Christina Lake - Grand Forks, BC

Christina Lake

Located on the western edge of the South Kootenays in British Columbia’s Kootenay Rockies region, Christina Lake is known for its clean, clear, warm waters and popular with everyone who wants a cool dip away from the summer heat. Sandy beaches invite you to swim, boat, water ski, kayak, go tubing and more. If you are a fisher, Christina Lake offers opportunities for fly fishing, trolling, casting, or ice fishing in the winter. There are two golf courses in the area – 9-hole and 18-hole – take your choice. Horseback riding, hiking and biking on the Kettle Valley Railway Trail which runs alongside the river and a must see and do is the Cascade Gorge section which is unrivaled anywhere on the KVR and must be seen to appreciate the majesty of the Falls.

A Waterfall near Christina Lake.

Location

Christina Lake is on Hwy 3, the Crowsnest Highway, 21 km (13 mi) east of Grand Forks, 73 km (45 mi) west of Castlegar, about halfway between Vancouver, British Columbia and Calgary, Alberta and close to the US border.

A Step Back in Time

Christina Lake was named after Christina McDonald, daughter of the fur trader Angus McDonald, who ran the Hudson’s Bay Company station at Fort Colville from 1852 to 1871. In 1865, the extension of the Dewdney Trail from Rock Creek to Wild Horse Creek provided early pioneers with the first route into the Christina Lake region that didn’t require travelling through American territory. The area didn’t really begin to grow until the late 1880s and early 1890s when prospectors and trappers arrived. In 1896, F.A. Heinze, owner of the Trail smelter, chartered the Columbia & Western Railway. In 1898 the Canadian Pacific Railway bought out the C&W and began construction in Castlegar. The C&W railway was completed as far as Grand Forks by September 1899, and reached Midway the following year. By the turn of the century Christina Lake had multiple townsites, with a total of at least five hotels.

By the late 1890s Cascade City was a bustling community of approximately 1,000 residents, with its own newspaper, The Cascade Record. The Cascade Water Power & Light Co. Ltd. was incorporated in 1898 and started building its dam across the Kettle River. The powerhouse at Cascade would provide electric power to Grand Forks, Phoenix and Greenwood, as well as to various local mines and smelters. Today, the magnificent gorge can be seen from the bridge on Highway 395 or by following trails that lead to closer vantage points.

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Christina Lake

Christina Lake & Nearby Accommodations

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Christina Pines Campground

Christina Pines Campground

Christina Lake

Located in the beautiful Kootenay Valley, Christina Pines Campground is a family oriented campground for the family to enjoy their holidays. Take a dive in the warmest lake during the summer in Christina Lake, only a 15 minute walk from the park. Our RV sites are spacious to back in or pull through ... Read more
Cascade Cove RV Park

Cascade Cove RV Park

Christina Lake

Junction of Highway 3 and US 395, on Kettle River, quiet, off highway, large pull throughs, grassy and treed sites, full hookups, 15, 30-50 amp power, tenting, free showers, playground, hiking, fishing, swimming, sandy beach, near golf course, pets. Large gazebo for family reunions. Trailer rental. ... Read more
Parklane Motel & RV Campground

Parklane Motel & RV Campground

Christina Lake

Enjoy a peaceful and fun camping experience at the Park Lane RV Park and Campground! Both RV and camping sites are spacious and they offer semi-shade with their own firepit and picnic table. For our campers’ convenience, all sites have access to dishwashing sinks, power and water. All guests are w ... Read more
Blue Mountain Lodge

Blue Mountain Lodge

Christina Lake

Blue Mountain Lodge Christina Lake, is set on our 1.5 acre property with a variety of beautiful trees throughout. We offer you the best in comfortable accommodations, perfect for vacations or family/group gatherings. Choose from our fully-renovated Lodge Suites, popular Cottage, cozy Rose Cabin, or ... Read more
Rossland Lions Campground

Rossland Lions Campground

Rossland

Rossland Lions Community Campground is Rossland's only campground. Located 3 mins. drive/15min. walk south west of downtown, just off Hwy 3B, situated alongside Centennial Ball Park and Rossland’s Advanced Mountain Bike Dirt Jump park. Easy access to bike trails – Drakes, Tamarack, Centennial Tr ... Read more
City Of Trail RV Park

City Of Trail RV Park

Trail

The City of Trail operates an RV Park in the city for the convenience of travellers to the area. The park offers various sites to choose from, including grassed grounds, partially serviced and gravel sites. For your convenience and comfort, washroom facilities and flush toilets are available for use ... Read more
Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground

Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground

Castlegar

Situated halfway between Vancouver and Calgary, Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground is an ideal destination for guests travelling on Hwy 3 or wanting a family vacation. Nestled on 23 acres of lush forest, our resort provides a peaceful mountain setting to unwind and relax. Our campground offers 4 ... Read more
Cozy Pines Motel

Cozy Pines Motel

Castlegar

Located at the West Entrance to Castlegar, Cozy Pines Motel welcomes you to the largest motel in town that provides you with exceptional service. Our well-appointed rooms and suites include one queen bed, two queen beds, kitchenettes, or full kitchens. Each room features modern bathrooms, air condit ... Read more
Kootenay River RV Park

Kootenay River RV Park

Castlegar

A quiet adult only RV park, situated near the convergence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. Kootenay River RV is nestled in the Columbia Valley and is only a 5 minute drive to the city of Castlegar. This area provides plenty of adventure and excitement for everyone. Some activities include: fishi ... Read more
Beaver Valley Family Park Campground

Beaver Valley Family Park Campground

Fruitvale

Overnight camping and day use area near to Champion Lakes Provincial Park. Hookups, hot showers, volleyball court, covered picnic shelter. ... Read more
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