Princeton BC Attractions

Sandman Hotel Group features properties located within a rich mosaic of neighbourhoods and surrounding areas, each with a distinct, welcoming personality. We have compiled a list of useful information below to enhance your stay. 


Princeton (population 2,677) is a small town in a beautiful setting with a long and colourful heritage. Visitors are attracted to its natural sights, parks and wildlife.

They come for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing and are drawn to discover the town's rich historical and heritage sites.

Princeton is a spirited town, and was named the Gold Medal Games Town 2010 community for demonstrating its passion for sports and healthy living leading up to the 2010 Winter Games.


Princeton is located at the junction of Highway 3 and Highway 5A, and along the Ranchlands & Rivers driving routes.

Highway 3 is a well-travelled east-west route that provides access to Vancouver (285km/177mi west) and the Okanagan Valley (95km/59mi east).

Highway 5A runs north to Merritt and Kamloops.


Located at the confluence of the Tulameen and Similkameen rivers, with surrounding grasslands, forested highlands, lakes and nearby Cascade Mountains, Princeton is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts.

People are drawn by its natural sights, parks and wildlife. They come to swim, paddle and fish in its waterways and to hike, mountain bike and cross-country ski the region's multitude of trails.

Others discover a different face of the town. Culture buffs visit Princeton to explore historic and heritage sites that tell of its fascinating First Nations traditions and colourful mining history. 

Princeton Activities


Princeton is a stop on the Professional Rodeo Circuit. The annual rodeo is held at the Princeton Fairground on the second weekend in May. You can bet on the horses on Racing Days, held in late June.

Princeton's Agriculture Fall Fair is held in late August. There are a range of other annual events in Princeton and neighbouring communities. Princeton has all the recreation amenities of an active town.

Our Kettle Valley Railway Trailhead offers a place to take a stroll with an ice cream cone or to begin or end your cycling adventure. Three kilometres of the trailhead are paved and a roundhouse showcasing the history of travel is being erected at the site of the last spike in the KVR.

Public recreation facilities include:

  • ball fields
  • arena (hockey, skating)
  • 18 hole golf course
  • fair grounds and race track
  • curling rink
  • skateboard park
  • children's water park
  • 5-pin bowling alley
  • outdoor pool


When you shop in Princeton you might want to leave time for conversations. Store keepers in Princeton are quite chatty and are ready to talk about the weather and the latest local news over and over again it seems.

Suggestions for an Away Day

We have a variety of novelty shops where you can buy custom, hand-made furniture, local art, craft supplies, collectables and health foods.

Get away for a day and have lunch, tour our fabulous museum, do some novelty shopping and take in the sights and hospitality of a warm, country town – all on one street.

Retail and Service Amenities

Princeton is the retail and service centre for the Upper Similkameen Valley. We can meet most of your shopping needs. If you can’t find what you are looking for, ask the storekeepers.

If they don’t have it, they can tell you where to get it. Oh, and probably make a comment on the weather while doing so.


Heartland Restaurant

Fully licensed, with Greek and Canadian dishes