Christina Lake Top 10 Experiences
- Walk the longest trestle on the Kettle River to take your picture above Cascade Falls
- Stand beneath the story pole of the Living Arts Centre. Absorb our history through art and taking a selfie on the 3D train trestle floor mural
- Unwind Christina Lake-style with a beach blanket and a good book, on public beaches or in secluded coves of your vacation rental or B&B
- Kayak or canoe the northern end of the lake, searching for ancient Kootenai pictographs found along the eastern shore
- Take a swing – golf Christina Lake Golf Club 18-hole course or Cascade Par 3 executive course
- Angle for 19 species of freshwater fish in all four seasons
- Bring the family along to our annual Homecoming Festival Summerfest, celebrating the very best of summer, the arts, and Christina Lake
- Hike, ride horseback or cycle any of the trails that merge here – the historic Dewdney, and the Trans Canada, offer everything from bush whacking to a pleasant stroll, depending on the trail
- Ask a local where the best free-styling is and they’ll direct you to mountain bike trails not found on any map, or pop in to Wildways or Chain Reaction. They know where all the good riding is
- Discover another side of Christina Lake in winter. Cross-country ski or snowshoe along the Trans Canada Trail and at Community Park
Good to Know Before You Go
- Accommodations in Christina Lake include family cottage, cabin and home rentals, B&Bs, motels, lakeside inns, RV resorts and campgrounds
- Fresh-water fishing is regulated in BC and fishing licenses are required. Visit Boating & Fishing for information on Christina Lake tackle shops, and 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
- When traveling in Christina Lake, look for a comprehensive list of weekly events, activities and festivals posted at the Visitor Centre, tourism businesses, RV parks and campgrounds
Christina Lake — Home-Away-From-Home
Visit Christina Lake, (pop. 1,413). It’s a summer home-away-from-home for generations of families. They love it because it is a pure Boundary Country get-away-from-it-all experience. The Monashee Mountains’ Ponderosa pine, fir and cedar forests slope to wide sandy beaches. Dive right in… Christina is the warmest tree-line lake in all of BC. Travelers are naturally drawn here to play along 45 km (28 mi) of storybook shoreline. It’s here where the Trans Canada and the historic Dewdney Trails merge, enticing you outdoors. Laid back and relaxed, time is unhurried at Christina Lake. Summer days revolve around the water and mountains and endless ways to have fun.
Spread your beach blanket in a secluded cove or on a broad, sandy beach. This is how we unwind Christina Lake-style. This is pure-get-away-from-it-all. Relax on the water, on the golf course or in the mountains. A Christina Lake getaway builds family connections and warm summer memories that last the whole year through.
Water-Fuelled Fun at Christina Lake
Explore Christina Lake one paddle stroke at a time. SUP (stand-up paddle board), kayak or canoe its quiet northern shore. Feel the wind whip through your hair as you zip across the lake, learning to wakeboard or water-ski. Cruise the lake by pontoon, stopping for swim breaks or to picnic on shore. Rent a speed boat for a day or a weekend. The Christina Lake Marina has a complete line-up of water toys available for rent or purchase.
Fishing Christina Lake
Once an important fishing ground of the Sinixt First Nation, Christina Lake has a well-earned reputation amongst today’s anglers. It is the premier spot to land Rainbow trout, Kokanee salmon, large and smallmouth bass, whitefish, and burbot in either summer or winter. Chat up the locals to find where the fish are biting. Then cast your line into the lake or its tributary creeks. Try your luck at the outflow Christina Creek or the Kettle River. While away the day, hoping your fish tale won’t be a story about the one that got away.
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. Go for a dip. Paddle your kayak or canoe searching for ancient Sinixt First Nation pictographs still visible along the eastern shore, north of Texas Point. Explore the north end of the lake and an endless shoreline covered in old-growth cedar and hemlock at Gladstone (Texas Creek) Provincial Park. Discover that time spent at Christina Lake is as restorative as any day at the spa.
