PRINCETON B.C.

Princeton, British Columbia
Originally settled by John Fall Allison in 1859, Princeton has become the center of the Similkameen Valley. Rich in mining, forestry, agriculture and ranching providing the foundation for the town's economy. Tourism has been gaining popularity over the years because of the area's close proximity to the Okanagan and Lower Mainland cities. Weekend warriors and outdoor enthusiasts have been drawn to Tulameen, Missezula Lake, Bankeir and Allison Lake making them recreational hot spots.

Princeton is located on the scenic highway corridor that links Hope, B.C. through Manning Park to Princeton and is the gateway to the Okanagan. You will find many farms and ranches running along both the east and west ends of town. Bromley Rock located about 20kms east is a popular rest stop and just one of many surrounding provincial campgrounds.The central location is easily accessible for family and friends to visit, a short drive to Manning Park or Apex Mountain ski resorts, and allows you to easily shop and visit the surrounding interior cities.

Because of the valley's deep history, there are numerous gold trails and ghost towns to read and explore. It can be experienced by climbing the stairs along steep cliffs and deep tunnels of Hedley's gold mines, quading the old coal tram lines in Coalmont's mountains, or exploring the rivers and rail tunnels of the popular Trans-Canada Trail.

Princeton Library

Recreational properties are very popular because of a true 4 season climate that encourages an active lifestyle such as: X-country skiing or mountain biking the China Ridge Trails, boating on Missezula, Otter or Allison Lakes, and quading or snowmobiling the seemingly endless logging roads, trails and alpine mountains.

If you're looking for retirement, recreation, or just a change of pace - Princeton, BC is the natural choice. Whether you're hiking or horseback riding the mountains for views of the valley, golfing the excellent 18 hole course, or fishing the calm and peaceful lakes; You'll notice it's a big breath of fresh air.

Surrounding communities include: Tulameen, Coalmont, Hedley, East Gate, Missezula, Allison, and Bankeir. More information to these communities can be viewed here.

PARKS & RECREATION

Princeton offers a variety of park space within town limits. Veterans Square, ball diamonds, bike park, skateboard park, splash park, playgrounds and green spaces can all be enjoyed throughout the town. The town's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services encourages everyone to lead an active and healthy lifestyle in Princeton and surrounding areas. Families and residents of all ages are welcome to enjoy the variety of programs, clubs, events, and facilities that our department or local organizations have to offer in our community. A free leisure guide is available to help you find your perfect activity. Parks are available for special occasions, tournaments, and league play.

Princeton Baseball Field

Pines Memorial Park: is the perfect spot for active families to enjoy a number of sports and activities. The park includes three baseball diamonds with grandstand seating, a concession facility and showers & bathrooms. Other facilities in the park are tennis courts, public outdoor pool, beach volleyball courts, and a playground.

Riverside Community Center

Riverside Community Centre: is a repurposed retired school that has developed into a unique art, culture, wellness and recreational space for the community to enjoy. In 2008 Riverside Centre opened its doors to its new community performing arts theatre. The centre is also hosting movies with big sound and screen on weekends showing a variety of pre-released movies for families, youth and adults. The Princeton Rotary Club is hosting fundraising events throughout the year to renovate a classroom into a kitchen and concession space that will benefit the entire community. This space will be used for Dinner Theatre Productions, cooking programs for children and adults, weddings, seminars and more.

Click here for Theatre/Centre information and bookings or contact the community recreation & cultural coordinator at 250-295-6067

Princeton Veteran's Park


Veteran's Square: Located right in the center of downtown, Veteran's Park features a large gazebo, benches, picnic tables and a fountain that is centered around Veteran's Cenotaph. This beautiful green space is surrounded by the library, post office, legion hall, town hall and multiple boutique shops. For families, the Rotary Splash Park is a great spot to gather and play, located downtown on Lime Street next to Tulameen River, featuring a playground, picnic tables and washroom facilities.

RESTAURANTS / BARS / COFFEE HOUSES

Princeton offers diverse options for eating. Whether it's fine dining for the evening or a quick bite at the drive through, choices range from Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Greek cuisines or one of many fine Canadian-style family restaurants, pubs or coffee houses. National chain fast food restaurants are easily visible along Highway 3 and include A&W, Dairy Queen, Subway and Booster Juice.

Vermillion Avenue Princeton

SCHOOLS & LIBRARIES

PSSPrinceton Secondary School
201 Old Merritt Hwy
Grades: 8 - 12
Enrollment: 227 Students
Phone: 250-295-3218

Constructed in 1981 above the town next to the Princeton Airport. It replaced the old high school located downtown that burned down in 1985. The current school had previously been rented out to the Canadian Forces in the summer to house the Air Cadet Gliding School until 1992. There are 16 sports teams that include basketball, volleyball, soccer and golf. The school's mission statement: "PSS strives for personal excellence in a safe, caring environment which actively motivates intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development for life-long learning.

