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As the name suggests, Boundary lies along the boundary between Canada and the United States. To the east of the Okanagan Valley and to the west of the Kootenay Region, Boundary includes Kettle, West Kettle, Granby Rivers, Rock Creeks and Christina Lake.
Boundary is filled with minerals and large tracts of untamed land. Quintessentially Canadian landscapes of cedar, pine and spruce are combined with forested mountains, ranch lands, and lush valleys. The 282 km Kettle River runs from the Monashee Mountains all the way to the community of Christina Lake BC.
A combination of warm summers and beautiful geography offers endless opportunities for fishing, swimming or boating. With a rich history of gold-seekers, railway wars, and Doukhobors, Boundary is also an excellent location for the avid historian. Other events, such as music concerts and baseball tournaments, make Boundary a great location for families.
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Phoenix Mountain Ghost Town
During the early 20th century Phoenix was a booming copper mining community on top of a mountain of copper. As a once bustling city, it had 4,000 citizens, 20 hotels and saloons, gambling casinos, churches, a city hall, an opera house and much more.
Yet, when the last ore was shipped in 1919, the once booming town of Phoenix was deserted. Most left behind their homes and belongings. Almost overnight Phoenix became the largest ghost town in Canada.
Visitors to Boundary can discover this deserted ghost town. They can wander among the once vibrant buildings, exploring the homes of families long gone. This experience offers a glimpse into a historic period.
Tube the Kettle or Granby River
Tubing the Kettle and Granby Rivers is a time-bound summer tradition in Boundary Country. Visitors can choose a route, inflate a floatie and relax in pristine Kettle or Granby river.
Visitors can lay back and feel the sun caress their face, calmed by the soft trickle of the running water. Tubing down the river is also an excellent way to explore the quaint landscape. Soak up the views of grazing cattle, pastured horses, or wildlife wandering through Ponderosa pine bunchgrass as you drift on by.
Snowshoe or Ski Heritage Trails and Ice Covered Lakes
Disconnect from the everyday routine and bask in the great outdoors with snowshoeing or skiing. Adrenaline seekers can challenge themselves to the black diamonds located on Phoenix Mountain’s 244 vertical meters.
Those seeking a tranquil and relaxed experience can snowshoe along the Trans Canada Trail or the historic Kettle Valley Rail Trail, gliding across trestles in the shadow of frozen waterfalls. Slide along Christina and Jewel Lake’s frozen surfaces, or check out Phoenix Mountain’s 14 km meandering loop through a former copper boomtown.
Discover Greenwood’s Rich and Troubled History
Despite being Canada’s smallest city, Greenwood has a rich history. Fanciful, period architecture creates a kaleidoscope of color and history along Greenwood’s main street and neighbourhoods. Visitors can explore the vibrant townscape through meandering down these streets and exploring heritage buildings, from the town’s courthouse to jail.
Greenwood also has a troubled and dark history. During WWII, 1,200 Canadians of Japanese descent were interned at the city. Visitors can step into cramped quarters intended to house a family of four. They can also be inspired by stories of how family, love and community overcame hardship.