Keremeos

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Keremeos
Village
The Corporation of the Village of Keremeos[1]
Village of Keremeos
Village of Keremeos
Motto: Healthy Living, Naturally
Keremeos is located in British Columbia
Keremeos
Keremeos
Location of Keremeos in British Columbia
Coordinates: 49°12′9″N 119°49′46″W / 49.20250°N 119.82944°W / 49.20250; -119.82944Coordinates: 49°12′9″N 119°49′46″W / 49.20250°N 119.82944°W / 49.20250; -119.82944
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region Similkameen Country
Regional district Okanagan-Similkameen
Incorporated 1956
Founded 1909
Government
 • Governing body Village Council
 • Mayor Manfred Bauer
Area
 • Total 2.11 km2 (0.81 sq mi)
Elevation 365 m (1,198 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,330
 • Density 630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Postal code V0X 1N0
Area code(s) 250 / 778 / 236
Highways BC 3
BC 3A
Waterways Similkameen River
Website www.keremeos.ca

Keremeos /kɛrəˈməs/ is a village in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada.[2] The name originated from the Similkameen dialect of the Okanagan language word "Keremeyeus" meaning "creek which cuts its way through the flats" referring to Keremeos Creek which flows down from the Upper Benchlands to the Similkameen River that runs by the village.[3] Local legend claims the name means "the meeting of the winds" and joke that the only time it's calm is when the wind blows equally from all four directions.[4]

Economy[edit]

Keremeos from K-Mountain June 2014

Keremeos' main industries are horticulture, agriculture, ranching, and wine making, among others. Fruit stands[5] are also a major component of the local economy, making it the self-titled "fruit stand capital of Canada." All sorts of soft fruits, apples, cherries, peaches, etc. and vegetables are grown in the South Similkameen's dry warm climate, and vineyards and wineries are quickly being added as the valley's wine-growing potential is being recognized.

Area attractions include Cathedral Provincial Park, the Red Bridge, the Keremeos Columns, the Keremeos Grist Mill, excellent fishing in area lakes and rivers, Apex Mountain Resort, Twin Lakes Golf Resort, Spotted Lake, the Hedley Mining Museum and the Mascot Mine.

Geography[edit]

The geography of the Keremeos area ranges from cottonwood groves along the river, to dense orchards and farms, to desert-like landscapes along the bases of the surrounding mountains, up to alpine peaks and plateaux on top.

Keremeos (looking west) from a view point east of Pincushion.

History[edit]

With K Mountain as a backdrop, Keremeos, BC is a community, whose "Wild West" looks date back to 1909 when the postmaster of the now-abandoned community of Upper Keremeos, Mr. George Kirby, purchased land alongside the Similkameen River in anticipation of the V.V. & E. Railway passing through the area.[6] Eventually the Great Northern Railway from the US built a branch line up to Hedley and other businesses soon followed. Keremeos was officially incorporated in 1956.

Indian reserves and governance[edit]

The head offices of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band are located in Keremeos. Two of their reserves, Keremeos Forks Indian Reserve Nos. 12 & 12A are located 6–7 miles north of the town towards Kaleden, just south of the Green Mountain Road junction, while Alexis Indian Reserve No. 9 is located about 4 miles west of town on Highway 3. The most populated of the band's reserves are at Chopaka, where Reserves Nos 7 & 8 abut the border with the United States. Many of the band's reserves are located around Cawston, which is just southeast of Keremeos. 12 and 12A do not belong to LSIB (Lower Similkameen Indian Band) private property.

Climate[edit]

Keremeos has a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk) with cool but short winters and hot, dry summers. Precipitation is low at 323 millimetres (13 in) and evenly distributed throughout the year.

