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Trans Canada Trail Legend:
|Trans Canada Trail Pavilion|
|Multi-Use Route (Cycling & Walking)|
|Hiking Only Route (No Cycling)|
|Equestrian Route (May Allow Cyclists/Walkers)|
|Temporary Bypass or Unofficial TCT Route|
|Trans Canada Trail Closed|
|Obstacle or Warning (click it for details)|
Alternate Route Legend:
|Alternate Route for Cyclists & Walkers|
|Alternate Route for Hiking|
|Alternate Route for Equestrians|
|Connection Point to the Trans Canada Trail|
Google Maps Legend:
|Map menu to access highlights, campsites, grocery stores, parking areas, toilets and more!|
|Click the grey star at the top of the map to favourite it in Google Maps, so you can pull it up later in your Google Maps app's "My Places".|
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The files below include data for only this specific area. For all of our Trans Canada Trail data for the entire province (including features, campsites and alternate routes), download our BC.kmz master file (1.2 MB)
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About the Route:
The Trans Canada Trail in the Princeton area is entirely on the Kettle Valley Railway. The area encompasses the communities of Brookmere, Tulameen and Coalmont to the west of the town of Princeton, and climbs into the grassy highlands on its way to Osprey Lake - home to many seasonal cabins and camp sites.
The scenery is quite unique along the trail, a particular treat for those traveling along the KVR from the Fraser Canyon - while the coast is shrouded in fog and rain, the interior is often warm and dry. Ponderosa pines and grass grow under the blazing sun and blue sky.
Important: You will almost certainly encounter motorized vehicles along the route, particularly ATVs and dirt bikes, which could be travelling at high speeds. Over the years, unregulated motorized use has degraded the trail surface along the Kettle Valley Railway, making many areas quite challenging for hikers and cyclists. Users should come prepared for sandy conditions. Please see our equipment recommendations on the Okanagan main page or even more detail on our "Equipment Tips" page of our Travel Tips.
Trail Highlights and Developments:
The Trans Canada Trail in the Princeton area is considered complete and operational with no gaps or obstacles.
Some highlights along the trail include:
- Otter Lake
- Red cliffs and hoodoos along the Tulameen River
- Long tunnel under highway 3 (just west of Princeton)
- Bridge of Dreams
- Great views and hairpin turns between Princeton and Jura
- Osprey Lake
- Rec Sites and Trails BC (department of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) (portions of rail trail and forestry roads) Trail users are encouraged to call 1-844-676-8477 if you want to report an infraction on any section of the trail.
- Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (Community Services - Regional Trails Department) from Brookmere to Lebanon Lake (north of Chute Lake) for all sections of the KVR rail trail.
- Town of Princeton (within town limits)
Trail Stewards and Volunteers:
- Southern Interior Track and Trail Society is a volunteer entity with interest in the KVR, in particular from Brookmere to a point 1.5 km east of Osprey Lake. They do not have a signed stewardship agreement with the Province to maintain or do work on this section of trail at this time.
- Vermilion Trails Society is a volunteer entity with interest in the KVR, in particular from Brookmere to a point 1.5 km east of Osprey Lake. They do not have a signed stewardship agreement with the Province to maintain or do work on this section of trail at this time.
Ample parking can be found all along the trail due to its rural nature. Inquire at the Princeton Visitor Centre for local parking options.
See our map for the locations of outhouses along the KVR
The main grocery store in the area is Cooper's Foods located in Princeton. Smaller convenience style stores can provide basics and lunch items and are located in the main communities along the trail (eg Tulameen)