Travel Spotlight

Gray Creek

Located on the shore of scenic Kootenay Lake surrounded by the mountains of the Selkirk and Purcell ranges, is the small community of Gray Creek. The oldest operational general store in the area is located here and has a great collection of BC history books and continues to display its wares in the original display cases. Nearby Lockhart Creek Park provides easy access to Kootenay Lake including a sand and fine gravel beach.  Take a lake tour and enjoy a fascinating day on the water in this mountain paradise. Intricate rock formations and the unusual geology of the Kootenays provide pictures of the past and present living together in this tranquil valley. Recreational trails through the forests are easily accessible from the highway. Year-round fishing is popular on the lake and golf is nearby.

Location

Gray Creek is located on Hwy 3A on the eastern shore of Crawford Bay on Kootenay Lake, 64 km (40 mi) north of Creston, and 18 km (11 mi) south of the eastern terminal of the Kootenay Lake ferry at Kootenay Bay.

A Step Back in Time

First settled in 1906, the tiny community of Gray Creek with a population of 125, is located on the eastern shore of Crawford Bay on Kootenay Lake. In 1913, English pioneers opened a landing and supply centre here to service the steamboats plying the waters of Kootenay Lake. This also became the site of the ferry terminal between 1931 and 1947. Today, operating as the Gray Creek Store, this oldest store on Kootenay Lake has an interesting collection of local history books. Other historic buildings can be found in the area including the Gray Creek Hall built in 1911 and still in use by the community an old wooden electricity water wheel at McFarland Creek.

Contact Information

Kootenay Lake Chamber of Commerce

Camping Lodging

The Super Camping / Select Lodging Guide

First Published in 1989