The Crowsnest Highway stretches some 1,150 kilometres east to west through the southern sections of British Columbia and Alberta, and offers some incredibly scenic and quaint stops along the way.
Part two of this feature about the historic Crowsnest Highway (originally built in 1932), covers some charming places to relax, have a bite and take a break while on the road from Osoyoos to Nelson, British Columbia along this idyllic country route.
- Midway: About an hour’s drive (70 kilometres) east of Osoyoos is where you’ll find the Village of Midway, the Kettle River Museum and “Mile 0” of the Kettle Valley Railway. Since the museum’s grounds are set in a shaded picnic area adjacent to the highway, this makes for a convenient stop to stretch your legs and have a quick bite. The museum was originally built in 1900 and commemorates Southern BC’s rich heritage through a variety of exhibits. While here, visit the museum’s station house, hop aboard a Canadian Pacific Railway caboose and explore the other outdoor artifacts.
- Greenwood: “Picturesque,” “quaint,” “idyllic” … are all terms you’ll hear when the topic turns to Greenwood. This picture-perfect town is a mere 13 kilometres east of Midway and is recognized as “Canada’s Smallest City.” Greenwood boasts a handful of delicious dining options, some charming historic buildings, and more history than towns three or four times its size. Of course, you may just want to browse the antique stores and stop in at the Copper Eagle Bakery in downtown for one of their delicious cinnamon buns and forget about all the history. (We’re not judging.)
- Christina Lake: About an hour east of Greenwood lies the vacation town of Christina Lake. In addition to a warm lake with plenty of swimming options, Christina Lake also features a terrific Welcome Center in the centre of town (and handily just off the highway). Along with the usual traveller necessities such as brochures and maps, the centre also has a gallery with local arts and crafts, an interpretive centre and a local food section.
- Brilliant Suspension Bridge Regional Park: Just a half-hour’s drive southwest of Nelson, this national historic site and park offers a great opportunity to get some fresh air and check out this fully-restored suspension bridge that’s more than 100 years old. While here, enjoy a picnic, explore the trails and take in the views from the observation platform. The bridge was restored in the early 1990s and declared a National Historic Site in 1995. Fifteen years later, in 2010, the bridge was opened to foot traffic at its official Grand Re-Opening Celebration on May 22nd.
Regardless of where your journey takes you along BC’s picturesque Crowsnest Highway, there are plenty of scenic stops to take a picture (or two), explore the area and enjoy some beautiful vistas along the way.
Click here for some on ideas on where to stop along the Crowsnest Highway from the Lower Mainland to Osoyoos (or vice versa, of course).
Driving the Sea to Sky Highway soon? Click here for ideas on convenient (and pretty) stops and rest areas between Vancouver and Whistler.