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Insider knowledge, local perspectives, and fantastic suggestions are all highlights of the Creston Valley Kootenay Lake Route Blog. We’ll help you to discover exactly what you don’t want to miss while here!

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I find it easy to assume that the vast Kootenay backcountry is a portal to another time. 

Not even all that long ago, the Ktunaxa peoples roamed the forests, using connecting water ways to fish, hunt and trade. As you walk through the outdoors you think to yourself, "This is what they saw. This is what they smelled and felt."

But that's not entirely true.

British Columbia has seen massive deforestation for the sake of industry and growth. Entire habitats were lost including wetland and old growth forest. 

Creston and Area
Creston and Area
Seasons change, as do our weekly routines. As I'm writing this it's snowing... In September. by Jensen Shields What does the cold and less-than-fair conditions bring to the the Creston...
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Creston and Area
It's that time of the year to come to the Creston Valley and stock up on all the bounty! by Ilana Cameron The fruit here in the Creston Valley is...
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Crawford Bay and Area
Come for the scenery, stay for the people. Crawford Bay is a special place — the welcome sign tips you off from the start with it's motto: "Artistic by nature"...
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Crawford Bay and Area
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy... That could be said for a lot of music festivals, or space ports. Starbelly Jam is not that...
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Arrive filled with questions and leave with the gift of knowledge by Ilana Cameron I was anticipating the stories and the beauty of the lake but I didn't expect to...
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Creston and Area
Bring the kids, embrace your inner child and have a blast! by Ilana Cameron When I started to research for this piece I thought I had an idea of the...
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Yahk and Area
In the early 1900’s Yahk was once a thriving CP Railroad lumber community serving as a major supplier of railroad ties for the Canadian Pacific Railway. Today Yahk is a...
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Creston and Area
The Creston Valley consists of several thriving communities, Wynndel, Lower Kootenay Band, Erickson, Canyon, Lister, Arrow Creek and Kitchener. Start your journey with a visit to the Creston Valley Visitor...
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Crawford Bay and Area
The East Shore is made up of eight quaint artistic communities Riondel, Kootenay Bay, Crawford Bay, Gray Creek, Boswell, Sirdar, Sanca, and Kuskanook that wind along the shores of Kootenay...
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Strawberries, Starbelly and Yahk... Oh my! by Ilana Cameron I love swimming in the summer almost more than anything — yes sometimes even more than coffee. But I also have...
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Take the plunge in water shared by Sasquatch. This geologically diverse area offers interesting and unique opportunities for cooling off in natural waters. Do you love to dip in a...
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Creston and Area
Making the most out of a sunny day in Creston... by Ilana Cameron Saturdays in Creston offer a unique opportunity to sample our abundance of local produce and the ever...
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First Hike Of The Season On Billy Goat Bluffs - Creston's Newest Trail! by Ilana Cameron As much as I do enjoy a multi-day trek through the mountains, sometimes all...
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Creston and Area
Welcoming the spring with old and new traditions in the Creston Valley by Ilana Cameron There is so much to get excited about when blossoms start to open and our...
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At last the days are growing longer and Spring is just around the corner. Before leaping into spring take a look back at the winter wonderland the Creston Valley - Kootenay Lake had to offer.
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Creston and Area
There is nothing that can quite compare to the feeling of joy one gets while breaking through the gloomy mid-winter cloud cover into the bluebird skies high above on the...
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Creston and Area
With consistent snowfall, mild winter temperatures, and staging areas located at elevation, snowmobiling on the Salmo-Creston Pass is a favorite riding area for many. Terrain can be as challenging as...
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Creston and Area
Experience the energetic live music scene in the Creston Valley in a variety of venues from an outdoor stage to up-close intimate settings. Rock out at one of the largest...
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When temperatures soar, nothing brings relief in the Kootenays like a refreshing dip in the water. Some prefer swimming in the many rivers and creeks n the valley, while others...
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When summer temperatures soar, nothing brings relief from the heat better than an ice cream cone. If you are visiting the Creston Valley Kootenay Lake Route, you are in luck...
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Explore the Creston Valley - Kootenay Lake with this 3-day Exploration Itinerary. DAY 1 After getting some breakfast and packing a lunch, drive out to the Kootenay-Columbia Discover Centre located...
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DAY 1 Begin your day by heading over to Fly in the Fibre or Lark Coffee Roasters for a delicious specialty coffee. If it’s a Saturday, head over to the...
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There’s no shortage of family fun along the Creston Valley - Kootenay Lake Route. From Riondel to Yahk there are plenty of family-friendly activities. DAY 1 CRESTON After a breakfast...
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There is nothing quite like fishing in the Kootenays. Whether you are a hardcore angler, or a family looking to have some fun, the clean running streams, lakes and rivers...
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Creston and Area
With endless trails leading into the beautiful Selkirk and Purcell mountains cradling the Creston Valley, ATV enthusiasts will find themselves begging for more time to explore all that the valley...
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During the summer months, nothing beats a dip in the cooling waters of Kootenay Lake and sunbathing on the beach. There are several stunning public beaches to choose from. These...
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