Nature and Recreation

It's the British Columbia way—mountains and forests and rivers to explore—and the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake Route is no different. There are seven provincial and community parks, public beaches for sunny days, and endless trails overlooking border crossings and adjacent ridge tops, both mellow and steep in their approaches. Boardwalks weave through protected wetlands filled with beaver dams; a wilderness still untamed in the traditional First Nations territory. Communities along the Route work together to protect it, environmental stewardship an integral part of their livelihood. Pitch a tent, hook up the trailer, find your own piece of heaven beneath the trees. Whether adventuring solo or with a guide, by boat or bike or golf cart, take a minute (or a month) and get a little lost along the Route. The road's a bit windy, anyways—you can afford the time.

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Hiking & Biking

Hiking & Biking

Bike and hike almost anywhere along the Route. In the Creston Valley, the Thompson Rim Trail is one of many iconic hikes. Use 4x4's up the most difficult portion of the trail until you reach the top of Mt. Thompson. From here, the trailhead views expand an enormous aerial view of the valley, and a ridge-walk helps you appreciate the uniqueness of the geology here. If you're looking for more historic strolls, check the Pilot Bay Lighthouse Trail near the Kootenay Bay ferry. An easy 10-15 minute walk through mossy, lush forest leads to the white and red lighthouse, built in 1904. Pack a lunch, enjoy the lakeside view, then catch your ferry.

Distinct in its own rite, the Route has some incredible marshes and wetland trails to explore. Boardwalks weave through tall grasses and cattails, and beneath ancient cottonwood trees. The Crawford Bay Wetlands Trails allows for bike or walk along many pathways, as do trails within the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. Here, check the easy Boardwalk Loop, and climb the 3-story viewing tower. Or pack a lunch and walk the 4-hour Wood Duck Walk for full immersion into different wildlife habitats.

For more trail ideas visit the East Shore Trails and Bike Association website, Trails for Creston Valley website, or the CVWMA website.

Golf

Golf

The Route is beautiful—beautiful and remote. Kokanee Springs Golf Resort in Crawford Bay is just that; tucked at the east end of Kootenay Lake, a little escape for the golfer who wants more than just great golf. Hidden below snow-capped mountains with private cottages, great package deals, and mountain-bike trails for the post-game adventurer, it's a great place to tee off. Plus, they're celebrating 50 years this summer.

The Creston Valley Golf Club is another excellent source for golfing along the Route. Rolling terrain and varying elevations make for a challenging shot. Paired with iridescent trees, a vibrating and tantalizing green, the club is inviting for the novice and the expert, along with a few unexpected guests. Elk, coyotes, deer and other flora and fauna frequent the grounds.

Lake Activities

Lake Activities

Kootenay Lake is clear glass, deep blue. There's a feeling you get along her shore, a reverence. The lake—raised by the Corra Linn Dam—and the valley the lake sits in is a show of history, beauty left by glaciation and erosion. It's no wonder people rush to its waters year after year, by boat or foot, to dip their toes beneath the surface.

The lake has great access. Koskanoook Harbour Boat Launch & Marina is the closest to the city of Creston, with fishing off-dock, a picnic and rest area, and yearly memberships available. Further up the lake lies the Boswell Public Boat Launch, one of the last remaining public launches on the East Shore. The Lakeview Store & Campground also has a marina. Drop your boat, and cruise the 104-kilometre length of Kootenay Lake in the warmth of the sun. Find a private beach and read a favourite book, paddle board, wake surf. Anything's possible on the lake. Anything's possible on the Route.

