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Crawford Bay
Crawford Bay is located north of Creston by 75 km (47 miles) and 5 km (3 miles) east of Kootenay Bay on Hwy 3A. If you happen to be travelling east across Kootenay Lake from Nelson or Kaslo, Kootenay Bay is where the inland ferry coming from Balfour docks.

James Crawford - 'White Man Jim'
The small community sits at the north end of Crawford Bay, a small inlet situated about the halfway point on the east side of Kootenay Lake. Crawford Bay was named as far back as 1901 after long-time resident prospector and trapper who lived here called James Crawford or to the locals, 'White Man Jim.' James Crawford, a local legend, was found dead in his trapper's cabin situated near the Goat River in 1914.

Local Amenities
Crawford Bay has a population of around 350 inhabitants with that number increasing remarkably in the holidays with people visiting here or enjoying recreational cabins and property in the area. Crawford Bay has a number of amenities including some RV resorts, Crawford Bay Auto Services, Crawford Bay Store which sells gasoline, fresh meat and produce plus has a liquor outlet.

Sunny Woods Farm
For small children and families there is also the Sunny Woods Farm mini-golf. Sunny Woods Farm has an entertaining mini-golf but also has farm fresh produce, crafts, souvenirs, and ice-cream. Lots of good family fun time can be found here.

Cedar's Restaurant
For family meals, try going to the Cedar's Restaurant and make sure you have a look at the daily dinner special. The meals here are well-priced and offer good value for the money. Telephone: (250) 227-6854 for hours of operation.

Local Pubs
There are a couple of pubs in the nearby area of Crawford Bay. One is the Crawford Creek Resort (C.C.R.) Pub, well-established with a friendly atmosphere and serves generous food portions; the other is at NewKey's Place an RV Park in Crawford Bay that also has a pub and small lounge -. For family meals NewKey's Place has a separate area to eat at Maxx & Nambi's Kitchen.

Crawford Bay Artisans
Crawford Bay is somewhat of a centre for some local artisans who live on the east side of Kootenay Lake. Items such as woven articles, clay pottery and blown glass are all available here. During the sunnier months a local blacksmith often gives demonstrations in the finer art of traditional forging outside his shop.

Starbelly Jam
Annual events in Crawford Bay include the Starbelly Jam a family oriented music festival that unites everyone on the eastern shore of Kootenay Lake during mid-July. The Starbelly Jam brings a lot of talented musicians to Crawford Bay and includes kids' stuff, food vendors, crafts and a whole lot of fun. If you are interested try to make reservations as soon as possible as the population in Crawford Bay more than doubles for that weekend.

Kokanee Springs Golf Resort
If you enjoy golf there is a course at Crawford Bay at the Kokanee Springs Golf Resort. The 18-hole course is laid out over an unbelievable setting overlooking the lake in Crawford Bay. Remember, this popular course requires reserved tee times, especially in the summer. Telephone: (250) 227-9226.

Gray Creek
For exploring in the Crawford Bay area, try going south by 10 km (6 miles) to another small community, Gray Creek. Here you can find the Gray Creek General Store a business that has been in the Lymbery family operation since 1913. Located on Chainsaw Avenue, the general store features a number of unique items including various hardware, wood stoves, books and curios.

Gray Creek Pass Forest Service to Kimberly
For dual-sport motorcycle riders there is a remote gravel route that goes on the Gray Creek Forest Service road to St. Mary Lake near Marysville and Kimberly. This fairly steep road out of Gray Creek goes high over the Purcell Mountains and can have snow on it right until mid-July. For general information on road conditions, you can check with the Cranbrook Forest Service office at (250) 426-1700 or the Gray Creek General Store.

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the backroads around British Columbia, please remember this is bear country. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.

Kootenay Bay and Riondel
Other communities on the east shore of Kootenay Lake worth visiting include Kootenay Bay and Riondel. Kootenay Bay has some accommodation, restaurants and is home to Yasodhara Ashram, a retreat for spiritualism and yoga teachings. Riondel which is located 9 km (5.5 miles) north of Kootenay Bay has a 9-hole golf course, boat launch and you can find a great place to eat at Blue Collar's Pub & Family Eatery.





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Kootenay Bay


Newkeys Place
NewKeys Place


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North Woven Broom Company


Dog Patch Pottery
Dog Patch Pottery


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