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Boundary Country in Winter Takes on a New Beauty

Bridge over snowy river

Boundary Country is known for its wide open spaces and natural wonder, but when the first blanket of snow hits, it takes on a new beauty. Winter in Boundary is exciting as the snow opens up a whole new world of possibilities for adventure! Shred, ride, sled, or glide your way through the region to explore epic mountain peaks, snowy forests, and frozen lakes. The trails of Boundary Country are accessible with the right equipment, allowing for wonderful, intimate nature experiences. Ski hills both grand and quaint dot the region for adrenaline-fuelled fun. Establish a homebase to start and end your days of discovery. A cabin retreat in Boundary feels like a world away from regular life, making things simple and slowing life down.


The winter trails in Boundary are the best (and easiest) way to get some exercise outside and explore nature! The exploration options are aplenty with snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and fat biking among the most popular options. Glide across the winter wonderland and fill your lungs up with the crisp winter air. Keep an eye out for always-curious wildlife as different journeys take you through forests of snow decorated pines, across frozen wooden trestles, and in the shadow of frozen waterfalls.

Trail Map cover

The rail trail system in Boundary is a great place to start and suitable for the whole family! Boundary’s portion of the Trans Canada Trail spans from Beaverdell to Christina Lake featuring the Kettle Valley Rail Trail and the Columbia & Western Rail Trail with the historic Mile 0 at the halfway point in Midway. The Boundary rail trail system is as accessible as they come with each community having its own access points allowing for complete control of the experience length and amenities nearby. For the more adventurous, groomed nordic skiing trails can be found at one of our ski hills or Marshall Lake Trails. Equipment rentals can be had from various outdoor recreation retailers in the area.

Ski Experiences

Skiers and snowboarders may have documented differences but they’ll both tell you that there’s nothing better than carving down a mountain through a fresh blanket of fluffy snow! Boundary Country has three amazing ski hills that each offer unique experiences and are waiting to be conquered.

Big White Ski Resort is a world-class family ski resort that is renowned for its champagne powder (over 7.5m annually). The runs at Big White cater to all experience levels with over 180 designated trails. Big White is one of the best mountains in Canada for people who don’t ski or board with activities including snowshoeing, nordic skiing, winter tubing, ice skating, and much more!

Phoenix Mountain carries the essence of Boundary Country in their operations, there’s a reason this is the ski hill of choice for locals, after all. 19 runs of varying difficulty and a terrain park await with an affable community ready to take your experience up a notch. Family-friendly and affordable with incredible vistas, Phoenix is located between Grand Forks and Greenwood, making it the perfect day excursion during your stay.

Baldy Mountain Resort is the quintessential boutique ski hill. Located in the western reaches of Boundary, Mt. Baldy enjoys over 7 metres (20 ft) of annual snowfall. Mountain-goers who prefer their space will have a heyday (or a snow-day, if you will) at Baldy as there is a ratio of .2 skiers per acre of terrain. The snow barely gets worn out!

Cabin Retreats

The accommodation on a winter vacation is equally as important in escaping reality as the vacation’s activities are. Fully immerse in the Boundary Country experience with a cabin retreat. Find the wide, open spaces, revel in the peace of the hushed backcountry, and get lost in the glistening night sky that is unpolluted by light. Cabins and backcountry accommodation can be found throughout the Boundary. Take the opportunity to really connect with the family or a partner, you’ve earned this downtime and the space in which you spend it is key.

winter sunset