 

Facilities and Parks

Facilities and Parks

On rainy days, or days with the chill of winter requires a change of pace, the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake Route has plenty of alternatives. Creston & District Community Complex holds a three-pool facility, a curling rink, fitness gym and outdoor track, a hockey arena, and banquet hall. For more of an educational experience, the Kootenay-Columbia Discovery-Centre Society offers programs for the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. The sheer preservation of the wetlands is of utmost importance for those along the Route. Between May and October, a nature centre's open to the public, and provides trail information and activities. Along the lake, Mackie Beach Park, with its course sand and sweet shoreline, is great for picnics and lazy days. And when things heat up, Yahk Provincial Park along the bubbling Moyie River is a serene stop for an overnight rest. There are several other provincial parks in the area, all with a little something different to offer, though we'll let you find them for yourselves.

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Trails Directory

Balancing Rock Trail

Balancing Rock Trail

A popular hiking trail in Creston, getting an early start may reward you with a beautiful sunrise. With expansive views of Creston and the surrounding area, this is a must-do for photographers and view-junkies.

The trail is in good shape though steep at times. It winds under some powerlines but as you gain elevation parts of the trail are forested. There are excellent rest stops that allow you to sit and enjoy the view while catching your breath. After 30min to an hour you will find yourself at the trail’s namesake, a huge boulder balanced oddly at the end of the trail. The trail continues to a swampy boardwalk section where it splits in two directions. Heading up and left, the trail continues up Creston Mountain. To the right the trail descends toward Summit Creek and Highway 3, making a near loop (though some highway walking will be necessary to get back to the parking lot). Bring water, especially if heading up the mountain.

Cornice Ridge Trail

Cornice Ridge Trail

From Creston take Hwy 3 westwards to Kootenay Pass, park in the large parking lot on the right where the outhouses are located. Follow a well-trodden trail above and to the left of the log building/warming shelter and continue climbing. There are several trails meandering through the forest but they all seem to merge eventually as the trail winds higher. In approximately 800 meters the trail takes a distinct left (west) bend. An avalanche control structure comes into view. Continue past this and the route becomes fairly obvious along the ridge. The trail climbs to a high point before descending along the ridge, then continues to the end of the ridge. Great views of the surrounding terrain isthe reward for this relatively short hike.

Trails for Creston Valley Society

Cornice Ridge Trail
9144 Crowsnest Hwy
Salmo BC V0G 1Z0
Canada

Crawford Bay Wetlands Trails

Crawford Bay Wetlands Trails

From Peters Road/Highway 3a corner travel 350 meters to the beginning of the trail at the first corner of Peters Road. Hike or ride into the wetlands path and go straight at the fork in the trail. Travel 100 meters and cross the boardwalk, another, check out the beaver dam on your right, soon you are at the west beach. Turn left and follow the shoreline east, cross over the southern trail at the beginning of the airstrip and 1.5 kms you are at the east beach and its parking lot.

East Shore Trail and Bike Association

Creston Community Forest

Creston Community Forest

A non-profit forest management organization responsible for overseeing over 21,000 hectares of land surrounding the Creston Valley. CCF invests funds into the community through various donations and community projects including forest education, recreation and wildfire hazard reduction. The community forest also maintains two local trails in the Creston Area: Thompson Rim Trail and Ladyslipper Trail for the community’s use.

121 Northwest Boulevard
Creston BC V0B 1G0
Canada

Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area and Trails

Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area and Trails

A migration corridor for Tundra Swans, Greater White-fronted Geese and other waterfowl, and the largest regional locale for wintering birds of prey in interior BC.Easy, 24/7 access to kilometres of flat-top dyke trails offers amazing opportunities to view a large diversity of wildlife. Year round trail access allows visitors to access the area by hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Includes self-guided walking trails, covered multi level viewing towers and boardwalk trails.

1874 Wildlife Road
Creston BC V0B 1G7
Canada

East Shore Trails & Bike Association

East Shore Trail & Bike Association - Where The Locals Go

Developing the East Shore of Kootenay Lake’s physical and cultural infrastructure to accommodate the increased interest in mountain bike destination tourism. The association has helped build, map, and mark a network of walking, hiking, and biking trails along the East Shore, including a portion of the Great Trail. For a comprehensive listing of these hiking and mountain-biking opportunities visit the association’s website or pickup a copy of their trail guide.

