Lakes & Rivers
Make a Splash in our Lakes & Rivers
Adventure is unlimited here in Boundary Country where stories abound of sun-soaked vacations and unhurried days spent playing in our lakes and rivers.
You do not have to pick between our lakes and rivers as they are all generally very accessible. Visitors are able to be whisked away by the current of the Kettle River on a summer morning and be fishing at a lake like Jewel Lake in the afternoon.
Getting here is easy. There are some great road trips that take you around and through Boundary Country. For those heading to Boundary Country from Kelowna, HWY 33 takes you on the scenic route to Rock Creek and then connects to HWY 3.
The lakes in Boundary Country were seemingly made for total and complete relaxation. Tap into old summer memories or create new ones. Make a visit solo, with a partner, or with the whole family. These lakes are incredible. Christina Lake and Jewel Lake are two of our most popular summer destinations.
Christina Lake — BC’s Warmest Tree-Lined Lake
If you haven’t been here yet, it’s time to bring the family and discover Christina Lake. Bring your own boat or rent one at the Christina Lake Marina. Spend the day exploring near the shores via kayak or canoe.
In the summer water temperatures often climb beyond 23°C (73°F). What are you waiting for? Gather up your friends and family and be prepared for an amazing summer.
Families have made Christina Lake their summer home-away-from-home for decades. Stay in one of the lakeside cabins, B&Bs or camping resorts. Even the hottest summer day is made cooler here. Teach your kids to swim, fish, kayak and canoe, or land a perfect cannonball right from the dock. Play along 45 km (28 mi) of tree- and beach-lined shores, or take a dip and enjoy the day.
Water-Fuelled Fun at Christina Lake
You can explore Christina Lake one paddle stroke at a time. SUP (stand-up paddleboard), kayak or canoe its quiet northern shore. Feel the wind whip through your hair as you wake-board or ski across the lake. Cruise the lake by pontoon boat. Take your time and stop for swim breaks or a picnic onshore.
If fishing is what you’re after, chat with the locals at the Christina Lake Marina to find out the best spots to catch Rainbow trout, Kokanee, whitefish or burbot.
Discover the tranquillity of Jewel Lake in Jewel Lake Provincial Park, where watercraft restrictions mean you’ll find nothing but peace and quiet, and kilometre-after-kilometre of pure get-away-from-it-all.
Paddle in Peace — Jewel Lake
Paddle your kayak or canoe past Jewel Lake’s pristine shores. Watch Great Blue Herons fish from the beach, awestruck by their wingspan when they finally take flight. Cast your fly on a quest to land Rainbow and Brook trout. Try to beat the record for fishing Gerrard trout — a whopping 23.6 kg (52 lbs) is the largest ever landed here. Wrap up in a warm blanket, fall asleep under the stars and wake to the call of the loon. Marvel that so much serenity can be found at a lake that’s no more than 3 km (1.8 mi) long.
It may be near Greenwood, but Jewel Lake is pure BC wilderness. Home to Jewel Lake Resort, it’s where families and groups of friends gather in summer, unwinding and reconnecting with each other, RV or tent camping, or staying in rustic cabins dotting the shores. Stay for the weekend, or, if you only have a day to play, pack up a picnic and your best summer read, lounging on the secluded beach at Jewel Lake Provincial Park at the north end of the lake.
Escape big city stresses. Daydream your cares away as you enjoy the Kettle and Granby Rivers. Go for the gold — pan the Kettle River sifting its sand and rock bottom, searching for traces of gold. Float from sandbank to sandbank, drifting at the speed of each river’s current.
The Kettle and Granby Rivers
Jump right in, the water’s fine! Splash about. Go for a swim or tip your friends into the drink. Watch eagles soar the thermals above the river. Experience good, clean and wet family fun.
The Kettle River cuts its watery swath through the heart of Boundary Country. Beginning in the Monashee Mountains, it winds south and east, across the international border at Midway, then back into Canada again at Grand Forks, where the Granby River joins it. Drive, ride or hike past its shores on a warm summer day, and you’re bound to see pockets of activity, where people have gathered to beat the heat in the river’s cool, running waters.
Christina Lake’s Provincial Parks
There’s more to explore than lakes and rivers. Gather the whole clan for a day at Christina Lake Provincial Park where the 350 m (1,148 ft) golden beach slopes gently into the shallows. Go for a dip. Paddle your kayak or canoe searching for ancient First Nations pictographs still visible along the eastern shore, north of Texas Point. Explore endless shorelines covered in old-growth cedar and hemlock at Gladstone (Texas Creek) Provincial Park. Discover that time spent at Christina Lake is as restorative as any day at the spa.