Food and Wine

People who live along the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake Route share a love of the land. They know the rains, the soil, work hard to preserve and conserve while producing grape varietals, farm fresh milk, and apple and cherry honey. There's an understanding between the two unlikely partners—a mutual respect transformed to modern-day prosperity. Three wineries along the Route give tastings and tours, paired with lessons in history and geology. When you aren't touring eclectic vineyards, florists and farmers give visitors a look into life less accelerated. If you're looking for an overall introduction to food and wine along the Route, stop at the Creston Valley Farmers' Market. Growers, craftspeople, and live entertainment, the market is as great a reason as any to put the car in park.

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Eateries

Good food is the best reason to slow yourself through the windy roads of the Route. With a collection of restaurants and social houses, there's something for everyone to indulge in. Restaurants like Boccalino Restaurant in Kootenay Bay feature a seasonally inspired menu, all made fresh from scratch, homemade desserts, and a great patio, a perfect excuse to take a break before hopping onto the Kootenay Lake Ferry. Similarly, Black Salt Cafe in Crawford Bay invites visitors to savour their colourful art-filled cafe and garden patio. Paninis and burgers, tapas dinners and exotic desserts.

In Creston, Casey's Community House is a fabulous place for all, with tapas and experiences worth savouring. Or head to Jimmy's Pub and the Creston Hotel for homemade Greek food and their signature cocktails. Look out over the apple and cherry trees, tap your feet to local music every Saturday. Retro Café and Break In Time Café are both Creston Coffee Shops with locally sourced eats. Hungry? Take your time, the Route has you covered.

Wineries

Wineries

The Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake Route's climate is just a speck warmer than the rest of the Kootenays, making it ideal for growers. Peaches, plums, cherries, and of course, wine. So much decadent, delicious wine. The Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery in Creston, named after an original pioneer of the region, has an inviting tasting room open seven days a week, and an outdoor patio for your sipping and sunning pleasure. Look out over the luscious rows of grape varietals, tune in to live music, pair your sip with a specially selected cheese tray. The cool-climate wines include Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Rose, Pino Gris, Blanc De Noir, Gewürztraminer, Recolte Blanche, and Chardonnay.

The Skimmerhorn Winery and Vineyard is another small-batch winery in Creston, tucked below steep mountains and surrounded by beautiful greenery. Their tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday. Skimmerhorn offers Pinot Gris, Ortega, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Marechal Foch. Order food from their fresh farm to table bistro, meet their pet mascot dog, stay the afternoon, savour the time—it stands still here.

Seasonal Markets

Seasonal Markets & Farmgate

The change in seasons along the Route is so strongly represented in the senses; dry grass and rolling hills turn ripe with blossoming fruit trees and vibrant colours the first sign of springtime sun. Empty crates are suddenly chocked full of fresh vegetables and fruits, their sweet aroma filling the air. Truscott Farms, Wloka Fruit Stand, Spectrum Farms, and Flamenco Farms all offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, fresh picked and ready to go. Or, find a U-pick and scour the rows of trees for cherries and raspberries.

The Creston Valley Farmers' Market is a great alternative for a quick stop-over. Every Saturday in the summer in Creston the market bustles with fresh-baked goods, fruits, and artisans, giving visitors a well-rounded experience of the Route and all it has to offer. A project under the non-profit society Creston Valley Food Action Coalition (CVFAC), the market runs eight months of the year outside, and monthly markets during the winter months.

The unique climate gives florists ample opportunity for a lush growing season, and Morris Flowers shop and garden centre has an enormous selection of plants and flowers for the most eager of green thumbs. The full-service home and garden centre has bedding plants, tools, pots, accessories, and expert advice for anything garden related. Walk through their landscaped gardens and ponds; a perfect place for any gathering.

Artisnal

Artisinal

Coffee. Honey. Fresh milk. Loose-leaf tea. There's too much goodness along the Route. Or, just the right amount. There's something about fresh, about the goodness of hand grown and well-loved product.

