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Village of Keremeos
—  Village  —
Overlooking the Village of Keremeos
Motto: Healthy Living, Naturally
Location of Keremeos in British Columbia
Coordinates: 49°12′9″N 119°49′46″W / 49.2025°N 119.82944°W / 49.2025; -119.82944
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region Similkameen
Regional district Okanagan-Similkameen
Incorporated 1956
Founded 1909
 - Governing body Keremeos Village Council
 - Mayor Walter F. Despot
 - Total 2.11 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
Elevation 365 m (1,198 ft)
Population (2006)
 - Total 1,289
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Highways Highway 3
Highway 3A
Waterways Similkameen River
Website Village of Keremeos

Keremeos (pronounced /kɛrəˈmiːəs/) is a village in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada.[1] The name originated from the Similkameen dialect of the Okanagan language word "Keremeyeus" meaning "creek which cuts its way through the flats" referring to Keremeos Creek which flows down from the Upper Benchlands to the Similkameen River that runs by the village.[2] Local legend claims the name means "the meeting of the winds" due to the often windy conditions experienced in the valley.[3]

Keremeos' main industries are horticulture, agriculture, ranching, and wine making, among others. Fruit stands are also a major component of the local economy, making it the self-titled "fruit stand capital of Canada." All sorts of soft fruits and vegetables are grown in the South Similkameen's warm climate and vineyards and wineries are quickly being added as the Valley's wine-growing potential is being recognized.

With K Mountain as a backdrop, Keremeos, BC is a community, whose "Wild West" looks date back to 1909 when the postmaster of the now-abandoned community of Upper Keremeos, Mr. George Kirby, purchased land alongside the Similkameen River in anticipation of the V.V. & E. Railway passing through the area. He was right and other businesses soon followed. Keremeos was officially incorporated in 1956.

Area attractions include Cathedral Provincial Park, the Red Bridge, the Keremos Columns, the Keremeos Grist Mill, Herder Winery & Vineyards, excellent fishing in area lakes and rivers, Apex Mountain Resort, Twin Lakes Golf Resort, Spotted Lake, the Hedley Mining Museum and the Mascot Mine.

The geography of the Keremeos area ranges from cottonwood groves along the river to orchards to desert-like landscapes to alpine peaks.


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Coordinates: 49°12′19″N 119°49′25″W / 49.20528°N 119.82361°W / 49.20528; -119.82361



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