Summer Solstice Camp-N-Ride - Cawston
In August of 2020, Brian and Connie Helm and Brian's parents Ken and Corrine Helm generously invited us to camp on their property after our Kaslo Camp-N-Ride was cancelled. It turned out to be a fantastic venue and we had a great time.
Brian has once again stepped up and invited us back for our Summer Solstice Camp-N-Ride weekend. We're going to tie this one together with our June Breakfast Ride which will also be in Cawston. Click on the venue name below for more information on the farm and directions on how to find it.
There is some genuinely nice riding in the area, both paved and unpaved. A couple of GS style rides are close by. Fairview Road goes up over the mountain to Oliver. It is a nice gravel road with several recreational campsites and lakes on the way. Another is Ashnola Road to Cathedral Provincial Park which I've been wanting to do for some time.
There are a couple of swimming holes on the Similkameen River relatively close by. One about 5 minutes away and another on the other side of Keremeos by the Ashnola Bridge. A bit further away is Bromley Rock Provincial Park which has a decent swimming hole when the water drops. Given the high water levels this year, we're not sure if any of these will be available by late June.
There are no restaurants within walking distance but there are a couple of good ones within a 5-minute ride. They are Row 14 Restaurant at Klippers and Crowsnest Vineyards. There are also a couple of other Restaurants in Keremeos which is only a 5- or 10-minute ride away. Don’t forget that the Keremeos area is famous for it’s many fruit stands.
As usual, we'll have a coffee pot on in camp each morning (bring your own mug) and on Saturday we usually ask you to bring a breakfast treat to share for breakfast. (muffins, donuts, fruit, cheese etc.)
Last time around on Saturday night we went to the Crowsnest Vinyards for woodfired pizza. We're going to try to arrange to do that again this year. This would be an optional event and we should have a better idea of pricing etc. closer to the event.
We are pairing this Camp-n-Ride with our June Breakfast Ride which will happen on Sunday morning. The Breakfast Ride is listed separately in our event calendar for those who want to partake but aren't going to camp. If you're planning to attend the breakfast and/or the Saturday dinner, please let our events coordinator, Judy, know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday June 22nd as she will be on the road to the camp the next morning.
- Wiebe, Judy
- The Helm Family Farm - Cawston
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