Weather & Seasons
Seasons along the Creston Valley-Kootenay Lake Route
The Creston Valley-Kootenay Lake enjoys four distinct seasons, and we have a hard time picking our favourite!
Summer brings long, sunny days with average temperatures hovering around 25 °C (77 °F), the key ingredient to our reputation for growing good food! This weather is also ideal for spending days enjoying Kootenay Lake's waters or a refreshing plunge into Moyie or Goat River.
Spring comes early compared to our neighbours, with rains that help the trees to bud and birds migrating home before the end of April.
The first fall frost usually holds off until late October where and brings the harvest of crisp apples, sweet grapes, Squash, and pumpkins!
Our continental climate and air masses of Pacific Ocean origin also mean mild winters, with daily maximum temperatures just under freezing, even in December January, ideal for cross-country skiing and showshoing at lower levels and back-country ski touring on Kootenay Pass!
Driving in the Winter
While our winters are mild, and although you won’t find too much snow, the powder on the Kootenay Pass nearby or along Kootenay Lake can make driving quite an adventure, so check road conditions before you set off.
Note that between October 1 – April 30 Highway 3 & 3-A are designated as winter tire/chain routes, and it is mandatory for all vehicles travelling on them to use winter-rated tires.
Also, make sure your vehicle is winter ready - always carry an emergency kit and have clothing available appropriate to the weather that you will experience outside your vehicle.
Finally, during fall and winter keep your eyes peeled for wildlife near the roads, and make sure that your travels are safe and enjoyable.