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

Midway
Midway is located 14 km (9 miles) east of Rock Creek on Hwy 3 when you're heading towards Grand Forks.

Forest Industry
Midway is a small community whose major employment has historically revolved around the forest industry. Unfortunately because of slow economical activity the local saw mill has closed down in 2005 to 2009, but happily has reopened with a joint venture between Boundary Sawmill and Vaagen Brothers. There still is also a forest tree nursery operating on the west side of Hwy 3 when you're leaving town near the scale.

Historic Dewdney Trail
The Village of Midway has derived its historical roots from the gold rush era and railroad industry. In an attempt to establish trading the famous Dewdney Trail from Hope through to Fort Steele was built through Midway in 1865.

Midway Point
Originally called Boundary City the name was eventually changed to Midway in 1894. It was called Midway for its relationship of being the midway point between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Local Services
Most local services are located south off Hwy 3 just off Gertrude Avenue. Here you can find - McMynn's AG Foods a full service grocery store complete with lottery, delicatessen, in-store bakery and liquor outlet plus the Glenburn Coffee House across the street on Florence, Mile 0 Motel on Palmerston Avenue which features His and Hers Restaurant, Kettle River Inn on 5th Avenue featuring a bed and breakfast and The Spot gas station and convenience store.

Kettle Valley Railway
If you're driving on Crowsnest Hwy 3, look for the Kettle River Museum as you go through the west side of Midway. The museum is housed in an old CPR station dating back to the 1900's. This museum is also the 'Mile Zero' point of the now defunct Kettle Valley Railway.

Trans-Canada Trail
If you're a cyclist the Kettle Valley Railway right-of-way is now part of the Trans-Canada Trail that serves as a multi-use recreational trail in the Midway area. You can either cycle west on the Trans-Canada KVR Trail or go east towards Greenwood on the old right-of-way of the defunct Columbia and Western Railway.

Camp at Riverfront Park
If you are doing the Trans-Canada Trail, make sure you stay at Midway at the municipal campground. The very tranquil campsite at the Riverfront Park has lots of shade trees, quiet, reasonably priced, and is centrally located along the Kettle River near the Midway Arena. Next to the campsite is Frank Carpenter Memorial Riverfront Park and just across the street is the Kettle River Inn & Saloon, the local entertainment spot.

Hiking Trails
The campground is also situated near a small mountain to the south where you can find a number of hiking trails to the top where there is a great viewpoint of the international border with Ferry, Washington.

Canoe the Kettle River
Allow yourself a few extra hours to take advantage of the canoe service that operates from the campsite. The service drops you off 8 km (5 miles) upstream at Ingram Bridge and you slowly float down in around 2-3 hours back to the campsite.

Campground Reservations
Contact the Park Operator Steve Stewart at (250) 449-2467 for campground reservations and information on the various paddles along the Kettle River.

Located on the Border with USA
For travellers coming and going to the USA, there is a border crossing located at Midway on Dominion Street with Ferry, Washington. The daytime hours of operation are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm all year long.

Midway Mobile Home & RV Park
For a full service RV Park try the Midway Mobile Home & RV Park located right behind the Kettle Valley Museum at 925 Thirteenth Avenue. The facility offers a quiet setting, shady sites, wi-fi and has some grassy tent sites ideal for people cycling the Trans-Canada KVR Trail. Telephone (250) 449-2739.

Information on Midway

 

 

Map of Midway, BC
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Mile 0 at Midway
Mile 0 at Midway

 

Midway
Midway

 

Kettle River Museum
Kettle River Museum

 

Municipal Campground
Municipal Campground

 

International Border Hike
International Border Hike

 

Kettle River Swimming Hole
Kettle River Swimming Hole

 
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