Flowers in the Thompson Okanagan, Photo Allen Jones

Princeton

Princeton is located at the junction of the Similkameen and Tulameen Rivers in the South Okanagan. The mountains, valleys, and hundreds of kilometers of backcountry roads are a beautiful natural setting for all outdoor activities in Princeton. The two rivers and many lakes in the area make Princeton a prime destination in all four seasons. Tubing or kayaking from Bromley Rock Provincial Park is a great way to enjoy a summer afternoon. Both rivers are also excellent for swimming or trout fishing. Hike or cycle the nearby Princeton portion of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail which many visitors say is the most picturesque section. Princeton was also gold rush country and the rivers and creeks still yield gold which you can pan for after the spring rains wash the gold down from the mountains.

Location

Located 133 km (83 mi) northeast of Hope and 112 km (70 mi) west of Penticton on Hwy 3 (Crowsnest Hwy).

A Step Back in Time

In the early 1800s, Princeton 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.

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Rivers Edge RV & Tenting

Rivers Edge RV & Tenting

Princeton

River's Edge is located in the pristine Cascade Mountains on the Similkameen River in Princeton. Join us at our lush park and enjoy full service bathrooms, free wireless internet, an onsite sanitary station, free water and electricity connections. Nearby amenities include a community pool, tennis co ... Read more
Princeton Municipal RV Park & Campground

Princeton Municipal RV Park & Campground

Princeton

Relax by or tube down the beautiful Similkameen River at Princeton Municipal RV Park & Campground. Offering 73 RV and tent sites situated along the river, our campground provides a peaceful atmosphere for guests to relax and unwind. The park is nestled underneath a variety of towering trees, providi ... Read more
Princeton Golf Club

Princeton Golf Club

Princeton

Small-town friendliness with full amenities make this a must-play destination for golfers of all levels. Enjoy our well-stocked pro shop, driving range, power & pull carts, licensed restaurant & patio and fully-serviced RV park. ... Read more
Princeton Castle Resort

Princeton Castle Resort

Princeton

Nestled in the beauty of the Cascade Mountains only five minutes outside of Princeton, BC, rests the charming Princeton Castle Resort. This pristine and breathtaking destination is ideal for romantic getaways or family holidays. Offering an abundance of recreational activities, guests will have fun ... Read more
Gold Mountain RV Park & Cabins

Gold Mountain RV Park & Cabins

Hedley

Situated on a beautiful landscaped park on Similkameen River, Gold Mountain RV Park & Cabins offers spacious, grassy sites and rustic cabins that the whole family will enjoy. Adventure outdoors and hike to Gold Mountain or access our ATV trails from your own campsite! Other favourite activities that ... Read more
Riverhaven RV Park & Motel

Riverhaven RV Park & Motel

Hedley

Unwind in the beauty of nature at Riverhaven RV Park & Motel. Located in the beautiful Similkameen Valley, our resort is the ideal destination to relax in the sun, watch the gentle river or catch sight of amazing wildlife. Our hosts are excited to bring you an unforgettable vacation, exceeding all y ... Read more
Eagle Campground & RV Park

Eagle Campground & RV Park

Keremeos

Come see us in Keremeos, fruit stand capital of Canada. Nestled between mountains in the valley, is our full-service, grassed level, pull through RV park. Near historic Red Bridge and river walk. ... Read more
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