Sitting halfway between the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Ocean, the village of Midway also marks Mile 0 of the historic Kettle Valley Railway. Stop to take a turn around the Kettle River Museum and its original 1901 Station House, where the rail line’s first passenger train left for the West Coast in 1915 (the last would chug through in 1964). Then cycle in its quiet wake along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail section of the Great Trail. Take in sunny valley views on a hike up Midway Mountain’s multiuse trails to the 49th parallel—it’s not every day you get to stand in two countries at once. Or drop a line for trout in the Kettle River or one of 40 nearby creeks and lakes.
Gold miners have long left Rock Creek, but this former frontier town in the southwest corner of Boundary Country now brims with outdoor adventure. Hike, bike, or horseback ride the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, which meanders past riparian stands of pine, cedar, and spruce. And pack your rod for trout fishing at forest-fringed Conkle Lake Provincial Park. Come winter, hit the rail trail on cross-country skis, or make tracks through light fluffy powder at family-friendly Baldy Mountain Resort.
Just 13.5 kilometres north of Rock Creek, the community of Westbridge sits among grassy meadows, larch, and pine forests, as well as alpine wildflowers in spring and vibrant leaves in fall. Look for deer, bears, and moose, often grazing along the highway. Or glimpse them on a hike, bike, or horseback ride along the river and in the semi-arid Christian Valley, reached via the West Kettle River Bridge.