Tulameen Real Estate Listings and Information
Tulameen is a small recreational community in British Columbia, about 20 kilometers northwest of the town of Princeton, and about 185 kilometers east from the city of Vancouver, B.C. Located between Otter Lake and the Tulameen River, it sits on the edge of the Canadian Cascades mountain range with an elevation of 823m (2700ft). The town is the perfect hub for quad and dirt bike enthusiasts, snowmobiling and families who want a great place to hang out with their kids.
Current population varies but there are about 250 permanent residents and the number grows in the summer months. The Tulameen General Store has a restaurant, liquor store, post office, and gas station. The community also has a motel, bike rentals (Crossroads Bike Rentals), community center, skating rink, library, volunteer fire department, and skidoo dealer & repair center.
With the recent addition of a roof over the arena, the venue has been the perfect location for events such as hockey games, outdoor dances, basketball, floor hockey, swap meets and more! Also located near the rink is a beach volleyball court and fire pit.
The 30 min drive from Princeton is a winding scenic drive with beautiful valley, canyon, mountain and river views along the way. The paved road heads Northwest as it follows the crystal clear waters of Tulameen River and the historic Kettle Valley Railway. Some areas of the road feel daringly narrow as you cling to the rocky mountain sides, but it rewards you with beautiful backcountry scenes.
About 3/4 of the way up you'll find yourself driving into the small quirky village of Coalmont and its historical land marks. You can still see evidence of it's 100+ years of roots including the famous Coalmont Hotel and other age old buildings. A few more minutes up the road and you'll finally find yourself in the popular recreational town site of Tulameen and Otter Lake.
The community of Tulameen and Tulameen River derive their name from a Thompson Indian word meaning red earth. A steep bank of the Tulameen River four miles north of Princeton was the source of the much-prized red ochre for which natives traveled from afar. The settlement of Tulameen was earlier known as Campement des Femmes, or Otter Flat.
The name Otter Flats endured until 1901 when the name Tulameen was officially adopted. As the town acquired some stability due to its location on the routing of the southern mainline of the Canadian Pacific Railway, constructed in 1896. The southern mainline is commonly known today as the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR), and connected the original mainline at Hope with the Okanagan and Kootenay cities and boomtowns farther east.
Today much of its route has been converted from rail bed to part of the Trans Canada Trail. During this period, a proper town site with a street grid was laid out and the lure of the lake, mountain scenery and dry climate of the area encouraged the first recreational residents, as Tulameen enjoyed something of an advantage of being the first drybelt town after the rail journey had overcome the steep grades and tunnels of the Coquihalla Canyon and Coquihalla Pass. Coal seams in the area also were useful to rail company operations and the town was a regular stopping-place for taking on coal and water during the Age of Steam. Although early tourism never really transformed Tulameen into the fashionable watering-hole it might have been, the town enjoyed another small boom with the discovery of a major coal deposit in the area, with a mine nearby Blakeburn opening in the 1920s, but lasting to only about 1940.