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Kootenay Rockies

Yahk

The small village of Yahk, located on the beautiful Moyie River in the Canadian Rockies area of British Columbia, is on the Selkirk Loop. This stunning area circles the Selkirk Mountains in Washington and Idaho in the US and British Columbia in Canada. This community 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.

Nearby is Yahk Provincial Park which is a forested, tranquil park popular for canoeing and trout fishing and just north is Ryan Provincial Park where you can relax and unwind and do a spot of fishing for eastern brook trout.

Location

Yahk is located on Hwy 3/95 in the Kootenay Rockies region in south-eastern British Columbia. Just a 13-minute drive north of the US border and 41 km (25 mi) east of Creston, 64 km (40 mi) south of Cranbrook.

A Step Back in Time

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 ice cream.

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Yahk & Nearby Accommodations

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Golden Golf Club RV Park
Cranbrook/St. Eugene KOA

Cranbrook/St. Eugene KOA

Cranbrook

Situated at the beautiful St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino surrounded by picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains, St. Eugene RV Park is a great destination for campers to enjoy the perks of resort amenities while sleeping in nature. The RV Park offers deluxe riverfront sites, both back-in and pull-t ... More Details
Kimberley Riverside Campground

Kimberley Riverside Campground

Kimberley

Beautiful family campground located on the stunning St. Mary River. 8.5 km from Kimberley city centre. New for 2022: Rental RVs, glamping tents and WiFi throughout. Play our 18-hole mini-golf course and enjoy unlimited outdoor recreation opportunities. Make memories at the Kimberley Riverside Campgr ... More Details
Sunshine Houseboat Vacations

Sunshine Houseboat Vacations

Newgate

Maximum 6 People. Reduced rate of 50% for Seniors and persons with Disabilities (\*A person with disabilities is required to provide picture ID and must be designated as a Person With Disabilities under the BC Employment and Assistance Program). No reservations taken. Maximum length of stay 14 conse ... More Details
Fort Steele Resort & RV Park

Fort Steele Resort & RV Park

Fort Steele

Nestled in the heart of the Kootenay Rockies, Fort Steele Resort & RV Park is an ideal destination for guests wanting a relaxing and peaceful vacation. With endless recreational activities and wonderful weather, you will be returning year after year with the whole family. At our campground we have b ... More Details
Red Tree Lodge

Red Tree Lodge

Fernie

With a central location in Fernie, Red Tree Lodge offers 43 comfortable guest rooms and an informed staff to create an enjoyable and relaxing visit. At our hotel we provide a variety of amenities, including complimentary breakfast snack, free WiFi, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, guest kitchen ... More Details
Fernie RV Resort

Fernie RV Resort

Fernie

This resort is nestled beside the majestic Elk River in picturesque Fernie, BC. It offers current state of the industry facilities, services and is designed to accommodate a complete range of recreational vehicles from the smallest to the most sophisticated plus an area for tent camping. The resort ... More Details
Springbrook Motel & RV Park

Springbrook Motel & RV Park

Skookumchuck

Nestled on the banks of the Kootenay River, Springbrook Resort is a perfect setting for any seasonal getaway, reunion or wedding. Located in the heart of the Rockies, use Springbrook Resort as your centre to explore the wilderness or relax in paradise. Our motel provides you with comfortable beds, k ... More Details
Mountain Shadows Campground

Mountain Shadows Campground

Sparwood

Nestled in a cozy forested setting just minutes from Sparwood, Mountain Shadows Campground offers fantastic family-oriented camping. We offer a variety of 63 serviced sites, ranging from tent, trailer and RV sites. For your convenience and comfort, we provide full hookup with water, power and some s ... More Details
Elkford Municipal Campground

Elkford Municipal Campground

Elkford

A riverfront campground located right in town and within walking and driving distance to all community amenities and indoor/outdoor recreational opportunities. Elkford is a place where nature prevails; experience breathtaking views, trails, wildlife viewing and more! ... More Details
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