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Crawford Bay

A Step Back in Time

Crawford Bay is located in the Creston Valley, near the eastern shore of beautiful Kootenay Lake, and is named after "White Man Jim" Crawford, a trapper and gold prospector who lived in the community until his death in 1914.


Crawford Bay is located on Highway 3A near the eastern shore of beautiful Kootenay Lake, just 10 km (6 mi) east of the eastern terminal from the Kootenay Lake Ferry at Kootenay Bay.

Things to See and Do
  • Barefoot Handweaving

Come hear the thumping of traditional wooden handlooms as the handweavers of Crawford Bay create colourful and unusual fabrics. The human pace of bare feet dancing on the treadles creates fabric that sings with contemporary colours and original patterns. People who come to watch become part of the design process.

  • Kootenay Forge

Watch the blacksmiths forge hot iron! Kootenay Forge is Canada's leading producer of quality hand-forged home accessories. The extensive line of wrought-ironwork comprises bathroom and kitchen accessories, electric lighting, fireplace tools, coat stands and racks, plant accessories, candlesticks, and other functional and decorative items.

  • North Woven Broom

A visit to North Woven Broom offers you a step back in time. Visitors to the shop can watch while broom-makers Rob and Janet Schwieger carefully weave handcrafted brooms using antique broom-making equipment - producing beautiful and practical corn brooms. You can learn about this ancient craft and try out different styles of brooms.

  • Golfing
  • Kokanee Springs Golf Resort is one of Canada's finest championship 18-hole courses. It is considered by many to be the flagship of the Kootenay golf courses, residing in a magnificent mountain setting on Kootenay Lake. Every hole is framed by spectacular panoramic views of the Kokanee Glacier and the surrounding area. Kokanee Springs is a Norman Woods original, characterized by its long driving fairways, immense rolling greens, immaculate course upkeep, and ability to interest and challenge golfers at all levels.

  • Fishing

Year-round fishing is available at Kootenay Lake, where visitors can catch three varieties of trout (Gerrard rainbow, Dolly Varden, and Kokanee) and whitefish. The lake's largest catch is a 35 lb 12oz Gerrard Rainbow trout, and the world's largest recorded Kokanee at almost 10 pounds was caught here. The Kootenay area also has many creeks, small lakes, and rivers to challenge any skill level.

  • Hiking

The West Kootenay region contains over 80 hiking trails, all of which provide hikers with spectacular mountain scenery, breathtaking glaciers, alpine lakes, flower-strewn meadows, and incredible wildlife.

  • Kayaking and Canoeing

Kayaking and canoeing offer an opportunity for a unique and timeless experience. Four and five-day kayak trips can be planned and plotted out using maps of the area or you can take several daytrips, staying in any of the accommodations available. The area is full of wonderful sights, historical treasures, and great places to explore. 

  • Snowmobiling

Miles of unmarked powder are characteristic of the ungroomed trails in the area. With mild temperatures, an average of 10 to 15 feet of fabulous snow, and breathtaking scenery, the ride is always a thrill. A wide variety of terrain provides a memorable experience for all riders, from the novice to the expert, and even those looking for "extreme snowmobiling". If you're looking for an uncommon experience and like to make new tracks in new snow, make this area a priority for your next trip. The elevations run from about 2,000 feet all the way up to 7,000 feet. The main season runs from December to April.  

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Contact Information

Kootenay Lake Chamber of Commerce
Web: Kootenay Lake Visitor's Guide



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