Interesting stories and experiences from the Crowsnest Highway region

Winter view of Crowsnest highway


Winter Wonders Along the Crowsnest: A Frosty Journey Through Scenic Landscapes

As winter blankets the picturesque landscapes of the Crowsnest Highway 3, a magical transformation takes place, turning this scenic route into a snow-covered wonderland. The crisp air carries the promise of adventure, as snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes, and charming towns create a captivating tapestry. Winter along the Crowsnest invites travelers to embrace the enchantment of the season, where each twist and turn in the highway unveils a new vista of natural beauty. Whether you’re a snow enthusiast seeking the thrill of winter sports or a serene seeker looking for cozy moments by the fire, this winter promises a journey filled with both exhilarating experiences and serene tranquility.  Join us as we embark on a captivating exploration of Winter along the Crowsnest Highway 3, where the chill in the air is matched only by the warmth of the landscapes and communities that define this snowy wonder.

Boundary Country Hwy 3 winter view

Winter Hiking

Hope, hiking in fog, winter acticity

Winter hiking in the breathtaking landscapes of Hope, BC, unveils a serene and mystical world that is uniquely captivating. The ethereal beauty of fog weaving through snow-dusted trees creates an enchanting atmosphere, making it a haven for photographers seeking to capture the poetic dance between nature and weather. The soft diffused light, courtesy of the fog, adds a dreamlike quality to the photographs, transforming every step into a visual poetry of contrasts. Hikers can revel in the stillness interrupted only by the crunch of snow beneath their boots, while photographers find inspiration in the muted palette and the interplay of light and shadow. Winter hiking and fog photography in Hope offers an immersive experience where the quietude of the surroundings and the artistry of the natural elements blend seamlessly to create a truly magical outdoor adventure.

If that wasn’t enough, the community comes alive with artistic vibrancy during its enchanting Art Walk. This annual event transforms the town into an open-air gallery, inviting both locals and visitors to explore the diverse expressions of creativity. As you stroll through the charming streets, you will encounter a kaleidoscope of artistic mediums, from vibrant paintings and sculptures to intricate crafts. The Art Walk not only highlights the talent of local artists but also fosters a sense of community, with businesses and public spaces serving as unique canvases.

Skiing and Snowboarding in Osoyoos

View from Mt Baldy ski lift

Nestled in the pristine wilderness of Osoyoos, nearby Baldy Mountain Resort emerges as a winter wonderland, enchanting snow enthusiasts with its alpine charm. This idyllic destination transforms into a snowy haven, offering a playground for winter sports enthusiasts. Skiers and snowboarders carve through pristine powder on impeccably groomed slopes, while the stunning vistas from Baldy’s summit take one’s breath away. The resort’s cozy lodge beckons with warm hospitality, providing a perfect retreat after a day on the slopes. With its family-friendly atmosphere and diverse terrain, there are ample opportunities for both the novice and seasoned winter adventurers to get a fill of winter recreation!

Visit the BC Bird Trail

Bird watching in Osoyoos
Yellow winged blackbird, Osoyoos

If you’re looking for a slower pace  activity that is gaining more attraction, birding in Osoyoos offers enthusiasts a unique and diverse experience along the BC Bird Trail. This region boasts a rich array of bird species from lakeshores to desert landscapes, including migratory birds and those indigenous to the area. The area’s commitment to bird conservation and its strategic location along the bird trail makes it an ideal destination for both amateur and seasoned birdwatchers, promising a rewarding and picturesque adventure.

Cross Country Skiing, Nordic skiing and Snowshoeing

China Ridge, cross country skiing

China Ridge Cross-Country Skiing in the Similkameen Valley offers winter enthusiasts a spectacular blend of pristine landscapes and exhilarating outdoor recreation. This trail system provides an extensive network of well-groomed cross-country ski trails suitable for various skill levels. Skiers can traverse through enchanting forests and open meadows, reveling in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. China Ridge’s commitment to maintaining high-quality trails and its idyllic location makes it a premier destination for cross-country skiing, inviting visitors to experience the serenity of winter.

Manning Park snowshoeing

If you’re a lover and enthusiast of all things winter, Manning Park Resort is the epicenter for having a diverse range of activities amid a stunning alpine setting. The resort offers a variety of tickets and passes catering to different interests, from downhill skiing and snowboarding to Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. With well-maintained slopes and trails, all skill levels can enjoy and visitors can immerse themselves in this wonderland.

Take in the views of snow-covered orchards and vineyards in the Keremeos/Cawston area for your winter get-a-way, check out winter option in the Similkameen Valley.

family on ski chairlift in SImilkameen
powder skiing, Big White

In case you haven’t gotten your fill of the fun things to do in the snow, explore the Ski and Snowboarding opportunities in Boundary Country. From small mountains like Phoenix Ski Hill in Greenwood to our most popular hill in Big White Ski Resort, here you can expect exhilarating adventures, from family-friendly resorts to challenging backcountry terrains, making this the perfect winter playground. There are even opportunities to explore our KVR Trail and backcountry in snowshoes and fat tire bikes. 

Ice Fishing in Boundary Country

Continuing your journey in Boundary Country, embark on an ice fishing adventure that offers anglers a unique and serene experience across an array of lakes from Jewel Lake, to our most popular spot in Wilgress Lake, between Greenwood and Grand Forks, all the way to Christina Lake. Whether it’s the thrill of catching a trophy fish or simply relishing the tranquility of a frozen lake, this region beckons avid ice anglers to discover the joys of fishing in the winter.

ice fishing in boundary Country

Are you ready to come and play in the snow?

Big White skating

In the embrace of winter along the enchanting Crowsnest Highway 3, a snow-covered wonderland unfolds, revealing the magic of snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes, and charming towns with plenty of things to do and experience. This exploration embodies the essence of winter, where each destination paints a unique brushstroke on the canvas of a snowy wonder, offering a journey filled with exhilaration and tranquility.