Westbridge’s Top Experiences
- The Old Cowboy Ranch has trail rides and horseback riding lessons for all ages along the banks of the picturesque West Kettle River. Ride through rolling meadows, foothills, in addition to miles of pristine vistas. So get your cowboy on and relax!
- The The Great Trail near Westbridge – travel north to the abandoned rail station of Rhone, or south to the no-longer rail point of Zamora. Hike and bike from spring through to fall. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter.
- Travel north of The Great Trail to Rhone (7 km – 4.4 mi) from Westbridge to Paul Lautard’s Cyclist Shop and War Memorial. A free rest stop for cyclists to get off the trail to rest. You can sleep here, gather your energy and take shelter from inclement weather.
- Rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit at the Skycliffe Hümüh Monestery Retreat. This centre for spiritual awareness specializes in Buddhist Transcendental Meditation. It has guest lodges and a campground. Advanced bookings only. Approximately 30 km (19 mi) from Westbridge.
- Save money and get some great buys at the Westbridge Thrift Store at the Westbridge Community Hall. Open Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the summer and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the winter.
- Fish for rainbow trout in the Kettle Rivers. The Kettle and West Kettle rivers located on either side of Westbridge. Our lakes are great too! You can drive up to the Christian Valley 64 km (40 mi) and then hike for 10 minutes to Copperkettle Lake. Conkle Lake is 16 km (10 mi) off of Highway 33, just north of Westbridge on a steep rough forest service road.
- There’s plenty of adventure on the Christian Valley Road back-country gravel road. It winds its way to Highway 6 near the headwaters of the Kettle River just east of Cherryville. (Approximately 169 km / 107 mi) It’s a 4.5 hour trip with lots of rustic forest service campgrounds along the way. While you’re here, drop a line in one of their fishing holes.
Good to Know Before You Go
- Accommodations in Westbridge include cabins and B&Bs, in addition to 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 The Great Trail and other area trails
- Winter Recreation offers additional information on snowmobiling and skiing in Boundary Country
Explore, Relax, Enjoy
Westbridge is a small, unincorporated area just 13.5 km (8.4 mi) north of Rock Creek and 35 km (22 mi) south of Beaverdell on Highway 33. It is also the perfect spot for a picnic or an outdoor adventure vacation. Westbridge is surrounded by lush green forests and open meadows. Take in the waves of colourful wildflowers in the spring. Come again in the fall and experience the reds and yellows of larch and poplar trees. There’s plenty of nature to go around, so bring your camera. Bear, deer and moose are often found grazing along the highway.
Westbridge in the Christian Valley
Westbridge is located on Highway 33 near the bridge that crosses the West Kettle River. On the north side of the bridge is the junction of Christian Valley Road and the Kettle River. The Christian Valley is semi-arid and receives fairly substantial snow falls in the winter. You can explore Christian Valley by driving north-east from Westbridge along a section of paved road that changes to a gravel forestry road.
Come and Stay Awhile
The Little Dipper Hideaway has been an area favourite campground since 1992. Camp and relax near the West Kettle River in a natural park-like setting. Enjoy a log cabin, bed and breakfast, and camping with tables. While your here enjoy the fire pits and free firewood. Spend your days fishing, swimming, hiking and biking trails on The Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail). Tents and RVs welcome. Here are the directions to get there.
Only 3 km (2 mi) from Westbridge, along the banks of the Kettle River and next to the The Great Trail. They have large campsites on the Kettle River in a working ranch environment. Tents and RVs are welcome. For something less rustic, you can stay in their guesthouse. In addition, the ranch offers bicycles for rent and horseback rides. Located at 3175 Highway 33, this unique ranch is open year round. They have a gift shop here too. Most noteworthy are the peacocks that roam freely year round.
Campground and a boat launch as well as a white sandy beach. The campground is popular, yet very quiet. It features a trail that goes to the end of the lake and it also tends to follow the shoreline.
179 hectares of pure enjoyment with a canoeing, cycling, fishing and hiking. Since you’re here, jump in and swim! Tubing is also popular. There’s a playground here and they have vehicle accessible sites, as well as some pull-through.