Nothing beats a day out on the water when it's scorching hot outside, and when it comes to fun on the water there is nowhere better than Christina Lake. Whatever your speed, the lake offers something for every water lover and boating enthusiast, from adventure seekers to simple relaxation. At 18 km long and 1.5 km wide, and over 25 km² of surface area to enjoy, there is plenty of room to spend hours at your favorite water sports and activities, from waterskiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing or tubing, to touring, fishing, paddling a kayak or canoe.
The warm water of Christina Lake enables boaters to enjoy water sports through the spring, summer, and into fall. The North end of the lake offers a number of sandy, boat access beaches, just perfect for a day's outing.
For those who favour a more leisurely pace, grab the family and some friends and tour the lake on a pontoon boat. The scenery is wonderful, and you'll find plenty of things to see on our 45km of shoreline, including historic petroglyphs dating back hundreds of years. Pause for a swim in our clear, warm water, or make a stopover and discover the massive Cedar trees in our magnificent old growth forest at Troy Creek.
Christina Lake has two fun and exciting golf courses.
The Christina Lake Golf and Country Club, is an 18 hole championship course, rated one of the top 25 in British Columbia. Designed by the renowned golf course architect Les Furber, the course has been open since 1986, and offers 6685 yards of exciting and challenging golf.
The course is situated along the picturesque Kettle River with beautiful scenery and quiet surroundings and features three water challenge ponds and unique black sand bunkers. Christina Lake Golf and Country Club offers a driving range, pro shop and a club house, complete with a full restaurant, patio and banquet facility that overlook the meticulous greens and lush fairways.
Just down the road is the 9 hole Cascade Par 3 Golf Course, the only one of its kind in the Kootenay-Boundary area. This well-maintained public course boasts large greens, testing elevation changes, strategically placed water hazards and bunkers, a putting green, pro shop and excellent dining at the Dueling Oaks restaurant, by reservation only. Its beautiful and quiet setting makes a wonderful outing for the whole family.
Both courses are located only a couple of minutes from Christina Lake, just north of the Canada - U.S. border. When driving from Christina Lake, turn left at the junction of Highway 3 and Highway 395 (to the U.S.) and follow the signs.
HIKING & BIKING
If hiking and biking are your idea of a good time, then let the good times roll at Christina Lake. Here you will find a great network of trails for every level of rider or hiker. If you like a leisurely stroll by a meandering creek or a steep descent down technical trails, we have it all. Christina Lake is home to one of the finest sections of the Trans Canada Trail, the Kettle Valley Railbed, with two decked trestles (one of the longest on the CPR) and the longest tunnel (over 1 km long!) on the KVR. Much of the surface has been renewed between Christina Lake and Grand Forks, making this riverside trip through the new Gilpin Grasslands Provincial Park easy and thoroughly enjoyable for families and friends. Of course the Cascade Gorge section is unrivaled anywhere on the KVR and must be seen to appreciate the majesty of the Falls.
Hiking can be scenic and leisurely in the Community Nature Park right by the Lake, or rugged and challenging to the top of nearby Old Glory or Gladstone Mountain. There are easily accessed trails throughout the district, offering everything from a short after dinner walk to excellent day hikes and overnight trips.
Christina Lake has fishing for everyone. Whether you fly fishing, trolling or cast, Christina Lake and the surrounding area is the place for you! The Christina Lake annual Fishing Derby is held in late May - great fishing and fun for the whole family!
March and April are the best months for the large Rainbow Trout. These range from 5-15 pounds and are best caught trolling a plug or buck tail fly. Kokanee fishing is best in May and June and they range up to 1½ pounds and bite on spinners, flies, and live bait (maggots and worms).
A well kept secret is the great Bass fishing at Christina Lake, with both large and small mouth bass up to 10 pounds. Bass fishing runs from May until September. Carp, Mountain Whitefish, Prickly Sculpin, Slimy Sculpin and Northern Pikeminnow also call the lake home.