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 the Cyclists Rest Stop and Rhone War Memorial. A free rest stop for cyclists to get off the trail to rest. You can gather your energy and take shelter from the sun or inclement weather. Water is not available here, but there is water at the Little Dipper Campground.
- Rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit at the Skycliffe Hümüh Monastery 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
- Accommodations in Westbridge include cabins and B&Bs, in addition to RV resorts and campgrounds
- Fresh-water fishing is regulated in BC and fishing licenses are required. Visit Boating & Fishing for information on Christina Lake tackle shops, and local regulations
- Visit Trails for more information about hiking and biking the The Great Trail and other area trails
- Winter Recreation offers additional information on snowmobiling and skiing in Boundary Country
- Be bear smart
- Pack it in, Pack it out
- Be Prepared – Have a Plan
- Prevent Wildfires
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.
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.
Where to Find Us
The Great Outdoors Discover More
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.
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.
Stay with Us Discover More
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.