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Boundary-Monashee-Loop

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Boundary Monashee Loop

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3 to 7 days, 731.62 km (454.61 mi)

Christina Lake (Allen Jones)
Christina Lake (Allen Jones)

Heading east from Osoyoos, explore the bounty of Boundary Country. Hike the Kettle Valley Rail Trail or pan for gold before heading north to Nakusp to soak in natural hot springs.  

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Greenwood (Allen Jones)
Part 1
Osoyoos - Grand Forks

124.78 km - about 1 hours 34 min

Take Highway 3 East from Osoyoos, passing through quaint communities en route. Learn about the Gold Rush in Rock Creek, visit Canada’s smallest city in Greenwood, or start your hike at Mile 0 of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail in Midway. Continue driving through the valley flanked by the Monashee Mountains and rolling farmland until the Kettle and Granby rivers converge in Grand Forks.
Minutes from Rock Creek you’ll find one of the most popular family campgrounds in Boundary Country. Straddling the Kettle River, Kettle Valley Recreation Area provides ample summer fun amid Ponderosa pine. The Kettle Valley Rail Trail passes through the site, ideal for hikers and bikers.
 

Christina Lake (Allen Jones)
Part 2
Grand Forks – Nakusp

239.26 km - about 3 hours 2 min

Explore the Kootenays as Highway 3 connects with Highway 6 heading north toward Nakusp, passing mountain vistas and forests on your way to natural hot springs. Situated in the Kuskanax Valley with a view of the Selkirk Mountains, Nakusp Hot Springs has camping as well as chalet accommodations available.
On your way, stop at Christina Lake (the warmest tree-lined lake in Canada). As a local summer retreat, the lake is a serene backdrop for relaxation and outdoor recreation. In addition to water activities, you can golf, mountain bike, fish, or hike to Rainbow Rock for the best view of Cascade Falls.

Marbel Lake (Monashee Tourism)
Part 3
Nakusp – Vernon

193.89 km - about 2 hours 51 min

Head south from Nakusp to Fauquier where you’ll catch the Needles Cable Ferry. The crossing takes just 5 minutes (and runs every 30 minutes) and connects with Highway 6 on the western side of Upper Arrow Lake. Continue west through the agricultural towns of Cherryville and Lumby before arriving in the North Okanagan city of Vernon.

Kalamalka Lake (Thomas Bullock)
Part 4
Vernon to Osoyoos

173.69 km - about 2 hours 23 min

Depart Vernon and head south on Route 97. Stop at Kalamalka Lake for a photo op. This unique body of water gets its vibrant hues from limestone deposits left by receding glaciers. When the lake warms, crystals form to reflect the sunlight, creating its distinct colours. As you continue south, you’ll pass through Lake Country. Enjoy the landscape as you stop for fresh fruit or a wine-tasting along the way.

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Driving Directions

Part 1 - Osoyoos - Grand Forks - 124.78 km - about 1 hours 34 min
1.

Head east on Crowsnest Hwy/Main St/BC-3 E toward 85 StContinue to follow Crowsnest Hwy/BC-3 E

124.58 km
2.

Turn right onto 8 St

0.04 km
3.

Turn rightDestination will be on the right

0.15 km
Part 2 - Grand Forks – Nakusp - 239.26 km - about 3 hours 2 min
1.

Head north toward 8 St

0.15 km
2.

Turn left onto 8 St

0.04 km
3.

Turn right onto Crowsnest Hwy/BC-3 E

95.42 km
4.

Take the BC-3A exit toward Nelson

0.21 km
5.

Continue onto BC-3A

19.55 km
6.

Turn left onto BC-6 N (signs for Slocan/New Denver/Nakusp)

123.05 km
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Sharp left onto BC-6

0.54 km
8.

Turn right onto 1 St NW

0.30 km
Part 3 - Nakusp – Vernon - 193.89 km - about 2 hours 51 min
1.

Head east on 1 St NW toward 3 Ave NW

0.01 km
2.

Turn right at the 1st cross street onto 3 Ave NW

0.12 km
3.

Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Broadway St W

0.38 km
4.

Continue onto BC-6

56.92 km
5.

Take the Needles, BC - Fauquier, BC ferry

1.07 km
6.

Continue straight onto BC-6

134.15 km
7.

Turn left to stay on BC-6

0.22 km
8.

Turn right onto 32 St/Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 N

0.88 km
9.

Turn right onto 37th AveDestination will be on the right

0.14 km
Part 4 - Vernon to Osoyoos - 173.69 km - about 2 hours 23 min
1.

Head west on 37th Ave toward 31 St

0.02 km
2.

Turn left at the 1st cross street onto 31 St

0.16 km
3.

Turn right onto 35 Ave

0.11 km
4.

Turn left at the 1st cross street onto 32 St/Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 SContinue to follow Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 S

31.45 km
5.

Turn right onto Glenmore Rd

15.79 km
6.

Turn right onto Bernard Ave

0.65 km
7.

Turn left onto Burtch Rd

0.58 km
8.

Turn right onto Harvey Ave/Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 SContinue to follow Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 S

63.38 km
9.

Turn right onto Hwy 97/Okanagan Hwy/Railway St/BC-97 S (signs for Oliver/Osoyoos)Continue to follow Hwy 97/Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 S

19.59 km
10.

Turn right onto Hwy 97/Main St/Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 S (signs for Osoyoos)Continue to follow Hwy 97/Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 S

19.49 km
11.

Continue onto Main St

2.92 km
12.

Continue onto BC-97 S

18.64 km
13.

Turn left onto Crowsnest Hwy/Main St/BC-3 E (signs for Osoyoos Town Centre/Rock Creek/Grand Forks/Crowsnest Highway)Destination will be on the left

0.92 km