River’s Crossing is in the perfect location for any kind of outdoor adventurist. The area offers a rich palette of activities throughout the year. Summer brings peaceful days or adventures on the trails and lazy days at the beach. When autumn falls, the hiking trails come alive with vibrant colours and crisp, mountain air.
Going for a scenic walk doesn’t require driving or planning when you live at River’s Crossing. Almost every day during the off season Joan, Lynn, Lorraine and Mel lace up their shoes and meet for a walk around the Shadow Mountain golf paths.
The Northstar Rails to Trails, built on an old rail bed, features a paved path running from Cranbrook to Kimberley. The scenic path is popular with walkers, cyclists and roller-bladers in the summer and snowshoers and skiers in the winter.
The Cranbrook Community Forest features miles of natural trails winding through a diverse landscape. Unless you’re hiking with someone who knows the area be smart and get your hands on a map before venturing forth. The sheer volume of trails makes getting turned around a distinct possibility.
Another favourite is the Wycliffe Wildlife Corridor. A short, steep walk brings you to the top of a pine spotted butte overlooking bunchgrass covered prairies and the stunning Steeples range. You can track the progression of spring into summer by watching the prevalent wildflowers change from springtime crocuses and brilliant yellow balsamroot to the purple lupins of summer.
In the winter these trails are accessible on snowshoes, cross country skis or good winter boots.