Good to Know Before You Go
- Expect a variety of surfaces along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, the Columbia Western Rail Trail and the Trans Canada Trail. Expect loose gravel, pavement and unconsolidated railway ballast.
- Some sections are not suitable for road bikes. A 2.4 tire is recommended
- Detailed information on the Boundary Country portion of the KVR and Trans Canada Trails is found at Trails BC
- Explore on your own or get advice from the locals. Contact Wildways, Chain Reaction, Greenwood Museum, Kettle River Museum, KVR Outfitters, and/or Monashee Adventure
- Several area businesses offer trail maps, rental bikes and shuttle service. Our local Visitor Centres can direct you to the right people!
- Several of the properties and beaches along the rail trails are private property. Please be considerate and prevent invasive weeds from spreading from the trail. Many private beaches can be found along the KVR Trail. Please respect trespassing signs or check with owners before using
- Bike helmets are mandatory in British Columbia
- Be sure to check with the local Visitor Centres to find out about parking near the trails
- Many of the most beautiful trails run through sensitive eco systems — please stay on marked trails to avoid damaging the environment and pack out what you pack in
- Most trails are multi-use and mixed use. Trail etiquette is ATVs/ORVs yield to all, horses yield to hikers, cyclists yield to horses and hikers
- ATVs and ORV need to follow guidelines for exploring in our area
Finding Your Way Here
The Kettle Valley Rail Trails and Columbia Northern Trails are all part of the Trans Canada Trail rail line. The rails were removed decades ago and today they are a source of outdoor adventure and recreation for visitors and locals.
From the USA
Take US Hwy 97 to the Orville, WA / Osoyoos, BC border crossing. Once in Osoyoos, head east on BC Hwy 3. Follow the signs to towards Rock Creek, Grand Forks and Christina Lake.
Take US Hwy 21 to the Carson / Danville Common Border Station near Grand Forks. Take BC Hwy 41 to BC Hwy 3 and head east towards Grand Forks and Christina Lake.
Take US Hwy 395 to the Laurier WA / Cascade BC border. Then continue on BC Hwy 3 to Christina Lake.
Take the Trans Canada Hwy to Hwy 3. Follow Hwy 3 to Grand Forks or Christina Lake.
Head south on Hwy 22, then west on Hwy 3 to Grand Forks or Christina Lake.
Bike Rental Companies
There are several companies that rent bikes for your time on the trails.
- Wild Ways rents bikes for you to explore the area.
- Chain Reaction rents bikes and take you to the trail head. Grand Forks.
- Kettle Valley Rail Trails offers supported rides out of Rock Creek. They are very knowledgeable on the Boundary area up to Big White. They also offer helps with self-guided rail trail, including maps, lunch, and setting up accommodation.
- Monashee Tours is based out of Kelowna. They can take you on guided trail tours throughout the Boundary area.
- Travel on well-marked routes, especially when on or near farmland and private property.
- Respect the privacy of property owners and nearby residents
- Leave no trace and carry out all garbage
- Do not remove anything from the area
- Follow fire regulations
- Camp only at designated campsites
- Horses have right of away over hikers, and bikers yield to everyone.