Gray Creek Trans-Canada Trail (Off Highway Section)

Gray Creek Trans-Canada Trail

Travelling the Trans Canada Trail from Gray Creek to Kimberley is an extremely arduous journey in the wilderness for 80 km on a forestry road, plus an extra 10 km through Kimberley Nature Park with minimal amenities, no supplies and limited-to-no cell service until approaching Kimberley. If you are up to the challenge, you certainly will be glad you tried it!

TRAILS SOCIETY OF BC

Gray Creek Trans-Canada Trail
Gray Creek Rd
Gray Creek BC V0B 1S0
Canada

Kootenay Lake - Midge Creek Provincal Park

Kootenay Lake - Midge Creek Provincal Park

Access to the park at Midge Creek is via water vessel. Water-oriented activities are most popular, with angling for kokanee, Dolly Varden and rainbow trout. Boasting more than a kilometre of sandy beach, it is a popular destination for boaters.

Season: Year Round

Ladyslipper Trail

Ladyslipper Trail

As beautiful as its namesake, the Ladyslipper Orchid, this trail offers a moderately challenging afternoon hike in a mostly shaded environment. It begins as a well-forested trail that ambles up the side of Goat Mountain. The summit is the goal – a lush and mossy mountaintop meadow nestled between swaying conifers. If you’re looking for a view, head down to the right just a few meters before the summit.

To get there turn off Lakeview-Arrow Creek Rd onto Foster Rd and continue along the FSR for a half hour until you see the marked trailhead on your left. There is decent space for parking but make sure to be off the road.

Lower Goat Trail, Creston BC

Lower Goat Trail

The unofficially named "Lower Goat Trail" is the newest trail in the Creston Valley, having just been completed by the Creston Community Forest in June of 2018. The trail now provides easy access to Arrow Mountain (known locally as Goat Mountain) from within the town of Creston, with the trail head located behind the Town of Creston Public Works Yard on Helen Street. The trail meanders up Goat Mountain at a steady pace under a shaded pine canopy. About mid-way up the trail a clearing provides a nice view of your progress. Continuing onward for another 30 minutes the trail comes to the final lookout atop a rock outcrop, which provides a stunning westward view over the Creston Valley and north to Kootenay Lake. In total, the trail takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete.

Lower Goat Trail / Town of Creston Public Works Yard
601 Helen St
Creston BC V0B 1G6
Canada

Riondel Community Campground Beach

North Bay Beach

This site is privately owned by Teck Metals Ltd. and is accessible through the Riondel Community Campground. Facilities include bathrooms, garbage pickup, covered picnic area and a beautiful beach with fabulous views of the lake and mountains.

Pilot Bay Lighthouse and Trail

Pilot Bay Lighthouse and Trail

This short trail leads to a historic lighthouse built in 1904. Turn south on Pilot Bay Road from the Kootenay Bay ferry landing. At 4.5 km there’s a small trail sign and parking area. It is an easy 10 – 15 minute walk on a broad trail up through mossy forest leading to expansive views of the lake from the lighthouse. There is also a picnic table and outhouse for your convenience.

Pilot Bay Peninsula Trail

Pilot Bay Peninsula Trail

This popular trail offers land access to Pilot Bay Marine Park, with campsites, picnic tables, fire pits and outhouses. Drive south on Pilot Bay road from the ferry landing at Kootenay Bay. At 3 km watch for the Pilot Bay Park sign - turn left and park. In the first ten minutes the trail climbs by granite cliffs and huge scented pines, then descends through cool forests. Take the fork to the right about five minutes past the second wooden bridge to reach the campsite. If you wish to continue towards the end of the peninsula, a full day’s hike, keep left to find a pebbled beach with a huge south view down the lake and the lakeshore trail that leads to Tipi Camp and beyond.

