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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Tulameen

Tulameen is located just past Coalmont north east of Princeton. Situated on Otter Lake, Tulameen provides Princeton and the surrounding area with some great recreational opportunities.

Tulameen River
You will have to turn off at Princeton if you're on Hwy 3 to access Tulameen. This road is very scenic as it follows the historic Tulameen River and the Kettle Valley Railway-Trans Canada Trail to Coalmont. At Coalmont the road continues for another 10-15 minutes to Tulameen.

Small Community
Tulameen is a very small community with facilities and services quite limited. There is a store if you require gas and fishing licenses. A motel is present if you require lodgings and there are also small cabins available for weekly rental plus a few B & B's. But remember Tulameen is small so please reserve lodgings during the summer and hunting seasons.

Hunting Record-Size Mule Deer
Hunting is very popular during the fall months with the area being noted for the record-size mule deer. Depending on the regulations, moose, elk, black bears, grouse, cougar, and coyotes are also present.

KVR Trans-Canada Trail
Tulameen also provides access to Otter Lake and the KVR-Trans Canada Trail. The trail follows Otter Lake northward towards Brookmere past Frembd and Thynne Lakes. This is a great bike ride if you enjoy day trips; otherwise, you can continue the KVR-Trans Canada Trail to Hope or Merritt.

Otter Lake Provincial Park
The boating and scenery is great at Otter Lake. If you enjoy camping, Otter Lake Provincial Park is situated right on the lake. This makes a good destination point if you're biking on the Kettle Valley Railway Trans-Canada Trail.

Merritt or Peachland
After Tulameen the road continues north along Otter Lake towards Merritt and comes out near Aspen Grove on Hwy 5A. This makes a nice alternative route to Merritt or Peachland in the Okanagan Valley.

Circle Route
There are lots of remote fishing lakes with rustic campgrounds along this route. If you're staying at Princeton, return via Hwy 5A and complete the circle route through some beautiful country a favourite route of many enthusiasts.

'The Whipsaw'
For other backcountry driving and remote fishing lakes there is route that starts at Coalmont and goes to the ghost town of Granite Creek and Blakeburn. Take the Granite Creek Road out of Coalmont over the Tulameen River. This Forest Service Road goes through some higher country into some very nice remote fishing lakes and mountains.

Lodestone and Wells Lakes
There are some rustic campgrounds available along the 'Whipsaw' at Lodestone Lake and Wells Lake 1590 m. These mile-high lakes contain some lovely rainbows. The FSR road continues with a route back to Hwy 3 just west of Princeton.

Recreation Maps
A good recreation map of the area can be found through the Town of Princeton Info Centre. Other sources are the Forests Service Recreation Map for the Merritt Forest District and a backcountry road map by Mussio Ventures Ltd.

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside around British Columbia, please remember this is bear country. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.

Tulameen Links




Map of Tulameen and Princeton British Columbia
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The Trading Post, Tulameen British Columbia
The Trading Post


Otter Lake Provincial Park
Otter Lake Provincial Park


Tulameen Schoolhouse Museum
Tulameen Schoolhouse Museum


Trans Canada-Kettle Valley Railway Trail
Trans-Canada KVR Trail

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