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Mountie Bob Gollan might not always get his man, but gets the information he needs. The RCMP Staff Sergeant appeared at the March 13 Creston town council meeting to ask for its policing priorities after he got no reply to a similar request in January. “I need to know your community policing priorities by the end of the week so I can prepare my annual plan,” he told councillors. “We’ve been pretty busy working on policing,” Coun. Tanya Ducharme laughed, referring to census results that now require the town to pay for a portion of local policing costs. Gollan didn’t walk away empty handed. “I want to see more ‘boots on the street’,” Coun. Wes Graham said, referring to foot patrols, especially in the downtown area. Coun. Scott Veitch asked for a focus on teen drinking. As a parent of two teens, he said he thinks the issue needs attention. Gollan replied in the affirmative to Coun. Joanna Wilson’s question about whether he had identified domestic abuse as a priority. “Domestic abuse is identified as part of our quality assurance review to ensure that the policies we have are being correctly followed,” he said. See POLICING, page 4


Thursday, March 22, 2012

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reston’s Larry Ewashen was a speaker at Bridging the Past, a recent conference in Hope. A variety of topics dealing with the heritage and history of British Columbia were covered, from native residential schools to Chinese immigration stimulated by the CPR. Ewashen spoke on the Doukhobor history in B.C. When the Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood was foreclosed upon in 1938, it was the largest communal enterprise in North America, comprising 78,000 acres in the three western provinces and a myriad of industries and enterprises valued at $11,000,000. The final collapse came when the Farm Credit Corporation of Canada refused any assistance during the austerity created by the depression. •••


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Thursday, March 22, 2012 Creston Valley Advance

Creston Fire Rescue updating bylaws BY LORNE ECKERSLEY Advance Staff

Creston Fire Rescue has undertaken a review of existing bylaws and is recommending a number of changes to update the regulations. Most contentious among the changes is a proposal to require private company inspectors and installers of fire safety equipment to be certified by a provincial body. Deputy fire chief Michael Moore said that he has discovered that some local businesses have paid for services that have not been correctly carried out and, in one case, a fire has resulted. “I can go into a business and check their fire extinguishers and find a tag with a date and initials, but I have no idea who the person is who did the inspection or whether they are qualified to do so,” Moore said at the March 13 town council meeting. A new provincial certification body has been established, he said. “The certification is not onerous and some local providers have already voluntarily been certified,” he said. In response to Coun. Tanya Ducharme’s concerns about certification costs and the implementation of the bylaw, town manager Lou Varela said council could pass the bylaw and then create a policy that would instigate enforcement of any part over any time span it chooses. “Enforcement could kick in after 12 or 18 months, for instance, if that is council’s wish,” she said. The bylaw will be presented for a third reading at the next regular council meeting.

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SVL seniors support literacy BY LORNE ECKERSLEY Advance Staff Swan Valley Lodge residents care about literacy. So much, in fact, that they were willing to forego their usual wine and beer happy hour on March 9 to listen to poetry. Linda Steward, who co-ordinates Columbia Basis Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) activities in the Creston Valley, welcomed residents, read a poem, When I Grow Old, then introduced the event’s emcee, Harriet Moore, a resident of the Swan Valley Lodge Pioneer Wing. From her wheelchair, Moore read her favourite poem, The Olive Branch: How does the lowly olive branch Observe the sky, begin to blanch Without a murmur or a prayer With no betrayal of despair?’ Oh Lord above, please grant to me The courage of that olive tree. Poetry readers included Swan Valley Lodge staff, residents and family members. Elementary school student Summer Linwood was the youngest, reading a couple of short favourites, including Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite: Don’t let the bed bugs bite. If they bite— Squeeze them tight. Then they won’t bite Tomorrow night. and When I Was a Wee Wee Tot:

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Among the poems included in the program were several by former Lodge resident Ruth Avery. Swan Valley Lodge staff member Karen Powis read To the One I Love, a tribute to Ruth’s husband, Ab: When I think of you my darling

Someone to love me, someone to care To give life meaning, my life to share. Someone to hold me close in his arms Someone to kiss me and thrill to his charms. Darling I love you, need I say more? You are my loved one, you I adore. Staff member Linda Tompkins ensured that war veterans were honoured during the event. She read Love of Life — A Veteran’s Honour: We love and respect you Who gave your lives for our protection. We owe each one of you A debt of gratitude for a job well done. We promise that we will Forever honour you and will not forget. Forever in high regard. (Followed by a salute) We only can imagine Loss endured trudging to victory. We see images of suffering For the quality of life you gave us. We now have freedom Because YOU made the world a better place. Thank you — Lest We Forget. (Followed by a salute)

When I was a wee wee tot I slept in a wee wee cot I sat on a wee wee pot Whether I could wee wee or not.

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I think of what you mean to me. Someone warm and loving Things a lover ought to be.

Tompkins then acknowledged the veterans who live in or attend day programs at Swan Valley Lodge: Walter Chatwood, William Edgar, Henry Gay, Kaiser Muszty, Sam Rota, Dennis Williams, Larry Belodeau, Norm Barrett and Jim Scarrow. A total of 16 poems, most of them short, made for a thoughtful and entertaining afternoon and residents clearly enjoyed the efforts by the organizers and presenters.

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New Seventh-day Adventist Pastor Josue Molina.

New pastor arrives at Adventist church BY LORNE ECKERSLEY Advance Staff

Josue Molina has arrived to take over the duties of Pastor Ian Cotton, who has conducted Seventh-day Adventist Church services in Creston and Cranbrook for six years. The native of El Salvador, who grew up in Costa Rica, will be residing in Cranbrook, where his wife, Tammy, works as a hospital social worker. Molina, 34, has been in the ministry for 12 years. “I’m happy to be in Cranbrook and Creston,” he said on Wednesday. “It is such a blessing to be here.” Molina grew up in the Adventist church, “but I didn’t have that experience with Jesus” to think of becoming a pastor until he was a young adult. “I am the youngest in my family and I’m not the most intellectual one,” he said. “God had already called my brothers, but it wasn’t until I had decided to become a policeman that my path changed.” He had a long talk with his father and confirmed that law enforcement was his career choice. “But then suddenly I began thinking about being a pastor, more and more,” he said. “Then God chose me — I felt very honoured.” The Spanish-speaking seminary student learned English “from others, not in the classroom,” while he was living in Costa Rica. He had never considered Canada as a destination, but while he was studying in New Jersey, he met Tammy at a worldwide church conference in Atlanta. See NEW, page 12

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Thursday, March 22, 2012 Creston Valley Advance

Out-of-service cellphones can still call 911, warn RCMP BY LORNE ECKERSLEY Advance Staff

Creston RCMP responded to 50 calls for service from March 12-18, including at least a half-dozen 911 calls made from cellphones that are no longer in service. “We suspect that most of these calls originate from cell phones whose plans have expired,” Staff Sgt. Bob Gollan said on Monday. “But the 911 feature continues even when the phone can’t be used to make other calls, and we have no way of tracing the source of the calls because phone service providers can’t tell us who has the phones or where they are.” Police Beat March 12 •No injuries were reported when a vehicle went off Highway 3 and into the ditch near Summit Creek Bridge. The vehicle sustained minor damage. •A snowmobile went over a bank near Highway 3 and has yet to be recovered. The driver was not injured. •A Nick’s Island Road resident complained about a person walking on property near the river. •A wallet found on Second Avenue North was turned over to police, who in turn located the owner, who was happy to get the wallet and cards, but less so that it was missing $80 in cash. •A vehicle backed into another one on Canyon Street, resulting in minor damage. •Investigation of a vehicle reported as abandoned on Goat Mountain Forest Service Road revealed that it had been stolen in Cranbrook. March 13 •An old, rusted rifle found near Erickson Road was turned into police. It has been destroyed. •Police were called to a 16th Avenue North residence, where they learned two

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sisters had been arguing. No assault occurred. •A witness reported that a vehicle had backed into a male cyclist on Canyon Street. When police arrived both the driver and cyclist were gone and the investigation continues. •A driver lost control of a vehicle on Highway 3 near Irishman Creek Bridge and drove into a barricade. No injuries were reported. •When police arrived at a CanyonLister Road residence to respond to a 911 call, the intoxicated female caller said her bank card had been taken by her boyfriend. He said he had taken it so she couldn’t buy more alcohol. •A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a male who left the scene when police were called to a domestic assault complaint at a Haskins Road residence. •An elk and a vehicle sustained extensive damage in a collision on Lower Wynndel Road. The vehicle is repairable. March 14 •Police assisted Ministry of Children and Family Development personnel in seeing to the transfer of children from one parent to another. •Police are investigating a complaint about harassing phone calls from an unknown male to a Cook Street resident. March 15 •A Nick’s Island Road resident complained that a diking district employee had been on private property without permission. •A large boulder was reported on Highway 3, about 10 kilometres west of Creston. March 16 •A power line was reported to be down on Hurl Street. •Police were called to keep the peace at a Riverview Road facility.

he felt a change in approach in recent years has been effective. “We don’t target the crime, we target the individuals,” he said. Police keep a close watch on repeat offenders who, statistically, are likely to continue a life in crime. “We

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•A complaint about the theft of a laptop computer on Riverview Road was determined to be an internal issue. •A complaint about mischief from Balsam Road is under investigation. •Theft charges are being recommended to Crown counsel after a shoplifter was caught stealing two rib-eye steaks at a Northwest Boulevard store. •The theft of cash from a 16th Avenue residence was reported. •A power line on Elsie Holmes Road in Wynndel was down. March 17 •Police checked on a party on Kootenay River Road, but found no problems. •A female, new to town, got lost in the 25th Avenue South area and called 911. She was located and taken home. •A vehicle went into the ditch on East Haskins Road when the driver swerved to avoid a deer. No injuries were reported. •A wallet was reported lost in the 1400 block of Cook Street. •When police investigated a report that four male youths had entered a home under construction on Fourth Street, they found no damage and the youths were gone. •Two youths who shoplifted candy from a Northwest Boulevard store have been recommended to the youth justice program. •A Highway 3 resident blamed pocket dialing as the reason for a 911 call. March 18 •A group of partiers with a bonfire near Lyons Road in Lister agreed to move on when police arrived. •Police were called to a domestic dispute on 10th Avenue North, where they learned that no assault had taken place. •Police are investigating a complaint from a Highway 3 resident that fence posts are missing.

make sure they are aware that there is help for those who want to change their ways.” Coun. Jerry Schmalz asked whether there is a problem with teens and young adults being homeless and either living outdoors or “couch surfing” at the homes of friends. Gollan said there is, and that this small group is mostly responsible for thefts from vehicles. “These aren’t kids who are going to break a window to get into a vehicle,” he said. “But they wander around trying car doors to see if they are open. Then they look for change or items that can be quickly sold for cash. It’s a problem that can be pretty much solved by people locking their vehicle doors.”

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Creston’s Footlighters Theatre Society returns to its roots next week with a presentation of Deathtrap, which was its first ever production in 1995. While the play remains Broadways longest-running comedy thriller (1,809 performances), Deathtrap wasn’t a big draw for a new theatre troupe in Creston 16 years ago. “No one knew what Footlighters was at the time, so it was sparsely attended,” said co-director Brian Lawrence. “Now that the group is well established, we thought it was time to bring Deathtrap back and give a new audience the chance to see it.” Deathtrap, written by Ira Levin (Rosemary’s Baby), opens with playwright Sidney Bruhl (played by Marc Archambault, coincidentally also a writer) struggling to write his next big hit. The dramatic stage is set when Bruhl receives a play by an unknown young writer, then decides to kill him and pass off the work as his own. “It’s full of twists and turns that seem to come completely out of the blue. It’s really hard to imagine what’s going to happen next,” said Lawrence, who shares directing duties with singing teacher Geri Buchanan. Deathtrap has a small cast that demands a lot from its lead characters, so its success depends on the actors’ ability to carry the story. “We are very happy with our choic-

es,” he said. “A couple have to be onstage nearly every minute of the show, and all five have risen to the challenges of going out of their comfort zone and doing something different than they’re used to. It’s been exciting to watch them grow as performers and bring something new to their characters with each rehearsal.” Lawrence said that directing a small cast thriller has its challenges. “I usually direct musicals or lighter pieces that have a lot of characters, but Deathtrap has some extended scenes with just two characters, which is both a blessing and a curse,” he said. “It’s been a challenge to keep the action moving without getting repetitive or stale, but it’s also been exhilarating to really work closely with a few people and push them to put everything they can into the roles.” Lawrence and Buchanan have teamed up previously, co-directing the popular musicals The Music Man and The Sound of Music. “In some ways, we’re treating this very much as we would a musical,” said Lawrence. “I handle the majority of the staging, and Geri looks after the vocal side — even when you’re not singing, the voice is a major part of developing and enhancing characterization.”

