Tales of pioneers, railway stations and echoes of past histories; you might not initially expect the frontier to be rich in history. Yet here, under towering trees and open, bright skies, there are treasures to tell.
Rails in the valley
The beloved Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) and Columbia and Western Railway (C&W) meet at “Mile 0” in Midway. This 240 km (149 mi) section of the Trans Canada Trail is an immersive experience weaving a historic path through frontier country.
Immerse yourself in its history at the Kettle River Museum, where the main attractions are the restored Canadian Pacific Railway caboose and the original Station House, home to exhibits commemorating the era of the Southern Steam Railway. British Columbia.
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Chainsaws and Gardens
Its Ranch Logging Museum is a unique blend of wildflower gardens and Boundary/Kootenay forestry history. This small, family-run logging and logging museum is a must see between Greenwood and Grand Forks. Just past the Colorful Petals is an old timber frame barn where you can see the Chainsaw Museum which chronicles logging in the area.
A journey through 125 years
Both Greenwood and Grand Forks were incorporated in 1897, and 2022 marks their 125th anniversary. There’s no better place to soak up some history than at the Greenwood Museum and the Boundary Museum & Interpretive Centre.
Greenwood was incorporated as a town on July 12, 1897. The BC Copper Company smelter was built in 1901 and brought prosperity to the town, becoming the “hub” of the frontier. At the Greenwood Museum, learn how the mines brought in fortune seekers from many parts of the world and the effect of falling copper prices after World War I.
Another essential part of Greenwood’s history is the forced internment of Japanese Canadians off the west coast of British Columbia in 1942. The museum houses a well-organized section devoted to Japanese culture with artifacts crafts and a Buddhist sanctuary, and includes an exhibition on the living conditions of the internees.
Grand Forks’ history is closely tied to the mining and railroad boom of the 1890s and early 1900s. Early settlers came for the rich farmland, sheltered valley, and temperate climate. They stayed on as the industrial age took over, seeing the introduction of railroads, mines, smelters and power plants. After the great copper boom of the late 19th century, the Doukhobors arrived from Russia. They introduced their communal way of life with flourishing farms around town.
Learn about the history of Grand Forks and Boundary Country at the Boundary Museum and Interpretive Center overlooking the valley at the Fructova Heritage Historic Site. The open grounds and tall trees also provide the perfect opportunity to soak up some history with an afternoon picnic.
Plan your adventures in Boundary Country at boundarybc.com.
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