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Activities


CHRISTINA LAKE

There is lots to do while staying at the Cascade Cove Campground

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Activities


CHRISTINA LAKE

There is lots to do while staying at the Cascade Cove Campground

Christina Lake Provincial Park

Located less than a kilometer down the hill from Cascade Cove on Highway #3 is the Provincial Park and public beach on Christina Lake. A large beautiful sandy beach awaits the visitor. Change rooms and picnic tables are available. Christina Lake is known as the warmest tree-lined lake in BC. Boating and fishing are favorite sports.

Texas Creek Provincial Campground on Christina Lake, BC

Gladstone Provincial Park and Texas Creek Provincial Campground

About 5 Km east of Christina Lake Village, turn off Hwy 3 onto East Lake Drive for about 4 km (2.6 miles) to the campground at Texas Creek, where there is a camp host and general information on the park posted near the gate. The swimming, boating and water sports found in the clear, warm waters of Christina Lake are excellent, perhaps some of the best found in British Columbia. Throughout the park there are a number of small individual beach areas making for a great place to go kayaking, canoeing, water-skiing, SCUBA diving or just plain relaxing. The entrance to the Gladstone Park also offers free boat launching and access to the lake.

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Swimming and boating


SWIMMING

Christina Lake - the warmest in BC - only a short distance from Cascade Cove

Swimming and boating


SWIMMING

Christina Lake - the warmest in BC - only a short distance from Cascade Cove

Cascade Cove Beach for campground guests only

Cascade Cove Beach for campground guests only

Swimming in the Kettle

The Kettle River at Cascade Cove Campground becomes slower and warmer as the summer progresses. Often the water of the river is preferable because the lake is too warm. Perfect for children, the private beach (for campground guests) is a great spot to sunbathe and swim in the crystal clean water. Floating down the river on a tube or air mattress is also great sport.

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Biking and hiking


HIKE AND BIKE

The Trans Canada Trail - hike, bike or ATV

Biking and hiking


HIKE AND BIKE

The Trans Canada Trail - hike, bike or ATV

Trans Canada Trail (Kettle Valley Railway)

Opening in 2000, the Trans Canada Trail is a 21,500-kilometre recreational trail winding its way through every province and territory, from the Atlantic to Pacific to Arctic Oceans. When completed, it will be the world's longest recreational trail, linking close to 1000 communities and over 33 million Canadians.

Now part of the Spirit of 2010 Trail, the Christina Lake section presents a unique and diverse experience for hikers and bike riders. Explore the open terrain of the Gilpin Grasslands, the awe inspiring natural wonders of the Cascade Gorge and the Kettle River Trestle Bridge within walking distance from Cascade Cove. Enjoy spectacular views from the heights of the Santa Rosa/Fife section and the ascent to the Paulson summit along the historic Kettle Valley Railway grade to the northeast. The full journey from Grand Forks to Castlegar will take you across two recently redecked trestle bridges, several rail bridges, through six tunnels, and past numerous historic sites including Cascade Dam, the Fife ore loading tower and Bulldog Tunnel.

hiking and biking and riding the Trans Canada Trail
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Fishing the Kettle


FISHING

Catch and Release Rainbow Trout

Fishing the Kettle


FISHING

Catch and Release Rainbow Trout

Click on the image above to see a video of float fishing on the Kettle River

Click on the image above to see a video of float fishing on the Kettle River

The Kettle is a special river, providing some of the best river fishing opportunities in the region. The Kettle, West Kettle and Granby support several important fish stocks, including species at risk and native rainbow trout stock that grow larger than 50 cm.
When practicing proper catch and release, anglers need to remember to keep the fish in the water, get their photographer ready, hold the fish up for a few seconds to take a photo, then place the fish back in the water. The longer the fish is held out of the water, the more stress to the fish, and likely higher mortality, especially in high water temperature conditions. Also, anglers need to be reminded not to drag their fish up onto the shore – a bare wet hand is the best for a released fish.

