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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Grand Forks

Grand Forks
Grand Forks is located 126 km (79 miles) east of Osoyoos on Hwy 3. Grand Forks is situated in a large valley that is very sunny and quite fertile.

Boundary Region
Settled by miners during the early 1900's, later the Doukhobor and, more recently, by retirees, Grand Forks provides retail and government services for the Boundary region.

Retirement Facilities
Health facilities include a medical clinic, hospital, dentist and various specialty support services. There is a recreational complex complete with indoor pool, ice arena and curling rink. For shopping there is a small downtown area as well three large grocery chains including a new Extra Foods.

Heritage Homes
Grand Forks is a very clean community. The drive through town is very beautiful as Hwy 3 takes you past heritage homes along tree-lined streets that front the highway.

Staying in Grand Forks
If you want to stay, most of the motels are located right on Hwy 3, both on the east and west side of the Grandby River. There is also a municipal campground if you have an RV or want to tent. It is located right on the banks of the Kettle River.

Kettle River
There is a small beach presenting a great way to cool off in the summer. This makes a great destination point if you happen to be biking or walking the Trans-Canada Trail. The trail goes right by the campground on its way along the Kettle River.

Doukhobors
The Doukhobors played a large part in the settlement of Grand Forks and this is quite evident from the building style throughout the landscape. A fine example is the old farmhouses along Hwy 3 just west of the city limits.

Boundary Museum
There is the Boundary Museum located in the old Fructova Doukhobor School at 6145 Reservoir Road with excellent examples of this past heritage.

Russian Food
If you get a chance try some Doukhobor food that is featured in the local restaurants throughout the Grand Forks area.

Observation Mountain
The Grand Forks area also has some great hikes if you like a good walk. A favourite is the walk up Observation Mountain right in town. The trailhead is a little hard to find, but if you go to the north end of Second Street and look for an unmarked trail that heads up the hill, you're on the right path. Once on the trail, it will become more evident where you're going. The views of the Grand Forks Valley and northern Washington State are incredible.

Trans-Canada Trail
Mountain biking and cycling are quite popular in Grand Forks. There is the Trans-Canada Trail that meanders down the Grandby River Valley towards Grand Forks with elevations at railway bed grade. You can start the trail at various points in Grand Forks with the trail heading towards Eholt Station in the west and eastwards along the Kettle River towards Christina Lake.

Boundary Trails Guide & Maps
Besides the Trans-Canada Trail, there are the Phoenix Interpretive Forest Trails and some single track out towards Neff Creek and at The Harpold Trails in town. A good booklet for you to pick up is the free Boundary Trails Guide & Maps found at the Visitor Info Centre or at the local bike store, Chain Reaction.

Christina Lake
There are lots of things for you to do in Grand Forks. During the summer there is Christina Lake located just 20 km (12 miles) east of town. Christina Lake has crystal clear warm water making it one of British Columbia's biggest destinations. Christina Lake claims to contain the warmest water in Canada. The swimming and boating is absolutely the best.

Gladstone Provincial Park
If you enjoy camping try the facilities at Gladstone (Texas Creek) Provincial Park.

Golf
If you enjoy golf, Christina Lake has a very nice 18-hole course. The unique thing about the course is the use of black sand for the bunkers.

Christina Lake Mountain Biking
Christina Lake also has some great areas for you to cycle especially along the Kettle River towards Cascade Falls on the Trans-Canada Trail. Go to WildWays in Christina Lake for rentals and information.

Phoenix Mountain
During the winter Grand Forks offers great snow-related activities throughout the area. Just 30 km (19 miles) west of Grand Forks is Phoenix Mountain - a nice small family orientated mountain offering a rope tow and T-bar lift. If you enjoy cross-country skiing, there are some great trails for you to explore at Phoenix as well.

Mt. Baldy and Big White
For bigger facilities both Mt. Baldy Area near Osoyoos and Big White just north of Beaverdell are within one and a half hours drive west from Grand Forks.

Exploring Around
Other recreational activities around Grand Forks include snowmobiling, snowshoeing and exploring the old mining roads and trails that cover the landscape.

Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament
For baseball fans, make sure you visit Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament. This event happens during the last week in August. This will give you a chance to watch future baseball stars perform in Grand Fork's beautiful baseball stadium located right in town on Hwy 3.

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Grand Forks City Hall

 

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Doukhobor Heritage

 

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Grand Forks

 

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Mountain Bike Area

 

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Christina Lake

 

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Chrisitna Lake Golf Club

 
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