Looking to get away from it all? The sunny Similkameen region is a perfect place to relax and unwind with its slower pace, fresh mountain air and majestic scenery. There's no better place to stay than the comfortable, clean and modern Private Suite at the Hedley Inn. Nestled in the heart of the historic Gold mining town of Hedley, BC (circa 1897), the Suite is bright, spacious and fully self-contained.
A good night's sleep is most important so be assured, the Inn offers premium mattresses and soft cotton linens. The large bedroom has a Queen-sized bed, night tables, large mirrored closet, desk and two large, screened windows that open so you can let in lots of fresh mountain air.
The living room, with comfortable furniture and TV/DVD player, has a Queen-sized murphy bed (wallbed). The dining area contains oak table and chairs. The kitchen is fully equipped (fridge, stove, microwave, toaster, double sink, good counter space, and oak cabinets with cups, dishes, cutlery, utensils, pots and pans). The bathroom has a sink, toilet and shower.
Located on the second floor, the Suite has seven screened windows which allow for breathtaking views of the canyons and pine forests surrounding the historic mining town.
Here's what Guests say:
"So glad we decided to stay here . . . by far the BEST accommodation!" - Tutliss family, Nanaimo, BC
"Absolutely wonderful! I'll be back!" Patrick, London Ontario
About the Hedley Inn: Carefully constructed and completed in 2012, the Hedley Inn is a frontier-style building with solid wood corbels and wood clap siding. This gorgeous building looks like it was built during the time of the 1897 Gold rush. You will be pleasantly surprised that the Hedley Inn is only five years young and is of modern construction including double glazed wood windows, modern wiring, hard-wired smoke alarms and modern plumbing, wood floors and air conditioned. Rosewood trim, real stained glass and antiques appoint this grand building.
The Hedley Inn has been inspected and approved by Tourism BC.
About the Town and area: The friendly town of Hedley has restaurants, a country store, gas station and cellphone service (some small towns don't!). A local park is across the street, Woodlie Park, is a wonderful place to relax at the picnic tables and enjoy lunch and summer breezes. Children love the swings and slides.
While the old gold mines were decommissioned a while back, many people come to the area to have fun panning for Gold.
The Similkameen region offers stunning scenery with canyons and rock outcroppings. Ponderosa pine, Interior Douglas Fir and sage brush are everywhere. The countryside is open and provides endless trails for walks and hikes. The climate is arid, semi-desert. The wildlife is diverse and includes deer, elk, mountain goat, bighorn sheep and wild horses, all of which are common in the Similkameen. Meadowlarks are resident in spring and summer. Their song has been described as one of the most melodic and beautiful.
In the summer, swimming in (and tubing on) the Similkameen River provides hours of fun. Many sandy beach accesses, such as at Bromley Rock Provincial Park, also allow for sunbathing and lots of fine sand for castles. As an aside, platinum can be panned in the Similkameen River, one of the few such rivers in BC.
Other attractions that are definitely worth checking out: fruit stands in Keremeos, the fruit stand capital of Canada (June to September, the locally grown cherries, peaches, nectarines, apples and pears in are delicious); wineries; horseback riding; whitewater rafting; music festivals; Cathedral Provincial Park.
In winter there is local cross-country skiiing and quad/snowmobile exploring. Apex Mountain Skiing is accessible up the Nickelplate Road (4 wheel access).
Any time of year, there is something to do in the Sunny Similkameen!