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

Greenwood - 'Canada's Smallest City'
Greenwood 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.

Mining Artifacts
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.

Restored Buildings
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.

Heritage 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 you'll see.

Antique 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.

Copper 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.

Historic 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.

Greenwood Demolition Derby
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.

Recreation
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.

British 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.

Columbia 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 Coast Regions.

Trans-Canada Trail
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 British Columbia.

Ohairi Park
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.

Jewel Lake
If you enjoy fly fishing for rainbow trout, Jewel Lake Resort and Jewel Lake Provincial Park is located only 9 km (5.75 miles) east from Greenwood.

Boundary Creek Provincial Park
Boundary 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.

Greenwood Links

 

 

Greenwood Midway Map
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photo of Greenwood, "Canada's Smallest City"
Greenwood, "Canada's Smallest City"

 

Photo of the McArthur Centre
McArthur Centre

 

Copper Eagle Cappuccino and Bakery
Copper Eagle Cappuccino and Bakery

 

Photo of the Greenwood Substation-Lotzkar  Park-Smelter Ruins
Greenwood Substation

 

Greenwood Museum
Greenwood Museum

 

Greenwood Post Office
Post Office

 

Photo of the Tunnel of Flags
Tunnel of Flags

 

Greenwood Smelter
Greenwood Smelter

 
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