Pack your inner tubes for river floating and mountain bikes for riding in this border town in southern British Columbia on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. Midway, BC was established as a railroad stop during the region’s mining boom, and has since become a stop on the recreational rail trail that followed in its…tracks. Winding rivers, rocky hills, choice camping spots and good looking trails are all waiting for you in our outdoor guide to Midway, BC.
These recommendations may also be useful if you’re planning a trip to the nearby town of Rock Creek. All are on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail.
- Tubing the Kettle River
- Biking the Kettle Valley Rail Trail
- Desert-y hills and Western ranch vibe
Where: South-Central British Columbia, Canada
- 2 hours from Kelowna, BC 154 km / 96 miles (bus available, closest airport)
- 2.25 hours from Nelson, BC 193 km / 119 miles
Top 3 Activities in Midway
1. Bike the Kettle Valley Rail Trail
Midway sits at the junction of two rail trails: Kettle Valley and Columbia & Western. The Kettle Valley Trail heads north from town, and if you’re up for a few days of riding continues through Beaverdell to Kelowna’s Myra Canyon trestles. In the opposite direction, the Columbia & Western trail leads you through hills outside of town and winds its way to Castlegar. You’ll want either a mountain bike with front suspension or a gravel bike with tires in the 40mm range in order to make the most of the trail and avoid roads. Rentals and shuttle services are available in the region, but it’s worth a multi-day bikepacking trip if you have the time and resources. There’s an annual bikepacking race, the BC Epic 1000, that follows these trails as well.
Canada’s continent-wide Great Trail also follows Midway’s rail trails
2. Float down the Kettle River
Bring a tube and a sense of adventure for a trip down the winding Kettle River. Start in Ingram Bridge north of town, and enjoy and float back. At this point, the Kettle River enters the US, so you’ll need to disembark. There are plenty of options for put-ins and take-outs north near Rock Creek as well.
3. Mountain Bike or Run Town Trails
You can bike, hike, or run from the municipal campsites in town alongside the Kettle River. Take the riverwalk trail for an evening stroll, then set aside a few hours to explore trails up the hill across the river, including a climb to a monument on the US/Canada border.
The municipal campground by the river in downtown Midway is an easy choice if you want to stay in town, and BC Parks has some beautiful Creekside options nearby as well like Kettle River, Conkle Lake, and Boundary Creek. Additional private options are also available and listed here.
When to Visit
The Kettle Valley Rail Trail has more traffic during the summer months, so don’t be afraid to aim closer to the shoulder season in the spring (watch for Kettle River flooding) or the fall.