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Travel – Princeton – British Columbia – Part 2

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.

• Princeton’s arts and ethnic scene is maintained through multiple efforts such as the Princeton Arts Council also through the organization of numerous yearly events such as the yearly Princeton Traditional Music Festival.
• There are also shows at the state-of-the-art performing arts centre; these shows span a wide spectrum of activities – starting from locally created plays to qualified ballet shows to smash hit movies.
• Another important event that happens here is the annual Princeton International Air Show, for those who like to come and see different types of airplanes.
• Among things to do here also include the pleasures of some great retail shopping, combined with a city having old-fashioned hospitality. People who come here have been found to come again and again to this place.
• Princeton is located at the forks of the Similkameen and Tulameen Rivers, and at an altitude of 650 metres.
• Because of the location being in a rain-shadow area on the east side slopes of the Cascade Mountains, the weather is pretty dry.
• The town and region are steeped in historical past.
• In terms of natural beauties, the visitor can find over fifty lakes in a fifty kilometre radius.
• The Similkameen as well as Tulameen Rivers are a great place of those looking for water recreation, offering fishing as well as other water entertainment.
• The Kettle Valley Rail Trail and China Ridge Recreation Region offers the visitors some excellent physical activities such as scenic hiking, cycling and skiing.

Wine Country and the Fruit Stands of the Similkameen

• Princeton is the gateway to Similkameen and Okanagan Wine Countries along with the fruitstands of the Similkameen Valley.

Outdoor Encounters
• The lure of Princeton is that it offers an unspoiled valley just a couple of hours of travel from downtown Vancouver, with Princeton being the gateway to this valley.
• Part of the attraction of the place is that it provides a very soothing environment, seemingly distant from the hustle and bustle of the town. As an evidence of this, the traveler will not find a traffic light or even a parking meter within 100 kilometres.
• Some of the attractions for those who like hiking is the The Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail, a section of the TransCanada trail system, which goes along the Tulameen River by means of a colorful rock canyon, and then passes through different topographies such as high range and forest.
• Princeton is located at the mid-point of the trail.
• The Vermilion Trails Society handles over one hundred kilometres of city and countryside trail system on the KVR which includes the five kilometre paved and lighted section that moves all the way through Princeton.
• Don’t forget to stop on the “Bridge of Dreams” along the metropolitan section. Finished in 2010, this award-winning pedestrian bridge is the last bridge which was designed to finish the Kettle Valley Railway.

What do hikers want ? Going through natural locations, and in this location, hikers get pleasure from a number of terrains:
• Old-growth forest
• Open pine forest
• Range land
• Alpine meadows

These trails go through different parts:
1. Lookouts
2. Waterfalls
3. Lakes and alpine meadows

• The China Ridge Recreation Area is a year-round play ground which is minutes from downtown Princeton.
• It provides groomed cross-country ski routes in the winter.
• In the spring, summer and fall, it offers hiking and mountain biking trails.

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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