Vermillion Forks ElementaryVermillion Forks Elementary School
99 Ridgewood avenue
Grades: 4 - 7
Enrollment: 98 Students
Phone: 250-295-6642

Located in the 3rd Bench residential neighbourhood. The school yard has a "ParticipACTION" outdoor fitness and gym equipment to help promote a safe, active and healthy lifestyle.

John Allison ElementaryJohn Allison Elementary School
499 Corina Avenue
Grades: K - 3
Enrollment: 123 Students
Phone: 250-295-6727

Located in the Allison Flats at the end of Corina Avenue. The school also offers "Strong Start" program for ages 0-5.

Princeton Library

Regional Library: The Okanagan Regional Library Princeton branch moved to its current and expanded location in 2010. Established in 1936, the ORL serves over 360,000 people across an area covering 59,600 square kilometres through 29 branches. The ORL offers various services online through their website

SHOPPING

Princeton Grocery Store

Princeton offers a variety of familiar stores and shops including:
  • Save On Foods
  • Fields
  • Work & Play Clothing
  • Home Hardware
  • Fletchers builders Mart
  • Lordco
  • Mac's Auto Parts
  • Shoppers Drugmart
  • CIBC
  • Valley First CU
Princeton's also features numerous boutique sidewalk shops for a unique shopping experience. 


PRINCETON REGIONAL AIRPORT (CYDC)

Princeton Regional Airport

The Princeton Regional Airport (CYDC) consists of a 3,932 foot x 75 foot runway, apron, automated fuel dispensing (100 Avgas and Jet A), modern terminal building, aircraft parking (with tie downs), private hangar space and commercial buildings. The airport is only 2 minutes from downtown Princeton via an onsite courtesy car.

153 Airport Rd Princeton, BC V0X 1W0
(250) 295-3105

Airport ICAO Code: CYDC
Longitude/Latitude: W 120° 30' 41.00"/N 49° 28' 05.00" -120.511389/49.468056
Elevation: 2298 ft / 700.43 m
Location: Princeton, British Columbia, Canada(www.PrincetonAirPort.ca)
Magnetic Variation: E 17°27.5' (2008-04)

More information: www.Airport-Data.com

Town of Princeton


HISTORY



In the early 1800s the town was called Vermillion Forks by the fur traders travelling the Hudson Bay’s Brigade Trail from the west coast to the interior of BC. In 1860 the name was changed to Princetown by Governor James Douglas, in honour of the Prince of Wales who was visiting that year.

Long before the arrival of the first white settler to the area, the land at the confluence of the Similkameen and Tulameen Rivers was inhabited by the Indian nations of the area. Several miles up the Tulameen are the Vermillion Bluffs, the source of the highly prized red ochre used for trading and face painting by many different Indian nations.

The first white settler to the area was John Fall Allison who came seeking information for Governor Douglas. Not long after arriving, Allison built a cattle ranch where the town is now located. The years 1909 and 1916 brought the Great Northern Railway and the Canadian Pacific Railway to Princeton, another link to the Coast and Interior. Princeton was incorporated as a village in 1951, and as a town in 1978.

Historical sites in the area include Granite Creek town site, founded by Johnny Chance when he stopped here for a drink of water and discovered gold nuggets lying at the bottom of the creek, Blakeburn, the home of an underground coal mine in the early 1900s, Coalmont, named after the coal deposits mined after the gold at Granite Creek ran out, Tulameen, originally known as Otter Flats, Allenby, a mining town that received it's economic riches by mining ore from Copper Mountain, and Hedley, site of famous Nickel Plate Mountain. You can also meander along the Historic Walk around downtown Princeton, a centre for mining in the old days, and discover a bit about the town’s history and heritage, with a short story about each site.

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QUICK FACTS


Population
4492 (2011 Census)

Major Employers
Weyerhaeuser Lumber Mill
Copper Mountain Mine
Eagle Valley Pellet Mill
Princeton Post & Rail Ltd.
Princeton Wood Preservers
Firemaster Firewood Products
Princeton General Hospital
Save On Foods
Shoppers Drug Mart
Home Hardware
CIBC
Valley First Credit Union
Fields
Fletcher Building Supplies

Elevation
Princeton:      650 metres / 2100 feet
Coalmont:      715 metres / 2300 feet
Tulameen:     780 metres / 2500 feet
Bankeir:          1020 metres / 3350 feet
Snow Patch:   1212 metres / 4000 feet

