Interesting stories and experiences from the Crowsnest Highway region
Top 10 Things to Do This Summer
BC’s Crowsnest Highway 3 is one of the most scenic highways in the province and offers a wide variety of activities to enjoy during the summer months. From majestic mountain views to pristine lakes along this two-lane highway connected by meandering rivers help slow the pace for a relaxing road trip adventure. Check out our Top 10 list of things to do along this scenic corridor from Hope to Christina Lake. Whether your journey starts west or east or somewhere in between, the diverse landscape and small-town charm anchored by the resort area of Osoyoos at the junction of Highway 97 will be your summer playground.
Hope and Fraser Canyon
From the west, head north of the Hope junction along Highway 1, (just a short detour north) to visit the iconic Hell’s Gate Airtram, located between Hope and Boston Bar. It is one of the most popular attractions in this area. The Airtram offers a thrilling ride over the Fraser River, with unparalleled views of its rugged canyon walls.
Along the way, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to stop, stretch your legs, and take in the stunning scenery. If you’re not familiar, the Fraser Canyon is a four-season destination, suited for all types of explorers and has limitless natural backdrops, teeming with wildlife and fascinating history.
As you continue to venture and explore Hope, you will come across the eighty-plus chainsaw carvings proudly displayed across the town. If you are interested in a self-guided walking tour, a map is available at the Visitor Center where you can bask in the beauty of how the carvers have highlighted the wildlife in their carvings. This year mark your calendars as the Chainsaw Carving Competition takes place on August 17th to August 20th.
Explore the Similkameen Valley’s Backyard
Journey westbound from Hope your travels will bring through Manning Park, a four-season recreation playground, the onward to the Similkameen Valley where you’ll come across eclectic small towns and quaint farms. Beyond these small-town vibes, the outdoors is what you’re going to want to experience in this region. From biking to hikes, the Valley offers plenty of trails ranging from easy strolls to more challenging treks. Whether you’re looking for a picturesque walk alongside the river, or a rugged mountain hike, you’ll find something to suit your needs.
The Similkameen Valley is a hidden gem of BC and the perfect spot for anyone looking to try their hand at fishing! Ranging from distinct species of fish including trout, whitefish, and salmon, the valley provides anglers with a wide variety of fishing spots regardless of if you’re a beginner or expert. Grab your tackle box and Fishing License and ‘cast away.’
Sip and Savour Wines & Ciders
Are you ready to savour every sip? Taste the terroir of Similkameen! Known to be a fruit growing and grape growing region for decades, our winegrowers are relentless at producing quality wines and ciders that reflect and represent the region we all know and love. The Similkameen Independent Winegrowers (SIW) is a group of small, family-owned wineries located in the Similkameen Valley with a mission to promote the region’s unique and distinctive terroir and to showcase its wines on the world stage.
Founded in 2008, there are currently 14 winery and cidery members of the Similkameen Independent Winegrowers. Whether you are looking for an everyday wine, a special occasion bottle, or an opportunity to explore the region’s unique terroir, SIW’s wines will not disappoint.
Cycle along vineyards, take a guided-tour or even board a helicopter for a totally unique birds eye view experience of what this stunning valley has to offer.
Summertime fun in Osoyoos
When you hear summer, you think of hot, dry, and spending most of your time outdoors. As you continue on your road trip down the Crowsnest venture your way to the Osoyoos Desert Centre, which is a stunning natural oasis. This unique desert environment is home to a wide variety of species of plants, animals, and birds, as well as numerous recreational activities for visitors to enjoy. This is the perfect place to explore nature, with its fascinating flora, fauna, and spectacular scenery. The Centre is also home to an array of educational opportunities, from guided hikes and interpretive talks to workshops and special events. Visitors can learn about the unique ecology of the area, traditional First Nations techniques and cultural practices, and gain a better understanding of the importance of conservation and sustainability.
Since you’ve come to Osoyoos at the perfect time of year, take part in some of their many summer events that we are proud to offer. From farmers markets with locally produced goods, from an array of festivals such as the Annual Cherry Fiesta and Canada Day Parade, there is so much to do and explore.
Strike up some adventure in Boundary Country!
Next on your road trip journey, stumble into Boundary Country, a collection of friendly communities that are filled with rich history surrounded by lush land, rolling hills and forested mountains. Boundary Country’s trails in the summertime are the perfect combination for those looking for adventure or those wanting a more relaxing getaway. It’s time to dust off the handlebars and adjust your seats. From avid mountain bikers to families looking for an easy path, the journey will be filled with stunning vistas, beautiful backdrops, and plenty of wildlife. For those looking to dust off and get a little wet, unwind and drop your lines! This scenic fishing region is known for its abundance of Kokanee, Rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, burbot and whitefish, which are almost always biting. The area has hundreds of rivers and lakes, providing the perfect environment for anglers seeking the ultimate fishing experience or beginners looking to cast their first line. With the right bait, tackle, and technique, anglers can land some of the biggest fish in the area.
Explore our communities this summer
The Crowsnest Highway is a popular summer destination making it the perfect time to explore this scenic highway and enjoy all that it has to offer. From camping and hiking in the mountains to enjoying the many lakes and rivers along the way, there is something for everyone. For those looking to relax, there are plenty of spots to pull over and take a break or grab a bite to eat at a quaint cafe. Exploring the communities that make up the Crowsnest Highway is the perfect summer adventure!