BC 150 Years
Route 4: The Heritage Trails


Yak-Tulamn (the place where red earth was sold) was home to First Nations for millennia before the arrival of Europeans. The ancestors of today's Upper Similkameen Indian Band mined ochre and chert. Vermilion Forks, present day Princeton, where the waters of the Similkameen and Tulameen Rivers meet, was an early stopover for travelers en route to the West Coast and Interior. Some settlers were colourful characters like Jack Budd, a top horse breeder who was close pals with American train robber Billy Miner. Today, Princeton is the gateway to an outdoor leisure pleasure land.

For more information about Princeton, check out www.town.princeton.bc.ca.

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Three Fun Facts about Princeton & Area

  1. The Princeton Museum & Archives is the place to take a walk back in time through the amazing collection of photos, stories and artifacts.
  2. The Princeton Visitor Information Centre is right beside the Similkameen river so stop, soak your feet and do some panning.
  3. Welldo, the little town that wasn't, is near the HBC trailhead is in a secluded camping area by the river. Remember: it's Bear Country, so carry bear spray just in case.
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