Christina Lake - Grand Forks, BC

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Grand Forks

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Grand Forks is a picturesque community, located in Boundary Country in the South Okanagan, a region found between the Okanagan Valley and the Kootenays. This small community is steeped in history and showcases its heritage through the local museum, heritage centre and Pioneer Garden. Visitors can learn about Grand Fork’s heritage and history on a walking tour that takes you past charming heritage buildings, and more. You can take an agricultural tour to see the pastoral side of this community and visit a heritage mill. Nearby Gladstone Provincial Park offers several quiet spots to swim in the warm waters of Christina Lake. Fishing for Kokanee, Rainbow Trout, and Smallmouth Bass is also popular.

Location

Grand Forks is located on Hwy 3, 100 km (62 mi) west of Castlegar and 124 km (77 mi) east of Osoyoos. It is near the Canada/US border with two border crossings close by, one at 20 km (12.4 mi) east and the other 8 km (5 mi) west of Grand Forks.

A Step Back in Time

Grand Forks’ history is closely tied to the mining and railroad boom of the 1890s and early 1900s. The original settlers came for the rich farmland and stayed on as the industrial era took over, including three railroads, mines, smelters and power plants.

Following the town site survey in 1895, a large number of wood frame buildings were constructed. A fire in 1908 and another in 1911 virtually wiped out the original downtown core of Grand Forks; however, business was booming and many of the commercial buildings were rebuilt. The oldest and only original building on Market Ave. is Andy’s TV, unchanged since its construction, except for more modern display windows. Many of Grand Forks’ historic homes remain, as do a number of commercial and industrial sites. The slag piles, remnants of the days of the smelter, can be seen just a short distance from town.

In 1897 the City of Grand Forks was incorporated under the Speedy Incorporation Act, with John Manly as the first mayor. His home, and many of the early city officials’ homes, are listed in the Boundary Museum’s Heritage Walking Tour brochure.

The CPR built the first railroad into the Boundary Country in 1899. The station, the oldest CPR station in BC still in its original location, is located in West Grand Forks, in what was originally the City of Columbia. There was intense competition between the two cities, for both wanted to be the commercial and railroad centre of the valley. In 1903 the two cities amalgamated. The name Grand Forks was chosen to represent the confluence of the Kettle and North Kettle (Granby) Rivers.

The City of Grand Forks had its own water and electrical system as early as 1898 and was also connected to the outside world by telephone. The population, which started with just a few farmers, continued to grow. The population in 1896 was 200 and had reached 1,000 by 1899. Today, the city’s population is over 4,000.

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Grand Forks Municipal Campground

Grand Forks Municipal Campground

Grand Forks

Grand Forks Municipal Campground is located within the park, a wonderful setting whether you are tenting or have a 40 ft. RV. There are hook-ups for both electricity and water and there is a free sani-dump handily located close to the camping area. Extra clean showers and washrooms are provided for ... Read more
Pinegrove Motel

Pinegrove Motel

Grand Forks

Family-owned and operated since 1984, Pinegrove Motel offers unique ground level bungalows in a beautiful park-like setting. Our rooms are non-smoking and come with in-room coffee, air conditioning, TVs, some with fridges and microwaves. We are located near two gorgeous parks, perfect for evening st ... Read more
Victorian Motel & RV Park

Victorian Motel & RV Park

Grand Forks

Escape to the “Sunshine Valley,” and stay with us at the Victorian Motel and RV Park, located on the banks of the Kettle River and a short distance from downtown. Situated in a pristine area our motel is ideal to sit back, unwind and soak in the picturesque views. We offer unique rooms that feat ... Read more
Greenwood Motel & RV Park

Greenwood Motel & RV Park

Greenwood

We invite you to stay at our exceptionally clean and quiet motel! Greenwood Motel & RV Park is conveniently close to downtown and a short walk to Greenwood’s Heritage Walking tour. Situated across Hwy 3 from the city park and playground, guests are welcomed to beautiful views of nature. The motel ... Read more
Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park

Midway

Enjoy camping right beside the river in the heart of the Village of Midway. The Frank Carpenter Riverfront Park is the perfect location for events such as weddings and family reunions. There are lots of fun outdoor activities for you to enjoy around Midway like hiking, biking, swimming and fishing. ... Read more
Kettle River RV Park

Kettle River RV Park

Rock Creek

Quiet country setting on the beautiful Kettle River. Golf, fish, swim, bird watch or just relax. Big rigs welcome. Large spacious sites, Full hook-ups. Across from golf course. Reservations recommended July & August. ... Read more
Jim Blaine Memorial Campground & Wilderness Campground

Jim Blaine Memorial Campground & Wilderness Campground

Rock Creek

Jim Blaine Memorial Park Nestled along the banks of the Kettle River in rural Rock Creek. Jim Blaine Memorial Campground is shaded by tall ponderosa pine trees with a lush carpet of green grass. Just show up, choose your ideal spot on over 5 acres of beautiful park-like paradise and enjoy all that t ... Read more
Kettle Valley Villas & RVs

Kettle Valley Villas & RVs

Rock Creek

Located in the heart of the beautiful Kettle Valley, between Rock Creek and Midway. It is the ideal vacation destination for families to create memories. The lovely Kettle Valley Golf Course is at your doorstep. Enjoy this challenging and friendly 9-hole course during your stay. The Kettle River is ... Read more
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