Take Life Adagio


Paddle boarding at Christina Lake.
Brave mom & children paddle-boarding.

Summer is the time to slow down, disconnect, decompress and savour the moment, particularly if at that moment in time you are somewhere where you want to be. Like Christina Lake, and you’re on a bike, hike, kayak or paddle board going slow, silent and simple.

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View from Mary’s Lookout Trail.
Kayak on Christina Lake
Early morning at English Point.

Summer releases for some of us the urge to ‘rev up our motors’ and take to the trail with our ATVS, the roads with our motorcycles and the lake with our jet-skis and wake boats. While Christina Lake and the Boundary/Kootenay region of the province are large and wild enough spaces to accommodate mechanized exploration, choosing to traverse the area on your own steam buys you time to loiter in arguably one of the most beautiful areas of B.C.


Where else have you got a landscape that straddles two distinct biomes – grassland and temperate forest – and within that a spectrum of

Lily pads, Christina Lake
Lily pads at the head of Christina Lake.

ecosystems that feature copses of cottonwoods, pondorosa pines and  first-growth cedars? Where two rivers lazily loop their way past farmland, nurseries, historic Doukhobor homesteads and sunbleached

Kettle River.
Kettle River turning south at Christina Lake.

river rocks and sandflats? Where a decommissioned railway gently – with never an incline of more than 2% – winds its way down mountain passes on either side of a ‘sunshine valley’, passing over no less than four magnificent old trestle bridges and one canyon gorge? Where a lake on a major

Cascade Falls
Cascade Falls on the Kettle River.

highway has escaped the scourge of overdevelopment because half of it extends into protected provincial park terrain? And whose water – clear and sun-warmed – gives it an enviable status as a family favourite for swimming and boating? These are the waterways, footpaths and historic byways close by the lake that let us experience life at a tempo it was designed. To be inhaled, heard and connected to one deliberate footstep, pedal and paddle at a time.

Paddlers at Christina Lake.
Paddlers gathering at Homecoming.


If you need more encouragement to get ‘unplugged’ and offroad this summer, you’ll find the support you need through a number of local and online resources:

      1. Christina Lake Welcome Centre; a goldmine of information and assistance for all things lake-oriented. Check out their new trail map
        Trail Map, Christina Lake.
        New Christina Lake Trail Map.

        which clearly marks, describes and gives directions to trailheads for 27 hiking and mountain biking trails, the canoe & kayak access points on the lake and all marine park campgrounds.

      2. Four websites: cltrails.info, trailforks.com, kettlerivermba.com, trailsbc.ca for information regarding hike/bike trails in the
        Indian Rocks, Christina Lake.
        Texas Point, Christina Lake.

        Boundary, mountain biking in the Kettle River basin, and the section of the Trans Canada trail

        Trans Canada Trail.
        Trans Canada Trail in Christina Lake.

        between Grand Forks and Christina Lake.

      1. Local rental services. New owners at Wildways Adventure Sports – the Strzelec family – are happy to accommodate all your adventure sports needs. See them for kayak, paddle board and bike rentals, and Cycling, Christina Lakejust general help with your tires, your derailleur, your route, and the shuttles available. Kayaks, canoes and paddle boards can also be rented at the Christina Lake Marina and kayaks at Lakeview Motel.

Take life adagio (a musical term which means ‘at a slow tempo’) this summer, and truly tune into the

harmony of our glorious outdoors!

Autumn at Christina Lake
Autumn approaching at Christina Lake.

Joan Thompson

I'm a freelance writer and lifelong travel enthusiast. In mid-life, I am pursuing passions that include: adventure, books, music, beauty, epic people and journeys, the extraordinary in the everyday. Part of my story takes place in B.C. Canada and part of it along the shores of the Mediterranean.

6 thoughts on “Take Life Adagio

  • July 22, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Oh, Joan. I miss it so! Amid all the goodness and beauty of my new place, I miss it so.

    • July 23, 2016 at 6:21 am

      Ah, Leslie. Is it because even at the busiest of times – summer – the Boundary has this feeling of ‘forgotten’ and we are all privy to this beautiful hidden ‘kingdom’ beyond that last mountain? That’s what I love. There’s a kayak waiting for you here on your next visit!

  • July 23, 2016 at 8:10 am

    WONDERFUL article Joan!!! Love the musical analogy!!!

    • July 23, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Thank you, Lynn – thought of you & Rob when I photographed mom & her kids on
      the paddle board. Thank you for the ride!

  • July 24, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Loved your article. My family lived there from 1952 to 1970 having built the Totem Motel.
    I hope to make it home this summer 2016 and happy to see I will still recognize the place which is much different from most places I’ve lived in the world. Sincerely Brian Huntley Cebu Philippines

    • July 24, 2016 at 7:41 am

      Thanks, Brian
      All the way from Cebu Philippines! Thanks for your endorsement, and hope you find those quiet places at the lake this summer!


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