* Close to lake
* Mountain Town
* Local Store that sells (Food, Liquor, Ice Cream, Camping Supplies, Movie Rentals)
* Great for your outdoor toys
* Lots of rental cottage and cabins
* Friendly people
* Hard to find at first
* Winding mountain road access
* Busy periods involve lots of noisey ATVs, Snowmobiles, etc...
I should probably be keeping this little gem to myself but everytime I come back from a week/weekend away in Tulameen, I just simply can't wait to go back.
It started when I was a just a wee lad of about 4 years old. My family used to go up to Tulameen to my aunt and uncle's cabin for a fun-filled long weekend of water skiing, wake boarding, dirtbike riding, ATVing and fishing. The particular weekend we chose was the August Long Weekend which is also known around town as "Tulameen Daze".
Tulameen Daze is a weekend celebration of the town's history and love of its slow-paced, country lifestyle. There is a pancake breakfasts, lots of local merchants, the occasional live band or two and of course a fair share of rowdies from the coast. All in all it's a great mixture of family fun and hardcore partying that leaves you craving to come back for more.
As I was saying, I started going to Tulameen when I was about 4 years old. I am now 28 which would make it well over 20 years that I have been frequenting this lovely town. My aunt and uncle still live in the same cozy cottage that I remember as a kid and a few other relatives have since invested in cabins of their own to call home. We still go up there a few times a year to slow down the pace of the hectic city life and I enjoy every second of it.
Enough about my history with the town, let me lay out a review to give you a bit of an idea about what Tulameen offers.
More Tulameen info can be found at the town's website: http://www.tulameenbc.com
Tulameen is has pretty much everything you would want for a summer or winter vacation. Otter Lake is never more than a 5 minute walk away from your cottage and there are countless mountain trails that can be used for a number of your motorized or non-motorized exploring pleasure. There are plenty of cabins to rent in Tulameen as well and they range from ultra luxurious to quite rustic. The whole town is on septic and wells so depending on your accomodations, you may need to alter your usual behaviors.
I have broken down a few of the things I like to do when I am there below:
- The fishing is pretty good in Otter Lake but I have only ever caught 1 fish that was big enough to eat. This lake isn't for the avid sports fisherman but will definitely do for Joe Blow!
- There are tonnes of mountain trails around Tulameen that will keep you in shape. There is also a good hike around Otter Lake that use to house the train tracks for coal and ice shipment.
- My family has server sleds that we have taken all over the place up there. We have a couple of favourite places but when in doubt, just follow the many tracks that are surely already laid in front of you and follow away!
- There is a local shop that will take you and your family on some guided tours, or if you have your own machines, there are hundreds of forrest service roads for you to get lost on.
- Pick a weekend that isn't during a holiday and just sit back and enjoy the peace. I have been up there in the middle of September, October, April and other months when the town isn't busy and I just love sitting back and reading a good book or working on a jigsaw puzzle.
I have stayed at a few different rental cabins in Tulameen (when the aunt and uncle can't put me up) I have given a brief review of these below:
A) On a Budget: The HachBrown Haven is a great place to take the family for an affordable week away. It is one of the few pet friendly cabins in Tulameen and has all the comforts of home. It rents for anywhere from $100-150 a night depending on season and availability.
B) Lush Vacationing: The Vermillion Lodge is my dream cottage. It has a hot tub, a lakefront setting, private doc and beach, pool/ping pong table, satelitte, big screen T.Vs and more. This is a perfect place to go away in style and I have often skipped the trip to Mexico to stay here for a week. But... ya pay for it. Prices are about $300-500 a night plus taxes and although it's worth it, it dents the pocket book for sure.
To summarize this lengthy review, I love this town and I would definitely recommend it for your next B.C. vacation.
Well, that's about all I have to say about Tulameen for now.
All in all I have found this to be my favourite small town in B.C. The above/below website can give you some more info to research though so be sure to do your homework and make sure that Tulameen, B.C. is a fit for your vacation needs: