Good to Know Before You Go
Here are some things that are good to know before you head out on our trails. Above all else, give yourself ample time to enjoy nature in Boundary Country.
- Expect a variety of surfaces when hiking trails. This includes the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, the Columbia Western Rail Trail and The Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail). Expect loose gravel, pavement and unconsolidated railway ballast.
- Some sections are not suitable for road bikes. We recommend a 2.4 tire.
- Detailed information on the Boundary Country portion of the KVR and The Great Trail is at Trails BC
- Explore on your own or get advice from the locals. Contact Wildways, Chain Reaction, Greenwood Museum, Kettle River Museum, KVR Cycle Tours, and/or Monashee Adventure
- The Kettle River Museum now offers overnight stays in their historic bunkhouse in Midway, right on the KVR.
- Several area businesses offer trail maps, rental bikes and shuttle service. Our local Visitor Centres can direct you to the right people!
- Several of the properties and beaches along the rail trails are private property. Please be considerate and prevent invasive weeds from spreading from the trail. Many private beaches are along the KVR Trail. Please respect trespassing signs or check with owners before using
- Bike helmets are mandatory in British Columbia
- Be sure to check with the local Visitor Centres to find out about parking near the trails
- Many of the most beautiful trails run through sensitive eco-systems — please stay on marked trails to avoid damaging the environment and pack out what you pack in
- Most trails are multi-use and mixed use. Trail etiquette is ATVs/ORVs yield to all, horses yield to hikers, cyclists yield to horses and hikers
- ATVs and ORV need to follow guidelines for exploring in our area
Finding Your Way Here
Getting to the trails is easy. The Kettle Valley Rail Trails and Columbia Northern Rail Trails are both part of The Great Trail. (formerly Trans Canada Trail) The rails were removed decades ago and today they are a source of outdoor adventure and recreation for visitors and locals.
Getting to the Trails from the USA
Take US Hwy 97 to the Oroville, WA / Osoyoos, BC border crossing. Once in Osoyoos, head east on BC Hwy 3. Follow the signs to towards Rock Creek, Grand Forks and Christina Lake.
Take US Hwy 21 to the Carson / Danville Common Border Station near Grand Forks. Take BC Hwy 41 to BC Hwy 3 and head east towards Grand Forks and Christina Lake.
Take US Hwy 395 to the Laurier WA / Cascade BC border. Then continue on BC Hwy 3 to Christina Lake.
Getting to the Trails from Canada
Take the Trans Canada Hwy to Hwy 3. Follow Hwy 3 to Grand Forks or Christina Lake.
Head south on Hwy 22, then west on Hwy 3 to Grand Forks or Christina Lake.
There is also the Mountain Man Mike shuttle bus that runs from Nelson to Vancouver along Highway 33. Check their website for details.
Here’s a great way to explore Boundary Country by bike without the hassle of bringing two vehicles so you can be picked up at your biking destination. Boundary Rides will pick you up/drop you off anywhere between Osoyoos and Grand Forks, Tuesday through Saturday during biking season. They have space enough for four passengers, their gear and their bikes. They also have a selection of ice cold water, energy bars, and healthy snacks should you forget yours at home. Bookings are required 24 hours in advance by email.
Bike Rental Companies
There are several companies that rent bikes for your time on the trails.
- Wild Ways rents bikes for you to explore the area.
- Chain Reaction in Grand Forks rents bikes and takes you to the trail head.
- KVR Cycle Tours offers supported rides out of Rock Creek. They are very knowledgeable on the Boundary area up to Big White. They also offer helps with self-guided rail trail, including maps, lunch, and setting up accommodation.
- Monashee Tours is based out of Kelowna. They can take you on guided trail tours throughout the Boundary area.
- Travel on well-marked routes, especially when on or near farmland and private property.
- Respect the privacy of property owners and nearby residents
- Leave no trace and carry out all garbage
- Do not remove anything from the area
- Follow fire regulations
- Camp only at designated campsites
- Horses have right of away over hikers, and bikers yield to everyone.