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 at 1585 Victoria St. Pop in for vintage finds, antique furnishings and treasures you didn’t know you needed
- Go skiing at Baldy Mountain Resort
Join the Rush
Welcome to Rock Creek, a land created by dreams of riches. Gold may have put Rock Creek on the map, but it’s the wealth of outdoor recreation that keeps people coming back time and time again.
Today you can make your own golden memories as you relax, explore and enjoy our great outdoors, our festivals and our hospitality.
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.
Outdoor Adventures Discover More
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.
The Kettle Valley Rail Trail (KVR), part of Canada’s iconic Great Trail (formerly the 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.
Winter Fun at Baldy
An annual snowfall in excess of 7 m (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.
Baldy Mountain Ski Resort 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.
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.
Festivals and Events Discover More
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.
Connect with fellow motorcyclists, check out the live entertainment and unwind down by the river at the annual Rock Creek Boogie Bash, held BC Day long weekend in August. Come on down to the river at the Rock Creek Fair Grounds. This is a fundraiser for BC’s Association of Injured Riders. Come early, stay up late, enjoy the music and connect with other riders.
Discover new, emerging musicians at the Ponderosa Arts and Music Festival. This three-day August weekend bash is where some of the best in BC take the stage. There’s camping and vendors and you can even rent a tipi for the entire weekend!
A family tradition since 1946, the Rock Creek Boundary Fall Fair is fun for the whole family. Join us and get in touch with rural BC. Learn all about where your food comes from, and have a good old-fashioned time. There are lots of 4-H events, horse events, free entertainment, lawn mower races, exhibits, and a midway!
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Where to Stay
Looking for that perfect and unique place to stay while visiting Rock Creek? If so, book a suite at the River View Log Cottages (formerly known as the Bunk House) in the quaint town of Rock Creek.
Pitch your tent beneath towering Ponderosa pines. You’ll fall asleep with the scent of summer bunchgrass tickling your nose. Private campgrounds, RV resorts and two provincial recreation areas near town provide lots of space to sleep under a blanket of stars near Rock Creek.
Visit our service directory for other accommodations such as hotels, motels and B&Bs.
Where to Eat
There’s some great eateries in this small community. The Prospector Pub, located in the unique Rock Creek Hotel, is a great place for buffet, burgers, breakfast and brunch. Over at the Rock Creek Trading Post and Café you’ll find organic coffee, some funky gifts, as well as a place to grab breakfast, a sandwich, or a snack to go. For more places to grab a bite to eat, visit our service directory.
Where to Shop
Get your vintage fix at 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.