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Coalmont is a small village between Princeton and Tulameen with a population of about 85, and around 20 seasonal residents. Located 20 minutes out of Princeton, the town was established in 1911 as a supply point to the nearby coal mine. The Trans-Canada Trail runs through the town and connects it to Princeton, Tulameen and beyond, allowing the townspeople to enjoy day trips out into the wilderness. The people of Coalmont use off-road vehicles as a main source of transportation within the town, with places such as Granite Creek, White Sands Beach and Blakeburn, the old coal mine, just waiting to be explored.
Coalmont is alive and well, despite its small size. It's made up of only nine blocks, with around 60 homes. There isn’t a lot of rain throughout the year, and the weather can prove to be quite windy at times, helping keep away pesky mosquitos and other pests. Coalmont has an online newspaper called the Coalmont Courier, and excellent fishing with many people coming year-round to fish on the river or at the several nearby lakes. The Granite Creek Rec Site is a popular local camping spot that is situated right along the sparkling Tulameen River and a few minutes away is the self-guided walking tour of Historic Granite Creek.
In 1909 the Columbia Coal and Coke Company obtained the rights to the coal in the area, with their offices originally located in Granite Creek. In the early days, coal was transported via horse and wagon, but in 1919 the town built a 3-mile long aerial tram to transport everything with ease. Between 1910-1911 many houses were built in what was called “Upper Town”, and in 1911 the Columbia Coal and Coke company moved their offices there, renaming the area to Coalmont in the process. In 1930 a mine explosion occurred, marking the beginning of the decline. Today Coalmont still harbours many hints of it’s rich past, with the abandoned Blakeburn mine and Granite Creek, making the area a compelling area for history-buffs to visit.
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