RCMP will be patrolling trails and streets with ATVs this weekend in Tulameen.

RCMP will be patrolling trails and streets with ATVs this weekend in Tulameen.

Cops plan serious presence for Tulameen Days

Each August long holiday weekend the resort town of Tulameen B.C. mushrooms from a population of 250 to more than 3,000 people.

And while the annual Tulameen Days festival is enjoyed as a family event that includes a Saturday morning parade, and community meals, the weekend also has a reputation for late night antics.

“We have enhanced patrols happening,” said RCMP Corporal Chad Parsons. “We have brought several members in from other detachments.”

Police will be conducting road side spot checks looking for impaired drivers, and will also be on Otter Lake and the area’s trails, making sure everyone operating a vehicle is sober.

“Come and have a good time, but do it safely,” said Parsons. “No drinking and driving any vehicle – boat, motorcycle, ATV – those are all impaired driving and we will be looking out for that. Enjoy the town and have a good time. Just do it safely and respect the full time residents.”

Related: RCMP patrol Tulameen and Coalmont over long weekend

On previous B.C. Day weekends police have made arrests at parties, and two years ago officers responded to a street gathering where they were pelted with beer bottles.

“Most of the problems are based around alcohol. It is usually fairly well-behaved but there is potential there just based on alcohol that requires police attendance.”

Since the area experienced two long weekend fatalities involving motorbikes in 2018, RCMP have also been stepping up efforts to educate visitors and residents about safety and the law regarding recreational vehicles.

This weekend, for the first time, police will establish a kiosk in the community to assist visitors in acquiring permits to travel a limited number of Tulameen streets using off road vehicles.

“The RCMP will be doing everything we can to provide access to responsible ATVers,” said Parsons.

The permits, which are free of charge, cannot be issued electronically and that has been a “barrier” for tourists becoming legal drivers, he added.

Off road vehicle riders with proper licenses and insurance can get permits to travel on Second Avenue to Lawless Forest Service Road, and on Nicola Avenue through Third Street to get to the Trading Post.

The kiosk will be open Friday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Highway 5 southbound lanes are closed near Exit 286. Pictured are southbound lanes at 7:06 p.m. (DriveBC)
Coquihalla Highway southbound lanes closed due to vehicle incident

Southbound lanes closed between Exit 286: Merritt and the start of Hwy 5

Masks are now officially mandatory in all City of Campbell River facilities. (Black Press File Photo)
Interior Health reports 49 new COVID-19 cases overnight

302 cases remain active; two in hospital

There are numerous ways the municipality can use the money, granted by the province. Black Press file photo.
Town of Princeton gets $1 million in COVID relief

Funds to offset affects of pandemic on municipal revenues and operations

The Campbell Mountain Landfill and other landfills operated by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will have reduced hours from December 2020 to the end of February 2021. (Contributed photo)
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen landfills reduce hours for winter

Measures will take effect from December 2020 until end of February 2021

(Black Press file photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 23, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. daily COVID-19 cases hits record 941 on Tuesday

Further restrictions on indoor exercise take effect

Man, 28, warned by Kootenay police to stop asking people to marry him

A woman initially reported the incident to police before they discovered others had been popped the question

Winston Blackmore (left) and James Oler (right) were sentenced on separate charges of polygamy this week in Cranbrook Supreme Court.
No more charges expected in Bountiful investigation, special prosecutor says

Special prosecutor says mandate has ended following review of evidence from Bountiful investigations

(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Garage in Kelowna burns to the ground, blaze deemed suspicious

Fire crews responded to the scene just after 4:30 p.m.

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

(Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Refuse to follow B.C.’s mask mandate? Face a $230 fine

Masks are now required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older

(Ty Hainsworth / Facebook)
No injuries after fire rips through South Okanagan fruit stand

A fruit stand caught fire Tuesday afternoon, closing Highway 97 for two hours

Damien Smith, with father Thomas Smith, is “frozen” with joy as he watches a special message Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds recorded for Damien’s 9th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Contributed)
Shuswap boy celebrates 9th birthday with family, community and Ryan Reynolds

People from around the world send birthday cards showing young Canoe resident he’s not alone

A major reconstruction project on 32nd Avenue is nearing completion and the road is now re-opened to traffic between 33rd Street and 35th Street. (City of Vernon photo)
ROAD REPORT: More roundabouts coming to North Okanagan

New intersection lights up Dec. 13, 30th Street paving delayed, PV Road completed in Vernon

Most Read