Top 10 Experiences
- Play in the Kettle River, pan for gold, swim, relax and bask in the sun.
- Explore our lakes. Paddle the north shore of Christina Lake and discover ancient pictographs left by First Nations people. Rent a boat and enjoy water sports. Go for a dip or paddle in peace and quiet at Jewel Lake.
- Ride single track, free-style or cross-country on the trails that link communities from Christina Lake to Beaverdell.
- Hike or bike the KVR, Great Trail (formerly Trans Canada Trail) and other heritage rail trails starting at Mile 0 in Midway.
- Take in one of our events, like our music festivals, fall fairs and the Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament.
- Discover our provincial parks and dozens of regional and community parks with places for camping.
- Enjoy the fruits of our labour at Farmers’ Markets, roadside farm stands, flour mills, and cheese makers. We’re famous for our borscht.
- Explore our mountains. Great skiing in the winter and great trails for hiking and biking in the warmer months at Big White, Phoenix Mountain and Mount Baldy.
- Visit our museums and galleries and learn about our railroad, Doukhobor, pioneer and gold mining history.
- Take a swing, golfing at courses between Rock Creek and Midway, and at Christina Lake.
Good to Know Before You Go
- Fresh-water fishing regulations are throughout BC and you do require a fishing license. Visit Boating & Fishing for more information on fishing in Boundary Country
- Expect a variety of surfaces along the Dewdney, Kettle Valley Rail, and Great Trails. Visit Trails for information on hiking and mountain biking in Boundary Country
- Provincial Parks where they have drive-in camping are generally open for camping from early May to late September. Check BC Parks listings for detailed opening and closing times
- Prepare yourself for wildlife encounters. You can purchase bear bells at local shops
- Because mosquitoes are a fact of life in the Interior of BC, you need to be prepared. Bring repellent and lightweight, long-sleeved clothing and netting for protection
Midway between Vancouver, BC and Calgary, AB, Boundary Country begins just south of Kelowna on BC Highway 33 and includes the communities of Beaverdell, Carmi, Westbridge and the Christian Valley. At the junction of BC Highway 33 and the Crow’s Nest Highway you’ll find the former gold rush town of Rock Creek – go west from here to Bridesville, or journey east to Midway, Greenwood, Grand Forks and the community of Christina Lake.
Beaverdell & Carmi
The hamlet of Beaverdell and its neighbour Carmi, are 35 km (22 mi) south of Big White Ski Resort on BC Highway 33. There are 16 lakes surrounding Beaverdell and Carmi making it popular for fishermen and Kettle Valley Rail Trail riders. Beaverdell has an RV Park and cabin rentals and is a service point for anglers and riders. What remains of Carmi is nothing more than remnants of its mining heyday.
Westbridge & Christian Valley
Westbridge is a tiny unincorporated community of ranches and farms. It is 13 km (8 mi) north of Rock Creek at the junction where the Christian Valley Road crosses the West Kettle River. It is home of the Old Cowboy Ranch and the Little Dipper Hideaway, two great camping spots. Westbridge is also home to the Kettle River Model Airshow which takes place in July. You can hike the KVR section of the Great Trail with access points in Westbridge that take you north to Rhone or south toward Zamora. Accommodations in Westbridge include campgrounds or cabin rentals. The closest medical, dental and veterinary services are in Kelowna.
Wheat fields meet the backcountry in Bridesville (pop. estimate 30), 15 km (9 mi) west of Rock Creek on Highway 33. Hike Johnstone Creek Provincial Park for craggy views across gaping canyons. Drive-in camping is available at Johnstone Creek. You can also do some rustic camping at nearby recreation sites at Jolly Creek and Little Fish Lake. If you prefer something more luxurious try Arosa Guest Ranch Resort where you may rent cabins or hook up your RV for the night. A rural community, there are no services or shops in Bridesville. The closest medical, dental and veterinary services are in Osoyoos.
