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“Nice place to experience Heritage”

Grist Mill and Gardens at Keremeos
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Keremeos
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The only working waterwheel-operated grist mill in Western Canada. "Grist" is clean grain ready to be milled into flour. We are open from 10am to 4pm daily until Thanksgiving. This site offers western Canada's only waterwheel-powered flour mill (built in 1877), restaurant with a lunch menu, gardens, and gift shop featuring local artisans and heritage items. Our 11 site campground has water and power hook-ups. Each site backs onto Keremeos Creek. We are close to a wide range of other activities such as fishing, hiking, and wine tasting.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed August 7, 2013

We went with friends and family. The front desk staff was very friendly, informative and helpful. She even offered us a group discount because we were a large group. The young tour guide was cute and new a lot about the Grist mill and the history. The water wheel worked beautifully and the fruit trees were a delight and the fruits were juicy and fresh....
The tea room looked very clean and well managed. Kudos to the management for doing a great job keeping the heritage alive.

2  Thank YaShaK
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

My family spent three nights camping in our small trailer at the Grist Mill last weekend. Each site has a fire pit and picnic table, with hookup available. The Keremeos Creek flows at the bounds of the small campground and provides great white noise when the peace of camping can so easily be invaded by the sounds of others. Trash and recycling bins are on site, and the air conditioned washrooms (clean!) were an unexpected delight in the very hot weather.

We ate lunch at the Tea Room one day, enjoying our roast beef and egg salad sandwiches and iced tea at the rough-hewn tables beside the creek upstream from the campground. Touring the mill in action was fascinating, and our stroll through the rest of the grounds was downright breathtaking.

We enjoyed exploring Keremeos, too. The people are friendly, locally grown fruit is abundant, and the landscape is stunning.

Full disclosure: The new director of the mill is a friend, but I wouldn't write this if I didn't mean every word. He has fantastic plans for workshops related to food-growing and preserving, and other aspects of heritage-style making, crafting and cooking, like natural fabric dyeing.

1  Thank kpwerker
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

I'm glad I bought a season's pass! The new operator has brought back the tradition of concerts and jam sessions (bring an instrument for those and get in free!) There are informative lectures on the weekends...we really enjoyed learning about the amazing zucca melon. The waterwheel is turning, and you can see how the grain was ground into flour.

The gardens are constantly being improved and the tearoom makes a fantastic carrot cake.

Well worth a return visit!

3  Thank 28,130
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Under new management the Grist Mill and Gardens has turned into a "must see" for tourists and locals alike. The Tea Room offers a small but delicious menu of freshly made soups, sandwiches and sweets. The grounds are beautiful. There is even an area for overnight stays in your RV or tent. Staff is very friendly.
Don't just drive through Keremeos, stop and see what I'm talking about.

3  Thank Karona51
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Stopped by this place on a whim and found it quite interesting. There is also a small little tea room for refreshments.
There is a problem with this place though - there is NO DISABLED PARKING or other amenities for a disabled person. Visited with my husband - we paid the admission price, but when he found the amount of walking that was required, he opted to sit and wait for our son and for me as we toured the facilities. No one offered him a refund on his admission, so in essence, he paid the admission to sit in the tea room and paid full price for a drink. Very very poor attitude towards those who stop in. All they could tell us was that they had no guide on the premises for that day, and that they had an "event" at the Mill the previous night.

Thank Iris K
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Chris M, General Manager at Grist Mill and Gardens at Keremeos, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2013

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to provide a review of our site.

I'm sorry that your experience was less than optimal. As far as parking goes, you are correct that we don't currently have any designated handicapped parking but it something we hope to implement in the near future. In the meantime, we have several non-obvious spaces very close to our Visitors Centre where those with disabilities can park for easy access; just call us ahead of time and we'd be happy to point them out.

Our site itself has very few barriers for those with limited abilities (low door thresholds, ramps where appropriate, wide walkways, many benches and other opportunities for resting) and we also offer the use of a balloon-tired wheelchair to those who would find it beneficial while on site. (Keeping in mind, of course, that we're a 12 acre site with a wide range of elevations thanks to the creek that cuts through the property.)

From your review, it sounds like our staff didn't adequately explain the conditions on site or the ways in which we try to mitigate them. We will work on those so that others aren't left with the same impression. Also, please feel free to get in touch with us if we can make it up to you somehow.

Again, thank you for your review and your constructive comments.

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