Average Snowfall
(Nov - March): 28.4 cm per month

Average Precipitation
29.8mm per month

Average Daily High Temperature





TOP 10 THINGS TO DO

  1. Get some mud on your tires biking the China Ridge Trails, the Trans Canada Trail or at nearby Manning Park
  2. Watch birds ans roaming wildlife meandering the trails at Swan Lake Bird Sanctuary
  3. Discover Princeton's storied past at the Princeton Museum
  4. Perfect your golf game at Princeton's excellent 18 hole golf course
  5. Absorb the rich arts and cultural community at celebrated events including the Traditional Music Festival and the Pro Rodeo
  6. Shop local at boutiques and shops that offer one-of-a-kind creations and small town hospitality
  7. Hike in the footsteps of history on 160 kms of BC heritage trails in the mountains surrounding Princeton
  8. Fish the numerous lakes and rivers for rainbow or brook trout
  9. Float the Tulameen and Similkameen Rivers by canoe, kayak or tube
  10. Enjoy Princeton's snowy backcountry for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Princeton Airport
Princeton is home to an eclectic mix of community events presented by dedicated community organizations. Here's a snapshot of the many events and the organizations that organize them.

January
Omlette Ski & Snowshoe
February
Men's Bonspiel
Family Day Festivities
Rotary Wine Festival
Women's Bonspiel
Bear Trap Telemark Challenge (Manning Park)
March
Cascade Cup Classic (Manning Park)
Spring Fest (Manning Park)
C21 Adult Charity Hockey Tournament
April
Diamond Dinner
May
Princeton Rodeo
Copper Mountain Mining Day
Crimson Tine Theatre Play
June
Rotary Charity Golf Tournament
Baptist Church Kids Carnival
July
Canada Day Celebrations
Auto Show & Shine
Ball Busters Slo-Pitch Tournament
Legion Annual Golf Tounament
August
Tulameen Family Daze
Ultraman Canada (Aug 3-4)
Legion Annual Fishing Derby 
Traditional Music Festival (Aug 15-17)
Horse Racing (Aug 23)
September
Agricultural Fall Fair (Sept 6-7)
Regional Art Show (Sept 26-30)
October
Halloween Fun Festival (Oct 25)
November
Rememberance Day Ceromony (Nov 11)
Small Business Trade Fair
Christmas Light Up (Nov 28)
December
Crimson Tine X-MasTheatre Play
Legion X-Mas Eve Dance
Princeton Rodeo


LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Quadding Kelly Basin
Brown Bridge Swim Hole
Family water park
Museum
Phifer's Fountain
Boutique Shopping
Veteran's Square Park
Two Rivers Park
China Ridge Trails
Bromley Rock
Similkameen & Tulameen Rivers
Area Lakes
Trans Canada Trail
Princeton Golf Course
Princeton Museum
Traditional Music Festival
Manning Park Ski Resort
Apex Ski Resort
Ochre Bluffs
Gold Panning

VISITOR INFORMATION


CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS

Exhibition Grounds
Bunchgrass Quilters
China Ridge Trails
Princeton Community Arts Council
Princeton Concert Society
Princeton and District Fall Fair Association
Princeton Exhibition Association
Princeton Fish And Game Association
Princeton Garden Club
Princeton and District Museum and Archives
Princeton Fly Tying Guild
Princeton Lion's Club
Princeton Racing Days
Princeton Rodeo Club
Princeton Seniors Painters
Princeton Traditional Music Society
Rotary Club of Princeton
Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists

FAMILY & KIDS

Princeton Splash Park
Strong Start
Camp Tulahead
Family Fun Carnival
Soccer Camp
Basketball Camp (Badlands)
Figure Skating
Crimson Tine Players
Community Band
Little Britches Rodeo
Movie Nights
Princeton Mining Days

  • Rock Ridge Canyon
Rock Ridge Canyon
Rock Ridge Canyon is a year-round Conference and Retreat Centre, set in a breathtaking mountain valley near Princeton. RockRidge Canyon isalso  available for groups wishing to host retreats, meetings, conferences, and camps. This exceptionally well-serviced facility provides a venue that will surely provide endless fun, as well as a retreat from the busyness and stress of daily routines.
  • Trans Canada Trail
Trans Canada Train Trestle
The Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail, part of the Trans Canada trail system, follows the Tulameen River through a colourful rock canyon, then across high range and forest. Princeton sits at the mid-point of the KVR Subdivision of the trail and is also the lowest point both ways. The Vermilion Trails Society maintains over 100 kilometres of urban and rural trail system on the KVR including the 5 kilometre paved and lit section that goes right through Princeton.
  • Tulameen River
Tulameen River