X
3-fall-on-christina-lake

Christina Lake in the fall.

(Christina Lake Stewardship Society photo)

Christina Lake

Geography

The community of Christina Lake is located on the southeast shore of the lake by the same name.

The round-shouldered Christina Range of the Monashee Mountains surrounds the lake, climbing steeply from the shoreline in all directions. To the east, the jagged peaks of the Selkirks rise higher still. Christina Creek flows south from the lake and joins the Kettle River a short distance from the village.

Christina Lake is 18km/11mi long and is reputed to be the warmest tree lined lake in Canada with an average summer temperature of 22°C/71°F.

Multiple Ecosystems

Significant variations in elevation support a variety of ecosystems from lakeside riparian to alpine. Christina Lake lies at the eastern fringe of the transition zone between the semi-arid Okanagan Valley and the Interior rainforest of the Kootenay Rockies. Gladstone Provincial Park at the north end of Christina Lake protects areas of the unique Selkirk Foothills ecosystem. Giant cedars measuring as much as 2.4m/8ft in diameter are a special feature of the old growth cedar/hemlock forest.

Fish Habitat

Christina Lake is home to 19 species of fish including rainbow trout, kokanee salmon and bass up to 4.5kg/10lb. In autumn, kokanee spawn in many creeks that feed Christina Lake, while small mouth and large mouth bass spawn around May in Christina Creek, which connects the lake with the Kettle River.

Climate & Weather

Reliably warm summers are the main draw for Christina Lake with July temperatures averaging 28°C/82°F, although the mercury regularly jumps into the 30°C/90°F. The area experiences a distinct springtime marked by the emergence of bountiful wildflowers, while autumn sees patches of brilliant colour. Annual rainfall averages 420mm/16.5in. Winters are not severe with temperatures in the -8°C/17°F to -2°C/28°F range. Snowfall averages 44cm/17in.