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Travel – Princeton – British Columbia – Part 1

Princeton which was initially known as Vermilion Forks, is one small town in the Similkameen area of the southern part of British Columbia in Canada.

Overview of Princeton

• It is situated just east of the Cascade Mountain ranges, which extend into Washington, and Oregon.
• The Tulameen and Similkameen Rivers join here.
• As of the 2006 census, the population of this small town is pretty low, registering a number of 2,677.

Escape for a Weekend: Visiting here is a great weekend visit.
• Merely 3 hours travel from Vancouver, Princeton is the point of entry into the region of British Columbia Southern Interior.
• When you visit here, you can feel the fresh air with an incredible landscape and rivers; the true pleasure of the outdoors.
• When you are here, you can feel time slowing down, enjoying the pleasure of uncrowded lakes, canals, trails as well as beaches; true outdoor nature.
• You will get a taste of the background of Princeton at the redesigned and broadened museum.
• Other places where you can get a feeling of the experience of Princeton is at the ghost towns.
• When you talk about food in Princeton, the place many fine dining places and different cuisines, such as Japanese, Greek, Italian, Chinese and last but not least western cuisine.
• It is great to spend at least a couple of days here, and rest conveniently at the numerous motels and unique bed and breakfasts that you can find here.
• Historically, the primary industry of the area used to be mining — copper, gold, coal, as well as some platinum.
• Like many other places around the world, this economy has been changing to a different set of industries – the town’s most important employer is a sawmill acquired by Weyerhaeuser, together with a number of smaller timber firms, like Princeton Wood Preservers and Princeton Post and Rail .

Princeton Museum

• The Princeton Museum on Vermilion Avenue shelters the Joe Pollard fossil group.
The group also comprises of:
• Early machines over here such as an early 1900s stagecoach & a 1934 fire engine
• Regional indigenous artifacts
• A variety of dolls
• A variety of local butterflies
• Displays about the life of the early pioneers in the region
• A livery stable
• An old firehouse

Princeton Castle

• On the eastern outskirts of Princeton are the wrecks of East Princeton. Introduced in 1910 as a “Great Cement City”, the region is currently a resort referred to as “Princeton Castle”.
• For a period of 4 years, an expense of a million dollars, and a huge number of hours of work by engineers, carpenters, and also masons (many of whom passed away in accidents) have gone into building a cement plant; but this work came to a halt in the year 1914, for causes not completely clear.
• It could be likely insufficient limestone or (because of World War I) coal.

Best time to visit / climate

• Average Annual Sunshine is over 200 hours
• Annual Precipitation is about 12.2 inches
• Average July Temperature is about 20 Celsius
• Average January Temperatures are about 1 degree Celsius.
• The primary snowfall is normally at the end of December with intermittent fall until late February.
• Frost free period is about 181 days with the first freeze occurs around mid-October and the last freeze occurring just after mid-April

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there (to Vancouver)?

1. By Plane
• Vancouver airport is the primary international airport of British Columbia.
• It is served by almost all primary international airlines.
It offers frequent flights along with other points in:
– British Columbia
– Major cities across Canada
– U.S.
– Asia
– Europe
The majority of Canadian flights are with:
– Star Alliance member Air Canada
– West Jet
U.S. destinations are served by:
• United Airlines
• Alaska Airways
• Continental Airlines
• US Airways
• Delta Airlines
• Air Canada
• Cathay Pacific
• West Jet

International flights are serviced by:
• Air Canada
• Lufthansa
• Cathay Pacific
• British Airways
• Singapore Airlines
• Korean Air
• Philippine Airlines
• Air New Zealand

2. By Car
• The principle highway into Vancouver from east is Highway 1.
• This road skirts the eastern edge of Vancouver.
In order to enter the town, you have got to exit off at:
– Grandview Highway
– 1st Avenue
– Hastings Street
• Through the U.S./Canada border south from the city, Highway 99, links with U.S. Interstate 5.
• It runs north to Vancouver.
• The freeway ends following the Oak Street Bridge, turning into Oak Street heading north.
• Drivers should take on Granville Street.
• Your choices will be the Lions Gate Bridge -Hwy 99, that literally brings you in Stanley Park and Vancouver’s West End or even the Second Narrows Bridge/Iron-workers Memorial Bridge (Hwy 1) which brings you in to the neighborhoods of East Van.

3. By Bus
There are crossings on the boundaries to get into BC from:
• Idaho
• Montana
• Alaska
The primary route to reach BC is from Vancouver:
– Vancouver is well served by bus service.
– There are numerous bus lines providing plan to various cities near and far.
– The bus terminal is a Pacific Central Station at 1150 Station St, over the Pacific Science Center dome.
– This is because it’s a radio station.
Greyhound (USA) connects Vancouver with U.S cities such as:
– Seattle
– Bellingham
Greyhound Canada connects Vancouver with a lot of Canadian cities, including:
– Kelowna
– Calgary
– Whitehorse
– Edmonton
– Nanaimo
Malaspina Coach Lines connects with:
– Gibsons
– Sechelt
– Powell River
• Quick Coach is a bus service that links Vancouver with Seattle-Tacoma International Airport which is located in Washington.
• BoltBus links Vancouver with Seattle and Portland.
• Pacific Coach Lines connects Vancouver with Victoria.
• Scheduled service follows the BC Ferry service from Tsawwassen to Victoria.
• This really is hourly in the summertime months, every 120 minutes inside off-season.
• Perimeter Transportation connects Vancouver with Whistler and Squamish.

4. By Train
• There is rail service offered by Amtrak from Seattle to Vancouver.
• Taking the train to Vancouver is unlikely to be the most cost effective option.
• It is a scenic route.
Rail options include:
– VIA Rail offers the Canadian that runs from Toronto to Vancouver.
– It has 3 weekly departures.
The Rocky Mountaineer operates routes between:
– Vancouver and Banff
– Calgary and Jasper
• It runs 3 times each week in the months from April to October.
• Amtrak runs Amtrak Cascades which is a service between Seattle and Vancouver.

Trains Seattle
• It departs daily at 7:40 AM and 6:40 PM.
• Arrives in Vancouver at 11:35 AM and 10:45 PM
• The return train leaves Vancouver at 6:40 AM and 5:45 PM.

5. By Boat
• There are two ferry terminals serviced by BC Ferries in your neighborhood, although neither is the city of Vancouver itself.
• The Tsawwassen terminal in Delta has routes to Nanaimo and Victoria on Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands.
• The Horseshoe Bay terminal in the West Vancouver services Nanaimo, Bowen Island and also the Sunshine Coast.

Some Travel Books on British Columbia – Canada

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Canada Exploring the South Coast of British Columbia Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

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Blogs / Sites about Princeton

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Images and photos about Princeton

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