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While Archambault is new to Footlighters productions, the other cast members will be familiar to a Creston audience. Aspiring young playwright Clifford Anderson is played by Jordan Koop (The Villain Wore A Dirty Shirt) and Bruhl’s wife, Myra, is played by Suzanne Chubb (The Villain Wore A Dirty Shirt, When the Reaper Calls). Jennifer Dewald (The Villain Wore A Dirty Shirt, Curse You, Jack Dalton) appears as psychic Helga ten Dorp and Vern Gorham (Aladdin, The Sound of Music) rounds out the cast in the role of lawyer Porter Milgrim. “A show like this, which has some violence and language that may not be suitable for younger theatre-goers, is something that will appeal to people who might be looking for something a bit more serious,” Lawrence said. “Plus, it gives the actors a chance to play characters who are more ‘real’ and learn some new skills.” Deathtrap is set for three performances at Prince Charles Theatre, March 29-31, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, available at Black Bear Books and Kingfisher Used Books. For a sneak peek, find this story under News at to view a video trailer created for this production of Deathtrap.

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Duck Lake, according to longtime Creston Valley resident Cyril Colonel, is where it is all happening — it is the great landing site for many birds as they migrate each spring and winter. Rather than restrict access to the area around the lake, Colonel says, access should be iimproved to allow local residents and visitors to appreciate its abundant wildlife. My first memories of Colonel go back to when, shortly after we moved to Creston in 1979, he was a leader in saving thousands of historical artifacts when a privately owned museum in Yahk went under. Colonel and others worked tirelessly and incredibly quickly to get legal and financial support to ensure the collection stayed in the area, and it became the basis for what we now enjoy as the Creston Museum. To say he has lived a life of dogged determination is an understatement. When Colonel got wind of my intent to write a column about Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area’s restrictions of vehicle access on some of the dikes and roads near Duck Lake, he began to send me a series of fascinating, articulate and detailed email messages. I’ll let Colonel speak for himself, with a selection of the observations he has copied to me: “In my railroad, construction and trucking days I travelled most every rail line, highway and byway in B.C., part of the Yukon, a little of Alaska, a good portion of Alberta and Saskatchewan, and as far as Brandon, Manitoba. Needless to say I have never experienced a valley like we live in.

During my time on the farm, through different commodity promotions I had visitors from Europe and they had similar comments and a few took residence here.

and federal governments. When that ceased things went seriously down hill to the point of closing until a group gathered and shamed the government through BC Hydro to put up some dollars. The place went through a series of managers and they all failed, and the present management is not doing any better as far as creating good will and harmony and what it is making out of the area. Evidence of that shows in a petition, which Lorne Eckersley is now circulating, with hundreds of signatures on “So I guess basically I have a it. There are more serious issues passion for this valley and the peo- that have occurred but no one ple in it and personally feel a knows what they are unless you degree of remorse when I see peoare a wildlife enthusiast. ple ‌ I might feel are trodden on “A major attraction, Duck Lake, and restricted in various ways is suffering from horrendous road from experiencing all this valley conditions where only a four-wheel has to offer. There are people in drive vehicle with high clearance this valley that can afford to travel can reach it. It was this way all last to distant places. Also, there are summer. When I made that compeople in this valley that cannot ment to the biologist, the remark afford to travel to distant places was passed that they don’t get as and deserve the opportunity to many visitors. Comparatively take in and enjoy our local territospeaking, as far as wildlife is conries. They are the people that cerned, Duck Lake is far more watch or, maybe, patrol what we active than the region of the interhave for others. I have a bit of a pretation centre. What is happenpassion for those types and have a ing because of the remoteness to tendency to act if something the administration area is that the appears not right to me. management is trying to manage “There is one major factor I canthe people and visitors. I visit this not forget, which is there is 17,000 area and meet people that both acres not on the tax roll in this valley can’t get to it and those that manin the CVWMA and to me it is critiage to make it, and they have some cally important that this territory is very unbecoming statements about operated and managed to its full the CVWMA and its operations capability so it is a full benefit to and maintenance and ask why wildlife, as well as to the people of doesn’t the chamber of commerce this valley. or some business association do “Over the years it was a great something about it. place and very accommodating when funded by our provincial See VISITORS, page 14

This is the Life

Slogan 38: Don’t use pain for happiness This saying is the last of 15 slogans in the Lojong teachings that are about arresting common human traits that impede spiritual practice in everyday life. If we fail to pay attention to these 15 slogans, we curtail our spiritual training practices, and won’t derive benefit for self and others from those practices. The final slogan in this section reminds us of the human tendency to gain happiness that depends upon the suffering of others. It tells us to be alert to the habit of wishing for the failure of others because we expect to benefit from their misfortune. We hope that someone else will lose, so that we can win. We develop the dog-eat-dog or yourpain-my-gain mentality that is most obvious in politics. This slogan is really about exploitation — that is, about taking advantage of others to maintain wealth and privilege. European colonizers built empires all over the world by ignoring the spirit of this slogan. If we apply its principle of generosity to our attitude to Earth we would give up the habit of take, take, take, and drop our blindness to the consequences of self-serving action. It is embarrassing to recognize the extent to which we base our own

happiness on the pain of others, and when we do, our so-called “happiness� is threatened and begins to ring hollow. So we cover up this reality in a cloud of vague ignorance. We act as


Zen's-Eye View Kuya Minogue

though our good fortune is our due and has nothing to do with anyone else’s problems or suffering. But often, in fact, our own happiness and the suffering of others are inextricably interconnected. Even the orange we enjoy with breakfast might have been a source of suffering to a migrant worker who contracted disease from the pesticides the orchard owners sprayed to insure large profits. According to this slogan, if our happiness is based on the suffering of others it cannot be true happiness because it is tainted, flimsy and dependent on external conditions. True happiness is free of external conditions. It is a state of mind that can persist under all conditions, and it is

developed through spiritual practices that foster generosity, kindness and selfless service in our families and in our community. Ask any volunteer and he or she will report that working for the benefit of others has brought more joy than working for their own happiness. So once again, as in so many other slogans, the habit of putting ourselves first and looking out for number one proves to be a completely dysfunctional approach. It is based on winning while others lose, and on false hope. Happiness that depends on conditions will disappear when conditions change. Happiness that comes from developing generosity and kindness will persist under all conditions. Today’s practice
: Whether you think of yourself as privileged or as underprivileged, contemplate the effect of buying into the paradigm that increasing your own happiness depends upon decreasing the happiness of others. This column is a long series of short essays exploring the meaning of the Lojong Slogans. It is inspired by the work of Judy Lief. Kuya Minogue is the resident teacher at Creston’s ZenWords Zen Centre. For more information, she can be reached at 250-428-3390.

Creston Valley Advance Thursday, March 22, 2012

Why should we contribute to U.S.? To the Editor: I worked for the oil industry in Alberta for about 25 years as a draftsman and later graphics designer. Maps, land positions, financial pictures, strategies and prognoses all passed through my hands and, to a degree, I have some understanding of the strategies, costs and returns on investment. These sentences, however, have to do with what the media (TV, papers, Internet) is preparing us for. Us? Yes, us Canadians. We are an independent, sovereign, self-sufficient land as far as energy is concerned. If the theoretical happened and the consumers refused to line up at the pumps, we would quite miraculously prove to the greedy insatiable barons in Alberta that there is no way to suddenly fly the excess oil to starving Europe, India or China. It is our land, mineral riches, trucks, pipelines, refineries and, in the end, fancy self-serve pumps. Anybody remembers the corner stations with attendants wiping your windshield clean and checking oil and tire pressure? What happened in the last 40 years? Did we all sell out to the highest bidder? What does the threat of some midget nuclear armed state pulverizing Iran mean to us 10,000 miles away? Are we not a self-contained interdependent bunch of provinces and territories having each other’s welfare in mind? I personally think that collectively we should hide in shame and cry about how low we have sunk, offering ourselves on the silver platter to the multinationals, literally offering to be skinned alive. And a barrel of oil is nowhere near 150 bucks! Does the leadership of this country, and provinces, cities and towns, have any bone left in their bodies? Am I as a retiree left with only one option, to cross the line and contribute to my neighbor’s economy in order to survive? Buying untaxed fuel refined in Alberta? I find it hard to walk 12 kilometres, and my knees will not make it one way. Anybody out there who is offended by my thoughts? Frank Belavy West Creston

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make goods available to the less fortunate. Without this opportunity, many simply have to go without items often considered as necessities for normal living conditions. While the reply to this situation could be, “Their money is as good as anyone’s,” in providing funds for the food bank and other worthy donations, it is obvious to volunteers that advantage is taken by a select few in that buyers are seen shopping several times a day, taking advantage of quality items being delivered throughout the open hours. It would be appreciated that these individuals consider the impact of their actions. In recognition that more than 100 citizens donate their time and talent in good faith, it would be fitting that said business owners in Creston appreciate and respect the incentive that encourages this successful project in our community. Please be a customer in the same manner as the majority of shoppers in Creston. Please help us carry out the Gleaners mission to lend a hand where most needed and treat with dignity and caring those individuals in our community who are less fortunate. Gleaners President Thelma Johnson

ning and management. With the present council in its second term, it appears as if they decide as to how the taxpayers will pay for their mistakes rather than how to get rid of the problem with alternative solutions. Now again, without foresight in these lean economic times, our council allowed the issue of a building permit to a multi-corporate to build a onestop-and-shop tourist destination, a Ramada Inn with a restaurant, plus a strip mall with four rental spaces for retail outlets such as a ladies boutique, a jewelry store, perhaps a sporting goods store and maybe a scaled down casino. The location for these businesses is ideal with the inn’s patrons arriving in their BMWs and Mercedes SUVs with holiday money to spend. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Ramada Inn gave a year’s free rent to these businesses to help them get established. And why not? It got five years free rent from town council. This is not creating growth. This is creating a funeral for Creston’s downtown core. And how does the council get off at being so generous with our tax dollars by paying the fire chief $104,000 per year? It’s not as if he was blessed by the pope and unexpendable. This salary seems a little extravagant for a small town, to say the least. For town hall to burden the Creston taxpayers with another increase for any reason at all is not acceptable. Does town council think we are going to act like a flock of sleeping sheep again on this one? I don’t think so. People are starting to To the Editor: pay attention to the overstaffed town Often, progress is not only difficult hall in that it has enough personnel in to see, but even more difficult to meait to govern a territory a quarter of sure. Progress within a community the size of B.C. Already, there is talk often goes unnoticed. After being away of a tax revolt with people holding from Creston for a few years, I am back on their property tax payments impressed by the progress of the in protest of a tax increase. Creston Valley Food Action Coalition Overstaffing in town hall should and, in particular, the Creston Valley and could be reduced by 50 per cent. Farmers’ Market. The remaining 50 per cent can double I recently had the pleasure of attend- up on the duties. Five of the town crew ing a meeting and noticed the dedicatcould be eliminated and have a 32-hour ed commitment and seemingly tireless week two weeks out of every month of efforts of Len Parkin and Gerri Lee. the summer season. These combined Things have come a long way from a efforts would create a savings of few tents outside on a vacant lot. My approximately a half-million dollars hat is off to Len and Gerri for having per year to the Creston taxpayers. what it takes to make a huge differThen, if necessary, the swimming pool SE 5DR HATCHBACK ence. Yes, there are always many 2012 who FIESTA and adjoining facilities could be shut move the ship along, but without1.6L a EFI, down by the Regional 5 SPD, A/C, PW, PL, District FULLYof good captain and navigator, it could Central Kootenay during the winter EQUIPPED have sailed into oblivion. months to save costs for policing as Alfred Seidl opposed to increasing our taxes. List $17,599.00 Sale Price 14,849.00* Creston It is in my opinion these changes are necessary to alleviate the policing costs to produce a budgetfor that Starburstand with 0% financing 72will save the town. The town hall employees months OAC aren’t on some kind of make work project subsidized by taxpayers. The council price has to or be held all the *Cash sale 0% fiaccountable nancing inonlieu above issues mentioned. of cash discount. If council is unable to come up with any innovative ideas of their own to alleviate costs for the policing and still chooses to abuse the Creston taxpayers with a tax increase instead of executing To the Editor: the appropriate necessary cuts with The problem of paying for policing staff and town crew, then I suggest did not just happen. It was allowed to council set a date for a by-election and be brought on by the present and preprepare to resign. vious town councils for the past 10 Michael Bunn years for lack of foresight in town planCreston

