Boundary Monashee Loop
From Osoyoos, take Highway 3 (Crowsnest Highway) east through Boundary Country and its quaint communities. Pan for gold in Rock Creek, start your hiking or biking adventure at Mile 0 of the Kettle Valley Railway in Midway, explore the ‘ghostly remnants’ of the copper mining town Phoenix, visit Canada’s smallest city in Greenwood, learn about Doukhobors at the Boundary Museum in Grand Forks or make the most of the warmest tree-lined lake in Canada, Christina Lake.
The drive from Osoyoos to Christina Lake is approximately 146 km (90.7 mi) through rolling farmland, as the Kettle and Granby Rivers wind through the region before converging in Grand Forks.
There will be no shortage of scenic viewpoints as you continue north as Highway 3 connects with Highway 6 toward Nakusp. It’s there that you can explore the Valley of Hot Springs in the Arrow Lakes region before taking the Needles Cable Ferry from Fauquier across Lower Arrow Lake.
From there, you’ll continue westbound 135 km (84 mi) toward the North Okanagan city of Vernon. Along the way, be sure to stop in the agricultural communities of Cherryville and Lumby.
Take your time as you take Route 97 173 km (107 mi) south to Osoyoos through the Okanagan Valley. The Okanagan Valley is BC’s premier grape growing region and is home to more than 80% of all vineyards in British Columbia and over 180 licensed wineries. It is also home to the largest city in the region, Kelowna, as well as an abundance of water-based and outdoor activities.
NOT TO BE MISSED
weaves through Boundary Country connecting hikers and bikers from the Okanagan to the Kootenay Rockies. Mile Zero of the decommissioned railway begins in Midway and the trail can be accessed at multiple points.
is one of the most popular summer getaway spots in the region. With warm waters, sandy beaches, hiking, golf and the opportunity to kayak to pictographs on the north-east side of the lake, it’s a ‘must’ stop on any road trip.
is a tranquil stop for fishing, canoeing and camping in a pristine, wilderness environment just 15 km (9.3 mi) from Greenwood.
KEY ANNUAL EVENTS
Founder’s Day (Greenwood, July)
Rock Creek Fall Fair (Rock Creek, September)
Vernon Winter Carnival (Vernon, February)