Explore the Creston Valley
The Creston Valley consists of several thriving communities, Wynndel, Lower Kootenay Band, Erickson, Canyon, Lister, Arrow Creek and Kitchener.
Start your journey with a visit to the Creston Valley Visitor Centre be sure to pick up the Creston Valley visitor guide for information on the area, local businesses and so much more. Click here to find information on accommodations.
Experience Nature and Recreation in the Creston Valley
Combining recreation, conservation, research, and education, the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area is a spectacular place to visit over 375 species of wildlife. Year-Round self-guided walking trails, covered multi-level viewing towers, and boardwalk trails allow visitors to access the 32-kilometer network of trails by hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
The Kootenay-Columbia Discovery-Centre Society, located within the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area offers environmental education and awareness. Naturalists are on-site seasonally to deliver guided canoe and walking tours and a variety of special events and programs. The Nature Centre is open from May to October and offers educational displays and information, hands-on activities, trail information, a small gift shop and washrooms.
Looking to play a round of golf? The Creston Valley Golf Club is known as one of the finest competitive venues in golf and has carried a storied history since its inception in 1954. The course is playable for every level of golfer, from novice to expert. Following your first round, relax on the clubhouse balcony, enjoy a meal or refreshment, re-live the towering tee-shots hit at #7 and #12.
Want to do some fishing? Blacktail Ridge Eco Tours provide guided fishing tours on Kootenay Lake and highland eco-tours into the Kootenay wilderness. Blacktail Ridge Eco Tours hosts' Dean and Debbie strongly believe in the ethical and honorable way of fishing and hunting and are happy to share this way of life. Blacktail Ridge Eco Tours specialize in small private groups. A day of adventure awaits!
Experience Health and Wellness in the Creston Valley
Stop by Tillia Botanicals a full-service apothecary that produces luxurious bath, facial products, culinary mixes, spice blends, household cleaning products and pet care products. Every product is produced with the finest organic or ethically wild-harvested herbs and ingredients in small batches to ensure freshness. Treat yourself to the best apothecary in the Creston Valley.
Want to relax with a deep tissue massage or need a manicure or pedicure for a night out on the town? Serene Spa, a full-service day spa is located in downtown Creston.
Experience Art and Culture in the Creston Valley
Creston Valley artisans produce some of the most, vibrant, colourful art in the Kootenay’s Be sure to visit Fly in the Fibre a local hub that showcases and sells yarn, local art, coffee, gifts and fabulous local art.
Stop by Kunze Gallery, an artisan studio and adjacent art gallery housed in a converted re-purposed red grain elevator. The re-purposing of this historic architectural landmark has injected a vibrant new energy to the site ensuring the 1936 structure will thrive. Founded in 2010 the Kunze Gallery has been dedicated to exhibiting painting, sculptures, photography, ceramics, and printmaking from both emerging and established artists. Artists can be found on-site working, creating new exhibitions and new works of art.
Spend an afternoon exploring and learning about the Yaqan Nukiy people at Legend Logos and the Yaquan Nukiy Heritage Centre. Legend Logos is an aboriginal experience with unique gift items including garments with Native artwork, Canadian souvenirs, beadwork, jewelry, blankets, clothing, moccasins, and plant medicines. The Yaqan Nukiy Heritage Centre is located inside the Legend Logos building showcasing photos from the early 1900s, a tulle tipi, a sturgeon-nosed canoe, fish traps, cradleboards, and dance regalia are located on site for viewing. Enjoy as you learn about the Yaqan Nukiy people who have been here for more than 10,000 years.
Experience Food and Wine in the Creston Valley
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Casey's Community House is a culinary experience that features a wine bar, tap house, and restaurant, where families and friends can feel at home. Recreated in a historical building in downtown Creston, Casey’s serves exceptional locally grown food and wine, promising an unforgettable phenomenal experience.
The Real Food Cafe is known for it's down to earth wholesome, homemade food served in a comfortable, casual atmosphere, produced with locally sourced produce, meat, and cheese, Gluten-free and vegetarian dishes are always available on the menu.
Retro Cafe, located in Creston is open for breakfast and dinner. This unique restaurant has a flair for French cuisine with a large selection of crêpes, poutine, quiches and comforting freshly homemade soup on the menu. Each dish is produced with love and local products.
Skimmerhorn Winery and Vineyard is a terroir-driven, small-batch winery and vineyard in Creston, BC. The Skimmerhorn mountain range to the east of the winery creates a unique microclimate for the winery’s cool climate wines. Skimmerhorn Winery is part of the emerging Kootenay wine region producing award-winning Pinot Gris, Ortega, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Marechal Foch wines. The winery’s breathtaking vineyard and mountain views are a destination for both tourists and locals alike. Skimmerhorn Winery and Vineyard also feature a bistro a seasonal restaurant with a focus on farm to table food. Ingredients are sourced directly from the farms, gardens, and ranches of local suppliers reflecting the commitment to sustainability.
Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery is named after one of the Creston Valley most legendary pioneers, William Baillie-Grohman. William Baillie-Grohman. first came to Creston hunting goats with Teddy Roosevelt. Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery produces small lots of premium award-winning wines in a boutique craft winery. Be sure to stop by the tasting room or sit on the patio and enjoy with a cheese tray with a glass of wine. Tours can be arranged by appointment.
Experience unique BC wines grown in mineral-rich soils on the south end of Kootenay Lake at Wynnwood Cellars Estate Winery. This small boutique winery produces wines with a complexity and an ethos of antiquity. Be sure to stop by the winery’s tasting room for Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Viognier Chardonnay. Tours are available from mid-May to mid-October.
Must see attractions in the Creston Valley
Be sure to stop by The Creston Valley Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. The Creston Valley Farmers' Market offers a unique community of growers, artisans, craftspeople, and entertainment. Enjoy the benefits of eating fresh, eating real, and shopping local in the heart of the Kootenay's year round.
The Creston Museum is the place to discover the stories of the Creston Valley. The industries, the people, the activities that built the communities if you have questions, The Creston Museum has the answers. The museum can explain Creston’s wacky time zone, the steamship that became a tractor (sort of), the first airplane to land in Creston, and the teacher who refused to be fired and so much more. The Creston Museum is a must see!
Columbia Brewery is located in picturesque Creston and is part of the rich brewing tradition of the region. The brewery traces its heritage to the Fort Steele Brewery, established in 1898. Columbia Brewery began brewing its celebrated Kokanee lager in 1959 and was purchased by Labatt in 1974. Columbia Brewery produces the world famous Kokanee beer. Tours include a historical chronicle of brewing with samples at the end of the tour. Tours take place mid-May to mid-October. The Kokanee Beer Gear Store offers a large selection of Kokanee collectibles and clothing.