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Thursday, March 22, 2012 Creston Valley Advance

It’s time to wet your whistle Out There

Ed McMackin

That is, if you have a whistle to wet. The expression can mean several things. How about a willow whistle? There is such a thing. You can have a willow whistle. In early spring, or anytime for a month or two after, when the sap is flowing strong, cut a smooth, six-inch piece of halfinch willow branch. Cut one end like the mouthpiece of a flutophone, then ring-cut the bark through to the wood about two inches from the mouthpiece. Also, cut a V-notch in the bark about threequarters of an inch from the mouth end of your willow whistle. Now, the two-inch tube of bark should just slide off by gripping it in the hand and applying a twist pull. If it does slip off, you are in business. If it doesn’t, you may have to try another stick or cut a few more pieces on a warm, sunny day when the sap is flowing well, or soak it in warm water. After it does slip off, in one piece, cut a flat passageway in the wood from the mouth end to the notch. From the point of the notch, cut a cavity a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch long. This length may be varied. I think the shorter it is, the higher the pitch of the whistle and vice versa. Wet the bark sleeve and the wood and replace it so the notch is over the cavity. Now, give it a blow. It may need some doctoring up or you may need to try it again. Soaking in warm water may help remove the bark. You may notice a slight bitter taste from the bark; this is typical of willows. Perhaps it’s the naturally occurring salicylic acid, the precursor to the pharmaceutical aspirin. Hence, the Latin genus name of Salix for true willows, which do best in full sun. Most people have some acquaintance with those narrow-leaved willows through the pussy willows that appear in the spring. Several species of willow have attractive furry repro-

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Pussy willows are a sure sign of spring.

ductive beginning that house many simple flowers. There is a little ditty about the pussy willow that goes something like this: “Pussy willow, pussy willow, in your furry cap. Pussy willow, pussy willow, time to take a nap. Spring has come with skies of blue. Spring’s sweet voice is calling you. Wake up, wake up, pussy do. Pussy, pussy willow.” (This is one of several things I remember learning in Grade 2.) There are many kinds of willows. In fact, B.C. alone harbours over 30 species of willow. Most of these are indistinguishable by us unfamiliar pussy willow buffs. Most are shrubs but a few grow into massive trees like the black willow. The smallest species include the arctic willow of the Arctic tundra and arctic alpine in the Kootenays, which may form mats of shrubbery less than three inches high. The catkins, the advanced stage of the pussy, may almost appear to outsize these dwarf shrubs. The name willow is given to a few shrubs that are not true willows, as in red willow, which is actually

red-osier dogwood. They often grow together in the same habitat. The name willow is even applied to a mechanical device designed to clean cotton or wool, and you may be familiar with the willow or blue willow china pattern originating in China. Some people even carry not only Holly, a tree name, for a name, but also Willow. Willow wood has many uses. It has been used in weaving, for cricket clubs and for items requiring a flexible wood. Its most valuable role is in its natural habitat where it, among other things, stabilizes soil, makes good browse for moose and some deer, is used by beavers and, because of its abundance, provides shelter and nesting sites for many kinds of birds and insect food for the same. Willow thickets, which often forewarn a possible wet foot experience for the hiker, provide protective concealment for calving moose. Willow flowers are apetalous, which, translated, means lacking petals. The many small flowers clustered in a catkin, the product of the pussy willow stage, have only the basic reproductive flower parts. Also, male and female willow flowers of the same species are found on separate shrubs. In natural areas along the valleys of the Kootenay there is a willow that, although the name is unfamiliar to most, stands out in late winter and spring. It grows into a good-sized tree and in spring displays golden-yellow branches. It is similar to the introduced weeping willow planted in many communities and is a sharp contrast to the drab bark of cottonwood trees. The weeping willow charges for enjoying its beauty by providing lots of whip-like branches to rake up after winter and after every windstorm. Appreciate and enjoy the willows, that shrubs that have two little false leaves at the base of each stem leaf. They are the most plentiful of any group of trees or shrubs. Their role in natural or man-created habitats is an important one. Ed McMackin is a biologist by profession and a naturalist and hiker by nature. He can be reached at 250-866-5747.

Nursery Notes Evan Davies

NOTICE OF Nursery a PUBLIC MEETING busy place in spring Eagle Plains Resources Ltd. and Providence Resources Ltd. wish to inform the public on a proposed drilling program within the Arrow Creek watershed. Date: March 26, 2012 Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Place: Creston and District Community Complex, Erickson Room

Sixteen hours a day in March! No problem. It’s been known to happen. Unloading a semi-trailer in a mixed bag of spring weather — rain, then sleet, then snow. No problem. It can’t always be sunny. As I write these notes we have more mixed precipitation. I’ve measured six inches in the last week in my rain gauge. At least the basement is dry this spring. I worked till 2 a.m. last night moving plants into a warmer greenhouse. No, not those plants in the parking lot; they are OK. It was the tropical-type plants in baskets. The furnace that heated their greenhouse and was just fine all winter had quit — the pilot light was out and wouldn’t relight. We had gone over to the inlaw’s for dinner and came back to discover the temperature in the greenhouse way too low. I looked through all spare parts, but, of course, I couldn’t see what I was looking for. See NURSERY, page 11

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Windborn and Joal Kamps playing at Sasquatch SASQUATCH ARTS AND MUSIC SOCIETY

Creston Snoring Sasquatch arts and music house will host a doubleheader on March 31, featuring the music of Windborn and Joal Kamps. Windborn is acoustic alternative music like you’ve never heard it before, a simply massive one-man show involving guitar, kick drum, looping pedals, vocals and other hand percussion. Windborn is Jeff Pike’s solo acoustic project. Pike has been writing and performing his music under the name of Windborn since 2006 and under other band names since 2001. In January 2010, he released an EP, Radiate, online and in April 2011 he released his fulllength album, Spitting Bullets online and on CD. In December 2011, Pike packed everything into storage and hit the road full-time to focus entirely on his music. He is consistently booked into every type of venue and festival, sharing the stage with every type of band from folk and world fusion to hard rock and metal. Somehow the music of Windborn fits everywhere and seems to be appreciated by everyone. It’s a difficult thing to explain. You may just need to witness it at a Windborn gig. “Windborn won over our inter-


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national crowd almost immediately and even had people stopping at our windows to listen,” said Tim from Victoria’s Ocean Island Café Lounge. “We want him to play here as much as possible before he becomes too big for our little venue.” “When Jeff pulled up to the venue, I began to help him unload his equipment and gear. I was impressed by just how much he was able to cram in such a small vehicle,” said Ryan Raudebaugh of After the Grind coffee house in Blackfalds, Alta. “Even more impressive was the full, rich, dynamic sound coming out of just one person once Windborn took the stage. No shortage of talent, creativity or passion. We’ll definitely look to have Jeff play again in the future.” For more information, visit his website, Before his career in music, Joal Kamps spent four years traveling around the world in search of adventure and the ever-elusive “self”. Perhaps that’s what makes his songs resonate with the sojourner in all of us. By blending storytelling with songwriting, Kamps creates music that is described as Rocky Mountain folk-pop. “Joal’s music brings back sweet memories of the coffeehouse days in the ’60s,” said film and TV actor

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From page 3 “Then she got a job in California, so Skype and MSN became the places where we dated!” Molina could have stayed in New Jersey, but also got offers in Ontario and B.C.

Tammy’s parents live in Creston, so the choice to come to the East Kootenay became more clear. While it might seem to others that running churches in Creston and Cranbrook is a daunting task, the young Molina is an old hand at juggling responsibilities. In El Salvador — where he returned after becoming a pastor — he had eight churches. He will conduct services in Creston on

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alternating Saturdays (Adventists believe Saturday is the day of worship) but will do visitations and prayer meetings weekly here. The Creston Seventh-day Adventist Church is overseen by a group of elders. “And we are lucky to have some lay members who are very good speakers,” Molina said. “They conduct the services when I am not here.” Molina said he has already seen differ-

ences between Canada and Costa Rica and El Salvador. “Here the challenge is different that in Central America — people are more skeptical here,” he said. “But I feel God has given me the blessing to share the Gospel in Canada, and I will work with our church members to share that message with others. We will do more reaching out to encourage others to find God.”


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CVMTA students Visitors to valley are work hard in practice-athlon missing out CRESTON VALLEY MUSIC TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION

In the fall, the Creston Valley Music Teachers’ Association challenged its students to “go the distance”. In the same way a skater puts in hours of practice laps, music students put in a lot of time practicing their instruments. So the students were challenged to meet a goal of practice laps, based on 15 minutes per lap. This proved to be a very successful way to quantify goals, as many students met or exceeded their target time. In the five-week challenge period, families learned realistic expectations for daily music practice. Some of these students performed in the 2012

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Creston Festival of the Arts on Feb. 24 and 25, and March 6 and 7. The high scorer in each division (marked with *) won a pass from the Creston and District Community Complex, and all participants received a free Dairy Queen Treat. Overall winner Megan Bibby also received a swim pass. The CVMTA extends its appreciation to the Creston and District Community Complex and Dairy Queen for the prizes, to the parents for their support and the students for their dedication and hard work.

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From page 6 “Within two weeks or so when the ice goes off the lake there will be the most spectacular sight of the spring waterfowl migration and most visitors can’t reach it. If you are not a nature lover it means nothing, but remember there are thousands of nature lovers that make major contributions to the economy. I can tell you stories of people from Calgary and other places that have booked rooms here for four days and went home because they couldn’t get Division 1 to the lake. They came solely to watch the Goal 50-55 laps (2.5spring migration. 2.75 hours/week) “It is important to read the brochures that Miah Armitage, are being promoted by the chamber on Duck Jenna Blackmore, Lake and visit the area in the next few weeks Joshua Daignault, and you will recognize you are leading visiSiobhan Davies, Olivia tors into a trap. There are no or very few Hanson, Meghan Huss, migratory waterfowl at the interpretation Kayla Koehoorn, centre but hundreds of thousands will be at Marissa Koehoorn, Zoe Duck Lake, but who knows, like I say, unless Marini, Ashley Mottl*, you are a naturalist. I am not a naturalist but Division 3 Bea Roelofse, Keirra I know exactly what is being missed.” Goal: 150 laps (7.5 Soroke, Dayna Soroke I don’t think there is anything going on hours/week) Goal 25 laps between the CVWMA and the local popuMegan Bibby (1.25 hours) lation that can’t be resolved with better Goal: 90-100 laps Mia Hanson, Merecommunication and awareness that local (4.5-5 hours/week) dith Walker support is key to the future of this incredible asset. The CVWMA is at a crossroads, awaiting word about how the provincial government Like the Advance intends to fund it. Typically, governments on Facebook at respond to public interest and pressure. Let’s hope thatNews all voices are heard on this issue. FortisBC Earth Hour Ad Castlegar Lorne Eckersley '   )%&  )($(   is the publisher of the Creston Valley Advance. Division 2 Goal: 75-80 laps (3.75-4 hours/week) Norma Blackmore, Stella Blackmore, Natasha Ewashen, Kaitlin Jaap, Hannah Ryckman Goal: 70 laps (3.5 hours/week) Allyssa Soroke*

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CLES students learn to make moccasins

It has been a busy few months. Intermediate Canyon-Lister Elementary School students within the Aboriginal education program have been learning how to make traditional Ktunaxa moccasins under the guidance of Cecilia Luke. Together we spent time cutting, sewing by hand and learning the story of the moccasin. We have learned that the moccasin may be the final product that you see and wear, but it is the stitches of patience, perseverance, and friendship that create a moccasin to be worn in celebration of one’s culture. The questions the children ask only contribute to the learning and inspire us all to learn

even more. — CLES Newspaper Committee Making moccasins is really fun. I love the way the leather feels. I love making them. Since we started making the moccasins, I learned to make the pattern, cut the pieces out of the leather, tack them and now we are sewing them together. First, we sew the bottoms all the way to the top. Next, we sew the cuff on and then we sew the tongue on. We are using deer hide to make our moccasins. See MOCCASINS, page 16

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Welcome Spring!

