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
Explore Our Byways
The trails in our region start in Christina Lake, then go through Grand Forks, Greenwood, Midway, Rock Creek and heads up towards Beaverdell and Big White. There are plenty of trail adventures here. Pick a direction and open up your timetable. We’re sure there’s a trail (or two) just right for you. Download the Boundary trail guide for a more complete listing.
Remnants, Tunnels & Trestles
Take in views once only enjoyed by railway engineers, climbing Eholt Summit, at 1,028 m (3,373 ft) a leg-burning ride. Once a thriving railway town, what remains today are the ghostly remnants of Boundary Country’s rich mining past.
Ride or hike through the cool, dark Granby Tunnel near Grand Forks, a welcome break on a hot summer day, or meander the trestles at Christina Lake, snapping inspiring photos of the Kettle River Valley and Cascade Falls as you go by.
Mountain Biking Trails
Hit the dirt trails winding through our mountains! Come and experience outdoor adventures from behind your handlebars. Single track, cross-country, free riding — you name it — you can ride it here. Papa Harpold, Ripper, Fisherman-Neff, Midway, and the historic Dewdney Trail are only some of the thrilling, chilling and spill-inducing trails found in Boundary Country. Try the Ripper trail. With 720 m (2,360 ft) elevation drop, this 7 km (4 mi) trail is ideal for advanced free or intermediate cross-country riders. Escape the summer’s heat on a cross-country ride on Fisherman-Neff. Ride through a fragrant forest of shady cedar, gaining 540 m (1,772 ft) in elevation over an 11 km (7 mi) ride. It’s worth every pedal stroke.
Stop by Visitor Centres in Grand Forks, Greenwood or Christina Lake for local trail maps. The Grand Forks Community Trail Society has a downloadable map and information for Grand Forks, Christina Lake and Midway.
Midway’s mountain trail system is 14 km (9 mi) of forested trails hugging the United States’ border. Whether you’re hiking or biking you’ll be moving in and out of the forest. Enjoy the views of lush, green farmland of the Kettle River Valley and the US Border beyond.
Ski Hill Trails
Our three ski hills are great for hiking once the snow retreats to the mountain tops. Alpine meadows and forests are yours to discover.
Big White hiking trails are open July 1 through to Labour Day Monday. Enjoy fresh mountain air and breathtaking views as you reconnect with nature. The main walking trail starts at the Big White village and over to Rhonda Lake, It then loops back to the village. Grab a trail map before you leave and follow the Inukshuks from the trailhead which mark the route.
Phoenix Mountain is a hub of activity year round. The trails are very popular and are used by hikers, bikers and motorized vehicles. The trails are located between Grand Forks and Greenwood. Grand Forks has created a web page dedicated to area trails.
Baldy Mountain Resort is located on the edge of Boundary Country next to the South Okanagan. Mt. Baldy has some great cross country trails that can be hiked in the warmer months. There are marked snowshoe trails and numerous hiking loops at and near the resort. Several of the trails created for the 1995 BC Winter Games are perfect for hiking in the warmer months.
Bring your camera in the spring and summer for meadows bursting with wildflowers. Also, just off the access road to Mount Baldy, is a short (0.4km/0.2mi stroll) to the balancing rock.
Boundary Country is cowboy country where some of the best views you can have are from high in the saddle! Riding English, Western, or bareback is a year round sport. Boundary Country has plenty of working ranches that offer guided trail rides along The Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail) and KVR. You’ll ride across rolling ranges of native bunchgrass, through wildflower-strewn meadows, and along the shores of the Kettle River.
Take a stroll after dinner. Gather the kids for a walk by the river. Stretch your legs and lift your spirits. You don’t have to hike the hills to enjoy the trails around Boundary when each community features their own collection of easy to amble walks or trails. Just ask any local, they’ll be happy to point you in the right direction. The Grand Forks Community Trails Society website has a list of walkable trails. You can also check with local Visitor Centres for information on easy walking trails in the area you are visiting.