- 'Canada's Smallest City'
is located just east of Midway on Crowsnest
Hwy 3. Greenwood has the distinction of being 'Canada's Smallest
City' with incorporation dating back to 1897. Greenwood's history
involves the operation of various copper mines in the area, notably
the BC Copper Mining Smelter.
This mining history is quite evident in the landscape by both the
large mining slag pile located by the site of the old smelter plus
evidence of old chimneys still standing. There are various mining
artifacts presented throughout the streets of Greenwood plus the
displays located at the Greenwood Museum and Visitor Info Centre.
Driving through Greenwood on Hwy 3, you will notice lots of restored
structures. This is especially evident in the downtown core where
a few buildings dating back to the early 1900's have been brought
back to life. There are also several houses from the BC Copper Mining
Smelter era that have been fully restored.
Building Walking Tour
If you like walking, there is a Heritage Building Walking Tour throughout
Greenwood to view some of the buildings. Go to the Visitor Info
Centre in Greenwood for the free self-guided map. If you wish, you
may also want to download a free pdf map to get familiar with what
and Collectable Shops
Downtown Greenwood also has a few antique and collectable shops
for you to browse in. The prices are good plus there are some unique
items. Other interesting stores include the Udder Store, a shop
that specializes in a large assortment of ice cream cones.
Eagle Cappuccino and Bakery
If you require a break, Copper Eagle Cappuccino and Bakery is close
by with a great selection of gourmet coffees and baked goods. The
Greenwood Inn Saloon-Restaurant is right next door to the Copper
Eagle offering a tavern and a full menu restaurant.
Stops of Interest
There are some very historic stops of interest at Greenwood. The
old Greenwood Substation-Lotzkar Park-Smelter Ruins is located near
the site of BC Copper Company Smelter on the west side of the city.
There is the 'Tunnel of Flags' on the east side of the city. If
you have time, there are two heritage sites located at the Greenwood
and Phoenix cemeteries.
During the month of June one weekend is set aside for the annual
Greenwood Demolition Derby. This entertaining feature has been a
Greenwood favourite for years attracting people from throughout
the region. The event will provide loads of fun for the whole family.
Recreational activities around Greenwood include snowmobiling, cross-country
skiing, walking and hiking along the various trails in the area
and downhill skiing at the Phoenix Ski Hill. For golfers there is
Porter Creek Golf Course located 1 km (.63 miles) west of Greenwood.
Columbia's West Coast
The railroad industry also played a part in Greenwood's past with
the Columbia and Western Railroad linking Greenwood to British Columbia's
West Coast via the Kettle Valley Railway located at Midway.
and Western Railroad
The Columbia and Western no longer operates but the old rail bed
has been transformed into part of the Trans-Canada Trail linking
British Columbia's Boundary Region with the Okanagan and Vancouver
This multi-use trail also goes eastward from Greenwood to Grand
Forks and Christina Lake joining
up with the historic Dewdney Trail and further points in eastern
Take your time and relax along Boundary Creek and The Trans-Canada
Trail. The trail goes past Ohairi Park a memorial to the Japanese
people who were interned at Greenwood during the Second World War.
If you need a place to have lunch, there are picnic tables available.
If you have kids, Greenwood has a great little public pool for them
to cool down and have a break from the car ride.
If you enjoy fly fishing for rainbow trout, Jewel Lake Resort and
Lake Provincial Park is located only 9 km (5.75 miles) east
Creek Provincial Park
Creek Provincial Park is located close by on the west side of
Greenwood on Hwy 3 and makes for a good camping destination if you
are heading towards the Okanagan Valley.