Ripple Ridge Trail

Ripple Ridge Trail

Hike approximately 2km, just past the boulder road barricade/ Park boundary; take the right hand trail signed “Ripple Ridge Trail.” Enjoy wild flowers such as bear grass, paintbrush, yarrow, bluebells and others as you make your way. A well-defined trail, it continues gaining elevation as Lightning Strike Ridge to the west comes into view then breaks out of the trees 600 meters from the trailhead transitioning to more open views as you pass large boulders and ghostly grey dead trees. A view of the Creston/Salmo highway appears as you continue up the trail. At km 1.4 the trail becomes hard to see as it heads off across a large flat rock slab. Look for rock –with a little imagination heading south it can be picked up again. Pass through a large split boulder and you can see your destination. Continue along the sparsely treed ridge to the lookout area. On a clear day the peaks in Idaho are visible. 180 degrees from that are the near mountain ridges with telecommunication towers and further in the distance are the high peaks of the Selkirks (Columbia Mountains).

Thompson Rim Trail

Thompson Rim Trail

The Mt. Thompson Rim Trail is an iconic Creston Valley hike, allowing hikers to do most of the hard work in their 4x4s. Upon arriving at the top of Mt. Thompson in your vehicle head past them to the trailhead which descends quickly down and along the ridge into some truly unreal sections of trail.

Expansive view on both sides offer as close to an aerial view of the Creston Valley as you can find. After hiking for a couple hours or so you’ll get to the trail end which is another tower. From here you can look down on the Skimmerhorn and get a totally different perspective of the bumps and cliffs along its ridgeline. Going back offers equally as impressive views. Please note - there is no water on this trail.

Trails - Where to find them

This is map of trails in our area.

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Blacktail Ridge Eco Tours

Blacktail Ridge Eco Tours

Blacktail Ridge is a small accommodation offering Eco Tours and licensed guided fishing on Kootenay Lake. Whether staying with them, visiting family or here to enjoy the Kootenay region, Blacktail Ridge can take you on a trip deep into the high country, or out onto the waters of Kootenay Lake. Geared towards small groups, so the experience you want can be the focus of your tour.

May - October
Monday-Sunday 8AM-8PM

5435 Cory Road
Wynndel BC V0B 2N1
Canada

Boswell Public Boat Launch

Boswell Public Boat Launch

One of the few remaining public launch sites on the east shore of Kootenay Lake, this popular harbour and launch is a free-of-charge public recreational facility (there is a donation box at the boat ramp) and an emergency link to north and south when Highway 3A has been closed.

Boswell Public Boat Launch
Boswell Road and Highway 3A
Boswell BC V0B1A4
Canada

Canyon Community Park

Canyon Community Park

The park is located in Canyon, on the east side of the Creston Valley under the gaze of the Skimmerhorn mountains. Maintained by the Canyon Community Association, the park’s facilities include the baseball diamond, horse arena, walking track, playground, washrooms, and outdoor kitchen.

4725 Samuelson Rd
Canyon BC V0B 1C1
Canada

Cedar Grove Campground

Cedar Grove Campground

Cedar Grove Campground
15060 Highway 3A
Gray Creek BC V0B 1S0
Canada

Centennial Park

Centennial Park

Centennial Park is the largest park maintained by the Town of Creston. The park features trees and picnic tables scattered in a woodland setting. A play structure and swing set make this park a popular destination for families with young children. The Creston Rotary Splash Park was completed in 2008, in partnership with the Creston Rotary Club. There is also a covered picnic area, which can be reserved for private groups for a small fee, by contacting the Town of Creston.

Facilities include a play structure, covered picnic area, change rooms, public washrooms, shade trees, picnic tables, benches, a baseball field, children’s splash playground and waste containers.

