Getting out on the Un-Beaten Trail
Vermillion Trails Society
Nestled between the Thompson and Okanagan is the serene Similkameen Valley. Princeton and Area boasts of 113km of KVR trail from Osprey Lake to Tulameen and Brookmere just waiting and ready for you to experience. The Vermillion Trail Society, stewards of the trail since 1999, welcomes you, friends and your family to come and visit and take in all that scenic beauty our Valley has to offer. Breathe in all the mountain fresh air you can handle and stop at White Sands for a dip or even stay a night or two at our Granite Creek Camping site near Coalmont. After your stay in Coalmont head on over to Tulameen where you can fuel up, replenish supplies, and visit Otter Lake. Whatever your pleasure may be, seeing is believing and we welcome everyone to share in the natural beauty we are proud to call our backyard.
The area is rich in history from Billy Miner to the abandoned mining communities of Blakeburn and Allenby.
Our popular riding area is filled with tunnels, rivers, and lakes, abandoned mining towns, too many lakes to count, and endless backroads.
Home to Princeton ATV Club, one of the newest clubs associated with ATVBC and is a motivating force behind the shared trails concept.
Come visit our piece of paradise and share our endless trails.
A portion of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail lies between Summerland and Princeton. This distance is approximately 100km. This section of the KVR runs through wilderness that has no amenities like stores, gas, motels, etc. A few bed and breakfasts are available about halfway near Osprey, Link, and Chain Lakes. Horses, dog teams, off road vehicles, snowmobiles, hikers and cyclists share many adventures along this trail. This section is not for novices or the unprepared.
The virtually unlimited number of secondary trails running off the KVR makes this a paradise for ATV riding. The local ATV Clubs are actively working on building rest areas and mapping trails running off the KVR.
From dense forests to rolling grasslands, lakes, tunnels, trestles, and encountering wildlife, a wilderness experience is guaranteed.
This area has much active logging so if you go off the KVR you must have a good knowledge of existing trails. Most experienced local riders carry chain saws, spare gas, first aid kits, winches and tow equipment on their ATV’s and make sure that they notify someone back home where they are going. They are also prepared to help others in distress.
This portion of the KVR crosses back and forth across the Princeton /Summerland Road but don’t expect to meet many vehicles or other trail users. There are a number of forestry campsites along the route but be prepared to encounter wildlife if you are camping.
We are the SUMMERLAND ATV Club, riding and supporting motorized activities in the south central area of British Columbia.
This includes most of the world famous Okanagan Valley along with hundreds of miles of trails of all ratings, scores of wilderness lakes and rocky mountaintop vistas up to and above 7000 ft. asl. Check out our website at www.satvbc.org or come and visit us in Summerland and drop in at a meeting: times/dates/details on our website.
Come and experience the Boundary! The Boundary is one of the richest areas of British Columbia for mining history, rail history, cultural history and similar to all of BC exceptional vistas. There are several trail stewards that help maintain the trails in the Boundary; Greenwood ATV Club and Grand Forks ATV are examples of groups that have many volunteers who work hard every year to maintain trails for the safety of all users. The Trails of the North Fork brochure created in 2017 by GFATV includes a map of loop trails and descriptions of the recreation sites located along the Burrell Creek and Granby River as well many great riding areas for all users to enjoy. Get your copy from the Visitor Centre at one of the many locations in the area. From the Smallest City in BC Greenwood, you can ride to the famous Phoenix mine or a number of other mines in the Boundary. There are numerous lakes and many trails located in this area that will delight all rides. The Rail Trail flows through the Boundary and the only designated non-motorized section is from Grand Forks to Christina Lake. In 2014 GFATV and many local partners came together to make a bypass trail so motorized users could support the non-motorized designation of this section of trail. Keep a close eye out for the many beautiful benches installed along the trail with important historic information.
Greenwood Boundary ATV Club contact: John 250-859-4649.