Sick of the crowded lakes and traffic jams of the Okanagan? Give the Boundary region a try. There are plenty of smaller lakes in the region, it has a hot, dry climate, beautiful hillsides crisscrossed with the Kettle Valley Railway trail and Trans Canada Trail, and two fine rivers (the Kettle and Grandby) for a lazy summer float, wade, or stop at numerous swimming holes with white sand beaches. Johnny’s is an excellent motel, more aptly described as duplex units sine you only share one wall per unit and usually get your own carport (some bachelor units have pull-up parking without the carport roof) and every unit has a side entrance, windows facing the river, and its own slice of river side lawn with patio chairs, picnic table, shade trees, good quality BBQ, and an easy walk down to their private beach. If the rivers not for you or you have young kids that you want to keep corralled they also have an outdoor pool situated in a sun-exposed spot. Johnny’s is located for an easy walk over a bridge to the downtown core of Grandforks where you will find an excellent Russian (and contemporary food café), a number of Espresso bars, casual clothing shops, pet supplies, bookstore, antique shop, and groceries. The regional trail club provides a map for a small fee that details several walks near-by, from riverside to town loops and a trek up a hill for a panoramic view of the valley. Four of the treks are all accessible by foot from Johnny’s as are both rivers, making this a pretty fine spot for a short get away. Johnny’s kitchenette units are well equipped for that length of stay. They are spacious enough with a new mid-sized fridge (with freezer), a good size and quality toaster oven and hot plate, and the gas BBQ outside your door that includes a side burner as well as double-decker grill. Cupboards are well stocked and kettle, coffee maker, and toaster included. All units come with either a kitchen table or counter, for comfortable sit down meals. Johnny’s is pet friendly, clean, and well maintained. We like the units with separate bedroom because they are so well laid out. Both rooms have bathroom access so you don’t have to pass through a room where others are asleep to use the bathroom, and there are a lot of windows on both sides of the unit to welcome sun rise and sun sets. There are some short (about one hour) day trips you can make from here, to Rock Creek and Christiana Lake Provincial Parks to round out a pleasant, short-stay break. Two more notes of interest: There are a number of interesting Doukhobor historical sites in the region and Grandforks is a crazy town for deer! They are lazing about in every nook and cranny. Keep your dogs leashed!
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- Traditional English hospitality, 1 blk east of city centre with beautiful riverside location. Air-conditioned, refurbished ground level units, queen beds, DD phones, cable TV, fridges, large heated seasonal pool, picnic tables, bbqs, fax service, reasonable rates, free wireless internet access ... more less
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