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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Kootenay Rockies > Creston

Town of Creston
The Town of Creston is located 89 km (55 miles) east of Salmo and 107 km (66.5 miles) south-west of Cranbrook on Hwy 3.

The USA state of Idaho is only 13 km (8 miles) away from Creston at the Rykerts/Porthill customs crossing. Creston also serves as the gateway to the Lower Kootenay Lake with the junction Hwy 3A splitting off to the north.

BC's highest frost free days
The weather in Creston is quite temperate when compared with the rest of British Columbia. Winter time is not so harsh and the summer is not quite as hot compared to the Okanagan Region in the West. Blessed with a large fertile valley combined with some of BC's highest frost free days, the Creston region is able to grow a number of crops plus having a long season.

Beautiful Fruit Orchards
Agriculture has always been an important resource in the region and is quite noticeable. Signs of it are everywhere from the elevators in town to the fruit orchards and vegetable gardens spread throughout the Creston region. For people who love fruit stands, Creston is well noted and has stood out for its very excellent quality through the years.

Wildlife Viewing
With so much wetland area around Creston and the district wildlife, especially waterfowl, is very abundant. For wildlife viewings take in The Creston Valley Management Area located just north on Hwy 3A by Wynndel.

Photo Opportunities
The CVMA is comprised of Lower Kootenay Lake, Duck Lake, Six Mile Slough and Leach Lake. The area is beautiful and will provide lots of photo opportunities when taking pictures.

Kokanee Beer
While you are in Creston, make sure you visit The Columbia Brewery where the famous BC beer Kokanee is brewed. Kokanee beer has had a long presence in these parts and is a fixture of Creston and the Kootenay Region.

If you have time, for a small fee there is also a tour of the Creston Brewery Company offered during the summer months. Just a warning though "Look out for a Sasquatch" and the ghost of "Brew."

Other things to do
Creston has a few attractions and things for you to do. The tour through the Creston & District Museum and Archives is excellent offering local history. Canyon Heights Golf Course is nice for golfing and generally no lineup. Or, on a hot dry summer night, it is always quite pleasurable to just plain old walk through town smelling all the flowers.

Driving Tours
The area around Creston is awesome, nestled between the Selkirk and Purcell Mountains with clean lakes, slow meandering rivers, lush orchards and dense forests. A good driving tour includes going up the east side of Kootenay Lake on Hwy 3A to Kootenay Bay and catching the ferry to Balfour.

Lockhart Provincial Park
On the way here you can stop off and visit Lockhart Provincial Park and explore the trail up Lockhart Creek then relax at Lockhart Beach.

Goat Canyon
If you have a truck and like the back-country, a favourite road goes up the Goat River Forestry Road located just east of Creston on Hwy 3. The road travels north and ends up giving you access to Kianuko Provincial Park. Along the route you can stay at the FSR site at Goat Canyon. The highlight of this site is an excellent panoramic viewpoint.

Motels and Campgrounds
Once you see Creston and discover what's around, you'll want to stay for a while. Look for a large selection of motels on both the east and west sides of town while on Hwy 3. Three campsites you might want to look at are Little Joe's, Kozy Tent and Trailer plus Scottie's RV Park & Campground.

Coming to Creston
If you are coming to Creston there are a couple of different ways you might want to consider. To and from Salmo on Hwy 3 the road is very steep causing brake problems or overheating.

High Snow Conditions
Also, during the winter Hwy 3 could be closed because of high snow conditions. Instead, if you travel on Hwy 3A through Nelson, you could be a little easier on your vehicle. The downside is the route could take a little longer and you'll miss out seeing Stagleap Provincial Park.

Information on Creston



Map of Creston and USA border crossings
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Welcome to Creston
Welcome to Creston


Creston Grain Elevators
Creston Grain Elevators


Creston Valley
Creston Valley


The Creston Brewing Company
The Columbia Brewing Company


Creston Valley towards Wynndel
Creston Valley towards Wynndel

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