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Coalmont and Tulameen are cozy villages just outside of Princeton. These are the kinds of places where you can really get away from it all. Choose your type of accommodation from roughing it camping to Inns and vacation rentals. You’ll find plenty of places to fish, pan for gold, and explore. You can hike or bike the nearby trails in the warmer months, including the Trans Canada Trail. In the winter, head out into the backcountry on a snowmobile.
Coalmont and Tulameen Location Map
The Village of Coalmont
Coalmont (pop. 100), once a junction on the Kettle Valley Railway, is now known for its outdoor recreation and fishing. Find a perfect spot on White Sands Beach along the Tulameen River. Located 18 km (11 mi) northwest of Princeton. In days gone by, Coalmont was a junction on the Kettle Valley Railway. Today that old rail line is part of the Trans Canada Trail. Some people here can trace their roots back to the gold rush of 1885. One of their oldest buildings here (1912) is the Coalmont Hotel (which is closed).
Despite being called a ghost town by some, Coalmont is alive and well. The population is estimated to be around 100 people. It even has its own online newspaper, the Coalmont Courier. There are still a few gold claims being worked on by hardy souls. The area has two working ranches nearby, and the town has a small motel and small businesses. This area has long been known for its great outdoor recreation, and the fishing here is legendary.
White Sands Beach is just south of Coalmont on the Trans Canada Trail. It’s a great place to spend the day in the summer. Hanging out on the Tulameen River’s banks is a quiet piece of serenity. You can find the Granite Creek Recreation Site, known for its outdoor activities, just outside of town. There are several great places to fish here, too. The Tulameen River is a great place to start, and there are dozens of small lakes in the area. It’s the perfect place for fishing year-round.
The Village of Tulameen
You’ll find Tulameen (pop. 250) on the south end of Otter Lake, 26 km (16 mi) northwest of Princeton or 12-minutes northwest of Coalmont. The name is a First Nations word meaning red earth. Come and relax, swim, boat, water-ski and fish for lake trout, in winter skate on the covered outdoor ice rink, or head out on snowmobile trails. The Kettle Valley Railway once ran through here, and today, as in Coalmont, is now part of the Trans Canada Trail, which is great for hiking and biking.
Tulameen also has a covered outdoor ice rink for hockey games, dances, swap meets and more!
Visitors can stay at the local Inn, B&Bs or vacation rentals in town or camp outside of town at Otter Lake Provincial Park. The park has a campground and a separate day-use area for picnicking.
When you really need to get away from it all, Coalmont and Tulameen are the places to go.
To learn more about Tulameen visit https://tulameenbc.com/