The small village of Yahk, located on the beautiful Moyie River in the Kootenay Rockies area of BC, is on the Selkirk Loop. This stunning area circles the Selkirk Mountains in Washington and Idaho in the US and British Columbia in Canada.
When approaching a small hamlet one often says, "Don't blink or you'll miss it." So make sure you don't blink because the village of Yahk is well worth a visit as you won't want to miss the goats grazing on the roof of the Yahk Soap Company, and enjoy one of the many flavours of ice cream served up at Two Scoop Steve.
Yahk is located on Hwy 3/95 in the Kootenay Rockies area in south-eastern British Columbia. Just a 13-minute drive north of the US border and 41 km (25 mi) east of the Creston, 64 km (40 mi) south of Cranbrook.
Yahk Soap Company and Two Scoop Steve is a fun place to visit. Take home some of the amazing goat's milk soap that comes in wonderful fragrances. And while there buy some authentic Canadian icecream in homemade waffle cones.
Located near the village of Yahk in Kingsgate on the scenic Moyie River, this forested, tranquil park is popular for canoeing and trout fishing. It also has camping facilities.
| Moyie Lake, Kootenay Rockies |
by Andrew Penner
A day-use park situated on Moyie Lake just 7 km (4 mi) north of Yahk and a good stop off point to relax and unwind. The lake is stocked with eastern brook trout and fishing here is popular with locals.
A 40-minute drive north of Yahk, Cranbrook is the largest city in the region and is home to many heritage buildings. A further 15-minute drive on Hwy 95 will bring you to Fort Steele Heritage Town with more than 60 restored buildings where locals reenact the lifestyle of the early 1900s.
The Canadian Museum of Train Travel is located in Cranbrook and offers a glimpse of the past with tours through restored rail cars and exhibits.
Creston is a 30-minute drive west of Yahk on Hwy 3. The area is home to dozens of artists who derive their inspiration from the beauty of the surrounding countryside. An annual artwalk/drive showcases these artists.
| Creston Wildlife Management Centre |
The Creston Wildlife Management Area is a 17,000-acre wetland that is home to many species of wildlife including over 60 mammals, 300 birds, 17 fish plus some reptiles, amphibians and thousands of plants. Visitors are invited to walk, bike and view this diversity of nature from the boardwalks and trails throughout the area.
|Yahk Barn Door with Relics by Andrew Penner|
Thanks to the CPR Railway pushing westwards, the community of Yahk came to be in 1899 when the railroad arrived. By 1905 the King family had settled in the area and set up the King Lumber Company with milling operations located in nearby Ryan. The Yahk Hotel, post office and general store quickly followed as other families moved here and logging continued to expand and flourish. A one-room school was opened in 1918 and by 1920 a second school opened. In 1928 CPR-sponsored families from Europe arrived and the town of Yahk was thriving. By 1931 a grass runway had been built designed as a stopping point for the Trans Canada Airway between Lethbridge in Alberta and Vancouver in British Columbia. Eventually the airstrip was used for emergency service only and it shut down in 1988. By the late 1930s the road was being paved.
During the prohibition era which began in 1917, inhabitants of Yahk had a very profitable side industry distilling and selling illicit alcohol, driving it to and from the US under cover of darkness - at least, so the story goes!
Today, the train no longer runs through Yahk and the artifacts from the bygone era are housed in the Creston Museum. This quiet hamlet is home to some 130 families and many more in the summer who come here to camp or stop enroute north or south to enjoy the scenic Moyie River or savour an icecream and Two Scoop Steves.
Background Photo Credit: Destination British Columbia