905 Birch Street
Creston BC V0B1G0
Canada

Crawford Bay Beach

Crawford Bay Beach

This is a lovely, uncrowded beach area 5 minutes within Crawford Bay itself. This end of the Bay boasts the warmest water on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake, and has a wide open south-facing beach that get long days of sunshine! Access is just off the south side of Hwy 3-A after the Crawford Creek bridge, along a dirt road that follows the creek. There are currently no services or amenities here.

Crawford Bay Community Park

Crawford Bay Community Park

Located in heart of Crawford Bay, surrounded local artisan shops and the Kokanee Spring Golf Resort, the park is maintained by the Kootenay Lake - Crawford Bay Hall and Park Association. Facilities include soccer fields, a new playground, washrooms, outdoor kitchen, tennis courts and is also home to the annual Starbelly Jam Music Festival in the third weekend of July.

Crawford Bay Community Park
16060 BC-3A
Crawford Bay BC V0B 1E0
Canada

Creston and District Community Complex

Creston and District Community Complex

Located in the centre of Creston, the Community Complex is operated by the Regional District of Central Kootenay and is an award winning facility that hosts a three pool aquatic facility, six sheet curling facility including a lounge, a hockey arena with a full service concession, a fitness gym/track as well as aerobic studio, a large banquet hall, various smaller rooms and a community hall, ball diamonds and soccer pitch.

7 days a week, year round
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5:30AM-8PM
Tuesday, Thursday 8AM-8PM
Saturday 1-6PM
Sunday 1-6PM

312 19 Avenue North
Creston BC V0B 1G5
Canada

Creston Valley Golf Club

Creston Valley Golf Club

Known as one of the finest competitive venues, the Creston Valley Golf Club began in 1954 and is playable for every level. With rolling terrain and fast, undulating greens it allows use of every club in your bag and the setting guarantees visits by a variety of fauna.Enjoy the clubhouse balcony, a meal or refreshment, re-live the towering tee-shots hit at #7 and #12, and plan your return trip.

Mid-March - October 31 8AM-7PM

1800 Mallory Road
Creston BC V0B 1G2
Canada

Drewery Point Provincial Park

Drewery Point Provincial Park

This inland marine park lies at the foot of the eastern slopes of the Selkirk Mountains Nelson Range. Located 36 km south of Balfour on the west shore of the Kootenay Lake, this park provides protected moorage in both the north and south bays making it easy to get out of the wind. Its secluded sand beaches and picnic area provide a scenic place for a relaxing visit. There are two sheltered coves that offer good boat moorage and protection from the prevailing winds. The north cove has a 50 meter long sandy beach which provides excellent swimming and an area where boats can land. Camping on the shore is limited to three tenting sites. This park is now user maintained. Park users are requested to practice no trace camping and to remove their garbage.

Season: Year Round

Kokanee Spring Golf Course

Kokanee Spring Golf Course

Get away from it all. Far away. Leave the world behind and find your sweet spot in Crawford Bay. Kokanee Springs Golf Resort has been serving up the perfect blend of rugged beauty and endless fairways with simple charm and warm, friendly service since 1968. Find out why so many are drawn back. Unplug, unwind with friends and enjoy the game. It's just spectacular golf in a stunning, secluded setting.

16082 Woolgar Road
Crawford Bay BC V0B 1E0
Canada

Kootenay Bay Ferry Landing Beach

Kootenay Bay Ferry Landing Beach

This is a beautiful pebble beach next to the Ferry Landing. It can accommodate many beach goers but few people use it. Bathrooms, picnic tables and garbage cans are located at the Ferry Landing loading zone.

Kootenay Lake - Midge Creek Provincial Park

Kootenay Lake - Midge Creek Provincial Park

Access to the park at Midge Creek is via water vessel. Water-oriented activities are most popular, with angling for kokanee, Dolly Varden and rainbow trout.

Boasting more than a kilometre of sandy beach, it is a popular destination for boaters.

