Montrose is located around 7 km (4.4 miles) east of Trail
and around 44 km (27 miles) west of Salmo
on Hwy 3B.
Montrose, along with its neighbouring community Fruitvale,
7 km (4.4 miles) away, are located in the beautiful Beaver Valley
just north of the Columbia River.
Montrose is a small village of around 1,137 people. Located right
next to Fruitvale, Montrose also has access to some excellent recreational
terrain all within an hour's drive. A real nice place close by is
Lakes Provincial Park.
Montrose Day happens every year in the 2nd weekend in June. This
is a fun-filled family event that brings in most of the locals for
an excellent time. There is also the fall-time event, a Halloween
Party featuring a toasty bonfire with free hot dogs and warm hot
chocolate. Then, if you happen to be going through Montrose in February,
there is the Winter Carnival. Also in neighbouring Fruitvale there
are Beaver Valley May Days, another celebration in May.
Lakes Provincial Park
At Champion Lakes Provincial Park three lakes combine with each
other to offer you great hiking, swimming, mountain biking, canoeing,
fishing and camping. Located 18 km (11 miles) north-west of Fruitvale
the highlight of the park is the 6.5 km (4 miles) multi-use trail
that links all three lakes offering lots of exploring and the privacy
of going through some old-growth forest. One walk you'll want to
do is the lookout trail for a great view of all three lakes.
If you need a break while driving on the highways, take a break
at Montrose Park. Lots of things for kids to keep themselves occupied
including a water park next door. There are also some nice shady
trees located here so you can close your eyes and rest from the
traffic on the highway.
There are two USA border crossings - one at Boundary, Washington,
about 20 km (13 miles) from Montrose, but this one is open only
from 9 to 5. The other is 40 km (25 miles) just south of Rossland
at border crossing of Frontier, Washington.
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside
around British Columbia, please remember this is bear country. Try
to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you
feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions.
There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars
so please play it safe.