Top 10 Park Experiences
- Savour the wide-open space of Gilpin Grasslands hiking or biking where Bighorn sheep, elk and deer still roam
- Bask in the quiet of the wilderness at Jewel Lake Provincial Park and fish for trout
- Ride or hike the KVR from campsite to campsite and park to park
- Disconnect for the day and soak up the sun at Kettle River Provincial Recreation Area
- Windsurf Conkle Lake Provincial Park when the southerlies are blowing
- Ride horseback through the Galloping Hills of Granby Provincial Park where wildflower meadows burst into colour in summer
- Beat winter’s chill snowshoeing and cross-country skiing Kettle River Recreation Area or snowmobiling at Granby
- Camp in the shadow of a former copper mine at Boundary Creek Provincial Park
- Explore Gladstone (Texas Point) Provincial Park, searching for pictographs painted so long ago
- Explore a mosaic of wildlife habitats at Boothman’s Oxbow Provincial Park. You might encounter grazing elk and rare bird species. See how it feels to simply unwind
Good to Know Before You Go
- Provincial Parks where drive-in camping is offered are generally open for camping from early May to late September. Check BC Parks listings for detailed opening and closing times
- Be prepared for wildlife encounters. You can purchase bear bells locally.
- Mosquitoes are a fact of life in the Interior of BC. Prepare for mosquitoes in summer – bring repellent and light-weight, long-sleeved clothing and netting for protection
- There are no lifeguards on duty at our Provincial and Recreation Park beaches and swimming holes
- Fresh-water fishing is regulated in BC and fishing licenses are required. Visit Boating & Fishing for detailed information on fishing in Boundary Country
Explore Our Wild Places
Discover a world of mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls, sweeping grassland, sun-drenched beaches and abundant wildlife. We have provincial, regional, and community parks stretching from Westbridge to Rock Creek and from Midway to Grand Forks. These natural wonders are yours to enjoy in Boundary Country.
Take your time and explore
Savour the wide-open spaces as you hike and bike where Bighorn sheep, elk and deer still roam. Bask in the quiet of the wilderness while you fish tranquil lakes and slow-running rivers.
Ride or hike the Kettle Valley Rail Trail (KVR) from campsite to campsite and park to park. Disconnect for the day and soak up the sun. Windsurf, ride horseback, and mountain bikes; snowshoe and cross-country ski. Camp in the shadow of a former copper mine or search for ancient pictographs. Take a week, or maybe more to explore our pristine and protected areas from one end of Boundary Country to the other. Since there’s so much to do, deciding what to do first could be challenging!
Conkle Lake Provincial Park
Experience the serenity of wilderness camping. Fall asleep beneath old stands of lodge pole pine and shimmering larch. Bring your gear and windsurf at Conkle Lake Provincial Park, when southerly winds are blowing.
Test out your fishing rod, angling for trout on a lake that locals know always has something biting. Motorized watercraft is restricted on this 3 km (1.8 mi) long lake, leaving you plenty of space for peace and quiet. Located near the communities of Rock Creek and Westbridge.
Kettle River Provincial Recreation Area
Escape summer’s heat, if only for a day. Round up the family for a riverside picnic. Try your hand at panning for gold. Get your winter workout in, on cross-country skiing or snowshoeing trails. Visit for the day, or camp out for a week – letting each day unfold into a well-deserved family time out. With the Kettle River Rail Trail running right through it, the park can be your destination or simply a stop along the way. The Kettle River Recreation Area is one of the most popular destinations in Boundary Country for good, clean family fun – summer or winter. Located near the community of Rock Creek.
Boundary Creek Provincial Park
Camp in the shadow of an abandoned copper mine. Scramble a slagheap, snapping a selfie atop of hell’s bells. Stop for a picnic on your KVR ride, or drop in a line, fishing the Kettle River for rainbow and brook trout. Located just outside of Greenwood, Boundary Creek Provincial Park is a tranquil rest stop along the Crowsnest Highway near Greenwood.
Johnstone Creek Provincial Park
Come and enjoy this small, forested campground just off Hwy 3. Come relax in a natural setting less than 10 minutes from Rock Creek and Kettle River Recreation Area. There are 16 campsites, first come, first serve. Pit toilets and hand-pump water is available. Pet friendly and great wildlife viewing and hiking opportunities.
Jewel Lake Provincial Park
Disconnect for the day and soak up the sun at Jewel Lake Provincial Park. Go for a stroll on the beachside trail. Spread a blanket and catch up on the latest beach book. Work on your tan. Unplug. Picnic. Paddle a kayak or canoe. Teach your kids how to fish, or wade right in yourself and fly fish for Rainbow trout. Beat summer’s heat with a cool dip in the water.