In 1859, they discovered gold in the Kettle River. This triggered a stampede to the very place where the Rock Creek (pop. 86) meets the Kettle River in the southwest corner of Boundary Country. Whispers of those heady gold rush days are still evident on the now quiet streets of Rock Creek, where the Crowsnest Highway intersects with Highway 33. You’ll find a wealth of outdoor recreation here. Come and swim and drift the Kettle River. Get outdoors and camp, hike and cycle the KVR. Rock Creek is home to the Rock Creek Fall Fair and the Sky High Blues Festival. They also host the Ponderosa Music & Arts Festival and the annual Rock Creek Boogie Bash.
Limited accommodations in Rock Creek include Provincial Park camping and rustic cabin rentals. The closest medical and dental clinics are located nearby in Midway. Veterinarian services are available in Grand Forks.
The village of Midway (pop: 621) is tucked in the sun soaked Kettle Valley. Midway sits at mile 0 of the famed Kettle Valley Railway, part of the Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail). It’s the halfway point between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific ocean. Midway is also right at the international border crossing to the United States. It is a natural stopping point on any Boundary Country adventure. Hike and bike the trails in town and Midway Mountain. Explore the Kettle River Museum. The Midway MusicFest and the Groovefest are held here each summer.
Accommodations in Midway include a heritage inn, roadside motel or RV park. Medical facilities include a medical clinic, and a dental clinic. The nearest veterinary services are in Greenwood, 13 km (8 mi) and Grand Forks, 55 km (34 mi) east.
Tucked into a narrow valley beneath Jubilee Mountain, between Midway and Grand Forks, Greenwood, (pop. 700), is Canada’s smallest city. Its residents proudly boast of having the best drinking water in the world. Greenwood is home to a striking collection of 60 heritage buildings dating back to the late 19th century. You can experience Greenwood’s heritage and culture at the Greenwood Museum where the stories of internment and redemption are told. Explore nearby Phoenix Mountain on a self-guided interpretive drive, or hike or mountain bike its trails. Ride the Great Trail through Greenwood. Take your time and stop to picnic by the river or dine at Deadwood Junction or the Pacific Grill. You may also enjoy the Copper Eagle.
Accommodations in Greenwood include camping, modest motels and cabin rentals. There is a medical clinic in Greenwood. The closest dentist is in Midway, 13 km (8 mi) west.
The Great Trail and the Kettle and Granby Rivers converge in Grand Forks (pop. 3,985). You are sure to enjoy this urban enclave nestled in a lush, broad valley flanked by the Monashee Mountains. Both urban and rural, Grand Forks is Boundary Country’s largest city. It is home to Jerseyland Organics, the Spencer Hill Orchard and the geode rich fields of Rock Candy Mine. Come and explore the Boundary Museum. Time your vacation so you take in the Grand Forks Fall Fair and the Grand Forks Invitational Ball Tournament. Stroll into the galleries and shops that anchor a vibrant arts scene. While you’re here, enjoy the great outdoors on the Great Trail, and the Kettle and Granby Rivers.
Accommodations in Grand Forks feature nationally branded hotels, locally owned and operated motels, B&Bs, RV Parks and campgrounds. You’ll find Boundary Hospital in Grand Forks, along with a number of dentists, and a veterinarian.
Christina Lake, (pop. 1,413) is a summer home-away-from-home for generations of families. It is the warmest tree-lined lake in all of BC. Travellers are naturally drawn here to play along 45 km (28 mi) of storybook shoreline. It’s here where the Great Trail and the historic Dewdney Trails merge, enticing you outdoors. The folks of Christina Lake love to golf. Get on the greens at the Christina Lake Golf Club, an 18-hole course. There’s also the Cascade Par 3 executive course
Another great way to enjoy the outdoors at Christina Lake are to explore the Great Trail. While you’re there, take in the picturesque Cascade Gorge and Cascade Falls. Venture into Christina Lake Provincial Park or Gladstone (Texas Point) Provincial Park and search for ancient First Nations pictographs along the shore. Make time to visit the Christina Lake Living Arts Centre too. If water sports are what you’re interested in, visit Wild Ways Adventures or the Christina Lake Marina for a list of water-based activities.
Christina Lake accommodations are geared towards family vacations. Take your pick from private vacation home and cottage rentals. Maybe you’d prefer a B&B, motel, RV Resort or Provincial Park camping. There is a medical clinic in Christina Lake, while dentists and veterinarians can be found in nearby Grand Forks, 33 km (21 mi) west.