Bridesville

Bridesville in Boundary Country

Explore our Provincial Parks

  1. Johnstone Creek Provincial Park is 10 km (6 mi) east of Bridesville. The park has a 16-vehicle-accessible site campground and is open May through September for camping. There are great places to hike and bike, and three benches perfect for sitting still and watching the woodpeckers white tailed deer. Steep cliffs lie beyond the benches, and hiking beyond them is not recommended.
  2. Conkle Lake Provincial Park  has a secluded lake known for its rainbow trout. The 587-hectare park is an inviting place to fish, sunbathe, swim and hike. They have a boat launch, a 34-site, vehicle-accessible campground, and a white sandy beach at one end that is excellent for small children.

Good to Know Before You Go

  • Accommodations in Bridesville include home rentals, B&Bs, and campgrounds
  • There are fresh-water fishing regulations in BC. You do require fishing licenses. Visit Boating & Fishing for information on local regulations
  • Visit Trails for more information about hiking and biking the Trans Canada Trail and other area trails
  • Winter Recreation offers additional information on snowmobiling and skiing in Boundary Country

Bridesville in the Winter

Enjoy the Mountain Views

This small community is 15 km (9 mi) west of Rock Creek and 36 km (22 mi) east of Osoyoos on Highway 3. The Bridesville Townsite Road (the main and only road) runs parallel to and enters and exits Highway 3 at both ends.

You’ll love the community of Bridesville, surrounded by rich agricultural lands, rolling hills and pristine mountain views.

There are no services in Bridesville; however, it is a great place to stop and take in the mountain scenery, or watch animals roam on nearby ranches. Peaceful is the best way to describe Bridesville. Come and visit, you’ll be glad you did.

Rich in History

When the Vancouver, Victoria & Eastern Railway Lines came through the southern part of British Columbia, Brideville came to be. The route took the railway through Bridesville, then south to Washington State where it connected with the Great Northern Railway.

In 1905 they called this community Maud, named after Maud Edwards. She was the wife of the first postmaster, Hozie Edwards. Then in 1910 David Bride, who owned part of the land the community sat on, including the local hotel and saloon, put pressure on officials to change the name to Bridesville.

Ranching and farming once thrived here. The community had a wood mill that supplied railway ties to the Vancouver, Victoria & Eastern Railway. Cattle ranching and hay farming were firmly established throughout the region. In 1931 both the freight and passenger railway service stopped. Then in 1940, the border crossing and customs post between Canada and the United States closed down.

Come Stay With Us

Rock Mountain Guest House Bed and Breakfast

Settle in for a night of comfort at the Rock Mountain Guest House. This lovely restored farmhouse on a historic cattle ranch has fabulous mountain views that look out over Rock Creek Canyon. While you’re here you can try your hand at milking and feeding the goats. Don’t forget the pigs, they need food too! Located less than half an hour from Osoyoos, tubing, swimming and fishing on the Kettle River, and skiing on Mt. Baldy.

5585 Rock Creek-Bridesville Road / 1-250-446-2228. A member of B&B Canada

Mountain Valley Ranch Bed and Breakfast

Come and enjoy a peaceful mountain setting with stunning views, good food and a warm family environment. English and German spoken here. Located at 1605 Johnstone Creek West Road, Rock Creek BC / 1-250-446-2805

Arosa Guest Ranch Resort

Arosa Guest Ranch Resort is just outside of Bridesville. They have camping, rooms, cabins and a small RV Park with 30 amp services. Gorgeous views of Anarchist Mountain greet you wherever you go on the Ranch. English and German spoken here.

RR1 Bridesville BC / 250-495-5043 / cell 250-495-2793

Take the Back Roads

There are two rustic forest service recreation sites northeast of Bridesville. Jolly Creek has a grassy field ideal for picnics and suited for groups. Little Fish Lake is quite secluded, is near 1,920 metre (6,300 ft) high Storm Hill and offers a trail into the south end of Conkle Lake.

Going into Little Fish Lake requires a 4×4 on the sometimes muddy Little Fish Lake Road found east of Bridesville, just past the Rock Creek Canyon Bridge and the turnoff to Mount Baldy Ski Hill Road.

Take your time and enjoy the ride on the Conkle-Johnstone Creek Forest Service Road. The road goes to Conkle Lake and if you keep going, circles down to the small community of Rhone Valley near the Kettle River and Highway 33 just north of Westbridge. 

Rock Creek-Bridesville Road

For more back-country adventure there is the Rock Creek-Bridesville Road that starts just east of the Bridesville Townsite Road. The gravel road travels directly south of Bridesville coming close to the USA border, then circles north and comes out just east of Rock Creek on Highway 3.