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unconventional boundary trails
Top 10 Trail Experiences
- Columbia and Western Rail Trail from Farron to Midway through Greenwood and Grand Forks. Part of the Great Trail (formerly Trans Canada Trail)
- Kettle Valley Rail Trail that connects to Beaverdell and Rock Creek/Midway. Part of the Great Trail from Midway to McCulloch.
- Midway Hiking and Cycling Trails
- Christina Lake Hiking and Cycling Trails
- Grand Forks Community Trails
- Big White Hiking Trails
- Old Cowboy Ranch Horse Trail Rides in Westbridge
- Mountain Biking Trails for Christina Lake, Grand Forks and Midway
- Trapping Creek Horse Trails north of Beaverdell/Carmi
- Greenwood Twin Flags (first two hikes page 12)
Good to know before you go
- Here are some things that are good to know before you head out on some of the unconventional Boundary trails. Above all else, give yourself ample time to enjoy nature in Boundary Country. We’re glad you came.
- Expect a variety of surfaces when hiking trails. This includes the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, the Columbia Western Rail Trail and The Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail). Expect loose gravel, pavement and unconsolidated railway ballast.
- Some sections are not suitable for road bikes. We recommend a 2.4 tire.
- Detailed information on the Boundary Country portion of the KVR and The Great Trail is at Trails BC
- Explore on your own or get advice from the locals. Contact Wildways, Chain Reaction, Greenwood Museum, Kettle River Museum, and/or KVR Cycle Tours.
- The Kettle River Museum now offers overnight stays in their historic bunkhouse in Midway, right on the KVR.
- Several area businesses offer trail maps, rental bikes and shuttle service. Our local Visitor Centres can direct you to the right people!
- Several of the properties and beaches along the rail trails are private property. Please be considerate and prevent invasive weeds from spreading from the trail. Many private beaches are along the KVR Trail. Please respect trespassing signs or check with owners before using
- Bike helmets are mandatory in British Columbia
- Be sure to check with the local Visitor Centres to find out about parking near the trails
- Many of the most beautiful trails run through sensitive eco-systems — please stay on marked trails to avoid damaging the environment and pack out what you pack in
- Most trails are multi-use and mixed-use. Trail etiquette is ATVs/ORVs yield to all, horses yield to hikers, cyclists yield to horses and hikers
- ATVs and ORV need to follow guidelines for exploring our area
Ski Hill Trails
Our three ski hills are great for hiking once the snow retreats to the mountain tops. Alpine meadows and forests are yours to discover.
Big White hiking trails are open July 1 through to Labour Day Monday. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and breathtaking views as you reconnect with nature. The main walking trail starts at the Big White village and over to Rhonda Lake, it then loops back to the village. Grab a trail map before you leave and follow the Inukshuks from the trailhead, which marks the route.
Phoenix Mountain is a hub of activity year-round. The trails are top-rated and are used by hikers, bikers and motorized vehicles. The trails are located between Grand Forks and Greenwood. Grand Forks has created a web page dedicated to area trails.
Baldy Mountain Resort is located on the edge of Boundary Country next to the South Okanagan. Mt. Baldy has some great cross country trails that can be hiked in the warmer months. There are marked snowshoe trails and numerous hiking loops at and near the resort. Several of the trails created for the 1995 BC Winter Games are perfect for hiking in the warmer months.
Bring your camera in the spring and summer for meadows bursting with wildflowers. Also, just off the access road to Mount Baldy, is a short (0.4km/0.2mi stroll) to the balancing rock.
Boundary Country is cowboy country where some of the best views you can have are from high in the saddle! Riding English, Western, or bareback is a year-round sport. Boundary Country has plenty of working ranches that offer guided trail rides along The Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail) and KVR. You’ll ride across rolling ranges of native bunchgrass, through wildflower-strewn meadows, and along the shores of the Kettle River.
Take a stroll after dinner. Gather the kids for a walk by the river. Stretch your legs and lift your spirits. You don’t have to hike the hills to enjoy the trails around Boundary when each community features its own collection of easy to amble walks or trails. Just ask any local, they’ll be happy to point you in the right direction. The Grand Forks Community Trails Society website has a list of walkable trails. You can also check with local Visitor Centres for information on easy walking trails in the area you are visiting.
- Travel on well-marked routes, especially when on or near farmland and private property.
- Respect the privacy of property owners and nearby residents
- Leave no trace and carry out all garbage
- Do not remove anything from the area
- Follow fire regulations
- Camp only at designated campsites
- Horses have right of away over hikers, and bikers yield to everyone.