Climate data for Keremeos
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.0
(55.4)
16.5
(61.7)
26.0
(78.8)
31.0
(87.8)
36.5
(97.7)
38.0
(100.4)
39.5
(103.1)
37.5
(99.5)
36.0
(96.8)
28.5
(83.3)
18.0
(64.4)
13.0
(55.4)
39.5
(103.1)
Average high °C (°F) 1.1
(34)
5.3
(41.5)
12.0
(53.6)
17.0
(62.6)
21.2
(70.2)
24.8
(76.6)
28.2
(82.8)
28.6
(83.5)
23.7
(74.7)
15.2
(59.4)
6.1
(43)
0.2
(32.4)
15.3
(59.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.0
(28.4)
1.0
(33.8)
6.1
(43)
10.3
(50.5)
14.4
(57.9)
18.0
(64.4)
20.9
(69.6)
20.9
(69.6)
16.2
(61.2)
9.3
(48.7)
2.5
(36.5)
−2.8
(27)
9.6
(49.3)
Average low °C (°F) −5.1
(22.8)
−3.4
(25.9)
0.2
(32.4)
3.5
(38.3)
7.5
(45.5)
11.1
(52)
13.5
(56.3)
13.1
(55.6)
8.6
(47.5)
3.4
(38.1)
−1.2
(29.8)
−5.7
(21.7)
3.8
(38.8)
Record low °C (°F) −25.0
(−13)
−22.0
(−7.6)
−14.5
(5.9)
−4.5
(23.9)
−2.0
(28.4)
2.0
(35.6)
5.0
(41)
4.0
(39.2)
−2.5
(27.5)
−14.0
(6.8)
−24.5
(−12.1)
−26.0
(−14.8)
−26.0
(−14.8)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 31.8
(1.252)
22.8
(0.898)
19.5
(0.768)
21.8
(0.858)
33.8
(1.331)
39.5
(1.555)
29.7
(1.169)
24.8
(0.976)
14.6
(0.575)
19.0
(0.748)
31.8
(1.252)
36.5
(1.437)
325.4
(12.811)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 10.5
(0.413)
13.0
(0.512)
18.2
(0.717)
21.8
(0.858)
33.8
(1.331)
39.5
(1.555)
29.7
(1.169)
24.8
(0.976)
14.6
(0.575)
18.6
(0.732)
22.5
(0.886)
9.6
(0.378)
256.6
(10.102)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 21.3
(8.39)
9.8
(3.86)
1.3
(0.51)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.3
(0.12)
9.3
(3.66)
26.9
(10.59)
68.9
(27.13)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 9.3 8.5 8.8 8.6 10.3 10.5 8.3 7.3 5.7 7.7 11.1 10.8 106.7
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 4.5 6.2 8.3 8.6 10.3 10.5 8.3 7.3 5.7 7.6 9.2 3.9 90.4
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 5.2 2.5 0.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 2.6 7.6 18.9
Source: Environment Canada[7]

Television[edit]

Keremeos was featured on the historical television series Gold Trails and Ghost Towns, Season 3, Episode 12.

Schools[edit]

Schools within or near the Keremeos area include Cawston primary school, Penticton High School, Maggie, Osoyoos, Princeton, and Similkameen Elementary Secondary School.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "British Columbia Regional Districts, Municipalities, Corporate Name, Date of Incorporation and Postal Address" (XLS). British Columbia Ministry of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development. Archived from the original on 13 July 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Keremeos". BC Geographical Names. 
  3. ^ "Keremeos Creek". BC Geographical Names. 
  4. ^ New Findings Fill in ‘Missing Link’ in Similkameen Prehistory, Langara Archaeology Summer Field School 2003 Archived 16 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152075689198792.1073741857.582338791&type=1&l=3da87e76d4 Photo album on Facebook of fruitstands
  6. ^ During the construction of the VV&E (a GN subsidiary) there was a fierce competition with the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) (a CPR subsidiary) and James Hill called a truce during the construction phase through the Coquihalla Valley. http://www.canada-rail.com/quebec/railways/GN.html
  7. ^ "Calculation Information for 1981 to 2010 Canadian Normals Data". Environment Canada. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 

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