Lark Coffee Roasters in Creston curates their own coffee, bringing new roasts to the Route year-round. Kootenay Meadows Farm is a certified organic Kootenay dairy. Find their milk throughout the Kootenays, along with cream, and raw milk cheese. Swan Valley Honey practices sustainable beekeeping and produces honey from apple and cherry fruit—sweet, delightful, delicious. All of these local producers appreciate and value their connection to the land, to the community that helps them thrive.

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 Wynndel Craft Distilleries

Wynndel Craft Distilleries

Wilhelm and Jeanette Meerholz bought the Saskatoon farm at Duck Lake in the Creston Valley in 2013. While initially growing Saskatoon Berries and operating a U-Pick, they decided to try and distil the berries, leading to the creation of the Wynndel Craft Distilleries in 2015-2017. The Disitlleries’ logo celebrates the rich history of the Sternwheeler steamboats that once plied the nearby Kootenay River and Lake during the gold rush. Now using a variety of local fruits and without any artificial flavours, Wynndel Craft Distilleries produces a variety of Schnapps, Brandies, Liqueurs, and Gins. To sample these local flavours drop by their onsite tasting-room or book a tour in advance!

Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday at Creston Farmers Market
Open: From Beginning April until end of October. Sunday by appointment.

1331 Channel Road
Wynndel BC V0B 2N1
Canada

Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery

Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery

A winery named after one of the region’s most legendary pioneers, William Baillie-Grohman who it’s said first came to Creston hunting mountain goat with Teddy Roosevelt. Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery produces small lots of premium wine in their boutique craft winery. Come and try the wine in the tasting room or sit on the patio and enjoy with a cheese tray. Tours can be arranged by appointment at $5 per person.

May 7-October 11 (Tasting Room) 11AM-5PM

1140 – 27th Avenue South
Creston BC V0B 1G1
Canada

Black Bear Books & Coffee House

Black Bear Books & Coffee House - Where The Locals Go

More than just a bookstore, Black Bear has a cosy, inviting atmosphere, featuring Nelson's famous Oso Negro coffee and a great morning/lunch menu. Their cinnamon buns and bread are baked in house every morning, and soups and goodies made from scratch. They carry musical instruments and music supplies, souvenirs and T-shirts, bath and body products, local art, and of course, books.

Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM
Saturday 9AM-5PM

1229B Canyon Street
Creston BC V0B 1G0
Canada

Black Salt Café

Black Salt Café

An Artisan of Crawford Bay, enjoy Black Salt’s colourful art-filled bistro or their spacious garden patio. Fresh unique soups and salads, Panini and burgers on the daytime menu; eclectic fusion tapas dinners, discerning wine and beer menu. Fine organic espresso, exotic desserts and house beverages. Fully licensed, featuring local ingredients and gluten free options. Located among the artisans in Crawford Bay.

May Long weekend to end of October
Monday & Tuesday
10AM-5PM
Wednesday-Sunday 10AM-9PM

16072 Highway 3A
Crawford Bay BC V0B 1E0
Canada

Boccalino Restaurant

Boccalino Restaurant

Swiss-Italian fine dining with a seasonally inspired menu, all made fresh from scratch. Boccalino is situated in Kootenay Bay and close to the free ferry. The menu includes wood-fired oven pizzas, appetizers, pastas and entrées with organic meat, poultry and seafood, and daily homemade desserts. Spacious covered restaurant patio. Live entertainment in July and August. Reservations required. Six sunny motel rooms and four self-contained, fully furnished cottages also located on site.

Mid-April to mid-October
Monday-Sunday
5-10PM for restaurant
Closed Thursday

16818 Highway 3A
Kootenay Bay BC V0B 1X0
Canada

Break In Time Café

Break In Time Café

The Break in Time is celebrating its 10th year of business in the Creston Valley. Calvin and Judy German who opened the café in 2007, had a simple love for food that was always overshadowed by their love for people. Now operated by their children, their hope is that people will come together in a space that is as warm and inviting as it is delicious and satisfying.