Unwind Christina Lake-style — Hiking & Mountain Biking
It’s easy to get out and explore the wilderness and natural wonders of Boundary Country in Christina Lake. Roam along a creekside, or scale the heights to Old Glory, Mt. St. Thomas, or Gladstone Mountains. Take an easy ride on the Trans Canada Trail. Feel the rush of blasting downhill on trails with built-up stunts, long cross-country rides, or scenic hikes on the height of land. Ramble or ride horseback through the Gilpin Grasslands where Bighorn sheep, elk and deer roam freely. Stroll the trestle over the Kettle River, or the trestle straddling the Cascade Gorge, marvelling at Cascade Falls teeming through a narrow gorge 185 m (200 yd) below. Unwind Christina Lake-style; remembering why getting away from it all was such a good idea in the first place.
Explore by Horseback
Explore Christina Lake from high on the saddle on a guided horseback adventure at Owl Mountain Ranch. Follow in the hoof prints of Canada’s earliest explorers. Cross the Kettle River riding your horse belly-deep through the water. Ride into the coolness of the forest on a hot summer day. Go for a gallop with a real cowboy. Hear the local legends that colour our history, while drinking in views of Cascade Falls and Cascade Canyon, and the fragrant forests surrounding the base of Owl Mountain.
Golf Christina Lake’s Two Courses
Two area golf courses add up to one great day on the links at the Cascade Par 3 executive course, or the Christina Lake Golf Club.
Meander along the shores of the Kettle River, drinking in views of the Christina Hills and Monashee Mountains after every swing of your club. Christina Lake Golf Club, known for its black sand traps, is carved from a pine forest revealing Les Furber’s design. It ranks among the top 25 courses to play in British Columbia. Take a swing on Cascade Par 3, where its protected location, nestled in the mountains, presents an ideal executive course to learn the game or sharpen your skills.
Arts Community — Christina Lake Living Arts Centre
Take a break from playing in the water and feed your soul with a stroll through the Christina Lake Living Arts Centre. Discovering emerging and established artists along the way. Artfully and ecologically designed, both inside and out, explore Arts on 3 Gallery. Drink in the eye-catching 3-D floor mural or stand beneath the Story Pole that chronicles Christina Lake’s story from its ancient beginnings to the present.
Visual arts aren’t the only thing on display here. Summer concert series, workshops and classes give you plenty of reasons to visit the Centre. And, if you’re an aspiring vocal artists yourself, pop into Lisa’s Bistro on a busy Thursday evening. Music’s on the menu at the open mic night.
Sled, Snowshoe or Cross-Country Ski — Winter Recreation
Discover a whole new side of Christina Lake once summer’s sun has set. Winter at the lake is tranquility defined, with snow-filled days just made for sledding and skiing mountain trails.
Climb aboard your snow machine, and point your sled to Paulson Summit, where mountain peaks stretch out all around you in a brilliant winterscape. Fill up on fresh powder at the lake, where forest service roads on the west side of BC Highway 3 become snowmobile super highways, straight up to snow filled bowls.
Drink in crisp frosty air. Glide silent trails under a bright winter sky. Breathe in the scent of the winter forest, and wonder how long ago animals left tracks in your path. Cross-country ski or snowshoe the network of trails surrounding the lake. Since your already here you might as well experience winter in the most Canadian fashion — out in the great outdoors. The Trans Canada Trail and the Community Park on Christina Lake’s eastern shore, and nearby Paulson Trails (dog-friendly and with three warming huts) are just three favourite trails to experience winter in Christina Lake.
Christina Lake Homecoming Summerfest & Local Events
The water’s not the only thing warm about Christina Lake. So is the hospitality. Remember your favourite summer memories of the lake, or create new ones. Homecoming Summerfest is a time to celebrate local talent, arts and culture at the water’s edge. Try a new water sport for the first time, discover emerging artists, and fill up on BBQ in a warm welcome to summer at the lake.
When traveling to Christina Lake, look for a comprehensive list of local events, activities and festivals posted at the Christina Lake Visitor Centre, including details on May’s Fishing Derby, June’s Triathlon, August’s Art Festival, and Sandcastle Contest.