Situated where the Tulameen and Similkameen Rivers meet, surrounded by forested highlands, lakes and nearby Cascade Mountains, Princeton is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. People are drawn by its natural sights, parks and wildlife. They come to swim, paddle and fish in its waterways and to hike, mountain bike and cross-country ski the region's endless array of roads and trails. Others discover a different face of the town. Culture buffs visit Princeton to explore historic and heritage sites such as Blakeburn, Allenby, Hedley and Coalmont that tell of its fascinating and colourful mining and logging history.
The area offers fabulous outdoor recreation year round. In the summer, water skiing and swimming at Missezula or Tulameen's Otter Lake are popular activities. There is excellent fishing in at least 47 nearby lakes including Otter, Chain, Link and Osprey Lakes, and in the Similkameen or Tulameen rivers. Both rivers are also excellent for tubing, paddling or gold panning. The Trans Canada Trail offers miles and miles of cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and horse-back riding. Nearby Manning Park and Cathedral Provincial Park offers excellent hiking opportunities with stunning vistas and viewpoints of the North Western Cascade Mountain Range. Princeton Golf Course has 18 holes and a driving range a restaurant and an RV Park, and is located nearby. In the winter, there's plenty of snow in the surrounding mountains for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Manning Park and Apex are both popular ski resorts and are easily accessible by car.
The historic towns of Coalmont, Tulameen and Hedley are located in a nearby radius of Princeton and can be explored for evidence of their coal and gold mining pasts.
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