Monday-Friday 7AM-3PM
Saturday & Sunday 8AM-4PM

1417 Canyon Street
Creston BC V0B 1G0
Canada

Casey’s Community House

Casey’s Community House

Known as a Wine Bar, Tap House, and Family Restaurant, Casey’s Community House is more than that. It’s a culinary experience, an investment in the community where families and friends feel at home. Recreated in an historical building in downtown Creston, Casey’s brings back memories and creates new ones. They do serve amazing local grown food and wine, but it is the experience that makes it special.

7 days a week (Year Round)
11AM to midnight

1136 Canyon Street
Creston BC V0B1G0
Canada

Columbia Brewery

Columbia Brewery

Located in picturesque Creston, the Columbia Brewery is part of the rich brewing tradition of the region tracing 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. Free tours include a historical chronicle of brewing and samples at the end. And, the Kokanee Beer Gear Store offers a selection of Kokanee collectibles and clothing.

Mid-May to October
Monday-Saturday 9:30AM, 11AM, 1PM and 2PM

October-April
Monday-Friday 9:30AM, 11AM, 1PM and 2PM

1220 Erickson Street
Creston BC V0B 1G3
Canada

Creston Valley Farmers’ Market

Creston Valley Farmers’ Market

Offering a unique community of growers, artisans, craftspeople, and entertainment. The Creston Valley Farmers’ Market (CVFM) is a project under the Creston Valley Food Action Coalition (CVFAC), a registered non-profit society in the Kootenay Region. The CVFM operatesweekly and monthly markets. Bring the family and enjoy the benefits of eating fresh, eating real, and shopping local in the heart of the Kootenays year round.

Weekly Saturday market mid-April through December
Monthly market January through March

9AM-1PM

111 Northwest Boulevard
Creston BC V0B 1G0
Canada

Flamenco Farms

Flamenco Farms

Flamenco Farms is a family operated farm located in the community of Erickson, BC offering a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and berries seasonally and eggs year round. Their U-Pick cherry orchard is a perfect place for a relaxed family outing. In Mid-August they also offer U-Pick raspberries. Flamenco Farms strives for quality and excellent customer service.

Monday to Saturday, Summer and Fall 8AM-5PM

2642 Erickson Road
Creston BC V0B 1G0
Canada

Jimmy’s Pub and Creston Hotel

Jimmy’s Pub and Creston Hotel

Jimmy’s Pub and Grill serves delicious Greek food and signature cocktails. The expansive patio is beautified with live fruit trees that characterize Creston’s cherry and apple industry. Special music events are held every Saturday night. The Banquet Room is transformed into a family restaurant on Sundays where children are welcome to enjoy the menu from Jimmy’s Pub. Available for private events up to 90 people, the Creston Hotel is located on site.

Monday-Saturday 10:30AM-1:00AM
Sunday 11AM-Midnight
Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day

Jimmy’s Pub and Creston Hotel
1418 Canyon Street
Creston BC V0B 1G4
Canada

Kootenay Meadows Farm

Kootenay Meadows Farm

Kootenay Meadows is certified organic grass based dairy. All products are made with milk exclusively from their farm, selling wholesale to stores throughout the Kootenays along with a retail store at the farm. They offer farm fresh, glass bottled pasteurized milk and cream and flavourful, complex, hand crafted raw milk cheese. Kootenay Meadows values their relationship with the land, their animals and their community.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Thanksgiving to May 10AM-5PM

3071 16th Street
Creston BC V0B 1G2
Canada

Lark Coffee Roasters

Lark Coffee Roasters

Lark Coffee Roasters is a small specialty coffee roaster located in Creston, BC. They carefully curate coffees to make sure they are exceptional quality as well as interesting and delightful flavours.Coffee is seasonal; fortunately it is grown in so many countries around the world that it's always in season. Come pick up a batch at their new roaster located in the heart of downtown Creston!

