Health and Wellness
Pause. Take a breath. Savour that moment of stillness otherwise lost to the need we all have to get where we're going. Luckily, the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake Route has accessible approaches to individual health and wellness. The Yasodhara Ashram Yoga Retreat Centre and Tara Shanti Retreat Centre, both in Kootenay Bay, open arms to those who seek deeper meaning. Half-day and overnight experiences, and year-round programs are available to guide you into stillness and peace. Spas and healing centres can also be found here on the shorter term, along with therapeutic soaps and botanical products. Or perhaps, what you need most, is to sit beneath a crooked tree and listen to the water lap against the rocky shore, or on a rocky lookout over the valley at sunset. Either way, you'll leave feeling better, now a part of the Route, the Route a part of you—connected.
We're fortunate road trips in British Columbia take us through forests and along lakes, over the rivers and up mountains, but even the best kind of travel can be a little, well, exhausting. Pausing along the Route for a quick rejuvenation might be just what the weary wanderer needs, and Serene Spa in downtown Creston is the best place to find it. Pedicures, manicures, waxing, and relaxation massage is the best reason to get off the road for a few hours, and the Spa's full-services can get your feet, and your mind, back where they need to be.
Natural and Personal Products
Soaps, herbs, and education are a big part of the natural products produced along the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake Route. Tilia Botanicals, operated by two fully-qualified medical herbalists in Creston who share their passion for herbs and learning, create organic and luxurious bath and facial products, blend spices, and develop safe household cleaning products to suit your individuality. Based on the age-old tradition of herbs and health, this apothecary is fully stocked and will even create custom blends specific to your needs.
In Yahk, the Yahk Soap & Candle Co. is another must-see on your way through the Route. Off the highway, the light-blue and yellow trimmed storefront grabs attention—there is green grass on the roof, and goats on the grass. Peppermint foot butter, shaving soap, and soaps with names like Mountain Lavender and Goats on the Roof are all available, and you get to hang with the goats to boot.
Grounding. Peacefulness. Sustainability. Connection. Yoga retreat centres along the Route will give you just this, and likely more. Yasodhara Ashram near Kootenay Bay offers programs as well as guided and personal retreats year-round, attracting visitors from all over the world. Half-day or overnight overviews are available, and the Ashram operates as a Canadian charity, looking to practice holistic living and building community connection.
Tara Shanti Retreat Centre B&B opens up to the Kokanee Glacier, and holds regular Hatha yoga classes, arts and retreats, and in the summer months stays open as a bed and breakfast, focusing on recreation and outdoors as a form of enlightenment.
The Kootenay Sound Healing Centre in Riondel is a great place for meditation, and gives therapeutic experiences to any who visit. Those seeking balance in their lives will certainly find it here, with astrology consultation, group gong meditations and Acutonics certification training is available. Make an appointment and find what you seek.