|Population: 5,583 (2021 Census)
Elevation: 597 m (1,959 ft)
Tucked into the sunny bench between the Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges, Creston is the perfect retreat for outdoor adventurers, foodies, creative souls, lovers of the land and anyone in need of a wholesome home-away-from-home experience. Be sure to stop in at Tilia Botanicals to help you on your road to wellness.
Creston is proud of the food they grow and how they grow it. The city has many farms offering gate sales – stop in and pick up a fresh basket of fruit and vegetables. Blue Canoe Orchards offer a unique activity attraction – rent a cherry tree and experience the harvest with U-Pick.
A large, talented community of artists and artisans gives colour and texture to the valley’s culture.
The Lower Kootenay Band of the Ktunaxa nation carries forth its ancient cultural heritage and a language so distinct that it is unconnected to any other in the world.
The Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre and Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, a Ramsar designated wetland of international importance, covers 17,000 acres, boasts 32 kilometres (20 mi) of walking trails and is home to over 300 species of birds, 57 species of mammals and 29 species of fish, reptiles and amphibians. The Nature Centre offers guided canoe tours and interpretive programs.
There are so many ways to enjoy this place. You’ll want to take your time travelling the Creston Valley. It stretches north along the Kootenay Lake East Shore to the village of Crawford Bay. Many villages dot Highway 3A along the way: Sirdar, Sanca, Boswell and Gray Creek.