Kingsgate is a British Columbia port of entry located on Hwys 3/95. The historic Wild Horse Trail Scenic Byway and Dewdney Trail both converged in this area and followed the Moyie River north on the way to the Wild Horse Gold fields and the future site of Fort Steele. There is a duty-free store and three BC customs brokers near this port of entry. Eastport is the US port directly across the border. You will also cross this border if you drive the Orchards Galore Super Side Trip.
The Spokane International Railway, the “SI,” was built between Spokane, Washington, and a connection with the Canadian Pacific southwest of Cranbrook near the town of Kingsgate. The SI, which is now part of the Union Pacific Railroad, proved to be a key link in the CPR system and gave the Canadian Pacific access to the Inland Empire centre of Spokane and its many railroads including the Union Pacific, which in turn gave direct connections to Portland, Oregon. This became the route of the Soo-Spokane Train DeLuxe. In the 1950s, the SI was taken over by the Union Pacific and it is still in operation as an important connection between southern British Columbia and the Northwest States. You will be traveling next to or over these tracks on the Orchards Galore Super Side Trip.