In the winter enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing the park’s forested trails. Bury your toes in the sand or snow. Maybe it’s time you spent some time in the tranquility of Jewel Lake Provincial Park. It’s naturally good for you. Located near the community of Greenwood.
Granby Provincial Park
Retreat to a rugged, raw, and vast wilderness of old-growth forests, alpine and sub-alpine meadows where winter or summer you can leave civilization and cell phones behind. The 408 sq km (254 sq mi) Granby Provincial Park, north of Grand Forks is the last intact watershed in BC’s southern interior, where alluring wilderness adventures are as varied as the landscape itself. Hike trails once used by stagecoaches to transport the mail. Ride horseback through the Galloping Hills awash in wildflowers in summer. Experience the wonder of seeing bears in the wild, hiking and riding the park’s open meadows. Bushwhack your way to a wilderness campsite, leaving nothing but footprints behind. Marvel that you can be in the park for days and never see or hear another soul.
A rewarding hiking and horseback riding spot in summer, those same park trails magically transform in winter. Tour Galloping Hills, Gunwad Mountain and Lightening Peaks on snowmobile. Rolling meadows, once abloom with wildflowers morph into fields of dry Okanagan powder come winter, creating family-friendly riding conditions for expert or beginning sledders. Granby Provincial Park is near the community of Grand Forks.
Gilpin Grasslands Provincial Park
Savour the wide-open space of Gilpin Grasslands hiking or biking where Bighorn sheep, elk and deer still roam through semi-arid grasslands that can reach shoulder height by summer. Hike in the footsteps of history along a section of the historic Dewdney Trail running through the park, keeping your eyes peeled for glimpses of painted turtles along the way. Ride single-track mountain biking trails or search for hidden geo-caches, but plan on sleeping elsewhere – this is one of the few parks in Boundary Country that does not permit overnight camping. Located near the communities of Grand Forks and Christina Lake.
Boothman’s Oxbow Provincial Park
Get back to nature at Boothman’s Oxbow Provincial Park. Spend warm summer days, picnicking by the bend in the Kettle River. Explore a mosaic of wildlife habitats. Fish for trout. Take a dip in the river. While you’re here, ride your mountain bike past grazing Rocky Mountain elk. There’s no doubt the beauty of these wild places will fill you with wonder. As a result you’ll want to return again and again. Located between the communities of Grand Forks and Christina Lake.
Christina Lake Provincial Park
Gather the whole clan for a day at Christina Lake Provincial Park where the 350 m (1,148 ft) golden beach slopes gently into the shallows of the warmest tree-lined lake in BC. Go for a dip. Paddle your kayak or canoe; fish for Rainbow trout and small-mouth bass. Launch your boat and explore every square inch of the lake. Get out there and go wake boarding and waterskiing.
Explore by SUP (stand-up paddleboard) or maybe a pontoon boat. One of the most popular destinations for families, Christina Lake Provincial Park is where we gather on hot, summer days. It’s a great place to cool off in the water and to just chill out. Moreover, this park is completely outfitted with abundant parking for 200 vehicles, a large camp and picnicking site, bathrooms, and a shower. Located near the community of Christina Lake.
Gladstone (Texas Creek) Provincial Park
Come for the fishing, camping and hiking and stay for the quiet. Gladstone (Texas Creek) Provincial Park occupies the northern end of Christina Lake and is a tranquil respite from today’s busy world. Drive or hike to its wilderness campsites and pocket beaches. You’ll find yourself surrounded by an inspired and untouched landscape of old-growth cedar and hemlock forest, set against the backdrop of the Monashee Mountains. There are many spots throughout Boundary Country to fish, boat and while-away the day. In fact, it’s only along the eastern shores of Christina Lake that you’ll encounter stories of our original inhabitants drawn in pictographs along the shore. Located near the community of Christina Lake.
Each of our parks is uniquely different. They do however; however, share one thing in common… they’re great places to play. While you’re here, explore the great slagheaps and Hell’s Bells at Greenwood’s Lotzkar Memorial Park. Sway along to the Music in the Park at Grand Forks’ Gyro Park on a Wednesday night in summer. Perhaps you’d like to work off your dinner while you’re there. Take an evening stroll along Midway’s Riverfront Park. You don’t need to get out of town to get outdoors.
The Great Trail & Kettle Valley Rail Trail
The Great Trail and Kettle Valley Rail Trail stretch 240 km (149 mi) through Boundary Country. They hug the river and link parks and communities to each other. Pack your tent and your backpack and explore from one end to the other. Most of all, make sure you stop in our parks along the way, and experience Boundary Country from a unique vantage point.