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The Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3) runs from Hope at the east end of the Fraser Valley all the way east to the British Columbia-Alberta border in the Rockies. Sometimes called the Crowsnest Route or the Route of the Crow, Highway 3 is a memorial to a young engineer who came to Canada in 1859. An Englishman from Devonshire, 24-year-old Edgar Dewdney arrived in Victoria with little more than a letter of introduction to Governor James Douglas. To keep himself alive during his first few months in the west, he found work surveying for the Royal Engineers.

When the discovery of gold in the Similkameen River prompted Governor Douglas to build a trail to the Interior through British territory, Edgar Dewdney and Walter Moberly won the contract. They completed the section from Fort Hope to Vermilion Forks, now Princeton, in 1861. A few years later, gold was discovered in Wild Horse Creek, and Dewdney was given the job of continuing the trail into the Kootenays. Fighting towering mountain ranges, wild rivers, and bottomless bogs, Dewdney and his crew completed the 366-mile-long (590-km) trail in seven months at a cost of a mere $75,000. Dewdney’s hard work and ambition later served him well in provincial and federal politics. He became lieutenant-governor of British Columbia before he retired in 1897.

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Crowsnest Highway: South Okanagan

The Crowsnest Highway runs from Hope at the east end of the Fraser Valley east to Grand Forks on the western edge of the Kootenays, through the Cascade Mountains and Manning Provincial Park and across the desertlike southern Okanagan Valley, including Princeton, Keremeos, and Osoyoos.

As you descend into the Okanagan Valley on Highway 3, a desert panorama broken by regular patterns of green spreads out before you. The area from the United States border north to Skaha Lake is known as Canada’s pocket desert, although it is slightly too cold and wet to qualify for official designation as such. Instead, climatologists classify it as a midlatitude steppe. However, outside the sweep of the irrigation sprinklers, greasewood, sagebrush, and prickly pear cactus are visible reminders of the desertlike environment, while western rattlesnakes and scorpions lurk out of sight.

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Black Bear Chalet
4580 Timberline Crescent Fernie BC V0B 1M6 Phone: 619-318-7672Visit Website

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Fernie Alpine Resort is a year-round recreation site just minutes from world-class golfing (5 nearby courses), mountain biking, rafting, fly-fishing and skiing. Our luxurious Black Bear Chalet on the mountain is your opportunity to experience the beautiful surroundings of Fernie, British Columbia. Our lovely log chalet, best suited for family groups and outdoor enthusiasts who want to make the most of their day, offers ski-to-the-door convenience, sleeps up to 14 people, has 5 full bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, a 10-person outdoor hot tub, and a vaulted great room with wood-burning fireplace.

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Ashnola Campground
1400 Ashnola Road Keremeos BC V0X 1N0 Mailing Address: Box 227 Keremeos BC V0X 1N0 Phone: 250-488-4198View Website

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Ashnola Campground, also known as the Snaʕsnulax̌tn Campground, is located at the foot of the Ashnola Mountains, approximately 10 minutes away from Keremeos, BC right off highway 3. The campground features an arbour, cook house, indoor showers and washroom facilities, and 55 sites over 33 acres.

Close to the site is the Similkameen River, where you can kayak, canoe, or just float down the river on a hot day. Fish are abundant in the Similkameen River for the avid fisherman. An abundance of vineyards and fruit outlets within 10 minutes of the campground offer a wide variety of products and daily tours.

The Lower Similkameen Indian Band owns and operates the Snaʕsnulax̌tn campground. Come and enjoy a nice relaxing, quiet stay with us. We do take reservations for campsites.

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