Creston Valley Kootenay Lake Route, British Columbia
If you slow down even for a moment while driving the remarkable Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake Route, you'll find something unexpected. Perhaps the sound of water lapping against a rocky shore pulls you away from behind the wheel for a walk. Maybe the unexplored viridescent woodlands and a deep-blue lake spark a sudden call for adventure. Possibly, it's the sweet aroma of locally grown lavender at a farmers' market calling you to stay a little while longer, to breathe.
The Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake Route, from the hamlet of Yahk-Kingsgate through to the Creston Valley and along the east shore of Kootenay Lake to the Kootenay Bay Ferry, isn't just a roadway connection from the coast of the west to the prairies of the east. The Route, tucked between the Purcells and Selkirks in the West Kootenays of British Columbia, calls for pause—connecting people to communities and communities to the land they love, between orchards and wineries, glass houses and glassy lakes.
Perhaps you take an hour, a day, maybe a week. For food and wine, a day at the spa, a hike to a rock balanced on a trail no one can explain. However long you stay, it's about time your route leads you to Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake.