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

Hedley is located 35 km (22 miles) east of Princeton on the Crowsnest Hwy 3. Hedley has been around since gold was discovered in 1898.

Nickel Plate Mountain
The famous Mascot Mine located on Nickel Plate Mountain has been operating in one form or another since then, yielding large amounts of gold, copper and silver up until 1955.

Finally Closed
Further attempts have previously been made by Homestake's Nickel-Plate Gold and Silver Mine operating between 1988 to 1996 but, because of the low-quality ore and high cost, the mine finally closed

Hedley now serves as a base for an eco-tourism industry that operates along the Similkameen River, First Nations Lands and the historic mine located on the cliffside.

Mining Museum
Hedley is a very small community with limited facilities but has some interesting things for you to view and visit. There is a very interesting mining museum located right in town. You'll marvel at the old mining photos that are placed on the walls as you make the tour. There is lots of antique equipment for you to see.

Mountain Goats
From the museum there are some great views of the cliffside from which Mascot Mine operated. Make sure you look closely for the various mountain goats and sheep that make the steep terrain of Nickel Plate Mountain home.

Hedley Businesses
Close by the museum in town is a heritage building operating as a Bed and Breakfast. Other businesses include a funky restaurant, a gas station and a small store.

Colonial Inn
Located on the east side of town are the heritage buildings of the Colonial Inn. Very rich in history, the Colonial Inn was once the original guesthouse of the Nickel Plate Mine.

Gold Dust Pub
Another building worth visiting is the Gold Dust Pub - one of the original saloons located on the banks of the Similkameen River.

Mascot Mine
For walks there is a trail that goes up to the old Mascot mineshaft. Be careful as the terrain has some loose rocks and steep terrain and the odd rattlesnake. Look for the power line that goes up the mountain and walk around the old Mascot Mine - a slowly disappearing landmark. There is evidence of the old mine shaft that goes down into the bowels of Nickel Plate Mountain.

Abandoned BC: Mascot Gold Mine
Life of Luke tour of the Mascot Mine - YouTube. Excellent drone footage of the mine perched on the side of the mountain overlooking Hedley.

Bromley Rock Swimming Hole
Bromley Rock swimming hole situated on the Similkameen River in the Bromley Rock Provincial Park makes a great spot to cool off for the kids during the summer from that likely hot drive. If you enjoy swimming and tubing all day long this swimming hole makes a great spot with a beautiful white sandy beach present.

Local Trails
If you enjoy mountain biking, there are some local trails that head up into the mountains and go along historic mining roads.

Self-guided walking tour
There is also a self-guided walking tour that takes you throughout the town to view all the historic buildings. Please check at the Hedley Heritage Museum for the local pamphlet and guide for the area.

Bed & Breakfast and Accommodation
Hedley, considering its size, has a few good Bed & Breakfast places from which to choose. There are a couple of B&B's that are located in historic Victorian-style homes and are quite grand. For motel accommodation there is the town of Keremeos located just close by that has a few more options.

RV Camping
For campers and RVer's, there are Bromley Rock Provincial Park and Stemwinder Provincial Park plus Nendick's RV Campground and Gold Mountain RV Park on Hwy 3 towards Princeton and the Forest Service Recreation Sites are located on the old Hedley-Princeton Road.

Hedley Stamp Mill Days
For cultural events make sure you make the annual Hedley Stamp Mill Days event that happens in May. This event is a lot of fun for the whole family complete with pancake breakfast and parade through Hedley.

Information on Hedley



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Hedley Mining Museum
Hedley Mining Museum


photo of Mascot Manor Bed & Breakfast
Mascot Manor Bed & Breakfast


Photo of the Gold Dust Pub
Gold Dust Pub


photo of old mine
Mascot Gold Mine


Photo of the old Mine
Mascot Gold Mine


Photo of Bromley Rock
Bromley Rock Swimming Hole

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