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.
Oddly enough, 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.
The Keremeos Columns are located north of the community of Keremeos, which is located on the Crowsnest Highway 3.
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