Park Size: 223 hectares

Midge Creek Park is located 38 km south of Balfour, on the southwest shore of Kootenay Lake across from Sanca Creek

Kootenay Lake Ferry

Kootenay Lake Ferry

The longest free scenic ferry ride in BC, crossing the Kootenay Lake between Balfourand Kootenay Bay. Two ferry vessels are used, the MV Osprey 2000 and the MV Balfour. A single vessel operates throughout the year, with departures from Balfour between 6:30AM and 9:40PM, returning from Kootenay Bay between 7:10AM and 10:20PM. The second vessel operates in summer providing five extra crossings in either direction. 8KM in length, 35 minutes long check here for the schedule.

Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre Society

Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre Society

Offering environmental education and awareness programs at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, a 17,000-acre wetland. Naturalists onsite seasonally to deliver guided canoe and walking tours and a variety of special events and programs. The Nature Centre offers educational displays and information, hands-on activities, trail information, a small gift shop and washrooms. Amazing wildlife viewing and other recreation opportunities with over 32 km of trails to explore with viewing towers and boardwalks.

1760 West Creston Rd
Creston BC V0B 1G0
Canada

Kuskanook Harbour Boat Launch and Marina

Kuskanook Harbour Boat Launch and Marina

The closest boat launch and marina to Creston, the site is maintained by the Kuskanook Harbour Society, which sells annual memberships for the marina as well as one time launch passes. Passes are available from Wynndel Foods (5128 Hwy 3a). Facility open to public for fishing off the dock, picnic area, rest area, outhouses, and garbage bins.

9353 Highway 3A
Kuskanook BC V0B 1G0
Canada

Kuskanook Harbour Rest Area

Kuskanook Harbour Rest Area

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 however, as there is a beautiful beach on the south side well worth visiting.

Lakeview Store & Campground

Lakeview Store & Campground - Where The Locals Go

The Lakeview Store and Campground has an 18 slip marina and launch available for use by campers and RVers. Facilities include marine fuel (at the store above marina) and washrooms. Other services include a grocery store and liquor store onsite.

May-September
Monday-Saturday 8AM-8PM
Sunday 10AM-6PM

14729 Highway 3A
Gray Creek BC V0B 1S0
Canada

Lockhart Beach and Lockhart Creek Provincial Park

Lockhart Beach and Lockhart Creek Provincial Park

Located 40 km north of Creston on Highway 3A, this park and adjacent Lockhart Creek Provincial Park extend from the sunny shores of Kootenay Lake to the headwaters of Lockhart Creek. An 18 site campground and day-use area are located near a sand and fine gravel beach where visitors can relax and enjoy the clear waters of Kootenay Lake.

The Lockhart Creek Provincial Park has a hiking trail that follows the north side of Lockhart Creek gaining about 800 metres of elevation over a three-hour hike. An old cabin site about two hours up is a favourite destination. Though open to wilderness recreation, the park has no facilities or marked trails and is not regularly serviced.

Season: May 10-September 30 (campground)

Mackie Beach Park

Mackie Beach Park

This is a wonderful example of community collaboration. The beach has course sand. There is parking at the entrance with bathrooms and garbage. Picnic tables are located closer to the beach. A donation is requested to help with upkeep of the site.

Millenium Park

Millenium Park

Creston’s Millennium Park opened in 2004, thanks to an amazing effort by the Creston Valley Rotary Club and over 200 Creston Valley citizens, service groups and businesses. It is located on 16th Avenue South, at Dogwood Street, on land donated by Crestbrook Forest Industries. The locally designed and constructed Japanese-style garden was a generous gift from Creston’s sister city Kaminoho, Japan.

Facilities include a walking path, public washrooms, benches, a fountain, a Japanese garden, a covered bandstand, waste containers and RV parking and sani-dump. A dog park and BMX bike park are located beside the park on the other side of the train tracks.