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Students from the Canyon-Lister Elementary School Grade 3/4 and 4/5 classes.

Creston Valley Rotary Club

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Moving, relocating or contemplating spring cleaning? We can help you while helping the community! Gleaners One will take all items of clothing, linens, craft materials, jewelry, children’s toys and games.

Gleaners Too will take:

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sofas arm chairs recliners rocking chairs cabinets coffee tables end tables Lamps Lighting fixtures entertainment centers Pictures collectables area rugs decent carpeting tables & chairs table ware

Glassware silverware cookware small electrical appliances dressers & drawers side tables Box springs Mattresses in good condition Headboards Bed frames Garage & workshop stuff tools

Friday, March 30, 2012

7:00 to 10:00pm Creston Room Creston & District Community Complex

Proceeds to Community Projects Tickets $45 Tickets available at: Black Bear Books, Ron Toyota (Town Office), or Any Creston Valley Rotarian

Sorry, we are unable to accept: • Computers or computer related components of any kind. Poor quality, damaged or non-working TVs or old cabinet model TVs. Please take all these to the recycle depot in town. • Large kitchen appliances: stoves, fridges, dishwashers and washers and dryers. • If it should go to the dump, please take it to the dump. Gleaners spends a lot of money hauling other people’s trash to the dump. This money would be better spent helping the community. Please be respectful of this.

For more info call Gleaners One 250-428-4166 or Gleaners Too 250-428-4106


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Making moccasins at CLES From page 15 Mrs. Luke comes to visit and help us make them. One day she brought her moccasins that she made. Some of them have designs on them and some of them have different colours. Mrs. Luke told us that these moccasins are ones that

you can dance in when you go to a powwow. I’m really looking forward to our powwow in May. My favourite thing about making moccasins is spending time with Mrs. Ewashen and my friends. — Danielle Palmer (Grade 4)

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Making moccasins has been a great journey so far for our program. We have learned that the thread we are using is called sinew and it’s made from animal muscles. One of the students in the Aboriginal program, our friend Shayna, taught us that if we receive a

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Sound & Swing! Big Band St. Stephen’s Coffee House Saturday March 31• 7pm Come for a great night of music! $5 at the door

Saturday March 31, 2012 Creston Education Centre (former South Creston School) Ask your school for 2012 registration packages Call Carrie 250.428.7427 for registration info Call Gillian 250.866.5203 to volunteer! Sponsored by the Creston Kootenay Foundation

Worried about Melamine scares or the quality control of Pet Foods?

Trust Royal Canin, Medi-Cal pet food

Each Royal Canin facility runs many tests on each raw material used in pet food. Near-Infrared spectroscopy is only one of the many ways the ingredients are tested. When a truckload arrives at the factory, its load is checked against a reference sample of that ingredient. The truck is not allowed to unload until this screen is performed. If there is any difference from the reference sample the entire truckload is rejected. Three infractions by the same supplier will result in the end of their contract. Stringent standards are in place to give the best quality products free of contamination by toxins. New technology is the Nitrogen flush which ensures the food will be as palatable and fresh as the day it was made.

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Canyon-Lister Elementary School Grade 5 students Kyla Blackmore and Olivia Kettle.

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Diets now come formulated for individual pet needs. Creston Veterinary Hospital would be happy to help you find the right diet for your pet. Dr. Rob McLeod • Dr. Emma Davis • Dr. Leanne Sackney • Dr. John Pfeffer Creston Veterinary Hospital 1605 Dogwood St • 250-428-9494

gift from an animal, then it is important to give something back to Mother Earth in return. We dug up a little bit of soil from outside and put a little piece of leather there and covered it back up. It was our way of giving back. We also learned from Mrs. Luke that you should have good energy when you make your moccasins so that that you have good energy when you wear your moccasins. All the experiences you have when you make your moccasins become a part of the memories you experience when you wear them — sharing friendship, being happy, being helpful by helping each other to make moccasins. We also learned that the flap on the back of the moccasins was traditionally there because it would cover up the footprints that you left while walking. We think it is really amazing how clothing and moccasins were made, how beautiful they were and how much time

it took to make them. My favourite thing about making moccasins is how we are learning so much about my culture. My favourite part is hanging out with friends and talking with my friends while we work together. Making moccasins is a great experience — the best. — Olivia Kettle and Kyla Blackmore (Grade 5)

One thing I have learned while making moccasins is that on the heel there is a little flap and it is used to take away the little bit of track that was left behind. While I am making moccasins I feel relaxed. I look forward to making them and I hope to put beading on them too. I have learned that there are lots of different types of moccasins. They are very pretty and I really like the beading, called tracking. Mrs. Luke’s moccasins are very beautiful. — Gina Runions (Grade 7)

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Mann elected to notaries society board


The Society of Notaries Public of BC appointed four new directors to its board and acknowledged the contribution of a retiring director. The new directors are Lorne Mann of Creston, Filip de Sagher (Vancouver), Kate Manvell (West Vancouver) and David Watts (Vancouver). “We welcome the fresh perspective and unique experience of each of the notaries who have been elected to our board,” said president John Eastwood. “Our directors play a critical role in oversight and governance of our society, ensuring the ongoing and trusted tradition of providing legal document services in British Columbia.” Timothy Janzen completed his term and has now left the board of directors. “We also acknowledge our outgoing member, Tim Janzen, for his significant contribution during his term on the board. his participation helped ensure our society continues to maintain the integrity of the notaries profession, and to enjoy the confidence of families and small businesses throughout the province.” The board was appointed by election at the society’s recent annual general meeting and held its first meeting in Vancouver in January. The Society of Notaries Public of BC represents more than 320 highly trained notary professionals. Most have locally owned and operated offices and all provide personal assistance to

Writers conference coming to St. Eugene

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The Society of Notaries Public of BC board. Front (from left): Creston’s Lorne Mann, Susan Davis, Tammy Morin-Nakashima, John Eastwood, Akash Sablok, Patricia Fedewich. Back (from left): Joan Letendre, Kate Manvell, Del Virk, Filip de Sagher, Jessie Vaid, Derek Smoluk, David Watts, Linda Manning, Susan Tong.

clients around the province. The average age of a BC Notary is 43, and 55 per cent are women. BC’s notaries reflect many ethnic backgrounds and cover many languages. Individuals, families and businesses seek the services of B.C. notaries for a wide range of non-contentious legal matters, including residential and commercial real estate transfers, mortgage refinancing, wills and estate planning, powers of attorney, and other important documents. The notaries’ tradition of trust spans 2,000 years. Notaries first came to British Columbia over 100 years ago. They continue to serve their valued clients and their communities across the province. For more, visit

CHOOSE ONE: Treat this patient Or this one

ST. EUGENE WRITERS CONFERENCE St. Eugene will host the inaugural St. Eugene Writers Conference from May 13-20. Drawing writers from across Canada, the conference will connect established writers with aspiring writers seeking to develop their craft. The format will consist of three- and six-day intensive small group workshops led by writers with a distinct Western Canadian flavor. Beyond the workshops, a wide variety of writing and publishing activities will be offered. Panel discussions on writing, self-publishing, traditional publishing and author readings will be held and open to the public at no cost. St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino offers an ideal setting for immersing writers in their craft. The resort sits on the plain of the St. Mary’s River surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Rockies and Purcell Mountains. St. Eugene is a former residential school that closed in 1970. The property is now owned, developed and guided by three First Nations partners, the Ktunaxa Nation of B.C., the Samson Cree Nation of Hobbema, Alta., and the Chippewas of Rama First Nation of Rama, Ont. The resort features restaurants, a championship golf course and the first and only aboriginal owned casino in B.C. Completely self-contained, St. Eugene is the ideal location for writers to retreat, rejuvenate and revitalize their work. A key component of the conference fosters the building of a strong writing community in the Kootenays and Western Canada. The conference will offer reduced tuition to individuals committed to building and mentoring writers and will also help arts councils in establishing and building local literacy and writing programs. Assembled, ordered and printed, individual words become our stories. Our stories link our generations. No story is too small. No story is too large. All stories hold a special place for each writer and, eventually, the reader. At St. Eugene, the stories will begin anew. For more, visit

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Warm Fuzzies to... … Everyone at Jimmy’s Pub for the excellent Greek night. Great organization, fabulous food, the best entertainment and the best night I have had for a long time. Well done team. … Mom & Russ for the tickets to the Good Lovelies—what an amazing show! … All the seniors at TAPS who took my computer course for giving me the best time of my life. If we get funding I would love to see you all come back. … Don, Bev and Irvin for a real fun season. … Montana for COMING BACK! … All the Krafty Kronys for giving me the opportunity to teach seniors at TAPS basic computers. It was the most rewarding experience of my life. Now I know why I do what I do. … Antonia for her forever thoughtfulness, being our nurse, and for your prayers. … “My Husband” for buying our dream house and working those extra 10 years! … Maureen and Jerry for driving me to Cranbrook for my eye surgery. … Teela Primrose, Timothy Thom, Christina Walker, Brendan Stead, Stephanie Bohn, Marcus Range and Dakota Maatz for so willingly serving at the dinner theatre presentation held on March 8, 2012.

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Walter H. Chatwood March 14, 2012

It is with sadness the family of Walter H. Chatwood announce his passing on March 14, 2012 at his Swan Valley lodge residence at the age of 91 years. Walter was born in Bingley, Alberta in 1921 to Emily and Marvin Chatwood. A veteran of WWII, Walter served with the 13th Canadian Field Artillery Regiment. The Graveside Interment Service was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Erickson, BC on Monday, March 19th at 2:30 pm with Padre Randy Wood ofciating. Those wishing to make a memorial donation may do so to the Swan Valley Lodge, Equipment Fund PO Box 1880, Creston, BC V0B 1G0









Judith (Judy) Ann Wolfe (nee Phelps)

November 18, 1952 ~ March 7, 2012

Judith Ann (Judy) Wolfe, age 59, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Judy was born on November 18, 1952 in Trail BC to Chester and Hazel Phelps. She spent her early childhood years in Deer Park, BC before moving to Erickson, BC with her family in 1965. She attended Renata Elementary, Erickson Elementary and Prince Charles Secondary. On May 1, 1972 she married Dennis Wolfe. While not having children, Judy had an open and loving heart and love for her pets, especially her little dogs. She was also an avid collector of Cabbage Patch dolls and other items. She was also very artistic and loved painting, sewing, puzzles and especially reading. Unfortunately, she couldn’t enjoy these once her diabetes caused her to loose her eyesight. Judy was young at heart and enjoyed the company of children and young people. She managed the ofce at D&J Auto from 1985 to 1998. Following that, she worked with mentally challenged young people until 2005. In later years, life proved very trying for Judy but she didn’t quit. Judy spent her last few years in a wheelchair. She will always be remembered for offering an open hand and her home to those in need. To her friends, her sense of humour always put a smile on their face. Judy was predeceased by her father Chester in 1987, her sister Brenda Mikado, nieces Krystal Foxall and Elizabeth Wolfe. She is survived by her loving husband, Dennis, of 40 years; her mother, Hazel Phelps (Bob); brothers Wayne Phelps and Russell Phelps (Cathy); sister-in-law Wendy Sommerfeld; brother-in-law Greg (Buddy) Wolfe; along with numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. Judy will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:00 am at GF Oliver Funeral Chapel in Creston. Judy’s remains will be intombed in Bella Columbarium at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Erickson, BC, following the service. In lieu of owers, those wishing to make a memorial donation in Judy’s name may do so to the Canadian Diabetes Society Pacic Area 360 – 1385 West 8th Ave. Vancouver, BC V6H 3V9 or PAWS, 2805 Lower Wynndel Road Creston, BC V0B 1G8 or a charity of your choice. VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT...


