Greenwood’s Top 10 Experiences
- Soak up the sun, go for a dip, fish, or paddle in peace and quiet at Jewel Lake
- Disconnect for the day. Come hike or bike the Great Trail (formerly Trans Canada Trail) to Eholt, Midway or the Kettle River Recreation Area.
- Hike Jubilee Mountain. It’s an easy amble to breathtaking views of Greenwood and the forested valley below
- Take a self-guided walking tour of Greenwood’s colourful heritage buildings, including what once was the town jail
- Take part in the Jewel Lake Fishing Derby, a Fathers’ Day tradition
- Explore Phoenix Mountain’s Interpretive Forest by mountain bike or car. Search for remnants of our copper-mining past. It’s a two hour drive and is 22 km (14 mi) in length.
- Help us celebrate our civic pride! Eat a hearty pancake breakfast and cheer on the parade at the Founder’s Day Festival in July
- Explore the Greenwood Museum for insights into the enduring culture WWII detainees have imprinted on this town
- Enjoy the time-honoured traditions of WinterFest in February. Take on the broomball challenge, vote for your favourite snow sculpture and cheer on Greenwood’s Mayor as he’s mushed through the dog-sledding course.
- Bring the whole family along to play in the snow. Ski Phoenix Mountain‘s gentle slopes, snowshoe or cross-country ski Marshall Lakes Ski Trails or the Great Trail
Good to Know Before You Go
- Accommodations in Greenwood include roadside motels, B&Bs, and recreation area campsites
- Maps and printed guide of the Phoenix Mountain interpretive drive are available for free at the Greenwood Visitor Centre located in the Greenwood Museum
- The Greenwood Museum is open daily from May to the end of October and by appointment from November to April
- Phoenix Mountain Community Ski Hill is open seven days a week from mid-December to the end of March
- Fresh-water fishing is regulated in BC. Fishing licenses required (even in winter)
- 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
Discover Greenwood’s Stories
The streets of Greenwood hold countless stories, from its boom to its bust and revitalization during the darkest days of World War II. You’ll find it tucked into a narrow valley beneath Jubilee Mountain, between Midway and Grand Forks. Greenwood has a population of 700 and is Canada’s smallest city. Residents proudly boast of having the best drinking water in the world.
Links to the past are ever present in Greenwood. They’re in the striking collection of heritage buildings dating back to the late 19th century and in our parks where reminders of our mining heyday are never more than a few steps away. They’re in the stories told of Japanese internment and the town’s redemption and the rebirth.
Settle in to your campsite, roadside motel or B&B then venture out to explore your surroundings. Begin with a stroll through our colourful streets, where more than 60 heritage buildings paint the landscape with gingerbread trimmings, cupolas, and turrets, each one evoking a storybook image all its own.
Make friends with a stranger and have them take your photo beneath one of the murals artfully adorning many buildings across town. Stop in for a snack at the Copper Eagle. You can also sit a spell at Deadwood Junction. Every Thursday night in the summer the backyard becomes a local concert stage. Before you know it, you’ll be chatting up the locals, learning about the best spots nearby for a hike, a bike ride, or an interesting drive.
Year Round Outdoor Recreation
Greenwood, like other Boundary Country communities is a hub for year round outdoor adventure, winter and summer. Get your lay of the land, start with an easy hike up Jubilee Mountain for fabled views of the valley and Greenwood below. Unpack a picnic and drink it all in while planning your next adventure. Whether you bike, hike, ski, fish or dogsled, you’ll find plenty of ways to play in our great outdoors.
In summer, you can bike or hike The Great Trail (formerly Trans Canada Trail) east or west depending on how far you want to travel. It’s a mostly uphill climb from Greenwood to Eholt, a once booming railway town, now long returned to the land. Ride or hike west toward Midway and you’ll pass the giant, black slagheaps and the remains of the smelter before encountering mostly flat terrain, hugging the Crowsnest Highway much of the way. Your reward for riding or hiking past Midway is a refreshing dip in any of the Kettle River swimming holes, and a serene campsite to rest up for the night at the Kettle River Recreation Area.
Winter is a great time to get outdoors and explore the wonder of Boundary Country. From skiing the mountains to cross-country skiing at Marshall Lakes Ski Trails and The Great Trail. In winter, take to the slopes at Phoenix Mountain, between Greenwood and Grand Forks. You’ll never wait in a long lift line. Shush your way down wide-open runs, or tuck into shady glades on nineteen blue, black or green runs featuring a variety of terrain. Swap out your skis for your board, and take on the terrain park for freestylin’ fun. There’s also snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in and around Phoenix Mountain.
Jewel Lake Recreation
If you’d rather paddle a kayak then pedal a bike, look no further than Jewel Lake’s, pristine shores. Located 15 km (9 mi) outside of town, it’s a great place to enjoy the sounds of nature. Motorized watercraft restrictions means you can paddle or fish in the quiet all summer long. Take in a deep breath of fresh BC wilderness air. Ponderosa pines shade you as they stretch down to sandy shores. Jewel Lake is home to the Jewel Lake Resort, a Provincial Park and more get-away-from-it-all than you can imagine. Swim, canoe and fish in summer and in the winter ice-fish for Rainbow trout.
Shine a Light on History
Shine a light on some of Greenwood’s darkest history. Not long ago our town became host to more than 1,200 Japanese-Canadians during World War II. Greenwood is steeped in the enduring culture of the detainees. Today you can explore the Greenwood Museum to envision the life of a detainee through the interpretive displays and archival photography.
While you’re at the museum, pick up the map for the Phoenix Interpretive Forest hike or driving route. Prospector homesteads, the Phoenix mine site, rock oven camps, and miner’s graveyard are all that remain of the boom-then-bust story of Greenwood’s richest era.
Celebrate, Greenwood-style where the community comes together with visitors to honour our heritage and our hardiness at the Founder’s Day Festival every July, and WinterFest in February. Both are uniquely Greenwood. We embrace a community spirit that runs deep in our city. Equal parts frivolity and fun, you can count on family-focused entertainment as colourful as the characters who call Greenwood home.