is located 133 km (83 miles) east of Hope
on Hwy 3 and 112 km (70 miles) west of Penticton.
and Tulameen Rivers
Princeton is situated along the Similkameen and Tulameen Rivers
and has a dry climate similar to the Okanagan Valley. Very rich
in mining history, Princeton provided a link to the Okanagan from
Vancouver via the Kettle Valley Railway during the 1900's. Today
the town is alive with news about the Copper Mountain open-pit copper
and Gem Displays
When you stop in Princeton have a look at the town museum located
on Vermilion Avenue. The museum depicts Princeton's proud mining
past with a remarkable collection of local fossils and gem stones.
Walk Tour Map
Within walking distance of the museum there are also some interesting
things to look at including some historic buildings and memorial
cenotaph. You might want to pick up the historical walk tour map
from the Town of Princeton.
Hole at Bromley Rock
Rock is a large outcrop along the Similkameen River just east
of Princeton on Hwy 3 just before Hedley.
This large rock provides the best swimming hole in the area. Make
sure you get a chance and stop here for a dip, the place is great.
Lots of people make Bromley Rock the starting point for inner tubing
down the Similkameen River.
Rock Provincial Park
If you would like to stay here for a few days there is the Bromley
Rock Provincial Park campground located right next door. If
this park is full try looking at the numerous forestry sites on
the other side of the river on Old Hedley Rd.
Ridge Ski Trails
Princeton has some excellent cross-country skiing located at the
China Ridge Ski Trails. To get here travel towards Coalmont
and Tulameen for about 8 km (5 miles)
to the Bear Mountain Recreation Area turnoff then follow the signs
to China Ridge.
For outdoor adventures make a trip into Tulameen. Located here is
Otter Lake Provincial Park and access to some of the best hunting
and fishing opportunities in British Columbia.
The drive into Tulameen follows the old rail line of the Kettle
Valley Railway along the Tulameen River through Coalmont. The KVR
is now part of the Trans-Canada Trail and can take you past Otter
Lake eventually all the way to Hope.
The Trans-Canada Trail also heads east from Princeton all the way
to Summerland. The route follows the old Kettle Valley Railway right-of-way
along Hayes Creek past Osprey Lake. Osprey Lake is noted for its
great Rainbow Trout fishing.
To get here by road take the route to Tulameen cross the bridge
then follow the signs to the Princeton Rodeo Grounds and for the
Chain Lakes and Osprey Lake Road. The backcountry drive to Summerland
is very beautiful and has various names from Highway 40, the Five
Mile, Osprey Lake Road, to the Summerland Back Road.
For other backcountry driving and remote fishing lakes there is
'The Whipsaw' route that starts on Hwy 3 towards Manning Park. This
Forest Service Road goes through some higher country into some very
nice remote fishing lakes and mountains.
There are are some rustic campgrounds available at Lodestone Lake
and Wells Lake situated at 1590 metres (5,217 feet). These mile-high
lakes contain some lovely rainbows. The FSR road can be found at
Coalmont then travel towards the ghost town of Blakeburn.
A good recreation map of the area can be found through the Princeton
Chamber of Commerce web site and the Recreation Site and Trail Interactive
web site from the BC Ministry of Tourism, Sport & the Arts Recreation
The soil found throughout the Princeton region contains high levels
of red ochre. Called yak-tulameen the soil allowed the First Nations
in the region to develop high concentrations of native rock art
or pictographs. There are quite a few first nation pictographs drawn
on the very large rock formations found throughout the region. Some
areas to look include parts of the Cascade Recreation Area and Manning
For people who would like to stay in Princeton there are a number
of accommodation places available including bed and breakfasts and
motels. A favourite for camping is at the municipal campground located
just east of town on Hwy 3 conveniently located near the Princeton
Hwy 3 Hope-Princeton
The section of highway on Hwy 3 west of Princeton has had a reputation
for being a little harder on vehicles. There are quite a few steep
hills and sharp corners between Princeton and Hope. Make sure you
are aware of this and make sure your cooling system and brakes are
If you are driving from the east, the Chevron gas station located
in Princeton on Hwy 3 is convenient for vehicle checks. There is
lots of room especially for RV parking plus a good spot for a rest
next to the Similkameen River with plenty of fast food outlets handy.