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Margaret Rosalyn (Lyn) Cornelson December 21, 1935 ~ March 14, 2012, 2012

Margaret Rosalyn (Lyn) Cornelson passed away March 14, 2012 in Creston, BC at the age of 76 years. Lyn was born December 21, 1935 at Nelson, BC to Muriel and Martin Dyck. She spent her early years in Saskatchewan and then moved to the lower mainland of BC. Herb and Lyn spent the last 20 years residing in the Creston area. She is predeceased by her parents, Martin and Muriel Dyck. Lyn will be dearly missed by her loving husband Herb, children Yvonne Douglas, Carolyne Burnstad, Shereen Powers and Rob Gogel; her sister Bernadine Welk, brothers Harold Dyck and Rest Dyck, ve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday March 20, 2012 at 11:00 am at Creston Baptist Church with Pastor Brian Atmore ofciating. Interment followed at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Erickson, BC.

Essie Pearl Essie Pearl (McWhirter) (McWhirter) Cox Cox May 26, 1917 ~ February 27, 2012

May 26,on 1917 February 27,May 2012 Essie was born the ~ family farm on 26, 1917 Essie born on thenear family farmCreek. on May 26,passed 1917 in Drywas Fork, Alberta, Pincher She in DryinFork, nearonPincher Creek. She passed away WhiteAlberta, Rock, BC February 27, 2012. away WhiteOrville Rock, BC 27, 2012. Essie in married M. on CoxFebruary on December 23, 1941. Duringmarried the war years,M. Essie birth to their sons Essie Orville Coxgave on December 23, 1941. John andthe Orville Gary. Essie gave birth to their sons During war years, John Gary. Afterand the Orville war, Essie and Orville spent many years in Alberta worked in the oil industry. Their After thewhile war,Orville Essie and Orville spent many years in daughter TrudyOrville was born in Edmonton. They moved Alberta while worked in the oil industry. Their to Marysville, 1953inand eventuallyThey to Creston, daughter TrudyBC wasinborn Edmonton. moved BC in 1967. They in aand variety of locations in the to Marysville, BC lived in 1953 eventually to Creston, valley, including Creston, Wynndel and in Alice BC in 1967. They West lived in a variety of locations the Siding. including In 1971, they bought theirWynndel farm on Goat valley, West Creston, and River Alice and raised dairy cows. Essie worked as aon chef for River many Siding. In 1971, they bought their farm Goat yearsraised in thedairy Swan Valley Lodge. and cows. Essie worked as a chef for many years in the Swan Valley Lodge. On October 15, 1998, Orville died suddenly at the age of EssieOrville left thedied farmsuddenly in Creston to live Oneighty-seven. October 15, 1998, at the age with her daughterEssie Trudyleft onthe herfarm farmin inCreston Langley,toBC. of eighty-seven. live In 2008, failing mobility forced EssieintoLangley, make aBC. nal with her daughter Trudy on her farm move to Ocean Careforced Home in White Rock, awhere In 2008, failingView mobility Essie to make final she met new friends, and enjoyed many activities. move to Ocean View Care Home in White Rock, where Essie wasnew predeceased by her husband Orville; brothers she met friends, and enjoyed many activities. Edward, William and James; and sister Margaret. Essie was predeceased by her husband Orville; brothers Essie is William survived her and three children – John Edward, andby James; sister Margaret. (Anne), daughter Mandi (Raymond Wells) and greatEssie is survived her Jayden, three children John grandchildren Cody, by Kaylee, and James– Wells; (Anne), daughterstepchildren Mandi (Raymond Wells) greatGary (Marty), Landon andand Camille, grandchildren Cody, Kaylee, Jayden, and James Wells; great- granddaughter Brittany, great-great grandson Gary stepchildren Landon Carly and Camille, Kaleb; (Marty), and Trudy (Brant), daughters (Darryl greatgranddaughter Brittany, grandson Wethersett) and Shannon (Nathangreat-great Barnes). She is also Kaleb; Trudy (Brant), survivedand by her sister Jean. daughters Carly (Darryl Wethersett) and Shannon (Nathan Barnes). She is also See sister the story survived by her Jean.of Essie's life at See the story of Essie's life at We’re on the net at


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Funeral Homes


In Loving Memory Of RONALD BELLINGER REED Passed Away March 8, 2012 Age 86 Years Residence Creston, BC Cremation Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to The Nature Trust #260 - 1000 Roosevelt Crescent North Vancouver, BC V7P 3R4 or The Land Conservancy 301 - 1195 Esquimalt Rd. Victoria, BC V9A 3N6 or The Nature Conservancy of Canada 36 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite 400 Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1A1 In Loving Memory Of WALTER H. CHATWOOD Passed Away March 14 2012 Age 91Years Residence - Creston Interment Service Forest Lawn Cemetery Canon Randy Wood officiating


Coming Events CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE Catholic Church Hall 120 - 16 Ave. North Friday March 23 9am - 4pm Saturday March 24 9am - 12 noon


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315 15th Ave N (Lutheran Church Office) Saturday 7pm (Open)

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DENTAL RECEPTIONIST Required with experience. Mail Resume to: P.O. Box 1029 Creston B.C. V0B 1G0 Required Immediately. Journeyman Heavy Equipment Technician for Vernon Dealership. Our Heavy Equipment Technicians maintain, repair and rebuild heavy equipment at our shop and in the field in a safe, efficient and capable manner. Qualifications required: Journeyman certification. Have a strong awareness and attitude towards workplace health and safety. Able to meet the physical demands of a Heavy Equipment Technician. Working knowledge of computers. Experience in the Forestry and construction Industry. Woodland Equipment Inc offers excellent wage compensation, extended health benefits. On-going industry training and year round employment. We are one of the largest Hyundai dealers in Canada and believe our continued growth is a result of our highly skilled and engaged employees who deliver excellence in the Workplace. Come join our team in sunny and warm Vernon, where you will be appreciated, love our climate and enjoy all our outdoor activities. Please forward your resume via email to rgilroy@woodland No phone calls please.

21 WEEK HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM Prepare for a Career in Heavy Equipment Operation. Introducing our new Apprenticeship Program which includes: ITA Foundation ITA HEO Theory Multi Equipment Training (Apprenticeship hours logged) Certificates included are: â&#x20AC;˘ Ground Disturbance Level 2 â&#x20AC;˘ WHMIS â&#x20AC;˘ TrafďŹ c Control â&#x20AC;˘ First Aid Reserve your seat today by calling Taylor Pro Training Ltd at 1-877-860-7627 AIRLINES ARE HIRINGTrain for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 1(877)818-0783. APPLY NOW: Pennywise Scholarship For Women to attend Journalism certificate course at Langara College in Vancouver. Deadline May 30, 2012. More information:



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Cards of Thanks

Cards of Thanks

Walter Nelson, a former resident of Galloway, BC, passed away in Whitecourt AB, on Thursday February 23, 2012. Walter was predeceased by his ď&#x192;&#x17E;rst wife Mary; parents Fred and Karen; grandparents Kristian "Nels" (Oline) Nielsen, Hjalmar (Lodise Marie) Nielsen; brother Stanley; nephew Grant; aunts Anna, Erna, Eva and Edith; uncles Ernest, Olger, Harold, Linde, Elmer, Martin and Steve. Walter will always be loved and remembered by his wife Norma; son Eric; daughters Karyn, Vera (Ron), Karyl (Burt) and Gayle; stepchildren Rick (Lonny), Curtis (Vicki), Kimberly (Terry), Bernie (Dave), Garth (Lori), Hali (Denis), Christine; grandsons Cedric, Steffon, Carter, Mark, Clinton, Brooklyn, Destiny, Kyla, Breanna, Hanna, Chad, Crystal, Melissa (Denny), Morgan (Cody), Heather (Devon), Tiffany, Kellan, Kylee, Merle, Krystal, Logan, Christopher and Aj; Grandpa's precious babies Presley, Atlas, Evan, Savanna and Dominic. Interment and a Tea to be held at a later date in Creston. Until we meet again my love, you will forever be in our hearts. Norma and the Family

MATTISON, Hugh Douglas

July 3, 1950 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; February 22, 2012 Hugh passed away peacefully in the Spirit River Hospital on February 22, 2012 after a long struggle with cancer. Predeceased by his wife Lesley and his father Harold, he is survived by his mother, Mary, his brother James (Dawn), his sister Leanne (Tim), his daughter Terry (Kendal), his sons Luc (Stacey) and David, and his 7 grandchildren Tyrel, Colten, William, Kayleigh, James, Cooper and Ethan. Hugh was born in Calgary, Alberta on July 3, 1950. His parents soon returned to BC and settled in Creston in 1952, where Hugh grew up and attended school. Hugh was a beekeeper and a truck driver but he got into the building industry and became a journeyman carpenter, building many homes and businesses in the Creston area. Hugh and Lesley Carter married in 1976 and shortly after moved to Lister, BC, where they lived in a church they converted to a home and where they raised their children. Hugh left the ups and downs of the construction business to become manager of the fruit packing plant in Erickson, where he spent many years. Lister was the family home until 1996 when they moved to Blueberry Mountain, Alberta to be closer to their daughter and for the employment opportunities available to Hugh and their sons. After running Blueberry Mountain store for 6 years, Hugh closed the business and returned to construction for a time. In 2004, he joined the Saddle Hills Municipal District as a grader operator and truck driver, where he worked until a few weeks before his death. Hugh was an enthusiastic hunter and outdoorsman and was never happier than when heading into the mountains up a gravel road in his 4 x 4 for some fishing or camping with his family. The family wishes to thank Doctor Kitagawa and the nursing staff of the Spirit River Hospital who gave him such fine care and the great neighbours and friends who have been so supportive during Hughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s illness. Hugh was cremated and no service was held by request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, #103 - 9805 - 97 Street, Grande Prairie, Alberta T8V 8B9 Arrangements under the direction of Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

With Our Thanks On behalf of the Al Spink Family We would like to thank all friends and neighbours for their help and support during this difď&#x192;&#x17E;cult time. We would like to express a special thank you to the Wynndel Community Centre for generously providing the hall and luncheon for Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Celebration of Life, and to those who shared their music, poems, letters and memories. Your kind words are a source of comfort for our family. We would also like to thank the staff at the ICU unit at the East Kootenay Hospital for taking care of Al during his stay.

Joyce Spink and family

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities


Employment Help Wanted

An earthmoving company based in Edson Alberta requires a full time Heavy Duty Mechanic for field and shop work. We require Cat Dozer/Deere excavator experience. You will work a set schedule for days on and off. Call Lloyd @ 780-723-5051

Licensed Autobody Repair person required for busy autobody repair shop. Windshield replacement & heavy truck experience an asset but not necessary. $25-$29./hr flat rate depending on experience. Fax resume to 250-265-4022 or e-mail to or call Kimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kustoms Nakusp B.C. 250-265-4012.

