Thursday, 12 May 2016

Kettle River BC Roadtrip

Kettle River from Railway TrestleLooking to explore British Columbia but are looking for something off the beaten path? Why not try the exploring the Kettle River area?  The Kettle River is tributary of the Columbia River, and is 282 kilometers long.  It starts at in the Monashee Mountains at Holmes Lake and flows south Midway, British Columbia. There are many tributaries, including Rock Creek and West Kettle River. The river goes United States through Washington state hooking back north into British Columbia, before flowing back to the United States again.

The highlight of Kettle River is Kettle River Recreation Area. With over 179 hectares to explore, this area is jammed packed for family fun and and activities. One the most popular attractions is the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR), abandoned part of the Canadian Pacific Railway which has been converted to bike trail.

  • Bike in the wilderness  
  • Go swimming in natural pools
  • Go tubing down the Kettle River
  • Go canoeing 
  • Set up your campsite. 
  • Go Fishing
Rock Creek Canyon Bridge, British ColumbiaThere is much to see of this region just by travelling with your motorhome down Highway 33. See serene valleys, farms, streams and forests. There are numerous small communities to stop by including Carmi, Beaverdell, Westbridge, Rock Creek and Midway where the Kettle River veers into the United States. Here are some of the highlights you can see from the British Columbian end of the of the highway.
  • Conkle Lake Pronvicial Park is peaceful place to go camping and great location for rainbow trout fishing. Take Rhone Road before Westbridge and then take the forest road.
  • Crowsnest Highway - This the highway that connects BC to Alberta, and was once part of the historic Dewdney Trail. 
  • Midway - the start of the Kettle Valley Railway
  • Ferry-Midway Border Crossing - for those wanting to explore the United States you can cross over here. Open 09:00 to 17:00. 
  • Boundary Falls - a 12 meter waterfall near the eponymous town. 
  • Christina Lake - this where Kettle River loops back into Canada then back to US. Its tributary feeds Kettle River.
  • Gladstone Provincial Park. Just north of Christine Lake, which has 39,387 hectares waiting to be explored!
Getting There From Vancouver:

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Christine Lake
Its about 5 hour drive :
  1. Take Kelowna-Rock Creek Hwy/BC-33 S to Crowsnest Hwy/BC-3 W 6 min (6.7 km)
  2. Follow BC-3 W and Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W to E 1st Ave in Vancouver. Take exit 27 from Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W 4 h 50 min (440 km)
  3.  Continue on E 1st Ave. Drive to Howe St
For those who want to keep your driving to a minimum, you can also fly from Vancouver to Penticton (50 mins). From Pentiction its only 1 and a half hours:
  1. Turn left onto Airport Rd
  2. Continue on Crowsnest Hwy/BC-3 W. Take Hwy 97/Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 N to Airport Rd 1 h 24 min (106 km)
  3. Take Kelowna-Rock Creek Hwy/BC-33 S to Crowsnest Hwy/BC-3 W 6 min (6.7 km)

Looking to stay at and around Kettle River? Check out Kettle River RV Park. They have 46 sites, 16 of which pull thru sites, 4 of which are 100' long and have 50 amp service as well as 30 amp. They have plenty of amenities for those that wish to camp there. Its The RV park is situated between the beautiful Kettle River and Highway 3.








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