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Top Experiences

Here are some great things to see and do in Boundary Country.

Sun Fun

  1. Hike or mountain bike our heritage trails. Wind through Boundary Country from Beaverdell to Christina Lake
  2. Watch a future All Star player in the making at the annual Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament in June
  3. Explore the north shore of Christina Lake on a guided kayaking expedition. Discover ancient pictographs left by original inhabitants and visiting tribes along the way
  4. Rent a cabin or a campsite. Extend a day trip into a week-long adventure at Christina Lake or Jewel Lake Resort. Welcome summer back at the annual Christina Lake Homecoming Summerfest every July. Rent a pontoon boat for the weekend, cruising Christina Lake in style.
  5. Soak up the sun, go for a dip, paddle in peace and quiet at Jewel Lake where there are restrictions on motorized watercraft
  6. Explore Phoenix Mountain’s interpretive forest. Drive in your car or hop on your mountain bike or car and search for remnants of our copper-mining past
  7. Take a self-guided walking tour of Greenwood’s colourful heritage buildings
  8. Let the scent of fresh baked bread baking in outdoor ovens lure you into the Boundary Museum. Doukhobor stories come to life in a collection of interpretive exhibits and events
  9. Explore our western roots and help out at ranch for the day at PV Ranch. You can get in your workout throwing bales of hay or help feed the cattle in winter
  10. Dig crystals on a Rock Candy Mountain safari, uncovering quartz crystal geodes, and green and purple fluorite
  11. Take a swing, golfing at courses between Rock Creek and Midway and at Christina Lake

Celebrations

  1. Celebrate Canada’s smallest city at Greenwood’s annual Founder’s Day Celebration
  2. Play in the sun along the Kettle River all day, rock out to live bands from all around BC at night during the Ponderosa Arts & Music Festival in Rock Creek
  3. Wander the Kettle River Arts Festival each July and August, discovering new artists and their inspired works
  4. Experience the very best of rural BC at the Rock Creek Fall Fair in September and the Grand Forks Fall Fair, an August tradition since 1910
  5. Listen to the Blues and eat BBQ at the annual Sky High Blues Festival in Rock Creek
  6. Book the guesthouse at the Old Cowboy Ranch in Westbridge and spend the weekend sledding acre upon acre of Crown lands surrounding the ranch

Snow Fun

  1. Snowshoe Phoenix Mountain’s 14-km (9 mi) loop trail. Snowshoe past a former boomtown, where today only a cemetery stands
  2. Sled the snowy alpine bowls to Pass Creek east of Christina Lake
  3. Shred Mt. Baldy early in the morning and carve the very first tracks of the day
  4. Cross-country ski or snowshoe the Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail), the KVR or Marshall Lakes in winter

This is Our Story – Where Wanderlust Meets Golden Dreams

Wanderlust and golden dreams first lured travellers to Boundary Country. This is a mineral-rich land in the Thompson-Okanagan Region of BC. It’s where the 49th parallel marks the boundary between Canada and the United States. Immerse yourself into tranquil and timelessly Canadian landscapes. Cedar, spruce, and Ponderosa pine forested mountains sweep into ranch lands and lush, fertile valleys. It is all bound together by the Kettle River. It flows some 282 km (185 mi) from its source in the Monashee Mountains, all the way to the community of Christina Lake, bordering the Kootenay-Rockies region.

Our Story includes an Eclectic Collection of Cities, Towns and Hamlets

Explore Boundary Country from tip to tip. Weave your way through an eclectic collection of small hamlets and growing towns. Our largest is Grand Forks with approximately 4,000 residents. Make time in your journey to visit them all. Collect our stories and use them as a backdrop to your own.

Learn all about Rock Creek’s gold rush and the history of the Doukhobors at museums and interpretive centres in Grand Forks. Hike to the summit of Midway Mountain to drink in views of the United States. Hear tales of Greenwood’s boom, then bust. Discover stories of internment and ultimately redemption on a self-guided heritage tour. Unwind with the family. Make warm summer memories at Christina Lake, like generations who have come before you.

Unlimited Adventures

Find whispers of our storied past in everyday adventures. You’ll find them exploring our natural wonders on mountain and also on our valley-side trails. Tour the region and stop to explore each community along the way.

The Kettle River and its sunny shores are part of our summer playground. It’s the site of one of Canada’s earliest gold rushes. You’ll find unlimited adventures here. Hike and bike an interconnected network of trails. Their names that evoke stories of their own: the Great Trail, the historic Dewdney Trail and the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. At Midway, the Kettle Valley Trail ends and the Columbia & Western Railway begins.

Seasonal Adventures

Life slows down to a reasonable pace here in summer. Spend extra long days at Christina or Jewel Lake or on the Kettle and Granby Rivers. Come fish, swim and boat the days away. You can toss that endless to do list while you’re here. Come and play in a host of Provincial Parks where bears, deer, elk and eagles also play, beyond the fence lines.

Winter’s all about getting outside. Get out and snowmobile alpine bowls and ski our heritage trails. Carve fresh tracks at Mt. Baldy, the Phoenix Mountain community ski hill and Marshall Lake Nordic ski trails.

Our Story has a Storied Past

Boundary Country stories are brought to life is so many ways across our land. There are festivals and galleries, museums and heritage sites, interpretive drives and cultural attractions. This is a land rich with natural resources and fertile farmland. It’s little wonder copper and gold-seeking prospectors, Doukhobors, and cattle ranchers were drawn to our region. Each and every one of them left their imprint on Boundary Country. The gave us a legacy of cultural and heritage experiences, now woven into very the fabric of our communities.

Our Story is Rooted in Agriculture

Experience the richness of rural life. Tour and taste your way through Boundary Country’s farmers’ markets, orchards, dairies, or fall fairs. Each one is a unique chapter in our enduring story. Cultivating the land surrounding Grand Forks dates back more than 100 years and continues to this day. Abundant sunshine coupled with lush farmland yield a bumper crop of fruit and root vegetables. There are many ways you can experience the flavours of Boundary Country. Enjoy our farmers’ markets, roadside stands, orchards and a dairy.

A Roster of Events

Any day in Boundary Country is a reason to celebrate. We’ve got a few ways that are a little more significant than all the rest. There’s Rock Creek’s renowned Fall Fair, the annual riverside Boogie Bash, July’s Sky High Blues Festival, and the annual Kettle River Festival of the Arts. Christina Lake’s annual Homecoming Summerfest welcomes in summer. Grand Forks always puts on a show during the International Baseball Tournament and the annual Grand Forks Fall Fair. Come to Greenwood during the Founder’s Day celebrations and you’ll fall for Canada’s smallest city. Experience Boundary Country’s warm hospitality at a whole host of events from one end of the valley to the other.