Flowers in the Thompson Okanagan, Photo Allen Jones

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Midway

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The Village of Midway is in a tranquil valley surrounded by protective mountains in Boundary Country between the Okanagan and Kootenay regions of British Columbia. It is located in the breathtaking Kettle Valley on the scenic Crowsnest Highway (Hwy 3) where the Kettle River meanders through the Canada – US border. Midway has a rich history which is displayed in the Kettle River Museum located at “Mile 0” of the Kettle Valley Railway. Today, the Kettle Valley Railway is a popular hiking and biking trail that traverses much of British Columbia offering stunning views from its many trestles along the route.

Location

Located on Hwy 3, 55 km (34 mi) west of Grand Forks and 70 km (43 mi) east of Osoyoos.

A Step Back in Time

In the 1800s, fur traders, prospectors, and white settlers began moving through this sun-drenched valley. Until then, it had been a traditional hunting ground and place for gathering the medicinal rock rose roots.

The U.S. claimed this area and all of B.C. north to 54 degrees until the treaty of 1846 set the 49th parallel as the border. But traffic and trade followed the river valleys north and south. When gold was discovered at Rock Creek in 1859, and U.S. miners came swarming into the region, Governor Douglas saw that an east-west route through the interior was vital for maintaining British control. He dispatched an energetic young engineer named Edgar Dewdney who hacked out a four-foot-wide road from Hope to Rock Creek in 1860; then with the discovery of gold at Wild Horse Creek in the Kootenays, Dewdney again tackled the task and pushed the Dewdney Trail on through the Midway valley in the spring of 1865.

By 1884, Midway had its first resident and by1894 the town became Midway. In 1900, Midway became the western terminus of the Columbia and Western Railway, (a subsidiary of the CPR).

The following decade saw feuding railroad companies, litigation, a series of railroad plans, short lived railroad ventures, and violence all centered in Midway. Expropriation was granted the V.V. & E., and in 1905 Midway had its second railroad. Then on July 5, 1910, the sod was turned on yet another railroad venture – the Kettle Valley Line – to link Midway to the west coast. The first eastbound passenger train left Midway on May 31, 1915; the last passenger train on the Kettle Valley Line passed through Midway on January 17, 1964.

Today, although the tracks have been removed, you can still catch a glimpse of a bygone era. Stand on the original platform and imagine the hustle and bustle of the old train station, now converted into the Kettle Valley Museum.

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Midway & Nearby Accommodations

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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