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Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the Swan Valley Lodge Equipment Fund PO Box 1880 Creston, BC V0B 1G0


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SOUTH ROCK has positions for road construction workers, BASE - heavy equipment operators (Finish Grader Op). Asphalt - (paver, roller, screed, raker). Heavy Duty Mechanic (service truck). General labourers. Forward resume to: Fax 403-568-1327;

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Are you thinking of Starting a Business? Community Futures CAN HELP! Our programs and services will help you research and write your business plan, manage your business and obtain ď&#x192;&#x17E;nancing. If you currently are, or have been on EI, Maternity or Parental Leave, and are still unemployed, ask about our income support program for small business start-ups! Contact: Erika Woker Creston Business Counsellor 250-254-1967

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Trades, Technical


DL Baker Construction Canada is looking for Laborers and Foremen in Kitimat. BC, Canada. Red Seal Preferred. Laborers will possess competency in assisting on the installation of all types of formwork, performing general labor work and placing concrete. Have the ability to correctly rig and hoist material, ability to signal, rig and work safely with cranes. Project Terms is Project Based Wages are in accordance with Project Labour Agreement between Kitimat Modernization Employer Association and Coalition of British Columbia Building Trades for the Kitimat Modernization Project Please forward resumes to

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HD MECHANICS 3rd or 4th apprentice or Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanics with their Red Seal and CVIP License to work in Red Deer & Hinton. Please call 250-718-3330 or Fax: 1-888-679-0759 For more information or send your resume & current drivers abstract to:

Medical/Dental Dental Assistant required Reply to Dr. Harvey Thompson, #22-665 Front St., Quesnel, BC V2J5J5. 250-992-3771

DL Baker Construction Canada is looking for Journeymen Carpenters and Foremen in Kitimat. BC, Canada. Red Seal Preferred. Carpenters must have experience with installation of footing forms, slab on grade forms, build and install wall, column and elevated horizontal forms. Ability to layout work, off supplied control lines. And the ability to correctly rig and hoist material, ability to signal, rig and work safely with cranes. Project Terms is Project Based Wages are in accordance with Project Labour Agreement between Kitimat Modernization Employer Association and Coalition of British Columbia Building Trades for the Kitimat Modernization Project Please forward resumes to

WELDERS/FITTERS required for busy Edmonton structural steel shop. Top compensation, full benefits, indoor heated work, relocation assistance. Fax resume: 780-939-2181 or

Work Wanted Trades, Technical AUTO BODY COLLISION Repair & Painter Technicians needed. Prefer experienced Trade person or 3rd year apprentice. Top competitive wages paid benefit package available. Full-time permanent position. Fax Resume 250402-6099 Attn. Walter.

Financial Services

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Financial Services

Rita M. Patstone Certified General Accountant Phone: 250-428-2662 Cell: 250-254-2646 1605 Evans Road Creston

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Are you a Senior with room in your heart and in your home for a pet?

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If you foster a P.A.W.S. kitty, P.A.W.S. will take care of medical costs, food and kitty litter!

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Household Services

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Merchandise for Sale

Pet Services

Misc. for Sale

LILâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; MUTT PET RESORT

2ND HAND ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR Now available at: Kootenay Medical Supplies 1016 Canyon Street, Creston 250-428-8766

â&#x20AC;˘ Boarding dogs & cats â&#x20AC;˘ Grooming â&#x20AC;˘ Pet Foods & Supplies 1304 NW Blvd and 3323 Phillips Road Creston, BC

2NDHAND HEAVEN 910 Pine St. 250-428-2375 Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm Sat noon - 4:30 pm Furniture Books, Toys, Clawfoot Tub, Washer, Dryer Tools, Pictures, Bedding, Dishes & MORE!


Pets MINIATURE AUSTRALIAN Shepherd puppies. 1st shots & de-wormed. $400-$450/ea. 208-255-6261, Bonners Ferry,ID.

Merchandise for Sale

Building Supplies 16â&#x20AC;&#x2122;x22â&#x20AC;&#x2122; DOVETAIL LARCH CABIN PACKAGE Mortise & Tendon Trusses Purlins and Floor Joists SacriďŹ ce price @ $6,500 250-428-0108


NEW LIFE FURNITURE & RECYCLING 114 NW Blvd. 250-402-0098 NEW HOURS Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm

Food Products

DONATION PICK UPS Fri 2 - 4pm Sat 8 - 10am Call to arrange a pick up


BC INSPECTED GRADED AA OR BETTER LOCALLY GROWN NATURAL BEEF Hormone Free Grass Fed/Grain Finished $100 Packages Available Quarters/Halves $2.45/lb Hanging Weight Extra Lean Hamburger $4.00/lb TARZWELL FARMS 250-428-4316 Creston

Garage Sales CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE Catholic Church Hall 120 - 16 Ave. North Friday March 23 9am - 4pm Saturday March 24 9am - 12 noon GARAGE SALE: Sat, March 24, 9am - 2pm. Birdbath, toolbench, desk, sm china cabinet (1950â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s), chest drawers, bookcase, dog crate, tent & misc household. 1108 Alder St (off 10th Ave)

Heavy Duty Machinery A- STEEL SHIPPING STORAGE CONTAINERS / Bridges / Equipment Wheel loaders JD 644E & 544A / 63â&#x20AC;&#x2122; & 90â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Stiff boom 5th wheel crane trucks/Excavators EX200-5 & 892D-LC / Small forklifts / F350 C/C â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cabsâ&#x20AC;?20â&#x20AC;&#x2122;40â&#x20AC;&#x2122;45â&#x20AC;&#x2122;53â&#x20AC;&#x2122; New/ Used/ Damaged /Containers Semi Trailers for Hiway & StorageCall 24 Hrs 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB D4H SERIES II Cat, 6/way blade & bush blade, wide high track. 2500/hrs. ex.cond. Call 250-424-5320. HD Water Wagon also available.

Interested in joining our team of great volunteers a few hours a week? Contact Amanda for more information

Real Estate

250-428-5975 OPEN MON, TUES & FRI



9AM - 3:45PM except holidays

Janis Caldwell-Sawley

Mortgage Specialist Cell: 250-417-1336

Flexible Appointments Serving the Creston Valley Subject to standard lending criteria of Royal Bank of Canada.

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Rental & Sales needs Ingrid Voigt DL# 7557

Creston- SUMMERS AT Kootenay Lake. Furnished 40ft Prairie Schooner trailer, sleeps 4. C/W 12â&#x20AC;&#x2122;x25â&#x20AC;&#x2122; covered deck and deck furniture, 7â&#x20AC;&#x2122;x7â&#x20AC;&#x2122; storage shed, boat slip. Located Lakeview Park & Marina. $20,000 Call 250-428-2247

Acreage for Sale

Other Areas

1 HECTARE view lot in West Creston, creek, pond, some trees, level driveway, new well & new septic. 250-428-5559

NAPLES FLORIDA Area! Bank Acquired Condos Only $169,900. Same unit sold for $428,895. Own your brand new condo for pennies on the dollar in warm, sunny SW Florida! Walk to over 20 restaurants/100 shops! Must see. Ask about travel incentives. Call 1-866-959-2825, ext 15.

Apt/Condos for Sale Creston - 2/BDRM CONDO, 1715 Hurl St. REDUCED to $119,000. Immed Occupancy 250-428-1452

For Sale By Owner HOUSE FOR SALE Located in Erickson


Fully Renovated 3/Bedroom 1/Bath Including Ensuit 2 Door Garage, Large Deck. Great Income Opportunity! Full downstairs Apartment Call 250-428-3096

Houses For Sale

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent 1/BDRM SENIORS Apt in down-town Creston $440$535. W/D, Storage, Parking. NP/NS. 250-428-9995 or 250435-5999 2/BDRM condo style apartment. F&S incl. N/P. N/S. Located downtown Creston. Avail Apr 1st. 250-428-5240. Refs req. APARTMENTS for rent: Call Michele or Paulette 250-4282562 or 250-428-3096 Blossom Ridge Apartments 2/bdrm, steps from rec. centre and hospital. Full size kitchen, 5 appl. incl W/D. Spectacular Views! Handicap accessible, mature adult, $850/mo plus util. 250-428-2279(Creston) 250-254-0677 (Cell) Creston - 1/BDRM APT $535 + elec. N/S N/P call 250-2540840 or 250-866-5789 CRESTON 1/BDRM apts. For info call 250-428-2904, leave message. Creston - 2/BDRM + DEN 50+ Condo, 5/appl, 2/decks, covered parking, NS, $850/mo + elec. DD & refs req. 250-4288727 Creston - 2/BDRM SUITE, avail now. Responsible, quiet tenants only. 250-428-4918 CRESTON ATTENTION SENIORS Nikkyl Place Seniors APARTMENTS provides 2 meals a day house keeping,laundry & reg bus service. Wheelchair access main ďŹ&#x201A;oor 1/bdrm units $1150/mo 2/bdrm $1250/mo. 250-402-9351 Creston - SPACIOUS WELLKEPT 2/bdrm suite 55+ no pets. 250-428-2111 ERICKSON 1/BDRM walkout suite, great view, 5 appl, satellite & internet incl,small pet ok $800/mo incl. utilities. Avail. March 1. 250-402-9001 PARKVIEW MANOR 1 & 2/Bdrm Apartments Available now! N/S N/P Children OK 250-428-9560 Creston


Drop off at 1314 NW Blvd. 8am - 5pm Mon to Sat Free Pickup For Large Quantities. Nolan Evans (250)428-6374

LOCATION! Location! LAKE FRONT Bldg, 2 Bdrm condo @Lake Windermere Pointe, Invermere 2bdrm, 2bath furnished condo, $1250/mo, washer/dryer,main ďŹ&#x201A;oor w/deck, n/p, n/s, undrgrd prkg exercise room, pool, 2 hot tubs. Call Sandi 403-888-5318 or email

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STEEL BUILDINGS For all uses! Spring deals! Make an offer on sell-off models at factory and save thousands now! Call for free Brochure - 1-800668-5111 ext. 170.

Just east of PCSS

Property Management

USED GARDEN TILLER Around 5HP. Must be in good cond 250-428-5699


Apartment Furnished

Lots Erickson 1/ACRE CORNER LOT with fruit trees, beautiful view of the Skimmerhorn Mountains. Perfect site for building your dream home. $160,000. 250-428-1742

PINE TABLE w/2 chairs & 2 bench seats $300; antique oak table $200; Ashley leather rocker recliner $600;Garrison acoustic guitar w/case $300; 2009 HP home premium7 computer $300, Image 17.5hp treadmill (new cond) $250; freezer 4ft $300. All like new. 250-428-9008 QUEEN SIZE Mattress, box spring & frame $250. Mint condition 250-428-5110 SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info and DVD: 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT.

Misc. for Sale


Misc. Wanted

Quality second-hand Furnishings, Appliances, Electronics & More!

1913 Elm St. Creston BC


Local Coin Collector Looking to Buy Collections, Mint & Proof Sets, Accumulations, Olympic, Gold, Silver Coins etc. Any amount. Please call 250-499-0251

WANTED MENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Large ďŹ&#x201A;oater suit, call Norm 250-4283419

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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Re: The Estate of Jack Conrad Wigen, Deceased Notice is hereby given that creditors and others having claims against the estate of JACK CONRAD WIGEN, deceased, late of Wynndel, British Columbia, are hereby required to send them duly veriď&#x192;&#x17E;ed to the undersigned executor at P.O. Box 2040, 124 11th Avenue North, Creston, British Columbia on or before the 15th day of September, 2012, after which date the assets of the said estate will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have been received. JON MICHAEL WIGEN Box 40 Wynndel, BC VOB 2NO


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Auto Financing

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UPSTAIRS BEDROOM & own bathroom. Shared Kitchen, Laundry downstairs. Located on 1/2acre w/large yard. $450/mo. 250-428-4233

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Located DOWN TOWN Excellent High TrafďŹ c Area Plenty of Parking 250-428-5240

Creston - 1/BDRM BSMT Walk-out Suite like new. C/W Sat, Internet, Util, F/S. N/S, N/P, Refs. Single person preferred. Hwy. 21 N. $700/mo D.D. $350. 250-428-0743

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Creston - 2/BDRM SUITE with full basement. F/S/D, drapes, W/D, N/P, N/S. Adult area. 250-428-4226

Canyon Hall


Newly Renovated & Ready for your Events! Ask about the Small Hall Henri 250-428-8852 Canyon Park Reservations Shelly 250-428-3356 ROTACREST HALL RENTAL Special Occasions/Events Call 250-428-7127 For Information and Booking WEST CRESTON HALL and/or grounds available. Full kitchen facilities. Leona 250-402-6643 Visit

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Erickson - MOBILE HOME for rent. 3/bdrm. 2/bath F/S W/D heat pump, 8x24 addition w/large deck. $850/mo incl.Sat TV + util. Keith 250-402-9001

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WANTED: RIFLES, shotguns, restricted weapons, reloading equipment, decoys or any other shooting related items. Fully licensed. Glen 250-428-6750

CANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1-866-9815991. CLUB CADET O-Turn Mower 50-cut net, 22hp engine 100hrs. $2500. 250-428-9370 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837

Merchandise for Sale


Pets & Livestock

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Cars - Domestic 2011 Chevrolet Cruise, 19,537 km, 4 door Sedan, Automatic, $14,500. 250-402-6299


1993 FORD BRONCO 4x4 approx 8,000kms on rebuilt 351 motor, ex. cond. $2,500obo. 1990 SKIDOO Safari 250cc $800obo. 1987 YAMAHA Enticer 340cc $1000obo. 1996 YAMAHA Big Bear 4x2 ATV 350cc, 3100km $3500 obo incl. snowblade, extra tires. 250-866-5274

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Homes for Rent


CRESTON 4-BDRM 4-bath executive home in Hawkview. NS. Appl incl. Pet negotiable. $1400/mo. 780-986-2775

Paying $20 - $200 for your SCRAP Vehicle 250-428-2323

Creston - BEAUTIFUL HOME 2/bdrm, 2bath, W/D, D/W, F/S, central vac. Closed garage, fenced yard in quiet neighborhood. $850/mo + util. Refs, N/S, pets okay. Avail June lst. 250-428-3929

SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equipment. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288

ERICKSON acreage, 3 bdrm + den, pref. non-smokers, $800 403-870-1513


HOUSE RENTALS coming soon. Contact Heather 250428-9040 or go to Creston Valley Realty Ltd to ďŹ ll out a rental enquiry form.

