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Travel – Princeton – British Columbia – Part 4

Fossil & Mineral History of the region

• The Pollard Wing of the Princeton and District Museum as well as Archives plays host to a collection of mineral and even fossil collections that is the most extensive in the region of British Columbia.
• Joe Pollard’s extensive gathering of fossils extends from the Princeton region, to The North American Continent, and all over the world.

As a part of the above, there is an incredible Fluorescent Mineral Collection
• The most desired section of the Pollard collection is the fluorescent minerals. Why so ? Well ..
• When black colored light is shown on these minerals, something amazing happens which catches the attention of visitors – these minerals such as quartz, fluorite, calcite and others glow; and they not only glow, but sparkle in different colors such as orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, as well as white.

The Pollard Wing’s Butterfly Collection
• There is an incredible butterfly selection in the museum, housing moths and butterflies, gathered near the river level on the Similkameen.
• If you want to deciper the botanical and geological history of the area, the museum wing is an ideal spot to be, especially for school groups which are welcome here.

Lakes and other water bodies:
• A visit to Princeton probably would not be total without visiting the plentiful water bodies nearby, including lakes in the vicinity or the Similkameen and also Tulameen Waterways.
• If you are in the Similkameen river, a good option is to go down from Princeton to the Bromley Rock Travel Region; if interested in fishing or swimming, there are a number of water bodies such as Otter, Osprey, Allison for a total of 47 further water areas.

Contact Information

Princeton and District Museum and Archives
• 167 Vermilion Avenue
• Princeton, BC
• Telephone: 250-293-6776
• Email:
• Website:

Princeton Visitor Information Centre
• 105 Highway 3 East
• Princeton, BC
• Telephone: 250-295-3103
• Email:

Cultural Events/Organizations

Princeton has a great calendar of an eclectic blend of community events.

Community Events
• June – Racing Days – thoroughbred horse racing, Lions pancake breakfast & duck race, Rotary parade and more!
• July – A & W Show & Shine
• July – Princeton Air Show
• July – Tulameen Family Fun Days
• August – Princeton Traditional Music Festival
• September – Princeton Agricultural Fall Fair
• October – Lion’s Pumpkin Carving Contest
• November 11 – Remembrance Day at Veteran’s Square
• November – Christmas Light-up at Veteran’s Square

Cultural Organizations
• Bunchgrass Quilters
• China Ridge Trails
• Princeton Community Arts Council
• Princeton Concert Society
• Princeton and District Fall Fair Association
• Princeton Exhibition Association
• Princeton Fish And Game Association
• Princeton Garden Club
• Princeton and District Museum and Archives
• Princeton Fly Tying Guild
• Princeton Lion’s Club
• Princeton Racing Days
• Princeton Rodeo Club
• Princeton Seniors Painters
• Princeton Traditional Music Society
• Rotary Club of Princeton
• Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists

Princeton Traditional Music Festival
• The Festival goes on two stages pretty much in the centre of Princeton.
• It also starts with an open public streets dance as well as an Irish ceili music group.
Saturday as well as Sunday is presented over to:
1. Live shows
2. Work-shops
3. Sections
4. Jams
• This is between the hours of 10 am to 6 pm.
• The Music does not happen only on the stages – mini-jams and also guerilla dances are liable to take place anyplace in town culminating in a Saturday evening town-wide celebration.
• The Festival is free of charge; however it requests its audiences to help out with donations.

Supporters: Funding for the Festival originates from donations from:
• Festival visitors
Grants from:
• The Town of Princeton
• The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
• The Constructing Groups throughout Arts as well as Heritage Program of Canadian Heritage.

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 a degree Celsius.
• The Keremeos area boasts a typical winter temperature of between 0 and 7 degrees Celsius and also little snow.
• The primary snowfall is normally at the end of December with intermittent fall until late February.
• Frost free period is about 181 days.
• The last freeze occurs on April 18th.
• The first freeze occurs on October 17th.

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

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