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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Bridesville

Bridesville
Bridesville is located 15 km (9 miles) west of Rock Creek and 36 km (22 miles) east of Osoyoos on Hwy 3.

Small Community
Bridesville is a small unincorporated community made up with around 30 residences or so. Bridesville does not have any businesses or services available with the only commercial activity taking place at either the local post office or at the scrap metal dealer. For the residents the Bridesville Senior Citizen Centre Branch 115 acts as the main activity centre.

Bridesville Townsite Road
The community sits next to Hwy 3 with the only road, the Bridesville Townsite Road running parallel to, plus entering and exiting the highway at both ends. The Bridesville countryside is surrounded by grassland pastures occupied by cattle ranches and sits in a steep valley that runs from Rock Creek to the Anarchist highway summit east of Osoyoos.

Vancouver, Victoria & Eastern Railway Line
Bridesville has quite a history, first getting established with the introduction of the Vancouver, Victoria & Eastern right-of-way going through the southern part of British Columbia. The route took the railway through Bridesville then south towards Oroville in Washington State connecting with the Great Northern Railway.

David Bride
The community was first known as Maud in 1905 by the railway surveyors, named after the wife of the first postmaster, Hozie Edwards. But by 1910 the name was officially recognized as Bridesville in reference to David Bride, who owned part of the land the community sat on, including the local hotel and saloon, when he put pressure on officials for the name change.

Ranching and Farming
The community had a wood mill supplying railway ties to the Vancouver, Victoria & Eastern Railway with cattle ranching and hay farming firmly established throughout the region. In 1931 both freight and passenger railway service through Bridesville was terminated. Bridesville also had a border crossing and customs post for entering the United States but unfortunately this was closed in 1940.

Johnstone Creek Provincial Park
There is a provincial park situated near Bridesville called Johnstone Creek Provincial Park. The park which is only located 10 km (6 miles) east of Bridesville features a 16-vehicle-accessible site campground, wildlife viewing opportunities, especially for woodpeckers and a short trail that takes you to several vantage points where there is a view across a rock chasm.

Forest Service Recreation Sites
There are two rustic forest service recreation sites north-east of Bridesville. Jolly Creek has a grassy field ideal for picnics and suited for groups. Little Fish Lake is quite secluded, is near 1,920 metre (6,300 feet) high Storm Hill and offers a trail into the south end of Conkle Lake. Going into Little Fish Lake requires a 4x4 on the sometimes muddy Little Fish Lake Road found east of Bridesville, just past the Rock Creek Canyon Bridge and the turnoff to Mount Baldy Ski Hill Road.

Conkle Lake Provincial Park
Conkle Lake is also close to Bridesville where you'll find Conkle Lake Provincial Park. The park has a boat launch, a 34-site, vehicle-accessible campground and features a white sandy beach at one end excellent for small children. The campground is very quiet and relaxing and features a trail that follows the shoreline on the east side of the lake and another one going to a small waterfall. Conkle Lake is also known for fairly good fishing for Rainbow trout.

Conkle-Johnstone Creek Forest Service Road
If you do decide to take the trek into Conkle Lake, be prepared to take your time on a rough forestry road called the Conkle-Johnstone Creek Forest Service Road. The road goes to Conkle Lake and, if you keep going, circles down to the small community of Rhone Valley near the Kettle River and Hwy 33 just north of Westbridge.

Rock Creek-Bridesville Road
For more backcountry adventure there is the Rock Creek-Bridesville Road that starts just east of the Bridesville Townsite Road. The gravel road travels directly south of Bridesville coming very close to the USA border, then circles north and comes out just east of Rock Creek on Hwy 3.

Arosa Guest Ranch Resort
There is a bed and breakfast resort nearby to Bridesville called the Arosa Guest Ranch Resort. Here you can also find a small RV Park with 30 amp services and camping spots with panoramic views of the surrounding hills and grasslands towards Anarchist Mountain.

Bear Country
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.

Information on Bridesville

 

 

Map of Bridesville
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Bridesville
Bridesville

 

Bridesville Townsite Road
Bridesville Townsite Road

 

Bridesville Post Office
Bridesville Post Office

 

Johnstone Creek Viewpoint
Johnstone Creek Viewpoint

 

Conkle Lake Provincial Park
Conkle Lake Provincial Park

 

Conkle-Johnstone Creek Forest Road
Conkle-Johnstone Creek Forest Road

 

Bridesville Rangeland
Bridesville Rangeland

 
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