237 11th Avenue North
Creston BC V0B1G0
Canada

Morris Flowers - Garden Centre

Morris Flowers: Garden Centre - Where The Locals Go

A full-service home and garden centre, with a huge selection of bedding plants adapted for the local climate. All amendments and tools provided for a beautiful yard and garden, with experienced staff who can help with recommendations, plant selection, and troubleshoot growing problems. Indoor plants, pots, and garden accessories available as well as produce. Their landscaped gardens, ponds, and covered is available for events.

Monday-Saturday 9AM-5PM

1403 Erickson Street
Creston BC V0B 1G3
Canada

Morris Flowers - Shop

Morris Flowers: Shop - Where The Locals Go

As a leading florist in Creston, Morris Flowers offers professional flower arrangements and gifts for any occasion. They are committed to designing beautiful, quality arrangements and providing exceptional customer service and offer floral delivery throughout Creston. Their dependable florist network offers flower delivery nationwide and the gift shop features handmade chocolates, unique home décor, kitchen accessories, candles, and body products.

Monday-Saturday 9AM-5PM

1020 Canyon Street
Creston BC V0B 1G0
Canada

Mountain View Stoneworks and Stone Cold Ice Cream

Mountain View Stoneworks and Stone Cold Ice Cream - Where The Locals Go

Located 4km north of Wynndel on the east side of the scenic road to Kootenay Lake, Mountain View Stoneworks specializes in stone etching, polishing and engraving of natural stone producing custom stone work for gardens, driveways, home décor and community spaces. Stone Cold Ice Cream on site carries 32 flavours of delicious, high quality ice cream, and a variety of premade custom stonework available for purchase.

May & June 12-6PM, 7 days a week
July & August 11AM-7PM, 7 days a week

6255 Highway 3A
Wynndel BC V0B 2N1
Canada

Real Food Café

Real Food Café

Down to earth wholesome goodness, enjoy homemade imaginative food served in a comfy, casual atmosphere. The Real Food Café provides locally sourced produce, meat and cheese, and seasonal specials, and has a dog-friendly, beautiful patio with friendly staff. Gluten free and vegetarian dishes are always available and they are happy to cater to specific dietary concerns.

Lunch - Monday-Friday 11AM-2PM
Dinner - Monday-Saturday 4:30PM-8PM

223 10th Avenue North
Creston BC V0B 1G0
Canada

Retro Café

Retro Café

Using organic and local products to create the most exquisite meals, Retro Caféis known for their cuisine, with a large palette of Crêpes, Quiches, and comforting homemade soup. They serve a variety of poutine, Panini grilled sandwiches, Gyros Donair and soft shell tacos as well as a full breakfast menu and so much more than what’s on the menu. Stop by and check it at.

Monday-Friday 7AM-4PM
Saturday 7AM-3PM
Closed Sunday and holidays

1431 Northwest Boulevard
Creston BC V0B 1G6
Canada

Sirdar Station Pub

Sirdar Station Pub

Originally built in 1929, Sirdar Station Pub is a historical landmark. The pub was a hub for passenger train travel and a main switching yard for the locomotives and has always served good food, cold beer and the home to many a story or tall tail. Recently renovated with a wood fireplace, river rock and a steam locomotive added to the new kitchen and bar equipment. The fare is local and fresh.

7 days a week 11AM-Midnight

8068 Highway 3A
Sirdar BC V0B 2C0
Canada

Skimmerhorn Winery

Skimmerhorn Winery

Skimmerhorn Winery and Vineyard is a terroir-driven, small-batch winery and vineyard in Creston that is part of the emerging Kootenays wine region. The Skimmerhorn mountain range to the east of the winery creates a unique micro climate for the winery’s cool climate wines, which include Pinot Gris, Ortega, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Marechal Foch.

