Located in the Monashee Mountains at the junction of the Kettle and Granby rivers, Grand Forks, is situated in the transition zone between the desert like Okanagan Valley and the interior rainforest of the West Kootenays. This homey community has beautiful tree lined streets and heritage homes with a downtown core that offers quaint cafes, restaurants and galleries.
The area boasts four season living with recreational activities from the mountains, trails, rivers and parks that provide the landscape for great hiking, biking, golfing, watersports and camping – something for everyone looking for an adventurous or relaxing weekend away.
Our Top Things To Do In Grand Forks
#1 ON OUR TO DO LIST: Rugged Recreation
With Endless trails for hiking, biking, Horseback riding; multiple rivers and lakes for fishing, swimming, water-sports and boating; and even a BMX course, Grand Forks defines rugged recreation. As the perfect spot for any group looking to add a little more adventure into their weekend away, expect to be overwhelmed by the beautiful terrain.
For the avid hiker in the family, visit the Boundary Trails Guide or Trail Peak to find some trails that suit your fitness level. If you’re looking for something a little more extreme try out kayaking or canoeing down the Kettle or Granby River. In the Granby you can explore the shorelines and take the fast running rapids at the Staircase S-Curves while you enjoy the spray of the water on your face and get that heart rate pumping with this serious paddle. On the Kettle, one of the most scenic areas is near Westabridge that takes you through forest, farmland and ranches. Both rivers have relaxing areas where the water rolls gentle along and we suggest you do some more research before heading out.
#2 ON OUR TO DO LIST: Go Camping
Visiting Grand Forks in the Spring or Summer? Venture out and go camping at Gladstone Park located on the northern tip of Christina lake! Surrounded by wilderness that provides a diversity of habitats in the Selkirk Foothills ecosection of the province that is found nowhere else; Find Kokanee spawning areas, deer and elk and beautiful hemlock forests. Find over 30km of hiking and biking trails, water sports, and fishing that will keep you well entertained throughout the weekend. With 60+ sites, picnic tables, washrooms, fire pits, and drinking water this is a great spot for family and friends to gather for a smore or two.
If you want something closer to Grand Forks you can visit the Grand Forks Municipal Campground that is located only blocks from restaurants, shopping and downtown. It is a part of the picturesque city park that has a playground, sandy riverside and BMX track. There are also other RV Parks and campgrounds that are close to fishing, beaches and variety of other activities. Check them out HERE.
#3 ON OUR TO DO LIST: Take a history Tour
Visit the cows at Jerseyland Organics and learn about organic cheese! All of the products by Jerseyland Organic are made from 100% certified organic from their own heard of dairy cows. The owners take pride and great care of their farm land and welcome visitors to pet sheep, visit the animals, and pick up some house made snacks to enjoy a delicious picnic on their picnic tables.
If you time it right you will get to see the process of how cheese is made from the milking of the cows to the finished product. Tours run 9am-4pm Monday to Saturday. Call ahead to be sure – Phone (250) 442-8112 or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Pride of the Valley Flour Mill
Learn about the Doukhobor heritage and traditions at Pride of the Valley Flour Mill, that has been preserved in its original form and functions as a sort of museum housing a collection of old equipment and mill stones. Still used today by Society members, they continue to mill flour that is distributed in the Kootenay-Boundary area and the Okanagan in various retail outlets.
Pride of the Valley Flour Mill Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Rock Candy Mine
Learn about the history of Rock Candy Mine and collect colourful crystals on a sunny hillside located next to a clear river. You are allowed to carry out any rocks you like… so if you can carry 100kg, have at it! This adventure was listed as a top 10 hidden attractions in BC because it is the only place in BC where families can find the same natural crystal that miners did over 100 years ago to for industrial use.
#4 ON OUR TO DO LIST: Get in The Water
Grand Forks is known for the Kokanee, Rainbow trout, small mouth bass, burbot and whitefish that are almost always biting. You can fish in Christina Lake or Jewel Lake, which are the most popular, or not far off the beaten path is Williamson, Wilgress, Conkle, and Xenia Lakes Providing some of the best river fishing opportunities in the region.
The Kettle, West Kettle and Granby have some great rainbows to snag as well. These rivers intersect in Grandforks and is a great lift off spot for both. They are both floatable and wadeable during the fishing season and don’t be surprised if you catch a dozen 10-14 inch rainbows – but like most fishermen, we aren’t going to reveal our spots to you, we will let you do your own research before you head out to get your line wet!
Spend a Day at the beach
Whether you want to go for a pontoon or boat ride, Kayak, rent a paddle board or just go for a swim, Christina Lake has what you are looking for. Known to be the warmest lake in Canada, the picturesque backdrop and surrounding area is worth the drive itself.
Another beautiful lake is Jewel Lake, which is a little more laid back with only 10hp motors allowed on the lake. This means you will have a more peaceful day on the water! Both options are great spring and summertime getaways for you, your friends and family.
We hope you look to Grand Forks for your next trip.