Creston, Photo Destination BC Dave Heath

Creston

Creston is situated in a valley surrounded by the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges. It is home to the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area which is a 17,000 acre wetland and a migration home to more than 260 species of birds. There are guided canoe tours, boardwalks and 30 km (19 mi) of dykes. There are many trails in and around Creston for every ability. One such is Balancing Rock Trail just ten minutes west of Creston and one of many trails on Mount Creston. There are a variety of golf courses and fishing is popular. Duck Lake is famous for bass fishing, and Kootenay Lake is teeming with rainbow trout, Dolly Varden and kokanee. If you venture here in May you will be wowed by the abundance of blossoms throughout the area.

Location

Located on Hwy 3, 11 km (7 mi) north of the United States border via Hwy 21. Cranbrook is 105 km (66 mi) to the east via Hwy 3/95 and Salmo is 83 km (52 mi) to the west via Hwys 3 and 6.

A Step Back in Time

In 1891, three men, F. Little, J. Arrowsmith, and J. Dow, arrived in the Creston area and each claimed a section of the land. Hoping to make a good return on their investment, they convinced the Canadian Pacific Railway to build a townsite and lay rails on their property. A townsite called “Seventh Siding” was created on Little’s property in 1898. As construction of the townsite was underway, local residents decided to find a name more elegant than “Seventh Siding” for the town. Little suggested “Creston”, based on the name of a town he’d visited in Idaho. There being no objections, the name was adopted. A sawmill was soon opened and expanded, making forestry an integral part of Creston’s economy.

Agriculture saw tremendous growth after 1901, and to this day is still the primary industry in Creston. The first fall fair was held in 1901, and in 1908, the first strawberry cooperative in the valley was established in Wynndel. By 1950, there were three grain elevators, and fruit was grown extensively in the valley. Occasionally, the whole town would be closed and the fall fair cancelled because a good harvest resulted in extra hands being needed to help bring in the apple crop.

Today, alfalfa and canola crops have replaced wheat, but fruits and berries are in abundance. There are also a number of pure-bred horse ranches.

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Creston & Nearby Accommodations

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Downtowner Motor Inn

Downtowner Motor Inn

Creston

Situated in the heart of downtown Creston, the Downtowner Motor Inn offers clean, comfortable rooms for all guests to relax during their stay. Whether your visit is business, holiday or a sports tournament, we guarantee your stay with us will exceed all expectations. Our lodge style inn offers 22 ro ... Read more
Pair-A-Dice RV Park & Campground

Pair-A-Dice RV Park & Campground

Creston

Located on the north end of Creston, surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. Easy pull-through & back-in sites; big rigs welcome; water, sewer; 15/30/50 amp service; barbecue and firepit; cable TV; telephones; sparkling restrooms/laundry facilities, new convenience store on site; weekly/ monthly r ... Read more
Scottie's RV Park & Campground

Scottie's RV Park & Campground

Creston

South on 16th,West on Erickson Rd. All sites have grass & large shade trees. Full/partial hook-ups. 15-30 amp. Some long pull-thru's. Separate tent sites. Cable TV. Laundry. Walk to town. Golf close by. Golf discounts. Pets. Private handicapped bathrooms. ... Read more
Arrow Mountain RV Park

Arrow Mountain RV Park

Creston

24 spacious full-service lots all with a view of the magnificent Selkirk and Purcell Mountains. Creston offers plenty of wilderness, orchards, vineyards, fishing, etc. Go play, enjoy, relax and explore this hidden gem of the Kootenays. ... Read more
Bavarian Orchard Motel

Bavarian Orchard Motel

Creston

Situated on a peaceful orchard setting with majestic mountain views, Bavarian Orchard Motel offers clean and comfortable rooms. The suites consist of one or two bedroom units that feature full bathrooms, air-conditioning, free WiFi, flat screen TVs, coffee maker, fridge and microwave. We have daily ... Read more
Mountain Park Resort

Mountain Park Resort

Creston

Nestled amongst the ancient cedar trees overlooking the gentle river, Mountain Park Resort is a relaxing family campground destination to enjoy the great outdoors. Experience a memorable vacation at our resort with our friendly and accommodating staff. We have 50 spacious sites that are surrounded b ... Read more
Destiny Bay Resort

Destiny Bay Resort

Destiny Bay

Tastefully decorated lakeside cottages, gourmet dining, breakfast buffet and old-fashioned hospitality. Private beach, log sauna, canoes, paddleboats and firepit. Birdwatching, hiking, mountain biking and golfing nearby. ... Read more
The Lakeview

The Lakeview

Gray Creek

Nestled amongst towering trees with picturesque views, The Lakeview is an ideal destination to unwind in the natural wilderness. We are situated on the east shore of Kootenay Lake, surrounded by open space for guests to enjoy the great outdoors. Experience the many activities offered at our resort, ... Read more
Birch Grove RV Park & Marina

Birch Grove RV Park & Marina

Nelson

Near Nelson, famous for most restaurants per capita in Canada. Ainsworth Hot Springs, golf courses, zip lining, hiking/biking trails, artisans and markets. Spectacular views, wildlife, bird watching, Kokanee spawning, fishing off docks, swimming, boating, kayaking. Well-maintained grounds, beach, qu ... Read more
Kokanee Chalets, Motel, RV Park & Campground

Kokanee Chalets, Motel, RV Park & Campground

Crawford Bay

Resting on the East Shore of beautiful Kootenay Lake, Kokanee Chalets is surrounded by a friendly community and lush forests. We welcome children and pets to join in on the holiday as there are many activities for all guests. Enjoy the beautiful sun on our private pebble beach, only a five minute wa ... Read more
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