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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Christina Lake

Christina Lake
Christina Lake is located just 20 km (12 miles) east of Grand Forks on Hwy 3. Situated right on the border with the United States and near the beautiful Kettle River, Christina Lake is home to one of British Columbia's nicest lakes.

Crystal Clear Water
Approximately 18 km (11 miles) long, this lake sits between the small community of Christina Lake on the south end and Gladstone (Texas Creek) Provincial Park on the north end. Well noted for its legendary crystal clear warm water, combined with a warm dry climate, Christina Lake can offer you the very best in outdoor recreation.

Gladstone Provincial Park
Christina Lake has some superb boating, water-skiing and swimming areas located in Gladstone Provincial Park. Situated throughout the park are some nice sandy beaches, some private and accessible only by boat or trails, and others you can get to easily by car.

Excellent Boating
One beach located in the park that is easily accessible, is the swimming area located at Texas Creek campground on the east side of the lake. The boating and swimming activities here are excellent, providing loads of fun for the whole family.

Getting Here
To get to Texas Creek, you take Hwy 3 for 5 km (3 miles) east from the community of Christina Lake towards Castlegar. Watch for the turnoff at East Lake Drive and continue for another 4 km (2.5 miles) to Gladstone (Texas Creek) Provincial Park. You will find parking just outside the entrance to the campground.

Private Beaches
The beach area is just a short walk down a small hill. The unique thing about this beach is the small number - about 25 - individual places to set up camp. This is very private with the odd shade tree and a great place for children to swim. There is also an excellent skin diving area located here where you can swim through schools of fish and large boulders in depths around 3-5 metres (10-15 feet).

Texas Creek Campground
If you don't mind RV camping and tenting, the campsite at Gladstone (Texas Creek) Provincial Park is very nice as well. The only problem that you'll have is making reservations if you want to stay here. This place really fills up fast, especially around weekends and holidays or during the summer season.

Christina Lake Golf Club
Besides the lake, Christina Lake has a lot to offer the visitor, especially if you like golf. Christina Lake Golf Club offers one of the nicest 18-hole courses throughout the Boundary Region. The course plays through beautiful stands of Ponderosa Pine near the banks of the picturesque Kettle River.

Black Sand
A unique thing about the course is the use of black sand for the sand traps, similar to what you might see in Hawaii. Christina Lake Golf Club is a real pleasure on which to play, very little wait time with friendly and courteous staff to assist you.

Trans-Canada Trail
The Trans-Canada Trail takes its route through Christina Lake. Using the old rail bed that used to belong to the Columbia & Western Railway and parts of the historic Dewdney Trail, the trail allows the visitor to take advantage of travelling by bike towards three main destinations.

Kettle River
You can either travel towards Castlegar, Rossland or towards Grand Forks. There is great scenery on each way plus, depending on the route, the chance to go through tunnels, travel along the Kettle River, or experience grand vistas of the lower Arrow Lake.

Hiking Trails
There are also some other trails besides the Trans-Canada that are in the Christina Lake area. A real nice one is the Deer Point Trail that starts at Texas Creek Provincial campground and goes to the north end of the lake to a beautiful beach. This trail will take you through a cedar grove where you can look in awe at the large trees.

Cascade Gorge
For history buffs, another trail takes you to a point in the Kettle River where the water flows through a narrow chasm called the Cascade Gorge. This was the site of the town of Cascade and the Cascade hydro plant that supplied power during the late 1800's.

WildWays Adventure Tours
WildWays - a local bike and recreation outfitter - has bike rentals, offers guided tours and can arrange van pickups and shuttle service. If you require any assistance, help or map directions concerning the Trans-Canada Trail or conditions of the local trails, please look them up in Christina Lake.

Hwy 3
WildWays is located right on Hwy 3 on the frontage road. Santa Rosa Road and access to the Trans-Canada Trail is located quite close to the WildWays Shop. WildWays also offers kayaking tours along the Slocan and Kettle Rivers.

Services
Christina Lake is a small community with limited services. There is a general store, gas station, marina, boat repair store and several local artisans. For health problems there is a small medical clinic available along with a local chiropractor. The closest hospital and dentist services are located in nearby Grand Forks.

Christina Lake Chamber of Commerce
If you're interested, the Christina Lake Chamber of Commerce has some information and description of the local trails and provides a good map.

Information on Christina Lake

Accommodation
Christina Lake has a number of motels, private campsites, cottages and RV resorts from which to choose. Some are located right on or close by the lake giving you good boating access. A good family oriented campground is at Cascade Cove located on the banks of the Kettle River near Cascade Falls.

 

 

Map of Christina Lake
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Photo of Christina Lake
northern end of Christina Lake

 

Photo of remote campsite on Christina Lake
remote campsite in Gladstone Park

 

Photo of Christina Lake at Texas Creek
Beach at Texas Creek

 

Photo of Christina Lake Golf Coarse
Christina Lake Golf Club

 

Photo of Kettle River with the Trans-Canada Trail in background
Kettle River Trans-Canada Trail

 
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