16th Avenue South and Dogwood Street
Creston BC V0B 1G5
Canada

Paddle and Portage

Paddle & Portage

Paddle & Portage offers group kayak trips on the Kootenay River, located in the beautiful Creston Valley of British Columbia. Kayaks, paddles, safety gear, and a few tips are provided for family and friends to have a leisurely get-together in the great outdoors. The Kootenay River and her channels provide easy paddling with the natural splendor of mountain & valley views.

From June to September we offer Monday and Wednesday evening paddles, self-guided group paddles, and a kayaking program through the Creston & District Community Complex.

First Monday in June to first Wednesday in September 9AM-8PM

End of Kootenay River Road
Creston BC V0G1G0
Canada

Pilot Bay Peninsula Provincial Park

Pilot Bay Peninsula Provincial Park

This park is the safest harbour on Kootenay Lake where boaters often gather to weather out the summer storms. The water is warm in the bay for swimming and some of the best fishing for trophy “gerrard” trout is nearby. There is an extensive network of hiking trails through the park and along the Pilot Peninsula. It is an easy walk to the historic Pilot Bay lighthouse which has been restored by area volunteer groups. Primarily marine accessed, the park can be reached by road.

Season: Year Round

Riondel Golf Course

Riondel Golf Course

Located in the village of Riondel, on the shores of Kootenay Lake, the Riondel 9-hole Golf Course offers quality golfing in a family-friendly atmosphere. No advance tee time bookings are taken. They have rentals and a light concession; no restaurant.

1298 Galena Bay Wharf Road
Riondel BC V0B 2B0
Canada

Stagleap Provincial Park

Stagleap Provincial Park

Located at the summit of the highest all weather highway pass in BC, one of the highest paved highways in Canada! Enjoy the subalpine forest from the luxury of your car or go for a short walk around Bridal Lake. Hiking the high alpine areas, such as Ripple Ridge and Cornice Ridge, is popular in the summer months.

The park has a key role in protecting habitat for internationally endangered mountain caribou. A remnant herd of approximately 40 individuals migrate back and forth across the international border and is heavily dependent on the park to facilitate this movement. In addition, the park provides important habitat for the vulnerable Southern Selkirk population of grizzly bear.

Season: Year Round

Trails for Creston Valley Society

Trails for Creston Valley Society

Visitors can experience the local culture and be immersed in nature while helping the Trails for Creston Valley Society develop trails and parks. Visitors are welcome to attend recreational site Cleanup Events and Trail Building Work-Bees. Scheduled events, contact information, membership registration, and trail and river access information available online.Trails are constantly being added to the inventory, so be sure to check back each year to learn what’s new.

Twin Bays Beach

Twin Bays Beach

The main site at Twin Bays has a beautiful beach with easy access for drop-off. Its fine sandy beach makes it the most popular beach on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake. Parking is available down the road. At the parking lot is a bathroom and garbage pickup.

Yahk Kingsgate Community Hall and Park

Yahk Kingsgate Community Hall and Park

The hall and park are located on Railway Avenue in the community of Yahk and operated by the Yahk-Kingsgate recreation Society. Facilities include the hall, indoor gym, kitchen, outdoor music pavilion, multi-use sport court, bocce and horseshoe pits, and baseball diamond.

8790 Railway Ave
Yahk BC V0B 2P0
Canada

Yahk Provincial Park

Yahk Provincial Park

Located along Highway 3/95, 70km south of Cranbrook and 14.5km north of the US and Canadian borders at Kingsgate, Yahk Park is a traveller’s rest place. Near the Moyie River in a quiet well-spaced forest this 26 site campground and day-use area is a great introduction to BC Park visitor facilities.

Yahk Park was established in 1956 to provide camping and picnicking opportunities for the travelling public. As well it conserves a short scenic section of the Moyie River. The adjacent town of Yahk has services and tourist supplies.

Season: May 13-September 30 (campground)

Yahk Provincial Park
Highway 3&95
Yahk BC V0B 2P0
Canada