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Princeton (British Columbia)

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Princeton (British Columbia)

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Princeton is in the Similkameen region of British Columbia. It is a small town of about 2610 people. Princeton was born of the mining industry, however today the town relies on forestry, ranching, and tourism.

Get in[edit]

Provincial highway 3 (the Crowsnest Highway) bisects the town east-west. It travels east from Vancouver and Hope (British Columbia) and west from Osoyoos in the Okanagan. Provincial highway 5A travels south from highway 97C (The Okanagan Connector) about 20km east of Merritt.

The is a small airstrip on the outskirts of town but it is presently unserviced commercially.

The tourist information centre is located at 105 Highway 3 East (+1 250 295-3103).

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Princeton and District Museum, 167 Vermilion Ave, 1 250 295-7588 (), [1]. 10am-5pm. The Pollard wing houses one of the most extensive mineral and fossil collections in British Columbia. The museum also contains an extensive collection of documents and artifacts which tell the story of Princetons historical significance. By donation.  edit

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If you are looking for something quick and easy, Princeton has a Subway and an A&W. Both are located right on highway 3 downtown. Sit-down options include:

  • Cowboy Coffee, 136 Tapton Avenue, 1 250 295-3491 (, fax: 1 250 295-0528). Coffee shop which features light snacks.  edit
  • Linguini's Restaurant, 255 Vermilion Avenue, 1 250 295-3390 (, fax: 1 250 295-6452). 5am-9pm. Contemporary Italian cuisine. Good selection of British Columbia wines. Uses fresh local produce.  edit
  • Santo's Steak and Greek Taverna, 117 Bridge Street, 1 250 295-6644 (, fax: 1 250 295-6659). 4-10:30pm weekdays; 11am-9pm weekends. Features steak, pasta, and pizza.  edit
  • Mikado Japanese Restaurant, 265 Vermilion Avenue, 1 250 295-3337. 11am-10pm. Specializes in sushi, teriyaki, sashimi, and tempura.  edit
  • Belaire Restaurant, 161 Vermilion Avenue, 1 250 295-7711 (fax: 1 250 295-4177). 7am-10pm. Fully licensed family dining.  edit
  • Thomasina's, 279 Bridge Street Princeton, 1 250-295-3810, [2]. 7am-9pm. Wonderful country-style bakery and restaurant. Features the usual bakery goods, coffee, teas and fresh home-cooked dinners made from local ingredients.  edit

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  • Copper Mountain Bar & Grill, (Just off highway 3 heading west out of town), 1 250 295-7628 (), [3]. 11:00am until late. A large roadhouse establishment with a huge vaulted ceiling and nice view of Princeton. Modest selection of domestic and import beer. Pub menu for lunch and dinner. Offsales available until 11:00pm.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Ponderosa Motel, 130 Bridge Street, 1 250 295-6941 (, fax: 1 250 295-3657), [4]. 23 rooms. Indoor pool and hot tub.  edit
  • Cedars Motel, 139 3rd Street, 1 250 295-3237 (, fax: 1 250 295-3237). Small, 15 unit motel. Features wireless internet, microwave ovens, refrigerators, and air conditioning.  edit
  • Evergreen Motel, 250 Highway 3 East, 1 250 295-7179 (, fax: 1 250 295-7169), [5]. checkin: 1pm; checkout: 11am. Has 20 rooms, some with full kitchen. Outdoor pool.  edit
  • Canadas Best Value Princeton Inn, 169 Highway 3, 1 250 295-3537 (, fax: 1 250 295-3547), [6]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 11am. The largest chain hotel in Princeton. Pool, hot tub, sauna, wifi, free breakfast. $100-$130.  edit

Get out[edit]

Bromley Rock Located on the way to Hedley east of Princeton on Highway 3, this popular swimming hole is a refreshing break on a hot Interior afternoon's drive. Buy a take out meal in Princeton and eat it on the sandy beach along the Similkameen River. In late July and early August, the water is warm and clean. For the brave hearted, join the locals climbing the rock and diving into the deep pool below. Fishing is good upstream from the picnic area in Spring.

Routes through Princeton
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