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Invitation to Tender College of the Rockies invites tenders for:

Janitorial Services - Creston Campus Sealed tenders clearly marked Janitorial Services â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Creston Campus will be received at the office of the Campus Manager at College of the Rockies Creston Campus, 301-16th Avenue, Creston, BC, V0B 1G0. Closing time for receiving tenders will be 1400 hrs. (2 pm local time) Monday April 2, 2012. Tender documents and specifications will be available to interested contractors at the Creston Campus. A mandatory site visit will take place on a time which will be mutually agreed upon by the Campus Manager and the bidding contractors. The College of the Rockies reserves the right to waive informalities in, or reject any or all tenders, or accept the tender deemed most favourable in the interest of College of the Rockies. The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. For further information please contact Kathy Tompkins, Campus Manager, College of the Rockies Creston Campus, 301-16th Avenue, P.O. Box 1978, Creston, BC V0B 1G0 Phone: (250) 428-5332.

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Serving the Creston Valley

Shopa's Excavating Ltd.

Excavator • Backhoes Dumptrucks • Cat Work Water Lines • Septic Fields Subdivision • Site Preparation Sand • Gravel • Topsoil Rock Hammer Road Building Government Certified Sewage planner & installer




Wynndel, BC 250-866-5770

Ph/Fx: 250-227-9679 Box 101, Crawford Bay, BC V0B 1E0



SAND & GRAVEL "We're well worth the call" Serving the Valley since 1968

HEDLUND CONTRACTING LTD. • Radio Controlled • Road Grading & Building • Trucks, Loader & Cat Work for Hire WE MEET CRUSHED GOVERNMENT GRAVEL & ROCK Office 250-428-9738 STANDARDS Kevin 250-428-9483 MASONRY STUCCO SAND SAND Fax 250-428-5853

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KOOTENAY LAKE LOG STRUCTURES LTD. • Backhoe • Auger • Jackhammer • Dump Truck

Phone: 250-428-7232 Cell: 250-428-1601

Arlen Johnson, Proprietor 4015 Hwy 3, Erickson BC

• Licensed New Home Builder • Renovations • Concrete Work • Quality Assured

Tom Morris

call 250-428-2266

Ph: 250-428-2071 Fax: 250-428-2036


Anderson & Buchy

Serving Creston Kootenay Lake

• Professional Work • Journeyman Roofers


Used Auto & Scrap Metal


Phone 250-254-0102 Ph: (250) 428-7881 • Fax: (250) 428-9588 Email:

Cell 250-254-0351 Creston, BC


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Dumptrucks Excavators Dozer

• WCB Coverage • Liability Insurance • All work guaranteed • Free Estimates in writing

Mobile Crane Service available

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Quality Handcrafted Homes

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Serving the Creston Valley


Chimney Sweeping Construction Company


Residential & Commercial Licensed & Insured

250-402-9006 Phone George

Journeyman Electrician

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Remodels to new Custom Homes, we offer a full range of Building Services.

Fireplace & Woodstove Servicing Visual Inspections & Installations WETT Certied Technicians

Smart Service. Great Products.

Tip Top Chimney Service 250-919-3643

• Tile • Vinyl • Laminate • Hardwood • Carpet • Window Shades • Phantom Screens • Aluminum railing • DURADEK waterproof decking

Sweeping the Kootenays Clean!

Serving the Creston Valley since 1984

250-428-2426 1518 Northwest Blvd Creston

Serving Creston & Eastshore for over 20 years

Bryan 250-428-8425 What Services do you have to OFFER?


250-428-5215 (days) 250-428-4765 (eves.)


1033-25 Ave S. Creston




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Starting from only $50 per month for annual booking Call 250-428-2266

Experienced Woodworker Kitchen & Bath Renovations

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Furnace & Duct Cleaning Commercial & Residential Central Air Conditioners


Your WINDSHIELD specialists *55 years combined experience

HOUSE CALLS Auto Interiors • Fabric Protection Area Rugs • Flood & Fire Restoration Licensed Painter 408-16 Ave. S. Creston, BC V0B 1G5 Terry Dugdale • Fax 250-428-4819

“We Move the Furniture” FREE ESTIMATES

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In Creston since 1988

FREE ESTIMATES 250-428-5229 Cell: 254-0364


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Providing Quality Since 1981

What Services



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Ph: 250-428-3455 Fax: 250-428-7393 Bob & Howard Graham 3020 Hwy 3E, Creston BC



Arrow Mountain

(turn east between Northstar & Iron Kettle)

• Largest self storage in Creston • 24 hr. Security • Safe, dry storage


250-428-4914 YVONNE’S


Journeyman All Aspects of Painting - Residential - Commercial - Interior - Exterior

Tel: 250-428-0438 Cell: 250-428-6468 Fax: 250-428-0437

Serving The Valley Since 1986



Edwin Johnson 250-428-9097

ICBC EXPRESS windshield replacements

620 Payne St. Creston, BC

André Robert

Portable restrooms Tanks and risers Pumps Float switches ...and more


MINI SELF STORAGE STORAGE • 10 – 15 year warranty on quality installations • Waterproof deck & roof surfaces • Construction • Railings • Signs • Home Repair • Painting • Art Work • Picture Framing

• Renovations • Eavestrough • Fascia • Soft • Vinyl Siding • Metal Roong • Window Capping

do you have to


Spring/Fall Clean-up Inside or Outside Heavy or Light Work SeniorDiscounts

Derick Todd Journeyman Carpenter Sirdar BC Cell 250-428-1895 email:


Jonathan Darbyshire


Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning


Robert Construction


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The “Home” Team FREE ESTIMATES! Specializing in Custom built • Kitchen cabinets • Bathroom vanities • Railings & stairs • All types of counter tops including granite, solid surfaces and laminate


71 Units • Easy Access 24/7 Video Surveillance Units accessable 24/7 Attendant living on site Storage Insurance Approved ALL UNITS ARE DRYWALLED TO MEET THE LATEST FIRE RATED BUILDING CODES

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• Residential • Commercial • Fire & Flood Restoration Serving Creston since 1991

Call Rob551 250-428-3

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• Portable Toilets • Portable Showers GREAT FOR • Weddings • Family Reunions • Large Parties • Construction Sites • Farms


• Septic Tanks • RVs & Boats

Reasonable weekend or monthly rates

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YES! We have a wheelchair accessible toilet

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For information, maps, gifts and much more Contact Hostess Christy Johnston


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Two Games: Ladies’ single: Pat McNeice, 147. Ladies’ triple: Janice Androsoff, 233. Men’s single-double: Bob Letcher, 141273. POA: Letcher, 73.

BORDERLINE BOWLING March 5-12 Monday Golden Age: Ladies’ single: Heidi Dewald, 193. Ladies’ triple: Jean Carling, 539. Men’s single-triple: Earl Ambrose, 222-599. POA: Florence Messinger, 75. Monday Ladies: Single-triple: Shelley Lindsay, 267-684. POA: Charlene Everett, 99. Wednesday Matinee: Ladies’ single: Liz Bryans, 206. Ladies’ triple: Shirley Bloodworth, 550. Men’s single-triple: Earl Ambrose, 215-584. POA: Greta Hoeve, 93. Wednesday Mixed: Ladies’ single-triple: Louise Rejman, 218-634. Men’s single-triple: Bob Bergman, 374-803. POA: Bergman, 137. Thursday Golden Age: Ladies’ single-triple: Marlene McGunigle, 233-572. Men’s single-triple: Ralph McGunigle, 303-752. POA: Nancy Krouse, 120. Thursday Men’s: Single-triple: Kevin Viers, 254-648. POA: Viers, 48. Special Olympics Three Games: Ladies’ triplesingle: Kathy Schmidt, 145417. Men’s single-triple: Steven Sterling, 192-486. POA: Jimmie Onfrychuk, 27.

Seniors CRESTON VALLEY SENIORS ASSOCIATION Feb. 27 dart scores: Ladies: Connie Opsahl, 121; Nancy Krause, 101; Martha McLaren, 88. Men: Ray Pederson, 95; Elden Schultz, 94; Allen McLaren, 93. Feb. 29 whist scores: Ladies: Cora Stach, 41; Margaret Adams, 36; Fay Moore, 27. Men: Art Stach, 34; Marion Mandryk, 33; Floyd Adams, 33. March 2 cribbage scores: Ladies: Margaret Adams, 835; Ursula Bzdel, 811; Cora Stach, 810. Men: Gary Krease, 841; Don Schwab, 835; John Putz, 829. March 4 dary scores: Ladies: Martha McLaren, 102; Erika Reinke, 84; Jean Hume, 78. Men: Chris Covington, 120; Hans Reinke, 111; Allen McLaren, 100. March 7 whist scores: Ladies: Rose Pompu, 33; Kay Heffner, 31; Cora Stach, 31. Men: Rody Malner, 43; Marion Mandryk, 39; Art Stach, 29.

Experience does count!

For the love of animals...

Pet overpopulation is a problem YOU can help PREVENT!

Support SNAP

Daryl Porter 250-402-9339

(spay, neuter animal program) Please help with your donation Call: 250-428-2811

Call Daryl Porter for all your Real Estate needs. Licensed 30 years. ®

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Sponsored by Pampered Pet Boarding Kennel • 1709 Connel Rd, Erickson 250-428-2932

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Office: 250-428-2234 1013 Canyon St. Creston, BC 27

FWCP presenting expert to discuss local bats FISH AND WILDLIFE COMPENSATION PROGRAM

On March 27, the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program will host Bats: Mysterious and Misunderstood Creatures, presented by Cori Lausen, one of B.C.’s leading bat experts. All are welcome to attend and learn about local bats’ biology, distribution and behaviour, and also discover new findings about their overwintering habits, and efforts underway to reduce the spread of white nose syndrome, a major threat to bat populations in North America. Plans will also be provided on how to build and place your own bat boxes, and information will be provided about the Kootenay Bat Project. Admission is free to the presentation, which starts at 7 p.m. at Rotacrest Hall. For more information call 250-352-6874.

Cori Lausen is one of B.C.’s leading bat experts.

