Christina Lake (pop. 1,413) is a resort town best known for sunny summers and reputedly the warmest tree-lined lake in Canada. The Monashee Mountains’ Ponderosa pine, fir and cedar forests slope to wide sandy beaches. Travellers are naturally drawn here to play along 45 km (28 mi) of storybook shoreline. It’s here where the Trans Canada and the historic Dewdney Trails merge. Ride horseback through the Gilpin Grasslands where Bighorn sheep, elk and deer roam freely. Stroll the trestle over the Kettle River, or the trestle straddling the Cascade Gorge, marveling at Cascade Falls teeming through a narrow gorge 185 m (200 yd) below. The fishing is excellent in spring and the lake is serene and the colours beautiful in fall, perfect settings for idyllic getaways. Take an easy ride on the Trans Canada Trail. Feel the rush of blasting downhill on trails with built-up stunts, long cross-country rides, or scenic hikes on the height of land.