Rock Creek - Shuswap, BC.

Rock Creek

Located in the Southern Okanagan close to the US border, Rock Creek is a small community situated on the famous Kettle Valley Rail Trail that has stunning views and, in this section, parallels the banks of the Kettle River. The trail is popular with hikers and cyclists who can also stop and enjoy a cool dip in the river. While here visitors can try a little gold panning or perhaps go windsurfing at nearby Conkle Lake Provincial Park. In the winter showshoeing and cross-country skiing is popular and nearby Mt. Baldy offers excellent skiing.

The community of Westbridge is just 13.5 km (8.4 mi) to the north along highway 33.

Location

Rock Creek is located in the Thompson Okanagan on the Crowsnest Hwy 3, 55.5 km (34 mi) east of Osoyoos and 33 km (20 mi) west of Greenwood, just north of the Canada/United States border.

A Step Back in Time

A series of major and minor gold rushes began at Rock Creek in 1859 and throughout the area. Over the next 10 years the region saw the sudden influx of more than 5,000 miners. Governor James Douglas quickly ordered the rapid construction of the now-famous Dewdney Trail, going from the coast to the gold field just north of the border. Rock Creek became the supply centre for the Boundary Country. When bigger strikes occurred in the Okanagan and the Cariboo, the miners left, but an important trade route remained.

Later, as copper, silver, lead, and zinc ores were being mined in large amounts, the Kettle Valley Railway, a branch line of the Canadian Pacific Railway, was built so that ore and smelter traffic would remain in Canada instead of being shipped to the US. One of Canada’s most historic and scenic railway routes, the Kettle Valley Railway ran past Rock Creek, operating between 1916 and 1973. The track between the towns of Midway and Penticton was removed in 1980, providing an excellent hiking and biking trail.

After the initial mining boom, the residents of Rock Creek began to develop an economy in agriculture, forestry, and ranching – all of which remain the mainstays of the local economy today. Some of the finest blue-ribbon livestock in British Columbia is now raised in Rock Creek and the surrounding area.

The small town of Rock Creek and the Kettle Valley communities of Westbridge and Beaverdell are the gateways to hiking trails, wilderness recreation sites and some of the best fishing lakes in the Boundary Region.

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Rock Creek & Nearby Accommodations

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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
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 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
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
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
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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