The Town of Creston and the Regional District Central Kootenay are hosting the 25th Annual Santa Claus Parade and Winter Festival on December 15, 2018.

This year's Winter Festival gives everyone an opportunity to enjoy family-friendly activities before and after the Santa Claus parade.

Schedule of events


One of the busiest most exciting weekends of the year is upon us! November 17 - 18 features several opportunities for holiday shopping and enjoyment. Make the most of your time with this simple guide to what’s happening in our bustling valley this weekend.



Creston Arts and Crafts Market hosted by the Creston Valley Arts Council

When: November 17

Where: Creston & District Community Complex 312-19th Ave North

Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Cost: Cash donation to the food bank


When temperatures soar, nothing brings relief in the Kootenays like a refreshing dip in the water. Some prefer swimming in the many rivers and creeks n the valley, while others spend their time on Kootenay Lake. Either way, the clean fresh waters in the Kootenays are some of the best to swim in.

Here is a list of some of our favorites along the Creston Valley - Kootenay Lake Route.

Moyie River


When summer temperatures soar, nothing brings relief from the heat better than an ice cream cone. If you are visiting the Creston Valley Kootenay Lake Route, you are in luck for your choices are ample.

2 Scoop Steve
8707 Johnson Road, Yahk, BC
Hours 10:00am to 8:00pm


After getting some breakfast and packing a lunch, drive out to the Kootenay-Columbia Discover Centre located 11 km west of Creston off Hwy 3 in the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. Take a guided walking tour with a naturalist through the wetlands of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.


There’s no shortage of family fun along the Creston Valley - Kootenay Lake Route. From Riondel to Yahk there are plenty of family-friendly activities.


Fish ON! 

There is nothing quite like fishing in the Kootenays. Whether you are a hardcore angler, or a family looking to have some fun, the clean running streams, lakes and rivers surrounding the Creston Valley will give you hours of enjoyment.

With endless trails leading into the beautiful Selkirk and Purcell mountains cradling the Creston Valley, ATV enthusiasts will find themselves begging for more time to explore all that the valley has to offer aboard their side by side, ATV, or dirt bike.

During the summer months, nothing beats a dip in the cooling waters of Kootenay Lake and sunbathing on the beach. There are several stunning public beaches to choose from. These beaches are free to the public with no parking or entrance fees.

The Kuskanook Rest Area and Boat Launch offers the closest fully serviced access to Kootenay Lake from Creston. It's more than just a boat launch as there is a beautiful beach on the south side well worth visiting.