Creston and Creston Valley
If not for the dramatic backdrop of the Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges, Creston could easily be mistaken for a prairie town. But a look beyond the grain elevators and table-flat fields of alfalfa reveals Creston’s orchard and fruit stands, all marking this valley as some of the most fertile land in British Columbia.
Visitors to this area will find a broad range of shops, services and restaurants in Creston along with a variety of motels, camping facilities and RV parks. The golfing at Creston’s 18-hole course is first class while fishing, hunting, hiking and cross-country skiing are but a few options for the outdoor adventurer.
The Creston Wildlife Management Area Centre is one of the major attractions in this region. Open between April and October, this wetland habitat interpretive centre provides nature lovers with a first-hand look at hundreds of species of plants and animals. For people-lovers, Creston’s annual Blossom Festival, Garden Festival and Quilt Festival offer a variety of great programs, activities and social events for everyone.
Highway 3A, north from Creston along the east shore of Kootenay Lake, is an attraction itself. Secluded beaches, small settlements and cottage businesses make this lakeside drive something every traveller to BC should see.
Like most parts of the Kootenays, it was gold that brought the people to the Creston Valley, and this community soon became an important railway and paddle wheeler station for the men and supplies headed up Kootenay Lake. Today, Creston remains an important centre with a thriving business sector, a community college, Creston’s traditional agricultural industry, and a growing tourism trade, all of which are burgeoning in this fertile, picturesque valley.
Elevation: 611m/2,004 ft.
Access: BC Highways 3 and 3A, and Idaho Highways 95 & 2
Attractions: Creston Wildlife Centre, The Creston Golf Course, The Glass House, Wayside Gardens, Columbia Brewery, Kootenay Candle Factory