As you approach mountain-surrounded Keremeos from the west, the road is lined with lush irrigated orchards and fruit stands, one after another, which is probably what inspired the town’s claim to fame as the “Fruit Stand Capital of Canada.”
Harvest dates are mid-June–mid-July for cherries; mid-July–early August for apricots; mid-July–early September for peaches; mid-August–mid-September for pears; early August–mid-October for apples; early–mid-September for plums; and early September–early October for grapes.
The town’s main historic attraction is the 1877 Grist Mill (250/499-2888, adult $5, child $2.50), where early settlers ground wheat into flour. Costumed interpreters lead tours of the property daily late May–early October, then invite you to try your hand at the many informative and entertaining hands-on displays in the museum and visitor center. A pleasant tearoom overlooks garden plots carefully planted to reflect various eras (the pancake breakfast on summer weekends is a treat).
To get there, go through town on the main highway, turn north on Highway 3A toward Penticton , then right at the Historic Site sign on Upper Bench Road.