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