Crawford Bay, Luke Lewis of Northern Woven Broom Co., Photo Destination BC Kari Medig

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Crawford Bay

Situated on the shore of beautiful Kootenay Lake, Crawford Bay is popular for fishing, kayaking and canoeing and many other water sports. Take a stroll and visit some of the unique artisans including a blacksmith, barefoot handweaving, broom-making, pottery and more. An abundance of trails provides opportunities for hiking as well as mountain biking. The golf course has excellent golfing amid scenic surroundings in the summer and becomes cross-country trails in the winter. This area is teaming with birds and at the south end of the lake is the Creston Wildlife Management Area which is well worth a visit.

The Kootenay Forge, which is housed in this region, has become Canada’s leading producer of quality, hand-forged accessories. In addition, watching the smiths at work has become a great experience for locals and visitors alike.


Located on Highway 3A near the eastern shore of Kootenay Lake, just 10 km (6 mi) east of the eastern terminal from the Kootenay Lake Ferry at Kootenay Bay, 76 km (47 mi) north of Creston.

A Step Back in Time

Crawford Bay is named after “White Man Jim” Crawford, a trapper and gold prospector who lived in the community until his death in 1914.

Contact Information

Kootenay Lake Chamber of Commerce

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