Christina Lake is on the Crowsnest Highway in the Kettle River Valley, and in the shadow of the Monashee Mountains. It is 20 kilometres east of Grand Forks and 73 kilometres southwest of Castlegar. The village and the lake were named after Christina McDonald, daughter of fur-trader Angus McDonald, who ran the Hudson’s Bay Company trading post at Fort Colville from 1852-1871. The arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the late 1890s opened-up many new towns in the area, and by the early 199s, there were summer cottages on the lake. When the Cascade-Rossland Highway was completed in 1922, more tourists visited the region. Christina Lake boasts the warmest water of any tree lined lake in Western Canada and is popular for power boating and water sports.
During World War II, approximately 100 Japanese people were relocated in a summer resort hotel and its adjacent cabins. Many decided to stay in the area. The Trans Canada Trail and the historic Dewdney Trail and Kettle Valley Railroad Trail meet at Christina Lake, attracting hikers and tourists.
Christina Lake Beaches
Area beaches: Richie Beach, Kingsley Beach, Christina Creek, Gladstone Provincial Park (Texas Creek), and Christina Lake Provincial Park. Boat- accessible beaches: Troy Creek, Treadmill Creek, Trapper Creek, Starchuck Beach, Parson Creek, Ole Johnson, and Axel Johnson.
Christina Lake Attractions
Texas Point Campground
Texas Creek Rd, Christina Lake, BC V0H 1E1
Texas Point is a campground in Christina Lake with a widely known and popular beach that includes cliffs that many residents and tourists scale and jump from. Christina Lake Provincial Park is the most used provincial park and is often busy. It has a big beach at the south end of the lake, volleyball nets, picnic tables, a boat ramp and marina.