You’ll love to play in Boundary Country – it’s here you’ll find unlimited adventure!
Uncover the legends of gold-seekers, learn about the railway wars and the Doukhobors. Explore cultural centres, heritage sites and galleries in each of the local communities.
Tour mile-after-mile of backcountry roads. Drink in the landscapes that inspire local artists. Hike or ride the Trans-Canada Trail and the historic Kettle Valley Rail Trail through stunning landscapes that hug the Kettle River.
With four seasons of fun, revel in the summertime vibe, tour and taste your way through Boundary Country, or discover why the region is also known for its wide variety of birds. Bring your binoculars and be prepared to spot everything from nuthatches to grebes.
Experience the richness of rural life at community farmers’ markets and the Rock Creek Country Fair. Finally, when winter blankets Boundary Country, step outdoors. It’s time to bomb the black diamond, chill out on the bunny slopes and hit the terrain park. Between Mt. Baldy and Phoenix Mountain ski resorts, there are plenty of snowy spots to conquer!
No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, be prepared. Follow the three Ts – trip planning, training and taking the essentials. AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.
• Bighorn sheep, elk, eagles and hawks animate postcard-worthy vistas. These are the visuals that have lured artists and artisans here over the decades, inspiring works of art in almost every media imaginable. Now it’s your turn. Get inspired at a range of events, galleries and studios throughout the region.
• Tour and taste your way through Boundary Country and experience the richness of life in rural BC. Cultivating the land surrounding Grand Forks dates back more than 100 years and continues to this very day. Doukhobors once called the region “Fructova,” which means fruit of the valley. The lush farmland almost always yields a bumper crop of fruit and root vegetables. Stop along the way at family-owned farms, orchards and roadside markets.
• The waterways are yours to explore, scores of lakes and streams dot the landscape. Getting out on the water is easy. Coming back in… well that’s a whole other story! Paddle your kayak or canoe down the Kettle or Granby Rivers, ride a pontoon or speedboat at Christina Lake, enjoying the sandy beaches along the way.
• A great way to learn about the area is to visit the Christina Lake Welcome Centre where you’ll find the Story Pole that tells of Christina Lake’s ancient beginnings to the present. Their 3D mural depicts some of the history as well.
• The story of Boundary Country’s rich, natural resources begins with horsepower and ends with the railway. Without the railway the prospectors would never have gotten their goods to market. Explore the railroading past at Mile 0 of the Kettle Valley Railway.
The region enjoys a semi-arid climate with fairly low precipitation, mild winters and hot summers.
Destination BC is developing a new campaign to promote hyper-local travel where residents are “tourists-in-their own hometown,” while practising the COVID-19 safety protocols as recommended by the B.C. Provincial Health Officer. Many B.C. parks are now open, and national parks were to open as of June 1.
(Check this website for current details on travel.)
Driving: Travel time from Vancouver to Boundary Creek is 5 1/2 hours via Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 E, BC-3 E & Crowsnest Hwy/BC-3 E. The distance is 476.7km (184 mi).