WELCOME TO TULAMEEN

Discover recreation at its very best in all four seasons.

Tulameen is a small recreational community in British Columbia, Canada, about 20 kilometres northwest of the town of Princeton on the Crowsnest Highway (Hwy 3) and about 185 kilometres from Vancouver, BC. Located at the south end of Otter Lake and just north of the Tulameen River, Tulameen enjoys a semi-arid climate that is sheltered from the heavy rains of the Lower Mainland by the Canadian Cascades mountain range.

With about 250 permanent residents, the community of Tulameen has a public beach, community centre, covered outdoor skating rink and basketball court, volunteer fire department, and a Ski-Doo, ATV, and SxS shop and repair centre. The Tulameen Trading Post also has a restaurant, liquor store and gas station.

Tulameen is the perfect place to enjoy four seasons of recreation. The covered arena is the ideal location for hockey games, lacrosse, outdoor dances, basketball, floor hockey, tennis, and more. Nearby the rink is a beach volleyball court and firepit. The town is also a hub for quad and dirt bike enthusiasts and snowmobilers.

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Otter Lake

Otter Lake is 6 kilometres long, covers about 290 hectares (716 acres), and sits at an elevation of 823 metres (2,700 feet). Tulameen sits at the south end of the lake and the provincial campsite borders the northwest side. It’s a great recreational lake for swimming, water-skiing and fishing for lake, rainbow, and brook trout and Kokanee.

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Tulameen and the surrounding area

I’ve always loved the Okanagan. As a born-and-raised Vancouverite, I’ve been instilled with a lifelong fear of rained out camping trips – which is why I’m often tempted by the reliably sunny, hot and dry interior region in the summer.

So when a friend offered me the chance to join him on a road trip to Tulameen, a cozy lakeside town just northwest of Princeton, I jumped at the chance.

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If you’re looking for privacy in a natural setting, Otter Lake is ideal for old-fashioned camping. The park has two locations, a main picnic/day-use area in Tulameen and a lovely lakeside campground about 5 km further north along the road.

The Cascade Mountain Range surrounds the park and includes awesome canyons and clear flowing streams.

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Just three hours drive from Vancouver, Princeton is your entry point into the BC Southern Interior. The air is clean here and the landscape and rivers beckon one to take pleasure in the outdoors.

Time slows down here in Princeton and you can get away on our uncrowded lakes, rivers, trails and beaches.

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The Granite Creek Town Site is valued because it is the oldest town in the area, as well as being the location of a major placer gold rush in 1885.

The discovery of gold at Granite Creek redirected interest in the area from fur trading to mining. Built by miners searching for gold, the town is a testament to early British Columbia mining history.

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THE TOWN

of Princeton

The town of Princeton has a population of approximately 2,800 and about 5,000 in the area. Princeton has 17 restaurants, six gas stations, a supermarket, several convenience stores, pharmacy, museum, hospital and medical clinic.

There are many recreational services including an 18-hole golf course, horse race track, rodeo grounds, swimming pool, bowling alley, curling rink and arena, China Ridge Cross Country Ski Trails and excellent camping facilities.

The Similkameen and Tulameen rivers—along with more than 100 lakes—offer outstanding trout fishing. Locals say you can fish a lake a day as long as you stay.