| A local highlight
in the beautiful Similkameen Valley, although it takes some effort
to reach, is Keremeos Columns Provincial Park. The park is named for
a 90-metre cliff of remarkable hexagonal basalt columns fused together,
resembling a bundle of six-sided sticks. They were formed when molten
rock cooled slowly, during an era of volcanic activity more than thirty
million years ago.
the columns are outside the boundaries of Keremeos Columns Provincial
Park, but are visible from the park. The viewpoints can be accessed
by hiking along the steep 6-km logging road off Crowsnest Highway
3, about 4 km north of Keremeos. Turn right at the cemetery,then
take another 8-km hike across private property, allowing at least
three hours travel one way.
Trail access is across private property, please be sure to ask the residence for permission before you begin your trek. The house is located at
the end of the paved road.
Columns are located north of the community of Keremeos, which is
located on the Crowsnest Highway 3.