Westbridge

Westbridge in Boundary Country

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 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

Westbridge in the Christian Valley

The community of Westbridge is surrounded by lush green forests and open meadows. This is a land made for outdoor adventure. In the spring, you’ll be greeted by waves of colourful wildflowers. Visit in the summer and hike and bike to your heart’s content. Come fall, the colours return, only this time in reds and yellows of larch and poplar trees. It is the perfect spot for a picnic or an outdoor adventure vacation.

Westbridge

Just across the West Kettle River bridge is the Christian Valley, a semi-arid region that receives 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.

There’s plenty of nature to go around, so bring your camera. Bear, deer and moose are often found grazing along the highway. Once you’ve had your fill, spend the night at a cozy B&B, a working ranch, a log cabin or at a provincial campground.

Westbridge flowers

Where to Find Us

Westbridge is just 13.5 km (8.4 mi) north of Rock Creek and 35 km (22 mi) south of Beaverdell on Highway 33. You’ll find it near the bridge that crosses the West Kettle River.

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Outdoor fun is the name of the game in this part of Boundary Country. The Kettle Valley portion of the Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail) is just south of Westbridge, where it follows the Kettle River.

Travel north on the Great Trail and you’ll come to Rhone, approximately 7 km (4.4 mi) from Westbridge. It’s here you’ll find Paul Lautard’s War Memorial which is a great stop for cyclists. Look for the caboose of the Blythe-Rhone road on your left.

There’s some great fishing in these parts. On either side of Westbridge you can cast your line and hook some rainbow trout in the Kettle and West Kettle Rivers.

Fishing Westbridge

Try your hand at windsurfing at Conkle Lake Provincial Park. Motorized watercraft are restricted on this 3 km (1.8 mi) long lake, giving you much deserved peace and quiet. In addition, there’s also great fishing here.

In the winter strap on your snowshoes and explore area trails in this winter wonderland. This area receives moderate snowfall and the Kettle River Recreation area is a good starting point to cross-country or snowshoe the Kettle Valley Rail Trail.

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There are several different types of accommodation in the Westbridge area. Private and provincial campgrounds, log cabins, B&Bs and a working ranch give you some attractive options.

Little Dipper Hideaway

This bed and breakfast is also a campground near the West Kettle River. It’s been around since 1992 and has a log cabin, as well as camping with tables and firepits. Spend your days fishing and swimming, or hiking and biking on The Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail). Tents and RVs welcome. The Little Dipper Hideaway is easy to get to and they also speak English and German!

Little Dipper Hideaway

The Old Cowboy Ranch

Located a mere 3 km (2 mi) from Westbridge, along the banks of the Kettle River is the Old Cowboy Ranch. This ranch is a working ranch right alongside the Great Trail. They have large campsites right on the Kettle River for tents, campers, trailers and full size RVs. Maybe you’d prefer something less rustic. If so, you can stay in their two bedroom, two bathroom, winterized guest house.

Owl Mountain Ranch

You’ll find yourself sharing some of this outdoor space with horses, cows, pigs, llamas, alpacas, goats, a donkey, and a mule. Then there’s the fancy chickens, geese, ducks, emus and over 60 peacocks!

Owl Mountain Ranch

They have a gift shop here too. In addition, the ranch offers bicycles for rent and trail rides and horseback riding lessons. Located at 3175 Highway 33, this unique ranch is open year-round.

Conkle Lake Provincial Park

Many a memory has been made at this quiet campground. There’s a beautiful white sand beach and a boat launch here. The Conkle Lake Provincial Park campground features a trail that goes to the end of the lake and follows the shoreline. Bring along your fishing gear, as it is stocked with rainbow trout fry. In addition to fishing, you can try something different and windsurf here. The southerly crosswinds are perfect for it.

Floating the Kettle River Westbridge

Kettle River Recreation Area

Come explore the 179 hectares of the Kettle River Recreation area! It’s a great spot for you to enjoy canoeing, cycling, fishing and hiking. In the summer, jump on in and enjoy a cooling swim. There’s a playground here and they have vehicle accessible sites, as well as some pull-throughs.