Rock Creek’s Top 10 Experiences
- Ride, hike, cross-country ski or snowshoe the Kettle Valley Rail Trail
- Disconnect for the day. Soak up the sun and swim the river at Kettle River Provincial Recreation Area
- Windsurf Conkle Lake Provincial Park when the southerlies are blowing. When they’re not, drop in a line, something’s always biting
- Beat winter’s chill snowshoeing and cross-country skiing Kettle River Recreation Area
- Connect with other riders and check-out a roster of live music acts at the annual Boogie Bash during the BC Day long weekend
- Listen to the Blues and eat BBQ at the annual Sky High Blues Festival each August
- Play in the Kettle River and sun all day. Rock out to live bands from all around BC at night during the Ponderosa Arts & Music Festival on Labour Day Weekend
- Experience the very best of rural BC at the Rock Creek Fall Fair in September
- When the laundry’s out the shopkeepers are in at Rags, Relics and Rutabagas. Pop in for vintage finds, antique furnishings and treasures you didn’t know you needed
- Go skiing at Baldy Mountain Resort
In 1859, gold was discovered in the Kettle River. This triggered a stampede to the very place where the Rock Creek meets the Kettle River in the southwest corner of Boundary Country. Bolstered by golden dreams and heartened by tales of riches, thousands of miners descended on this quiet spot. They created a rollicking frontier town. Whispers of those heady gold rush days are still evident on the now quiet streets of Rock Creek, where the Crowsnest Highway intersects with Highway 33, right here in Boundary Country.
A Hub of Outdoor Recreation
Gold put Rock Creek on the map, but it’s the wealth of outdoor recreation that keeps people coming back time and time again.
Pack up the family for a swim on the Kettle River. One of the best swimming holes in Boundary Country is at the Kettle River Recreation Area, just outside of town. Pitch your tent beneath towering Ponderosa pines. You’ll fall asleep with the scent of summer bunchgrass tickling your nose. Private campgrounds and RV resorts and two provincial recreation areas near town provide lots of space to sleep under a blanket of stars near Rock Creek.
The Kettle Valley Rail Trail (KVR), part of Canada’s iconic Trans Canada Trail, runs straight through Rock Creek. Bike, hike, horseback ride, or cross-country ski. It’s nothing but wide, open spaces beneath a canopy of cedar, spruce and pine along the banks of the Kettle River in the shadow of the Monashee Mountains. Bring your fishing gear and see what’s biting. Between the Kettle River, Rock Creek, and Conkle Lake you’ll find plenty of craggy shoreline where you can drop in a line.
Try your hand at gold panning at the Canyon Creek Ranch. Wind your way down what remains of the historic Dewdney Trail that first linked the BC Interior with the lower mainland. You’ll come across a place where you can dip, swirl and slosh until your heart’s content. Search for flecks of gold that still run downstream from nearby Mt. Baldy.
Party in Rock Creek
Our town may be small, but when it comes to throwing a party, we do it up big! Festivals of all sorts are a long-standing summer tradition in Rock Creek. Mellow out at the Sky High Blues Festival where blues and BBQ are always on the menu. Connect with fellow motorcyclists, check out the live entertainment and unwind down by the river at the annual Rock Creek Boogie Bash. Discover new, emerging musicians at the Ponderosa Arts and Music Festival where some of the best in BC take the stage. A family tradition since 1946, the Rock Creek Boundary Fall Fair is a fun for everyone. Get in touch with rural BC, learn all about where your food comes from, and have a good, old-fashioned, family-focused good time.
Vintage Rock Creek
There are countless stories to be told within the walls of Rags, Relics and Rutabagas. It’s a pretty laid back place with interesting opening hours. It’s easy to tell if they are open though. When the laundry is out, they are in! Venture inside and hear a few of those tales while you wander through an eclectic assortment of collectibles, vintage clothing and antiques. Maybe you’ll uncover a treasure you didn’t even know you needed!
Make sure you stop in to Kettle River Woodcraft where each piece of custom-made furniture and art tells a story. Reclaimed materials and two generations of carpenters transform old pieces into newfound creations.
When you’ve had your fill of vintage shopping, wander down the road a few steps to the Rock Creek Trading Post. It’s a local’s favourite where folks gather for their daily dose of freshly brewed Guatemalan coffee and to jaw a while. If the building could talk, oh, the stories it would tell.
Winter Fun at Baldy
An annual snowfall in excess of seven metres (20 ft) means you can count on consistent conditions when you’re skiing or riding Mt. Baldy located between Rock Creek and Oliver in the western-most reaches of Boundary Country.
Mt. Baldy has 500 acres of skiable terrain with a total of 22 runs ready to be carved by beginner, intermediate and advanced alpine enthusiasts. Ride the Eagle Chair 394 m (1,293 ft) to the top. Ski packed and groomed slopes or carve your way through fresh Okanagan powder. Maybe you’d prefer to ride the Sugar Lump quad to hit the terrain park, riding jumps and rails.
Where to Stay
Looking for that perfect and unique place to stay while visiting Rock Creek? If so, book a suite at the Old Cowboy Ranch, River View Log Cottages (formerly known as the Bunk House) in the quaint town of Rock Creek.