Boundary Country Adventure Unlimited
Travel at your own pace along Hwy 3 and 33 to discover Boundary Country, located between the Okanagan Valley and West Kootenay regions, along the Canada/US border. Experience the diversity of rural communities interconnected with peaceful country surroundings and year round adventures that urge you to go beyond the beaten path.
Stop to enjoy some of the many lakes and rivers that hold reflections of mountain scenery near Bridesville, or view active ranches with animals at play as spring gives birth to new life. Snap pictures of wildlife grazing along the highway in Westbridge or bring your picnic blanket for a relaxing stroll and lunch along the way.
Treat yourself to an old fashioned ice cream and enjoy the rustic ambiance of Beaverdell. Capture nostalgic memories as you visit heritage sites and well preserved turn-of-the century storefronts in Greenwood. Savour nature’s best locally grown produce and handmade products at the farmer’s market in Rock Creek.
Hike the surrounding mountains or re-fresh yourself on a hot summer’s day as you leap into the temperate waters of Christina Lake, or wade until your feet no longer touch the bottom of the Kettle River. Experience captivating landscapes, from lush green forest to breezy grassland vistas along the Trans Canada Trail. Close your eyes and let your imagination hear the roar of train engines as you explore the Kettle River Museum in Midway.
Indulge in the year round outdoor activities Boundary Country offers. Conquer the powdery slopes at Big White, Baldy or Phoenix Ski Hills or feel your heart race as you pull a fish from the icy waters of Wilgress Lake. Later, sip on a steamy cup of hot coffee under a canopy of tree lined streets in Grand Forks. Engage with the local residents, as they share their stories that capture the essence of rural communities.
Whether you are looking for a peaceful get away or a more adventurous experience, venture past one more corner as you find yourself here, in Boundary Country, where adventure is unlimited
The Columbia and Western Rail Trail
Follow the trail east to Christina Lake, the Cascade Gorge, and see remnants of the first AC dam and power plant in Canada and the 2 trestles crossing the Kettle River. If getting away from the easier grade of the rail trail is what you dream of, there is no shortage of single track and rugged trail experiences. Talk to one of the tour shops in Grand Forks or Christina Lake.
Local art and artisan displays decorate Boundary County and are showcased in many gift and gallery shops as well as the Grand Forks Gallery2 and the Christina Lake Welcome Centre.
What to do?
Boundary Country has many summer events including Ponderosa and CannaFest music festivals, the Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament, Rock Creek Fall Fair, fishing derbys and more.
Make your vacation plan to include things like hiking the trails that network through the region, float your cares away tubing down the Kettle or Granby rivers or pan for gold near Greenwood or Rock Creek and if you are lucky, strike it big and take home a nugget of gold for yourself.
In the summer, it is always a worthwhile trip up to Marshall Lake to hike and camp and in the winter for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. In the fall of 2000 the Phoenix Cross Country Ski Club organized a work party and over the period of a few weekends an A-frame structure, known as the dacha, was erected to serve as a warming hut and shelter for the cross country skiers using the area.
Rock Candy Mine is one “must do” that is unique to Boundary Country. A trip there and you will instantly know how it got it’s name of Rock Candy. The mine site is covered with colourful flourite rocks of green, white and purple. You can take home as much as you can carry, so bring your back pack … find your dreams in Boundary Country!