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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Cawston

Cawston is located just east from Keremeos by around 8 km (5 miles) and west of Osoyoos by 36 km (22 miles) on Hwy 3.

Hudson's Bay Company
Named after R.L. Cawston, a local magistrate and pioneer rancher, Cawston began as a trading centre for the area with a Hudson's Bay Company establishing a post there.

Agricultural Community
Today Cawston is a small agricultural community made up of horse ranches, vineyards, orchards and packing plants.

Organic Fruits and Vegetables
Lately, some farmers have specialized towards organic fruits vegetables and vineyards. As you go through Cawston, make sure to stop in one of the many fruit stands along the highway to try some of these products.

Koboau Park
If you would like a break from driving, a good spot to relax is Koboau Park. Look for Coulthard Road along Hwy 3 as you drive through Cawston. Turn down here and take a break with the peaceful sounds of rushing water along the banks of the Similkameen River.

Fairview Road to Oliver
If you are going to Oliver, another route besides going north from Osoyoos on Hwy 97 is to take the backcountry route. This way is a little rough going so a truck with 4x4 is recommended. Just as you're driving through Cawston look for Lowe Drive, this eventually turns into Fairview Road.

Fishing Lakes
Fairview Road goes all the way into Oliver through higher elevations with some fishing lakes along the way. Look for the signs for Madden Lake and Bear/Ripley Lake Forest recreation sites when you're about 11 km (7 miles) from Oliver.

Keremeos, located only 8 km (5 miles) away, serves as the commercial centre for Cawston. Here you will be able to find more fruit stands, stores, restaurants and places for accommodation.

Grist Mill Heritage Site
Keremeos also has a few heritage buildings, a local museum and the Grist Mill Heritage Site that depicts the early settlement of the valley.

Cawston Links



Map of Cawston and Keremeos
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Fruit Stands in Cawston
Fruit Stands in Cawston


Chopaka Road - Hwy 3 Swimming Hole
Chopaka Road - Hwy 3 Swimming Hole


Hwy 3 east of Cawston
Hwy 3 east of Cawston


Similkameen River
Similkameen River

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