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Creston Valley

Population: 5,583 (2021 Census)
Elevation: 597 m (1,959 ft)

Kootenay Lake, East Shore:
Boccalino Motel

Some Creston restaurants include:
Jimmys Pub & Grill
Ramada – Ricky’s All Day Grill
Rick’s Iron Kettle Restaurant – 1420 NW Blvd.
Warehouse Pizza
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Shops & Attractions:
Alpine Cheese Company
Tilia Botanicals
Yahk Soap & Candle Co.
Burns Confectioners Apothecary (Yahk)
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Tucked into the sunny bench between the Purcell & Selkirk mountain ranges at the southern tip of Kootenay Lake, the Creston Valley is a perfect retreat for outdoor adventurers, foodies, creative souls, and anyone in need of a wholesome home-away-from-home experience. Located moments from the Canada / US (Idaho) border at Rykerts / Kingsgate border crossing.

The area also has a rich First Nations history, with the Yaqan Nukiy tribe of the Ktunaxa First Nation calling the area home since time immemorial. 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. Legend Logos and the Yaqan Nukiy Heritage Centre offers a gift shop, films and occasionally artisans are working on-site.

More to see & do

Artisans & Shops
Inspired by the valley’s incredible natural beauty, the area is also home to a community of talented artists and artisans who sell their wares in rustic galleries and home studios that are well worth visiting. Be sure to also take time to wander the charming downtown to explore a number of unique boutiques and shops, as well as the iconic grain elevators that overlook the valley.  During the evening, pick from your choice of entertainment options.

Creston Museum
One of the finest small museums in BC, the Creston Museum has an impressive collection of authentic historic buildings and unique & fascinating artifacts from Creston’s yesteryears.

Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA)
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. At the entrance to the CVWMA is the Kootenay Columbia Discovery Centre offering guided canoe tours, interpretive centre and more.

The Creston Golf Course is highlighted by awesome elevation changes and panoramic views throughout. Professionally designed and immaculately manicured – It is a friendly, unpretentious place where everyone is welcome.

Sip & Savour
The Creston Valley’s unique climate and incomparable geography make it a fertile place where you feast like royalty on a 10-mile diet.  From the award-winning Creston Valley Farmers Market to the quaint fruit stands and restaurants, it’s easy to find something fresh. Creston also boasts many wineries, a craft brewery and a distillery.  The Columbia Brewery, is home of Kokanee Beer and through the summer, a brewery tour is offered Monday to Friday between 10am-4pm.

Creston is a four-season playground sheltered by the Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges offering many watersports, hiking, bird watching, golfing and snowmobiling & snowshoeing in the winter.

In the winter, Kootenay Pass undergoes a magical transformation into a winter wonderland, attracting backcountry skiers from around the globe with its exceptional snowpack. During the summer, visitors can hike the Ripple and Cornice Ridge Trails in Stagleap Provincial Park, which unveil breathtaking views of the surrounding Selkirks.

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121 NW Blvd, Hwy 3


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