We passed through some very pretty scenery, still lots of green in the surrounding hills and no fires in the area. It had been many years since we had travelled on this stretch of highway so all sights were new. We leave the main road at Princeton and head up to Tulameen.
|Coalmont Welcome Signs|
|Historic Coalmont Hotel|
|The Last Resort|
|The Great Trail on the KVR passes by Otter Lake|
Tulameen, known as Otter Flats during the early days has an interesting history. The first European to cross the Cascade Mountains was a Hudson’s Bay employee looking for a route to take the horses over so furs could be moved from Fort Kamloops to the coast. Thanks to the native guides who showed the way, he was able to do that. Once he got to Otter Lake from Fort Hope, Similkimeen Chief Blackeye told him the easiest way over the mountains and the ‘Blackeye Trail’ became known as the ‘Brigade Trail’ from 1849-1860. This allowed the fur trading to survive in BC.