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Golf


GOLF

Christina Lake Golf Club and Cascade Cove Par3 - Right next door to Cascade Cove RV Park

Golf


GOLF

Christina Lake Golf Club and Cascade Cove Par3 - Right next door to Cascade Cove RV Park

Christina Lake Golf Club - Carved through majestic Ponderosa pine trees, is the scenic 18 hole championship course located on the Kettle River, with the Monashee and Selkirk Mountains providing a beautiful backdrop. The course is located just across the river from Cascade Cove RV Park and Campground. The clubhouse offers a great restaurant with great views of the 10th and 18th fairways. www.christinalakegolfclub.com

Cascade Cove Par3 Golf Course

The Cascade Par 3 - Another golfer's choice located right next to the Christina Golf Club, the magnificent 9-hole course is designed to challenge any golfer.  With sheltering hills all around, this course has tranquility that draws residents and tourists alike.  It is a well-maintained public course that boasts large greens, testing elevation changes, strategically placed water hazards, and bunkers.  The Cascade clubhouse also offers a restaurant in a great venue and great food.  http://www.cascadepar3.com

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Tubing


TUBING

On the Kettle River

Tubing


TUBING

On the Kettle River

River Tubing

River tubing is the ultimate summer activity. There’s something so inherently fun about navigating a winding river under a blazing hot sun. It’s also one of the most pleasant (and scenic) ways of experiencing nature. Let the waterways of the Kettle River steer you through the unexplored and otherwise inaccessible riverbanks and forests. River floats can be exciting, exhilarating or entirely serene. From one hour to the whole day, stop at one of the sandy beaches, cool off in one of the many swimming holes or just lay back and enjoy the unique view of the world. 

Before you head out...

River tubing is not without risk, and simply put all water sports pose a risk of drowning. Always wear a life jacket and only strong swimmers should attempt this activity. Further, rocks, logs and other underwater obstacles pose hazards.

  • Be honest about your swimming ability and comfort lev
  • Never consume alcohol while tubing or swimming.
  • Wear sandals or water shoes that will not fall off.
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat, and bring water to stay hydrated.
  • Go with someone familiar with the river or has floated it before. Never go alone.
  • Leave towels, dry clothing and your phone in the vehicle parked at the exit point.
  • Short paddles (or half of a kayak paddle) are handy for navigating faster flowing rivers.
  • Pack out whatever you bring in. Don't litter and don't bring any glass or styrofoam containers.

WHERE TO PUT IN AND WHERE TO GET OUT

From the town of Grand Forks, you can float from the Old Carson Bridge Site to City Park, and that will take up to three hours. You can travel from the Spraggett Bridge to City Park, and that will take about two hours. You can also float from City Park to Nursery Bridge, and that will only take about an hour. Or you can float from the Nursery Bridge to Atwood, and experience some beautiful beaches along the way. This route will take about three hours. If you put in at the Cascade Cove beach, floating around the corner and under the KVR Trestle (Trans Canada Trail), you must get out and walk the trail back or arrange to be picked up at the Par3 RV Park before the trestle. Continuing down the river will float you into the United States. 

These times are approximate and estimated based on the beginning of the floating season in July. As you get towards the end of August, the rides can become longer and there could be areas where you have to get off and walk. Check out the google map below for specific in and out locations.

 

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Horseback Rides


TRAIL RIDES

Trail riding on horseback with Owl Mountain Ranch

Horseback Rides


TRAIL RIDES

Trail riding on horseback with Owl Mountain Ranch

Owl Mountain Ranch

Be adventurous and take the Cascade Canyon Tour which includes a rest stop on the sandy shores of the Kettle River or at the Cascade Falls viewing site. These trails have varying terrain with hills, rocky slopes, and some narrow pathways. This tour is two (2) hours of the most exciting and scenic vistas, you will love this ride!

Horseback trail rides with Owl Mountain Ranch

On the River Tour, the destination is a beautiful sandy beach and swimming area. This two (2) hour tour includes taking your horse across the river which is sometimes belly deep! When we get to the other side, there is time to dismount for a stretch, a snack or if it's a hot day, wear your swim suit under your riding gear so you can go for a dip. Relax and enjoy the sites.

For beginners and youngsters (10 years and older), we have a great one (1) hour ride. This ride is called the Smugglers Trail Tour. This tour takes place at the ranch on 4 kilometers of forested and scenic trails. There are small hills to climb as we wind our way through the ancient gigantic boulders at the base of Owl Mountain. There is always time to stop for pictures . . . don't forget your camera!