Boundary Monashee Loop, Okanagan Region — BC
738 km (459 mi)
Get ready to explore rural BC, home of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, part of The Great Trail. 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 road trip.
There are three ways to get here. East on Hwy 6 from Vernon for a journey that takes you through a valley, from Hwy 1 in the mountains near Revelstoke, or from Osoyoos where you drive east on Hwy 3. As you travel Hwy 3 through Boundary Country 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 to try the authentic borscht, made famous by the Doukhobors. The oldest CPR station in BC is now the Station Pub and Columbia Grill. Head further east to Christina Lake for great boating in cottage country. 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
From Rock Creek, you can access the Boundary Big White Road Trip. Drive north on Hwy 33 through the communities of Westbridge, Beaverdell, and Varmi up to Big White Ski Resort, home of champagne powder in the winter and lush mountain wildflowers in the summer. Take in an event or ride the Bullet Chair for fantastic views of the natural surroundings.
The Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail, part of Canada’s iconic The Great 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
At Christina Lake, head north on Hwy 3A to connect with Hwy 6. You’re in Kootenay country now, where revitalizing, natural mineral hot springs abound. At Nakusp, visit the beach on the shore of Upper Arrow Lake or take in a local event. Soak your cares away surrounded by canyons, mountains, forests, and rivers.
From there, connect to Hwy 6 west and drive through the charming agricultural communities of Cherryville, Lumby, and Coldstream on your way to Vernon, where you’ll reconnect with Route 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