June-August (7 days a week) 11AM-9PM
Wednesday-Sunday in off season 11AM-5PM

1218-27th Avenue South
Creston BC V0B 1G1
Canada

Spectrum Farms

Spectrum Farms

Operated by the Kootenay Region Association for Community Living, providing support, employment and housing to persons with disabilities. Located on 26 acres of agricultural land in Erickson, Spectrum Farms is home to six different social enterprises, growing vegetables for the market, dehydrating vegetables and fruit, raising free range chickens for eggs, raising sheep for wool and meat, a bakery that supplies on-site store and a fibre mill.

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (Year Round) 10AM-2PM
In season Monday-Saturday 10AM-2PM

489 Erickson Road
Erickson BC V0B 1G3
Canada

Swan Valley Honey

Swan Valley Honey

Located at Honey Bee Zen Apiaries, Snow Valley Honey is known for its sustainable beekeeping and a growing list of terroir-based niche honeys. They specialize in the production of honey from apple and cherry fruit fields and local Kootenay wildflower and fireweed. Their golden and amber honeys have won awards, both provincially and on the North American stage.

Summer Wednesday-Saturday 9AM-5PM

220 East Placsko Road
Creston BC V0B 1G8
Canada

Tigz Teas and Gifts

Tigz Teas and Gifts

Whether looking for wonderful local items for yourself, or a unique gift you’ll likely find it here. Offering handmade crate style baskets with locally sourced products like wine, cheese, honey, coffee, jams, caramel, soup mixes, bath and body products, dried fruit, beeswax candles and kitchen linens, they also carry quality items from beyond the Kootenays. Tigz features over 250 types of loose teas and accessories and serves locally roasted coffee.

Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-5PM (Year Round)

1013 Canyon Street
Creston BC V0B 1G0
Canada

Truscott Farms

Truscott Farms

Truscott farms has been farming in the Creston Valley since 1912. Growing fruit and vegetables of all kinds and sourcing the best of BC and local product for you to enjoy. Their kitchen cans lots of wonderful products from asparagus to hot sauces. Stop by for a visit. Lots of RV parking available!

June-October 7AM-7PM

3016 Highway 3
Erickson BC V0B 1G1
Canada

Two Scoop Steves and Yahk Mountain Café

Two Scoop Steves and Yahk Mountain Café

Two Scoop Steve is a must stop for ice cream on your way through the Kootenays, enjoy your ice cream while sitting along the Moyie River. Yahk Mountain Cafe offers homemade soup, sandwiches and baking using local ingredients when possible.

June 10AM-5PM
July & August ​​​​​9AM-5PM

8708 Johnson Road
Yahk BC V0B 2P0
Canada

Wloka Fruit Stand

Wloka Fruit Stand

Wloka Farms Fruit Stand is owned and operated by Barb and Frank Wloka alongside their wonderful staff. The stand opens in July and runs into December or longer, depending on supplies. 98% of what is sold is produced by Frank and Barb grown on land within a 5km radius. Look for the fence decorated with special messages like birthday wishes woven into the links with brightly coloured ribbons.
 

July-December Open Daily 
Hours vary during the season

3524 Highway 3
Creston BC V0B 1G1
Canada

Wynnwood Estate Cellars Winery

Wynnwood Estate Cellars Winery

Located 4 miles north of Wynndel, Wynnwood Estate Cellars sits above Duck Lake on its east shore. These wines are of the "first shores" as according to geologists, this site was the original west coast of North America. Above the vineyard, remnants left by ancient oceans and glaciers are visible. Mineral rich soil provides complexity and ethos of antiquity and their vision is to create distinctive wines that reflect the terroir of this unique site. Offering tastings and tours.

May 15-October 15 11AM-6PM
 

5566 Highway 3A
Wynndel BC V0B 2N2
Canada