An Outdoor Enthusiast’s 3-Day Exploration

An Outdoor Enthusiast’s Three-Day Exploration (Photo credit Kareni)

Explore the Creston Valley - Kootenay Lake with this 3-day Exploration Itinerary.

After getting some breakfast and packing a lunch, drive out to the Kootenay-Columbia Discover Centre located 11 km west of Creston off Hwy 3 in the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. Take a guided walking tour with a naturalist through the wetlands of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.

In the afternoon take a (pre-booked) group kayak tour with Paddle and Portage along the Kootenay River, home to several species of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and thousands of plant species. Paddle and Portage provide the kayaks and the gear for an exciting paddling experience.

Head over to Jimmy’s Pub & Grill for delicious Greek food & signature cocktails on a beautiful patio and then end the day unwinding by soaking in the hot tub at the Creston & District Community Complex, an award-winning facility
that hosts a three-pool aquatic facility.

Make sure to get up early for breakfast before going up to Kuskanook Harbour to take a (pre-booked) fishing charter on Kootenay Lake with Dean from Blacktail Ridge Eco Tours. Enjoy the beauty and deep waters this lake offers. Weather permitting Dean may even take you across the lake to one of the many secluded beaches that dot the west shore for some exploring!

Alternatively, upon returning to Kuskanook hop in your car and head to Twin Bay Beach for a picnic and a swim at this beautiful sand beach.

On the drive back to Creston, stop in and have dinner at the Sirdar Station Pub and get a sense of the local history. Sirdar Station was originally built in 1929 and is a historical landmark. The pub was a hub for passenger train travel and a main switching yard for the locomotives. A major renovation of the space brought the infrastructure up-to-date, including a cozy wood fireplace, plenty of river rock and a steam locomotive.

Following breakfast in Creston, drive up to Crawford Bay for a scenic round of golf and a leisurely lunch at Kokanee Spring Golf Resort which offers the perfect blend of rugged beauty and endless fairways.

After lunch take a picturesque drive to Pilot Bay Peninsula and enjoy a short walk on a trail through a mossy forest which leads to a historic lighthouse built in 1904. Enjoy the incredible view overlooking Kootenay Lake.

Alternatively, if mountain biking is your passion, be sure to check out the East Shore Trail and Biking Association website or pick up one of their guides to explore a network of single and double track trails in and around the Crawford Bay area.

Finally, finish the day with a bite to eat at Boccalino Restaurant or Black Salt Café before either continuing westward on the Kootenay Lake Ferry or heading south back to Creston and beyond.

If returning to Creston and with time for another stop to your trip, Yahk Provincial Park is located conveniently just off the highway. Quiet and low-key with camping sites, picnic area, gorgeous trees and the Moyie River
running alongside it, this park is a great place to stop for a breather.