Boundary Monashee Loop, Okanagan Region — BC
738 km (459 mi)
Set aside a few days to explore the bounty of the Boundary Monashee Loop. Relax in cottage country, hike an iconic trail, soak in hot springs, ski champagne powder, pan for gold, play at the beach, visit farmgate stands or meander through farmers’ markets. Mountains, valleys, canyons, rivers and lakes all form part of your Boundary Monashee Loop get away.
At Osoyoos (one of our border crossings) head east on Hwy 3 through Boundary Country where you’ll find the historic towns of Bridesville, Rock Creek, Kettle Valley, Midway, and Greenwood. At Grand Forks, where the Kettle and North Kettle (Granby) Rivers meet, there’s an abundance of lush farmland. Be sure and try the authentic borscht, made famous by the Doukhobors. The oldest CPR station in BC is now the Station Pub. Head further east to boating and cottage country at Christina Lake. Relax at the public beaches, take part in water sports or hike in the warmer months. When the snow flies, head up to the slopes or strap on your cross-country skis and explore the area.
Rock Creek and Big White
For a shorter route, take Hwy 33 from Rock Creek through Westbridge, Beaverdell and Carmi up to Big White Ski Resort, home of champagne powder in the winter and lush mountain wild flowers in the summer. Take in an event or ride the Bullet Chair for fantastic views of the natural surroundings.
The Kettle Valley Rail Trail (KVR), part of Canada’s iconic Trans Canada trail, runs right through Rock Creek. Head out by bike, foot, horse or cross country skis. In warmer months, dip your pan in the river and see if you’ve struck gold.
Connect to the Kootenays
For the complete loop at Christina Lake take Hwy 3 then 3A to connect with Hwy 6 and head north. You’re in Kootenay country now, where revitalizing, natural mineral hot springs abound. Soak your cares away surrounded by canyons, mountains, forests and rivers. At Nakusp, visit the beach on the shore of Upper Arrow Lake or take in a local event.
Head west on Hwy 6 and drive through the charming agricultural communities of Cherryville, Lumby and Coldstream on your way to Vernon, where you’ll reconnect with Hwy 97.
Venture into the USA
You can also connect up with the Historic Highlands loop in WA at the following border crossings: the Laurier/Cascade (Christina Lake), Danville/Carson (Grand Forks) Ferry/Midway or at Oroville/Osoyoos.
Need to Know:
|Loop Distance:||738 km (459 mi)|
|Duration to drive:||Eight to nine hours. Take a few days to enjoy the mountains, valleys, lakes, and rivers.
|Best time to drive:||Year round
Snow tires recommended in the winter months.
|Watch for:||Wildlife on main and side roads.|
Christina Lake Welcome Centre
1675 Highway #3
Christina Lake, British Columbia
Grand Forks Visitor Centre
524 Central Ave,
Grand Forks, British Columbia
Greenwood Visitor Centre
214 S. Copper
Greenwood, British Columbia
Lumby Visitor Centre
1882 Vernon St
Lumby, British Columbia
Nakusp Visitor Centre
92 – 6 Ave. NW
Nakusp, British Columbia
Toll Free: 1-800-909-8819
Vernon Visitor Centre
3004 39th Avenue
Vernon, British Columbia
Toll Free: 1-800-665-0795