

Nestled in the beauty of the Cascade Mountains only five minutes outside of Princeton, BC, rests the charming Princeton Castle Resort. This pristine and breathtaking destination is ideal for romantic getaways or family holidays. Offering an abundance of recreational activities, guests will have fun ... Read more
Rivers Edge RV & Tenting

Rivers Edge RV & Tenting

Princeton

River's Edge is located in the pristine Cascade Mountains on the Similkameen River in Princeton. Join us at our lush park and enjoy full service bathrooms, free wireless internet, an onsite sanitary station, free water and electricity connections. Nearby amenities include a community pool, tennis co ... Read more
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