Campground

A short drive from Penticton, Oliver and Osoyoos, the Grist Mill Campground is a quiet family-oriented destination nestled in the shade of tall cottonwood trees adjacent to the meandering Keremeos Creek. This campground consists of a total of 11 creekside sites; power hook-ups, water, picnic tables, and fire rings are available for all sites. 

Our small campground is the perfect jumping-off place to explore the many farm stands, wineries, attractions and recreation opportunities in both the Similkameen and South Okanagan Valley.

To reserve a Grist Mill campsite, please reserve online. Reservations by phone will be available starting on March 1, 2020. Questions or group bookings should be addressed to frontdesk@oldgristmill.ca.

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Campground Guidelines

Fees
All fees must be paid in advance and there are no refunds after your check-in time / if you leave early / for no-shows.

Check-in / Out
You can check-in anytime after 3PM on your day of arrival; check-out time is 11:00 AM. If you arrive after-hours, when our visitors centre is closed, make your way to your reserved site and get comfortable–we’ll check with you the next morning. If you wish to extend your stay, please re-register before 9:30 AM on your scheduled day of departure and we’d be happy to accommodate you if we have the space available.

Water
Our water comes from the municipal supply and is untreated (no chlorine or fluoride), however very clean. Please note that the water pressure in our campground is quite high (almost 80 PSI!) and so you should plan to use a pressure reducer.

Power
15 or 30 amp power is available on standard receptacles.

Waste
There are no sewer or waste water hookups on site, but there is a municipal sani-dump 3km away in the village of Keremeos. Please do not dump any waste water on our site as we’re next to a lovely, and sensitive, creek. Please come prepared to pack out your own garbage and recycling. Vandalism and littering are all prohibited and will result in eviction.

Campfires
Please limit campfires to the supplied fire rings. In the summer time, the area becomes very dry, therefore it is not unusual to have campfire bans. Firewood can be purchased from local gas stations. Please be respectful of the campground’s natural setting and the environment; do not scavenge deadwood or other materials from the site and do not burn garbage, plastics or any toxic materials.

Washrooms
Available 24 hours at the north end of the Visitors Centre; when facing the front entrance they can be found around the right side of the Visitor Center. No showers are available.

Quiet Hours
Quiet hours are from 10:00PM to 7:00AM. Please be considerate of your neighbours. Excessive noise, as well abusive or offensive language are not allowed at any time.

Alcohol
As this is a family-oriented heritage site, no alcoholic beverages are to be consumed outside of your campsite and excessive drinking may result in eviction.

Pets
Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than 8ft. at all times and never left unattended. All pet litter must be cleaned up promptly by the owner.

Damage
Persons causing damage to property are responsible for costs for repair or replacement.

Occupancy
Only one camping unit (trailer, camper, RV, tent) is allowed per site, except in the case of a second tent for dependent children. A limit of six people per campsite is allowed, unless campers are members of the same immediate family.

Wildlife
Wildlife (including the occasional bear) are present in and around the campground. Please do not feed any wildlife and always maintain and leave a clean site.

Kitchen & Gift Shop
In addition to the campground, the Grist Mill and Gardens also features a Kitchen that provides coffee, tea, baked goods as well as soups, salads and sandwiches from 11AM to 3:00 PM daily. There is also a gift shop that features local artists and food craft from the surrounding Similkameen Valley.

 

Get more out of your stay!

Beginning in 2020, we will be offering a variety of items for rent for those staying in our campground to make your stay even more comfortable. Those items include:

  • Propane Fire Ring
    A great alternative for when the campfire ban is on.
  • Games Cupboard
    We have a collection of both table and field games to keep you entertained during your stay.
  • Table-top BBQ
    A little propane BBQ, perfect for cooking a quick meal or two.
  • Canning Kit
    Looking to come to the Similkameen to do some canning? We can supply you with everything but the ingredients to do safe and efficient preserving.
  • Movie Package
    Bring the drive-in experience to your campout! We can provide a projector, speakers, and popcorn–you provide the movie.
  • Grilling Utensils
  • Cast-iron Cookware Set

If you’re celebrating a special event, we can also arrange for decorations or fresh flowers from one of our neighbours. Prices for each item will be posted by March 1st, 2020. Send us a note to enquire about availability.

Also, we look forward to launching catered camping for the 2020 season; we’ll provide you with everything you need for a quick, delicious Similkameen meal right at your campsite. We’ll be posting a menu later in the spring.

Local Amenities

The Similkameen Valley is full of wonderful experiences; there are great wineries to visit, fruit stands to shop at, wilderness to explore, fish to catch and more! (Not to mention all the activities and events happening here on our own site!) Click on any of these images to learn more…

Similkameen Valley Tourism Guide
Similkameen Independent Winegrowers
Similkameen Country Chamber of Commerce – Events Calendar

Time Your Stay

Depending on why you’re coming to the Similkameen, you may find there are some times of the year that are better to visit than others. Maybe you want to schedule your stay in association with one of our many dinners, concerts and special events? Perhaps you want to stay here during prime fishing or hunting season. Maybe you want to take one one of the many wine festivals in the region. Or maybe you want to hit your favourite fruit stands…

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