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ON NOW AT YOUR BC GMC DEALERS. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. GMC is a brand of General Motors of Canada. */â&#x20AC; â&#x20AC; /â&#x20AC; /**Offers apply to the purchase of a 2012 Terrain FWD (R7A), 2012 Acadia FWD (R7B) equipped as described. Freight included ($1,495). License, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offer available to retail customers in Canada. See Dealer for details. Limited time offers which may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to change without notice. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in the BC GMC Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer order or trade may be required. GMCL, Ally Credit or TD Financing Services may modify, extend or terminate this offer in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See GMC dealer for details. y$4,700 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit available on 2012 Acadia FWD (tax exclusive) for retail customers only. Other cash credits available on most models. See your GM dealer for details. â&#x20AC; â&#x20AC; 0% purchase financing offered on approved credit by Ally Credit for 72 months on new or demonstrator 2012 Terrain FWD. Rates from other lenders will vary. Down payment, trade and/or security deposit may be required. Monthly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Example: $10,000 at 0% APR, the monthly payment is $138.89 for 72 months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $10,000.00. Offer is unconditionally interest-free. â&#x20AC; Variable rate financing for 84 months on 2012 Acadia FWD on approve credit. Bi-Weekly payment and variable rate shown based on current Ally Credit prime rate and is subject to fluctuation; actual payment amounts will vary with rate fluctuations. Example: $10,000 at 3% for 84 months, the monthly payment is $132. Cost of borrowing is $1,099, total obligation is $11,099. Down payment and/or trade may be required. Monthly payments and cost of borrowing will also vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Biweekly payments based on a purchase price of $34,995 with $2,599 down on 2012 Acadia FWD, equipped as described. **Credit valid towards the purchase or lease of an eligible new 2011 or 2012 model year Chevrolet, GMC, Buick or Cadillac vehicle, excluding Chevrolet Volt, delivered between January 6th 2012 and April 2nd 2012. Customers must present this authorization letter at the time of purchase or lease. All products are subject to availability. See Dealer for eligibility. Only one $1,000 Bonus may be redeemed per purchase/lease vehicle. This offer may not be redeemed for cash. The credit amount is inclusive of any applicable taxes. As part of the transaction, dealer may request documentation and will contact GM to verify eligibility. The $1,000 Bonus is not compatible with the Employee New Vehicle Purchase Program or the Supplier Program New Vehicle Purchase Program. Void where prohibited by law. $1,000 offer is stackable with Cardholderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current GM Card Earnings, subject to Vehicle Redemption Allowances. For complete GM Card Program Rules, including current Redemption Allowances, transferability of Earnings, and other applicable restrictions for all eligible GM vehicles, see your GM Dealer, call the GM Card Redemption Centre at 1-888-446-6232 or visit Subject to applicable law, GMCL may modify or terminate the Program in whole or in part with or without notice to you. Subject to Vehicle Redemption Allowances. 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Council helps out hockey teams with travel BY LORNE ECKERSLEY Advance Staff

Briefs from the March 13 Creston town council meeting: â&#x20AC;˘Crestonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three minor hockey teams that qualified for provincial championship playoffs will each

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receive $300 from the town to help with travel and accommodation expenses. The donations will come from the community development fund, which is nearly depleted for this fiscal year. â&#x20AC;˘A staff member will attend a conference in Cranbrook about the

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challenges of urban wildlife. â&#x20AC;˘The donation of a Town of Creston travel bag for the Creston Rotary Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s radio and Internet auction fundraiser was approved. â&#x20AC;˘New Creston resident Karen Unruh was the only applicant to fill a vacancy on the board of variance. She was appointed to the unpaid position for a term ending on Dec. 31, 2014. Unruh served three terms on the Fort Nelson town council and has experi-

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ence on hospital boards and as a minor sports organization executive. â&#x20AC;˘Little construction activity has taken place to start the year and only one new building permit was issued in February, building inspector Ross Beddoes reported. The building permit was for construction of a multi-tenant commercial retail building on the Ramada Inn and conference centre site. â&#x20AC;˘A development variance









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Welcome.........................................................................................4 Location..........................................................................................6 Life in a Small Town...............................................................7 History..............................................................................................9 Four Seasons............................................................................. 11 College of the Rockies. .....................................................20 Parks...............................................................................................22 Golf...................................................................................................24 Creston Museum....................................................................26 Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.........28 Wine & Dine. ..............................................................................30 Farm Fresh Guide...................................................................32 Agriculture..................................................................................35 Events Calendar......................................................................36 Fresh Food...................................................................................38 Farmers’ Market.....................................................................40 International Selkirk Loop..............................................41 Arts...................................................................................................44 Creston & District Public Library. ..............................48 Lower Kootenay Band. .......................................................49 Outdoor Adventures.............................................................50 Yahk.................................................................................................53 The Lake Road. ........................................................................54 Maps. ..............................................................................................57

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Welcome to Creston


elcome to the Creston Valley and thank you for picking up the 2012 edition of the Creston Valley Visitors’ Guide. The following pages highlight many of the attractions, area business services and the idyllic lifestyle we enjoy in our beautiful valley. Surrounded by the Selkirk Mountains to the west, the Purcells to the east, Kootenay Lake to the north and the United States border to the south, the Creston Valley is ideally situated and is home to almost 16,000 people (with 5,000 in the town of


Creston). Naturally abundant, the area is rich in agriculture related businesses and services and thriving agritourism. With a burgeoning wine industry, fruit and vegetable markets, handcrafted organic cheese, animal and grain farms, secondary food processing and the world famous Columbia Brewery, the Creston Valley lifestyle epitomizes the “100 mile diet”, though in our case it is really closer to 10 miles. Our rich agriculture heritage is celebrated in the spring at our annual Blossom Festival and in the fall with our annual Fall Fair. We have extraordinary outdoor recreation. Enjoy world class boating, fishing, golf, hunting, hiking back-country skiing and snowmobiling in the area. The Ramsar designated Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area is rich and biologically diverse. Over 300 species of birds, 57 species of mammals and 29 species of fish,

reptiles and amphibians call the area home. Other key sectors include forestry, secondary manufacturing, health services, retirement, and arts and culture. Be sure to stop in at the Creston Visitor Centre for more information. Our centre showcases local attractions and businesses, maps, free wireless Internet, feature artisan displays and the Creston Valley Rotary Club history wall. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you plan your vacation or make your relocation a smooth transition. We look forward to seeing you! Jim Jacobsen Executive Director Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre 121 Northwest Blvd. 250-428-4342 1-866-528-4342

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May 18, 19, 20, 21, 2012 Stage Show Starring wendell FerguSon Mammoth Parade Children’s Entertainment Lion’s Street Fair Duck Race Chili Cook-off Show & Shine Car Show Millennium Park Showcase Children’s Parade Lion’s Kids Party in the Park Lion’s Pancake Breakfast

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Welcome to the Creston Valley

Welcome to the beautiful and historic Creston Valley. Fertile land and mild climate first drew the early settlers here and by the 1900’s Creston was established as a robust farming community. Today our abundant crops, including asparagus; peaches; apples; cherries; and more, draw people from far and wide. If it can be grown in the Okanagan, it can be grown in the Creston Valley. We invite you to check the ripening dates for local fruits and vegetables in this guide. Beyond being the “bread basket” of the Kootenays, Creston is memorable for its awe inspiring vistas and closeness with nature. This wide, fertile valley is surrounded on all sides by the stunning Selkirk and Purcell Mountain ranges. The majestic Kootenay River winds its way through the lush flat lands. The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, located in the heart of our valley, is a wetland of international significance (a designated RAMSAR site). Come check out the 17,000 acres of wetland rich in bird, fish and other wildlife. To be in our valley is to be surrounded by unforgettable natural beauty.

Community attractions are numerous. Play a round on the local 18 hole golf course which is usually in play from mid-March to early April, and closes for the season on or around Halloween day. Visit our wineries or the local cheese producer. Our Saturday farmers’ market is worth a visit too! Why not tour the Columbia Brewery, home of “Kokanee Beer” and take a picture with the Sasquatch? Shop or browse the local galleries and shops that display local works. If you enjoy history, a visit to the local Creston Museum and Archives is a must. Participate in the Lower Kootenay Band’s Pow Wow, held annually in May. Additionally, there are numerous festivals and events that take place in the Creston Valley year round. Check this guide for event dates. With a little planning, you can make your visit to the Creston Valley truly unforgettable. Let our Visitor Centre assist you. We welcome your stay and invite you to visit again soon! - Mayor Ron Toyota Town of Creston

Getting Here The Town of Creston is centrally located on Highway 3 in the Kootenay region of south-eastern British Columbia. Creston is approximately 5 hours south-west of Calgary, Alberta, and one hour west of Cranbrook, BC. Travelling east from Vancouver, Creston is located about one and a half hours east of Nelson and Castlegar on Highway 3. The U.S. border with Idaho is only 10 km from town; Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint and the cities of Spokane, Coeur D’Alene and Kalispell are all accessible within 30 minutes to 3 hours drive by car. Many residents enjoy the relaxed pace of life and relatively low cost of living in Creston and the easy access to larger centres when they want them.

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Visitors to the Town of Creston are encouraged to park in one of our public parking lots and walk to enjoy the shops, restaurants and events of downtown Creston. RV-accessible parking is available north of Millennium Park on 16th Avenue South. A free sani-dump is also available at the same location, from April to October. When visiting our downtown follow the adjacent Rotary Centennial Loop Trail to access the Cook Street parking lot, and the pedestrian walk-

Many travellers choose to take scenic Highway 3A, when travelling between Nelson and Creston. The unique Kootenay Lake Ferry between Balfour and Kootenay Bay offers a taste of adventure, and stunning lake views. The ferry is free, and follows a regular schedule. There is a Greyhound Bus service in Creston, connecting to both Cranbrook and Nelson daily. Air service is available in both Cranbrook (international) and Castlegar, with flights to Calgary and Vancouver several times a day. The Creston Valley Regional Airport is suitable for light aircraft and small charter planes.

through to the shops and services on Canyon Street and adjacent side streets. Free public parking is also available at the Town-owned Cook Street lots, on both the north and south sides of Cook Street. Free metered parking is available on Canyon Street and on the side streets from 10th Avenue to 16th Avenue for 2012.

Visitor Centre The Visitor Centre is operated by the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce. For detailed information on attractions, circle tours and tourism information contact them at 121 Northwest Boulevard, Highway 3, Creston or call Toll Free: 1-866-528-4342 or Phone: (250) 428-4342. Open for business: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 238 - 10th Avenue N. PO Box 1339 Creston, BC V0B 1G0 Ph: 250-428-2214 • Fax: 250-428-9164 • email: Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitors’ Guide 2012 | 5

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he town of Creston is easy to find, located along the southernmost route joining the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. It is just an hour-and-aquarter west of Cranbrook on Highway 3, or an hour-and-ahalf east of Nelson or Castlegar, travelling over the Kootenay Pass, Canada’s highest mountain pass. Travellers from Nelson also have the option of a scenic trip along Kootenay Lake’s West Arm on Highway 3A, followed by a trip on the M.V. Balfour or M.V. Osprey 2000 between Balfour and Kootenay Bay. The six-mile trip is the longest free ferry ride in the world, which makes it even more unique. From Kootenay Bay, Highway 3A — referred to by some locals as the “lake road” — winds south, straight into Creston. Creston is within two hours of two major airports, the Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) in Cranbrook and the Castlegar Airport (YCG). The Creston Valley Airport, six kilometres south of Creston, is suitable for light aircraft and small charter planes. South of Creston, in Washington, the Spokane International Airport (GEG) is a three-hour drive. Creston is served by Greyhound Bus Lines, with one bus each day to or from Cranbrook and Nelson — and beyond. The community also offers BC Transit and Handi-Bus services, as well as Creston Valley Cab Co., the town’s only taxi service.

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reston is still a small town, but it keeps growing. The 2011 census indicated a population of over 5,300 — more than 500 higher than in 2006. Newcomers appreciate the relaxed, community-oriented lifestyle that permeates the entire Creston Valley, which entices them to purchase homes in the area. “Creston has become a retirement destination for young baby boomers looking to spend the next twenty years enjoying an active but relatively inexpensive lifestyle,” said Creston Valley Realty owner Elaine Carr. “What brings them here are the beautiful views and warm climate — what makes them stay are the great people and the peaceful pace.” The many activities available in the valley also draw younger people and their families to the Creston Valley, where they enjoy everything from hiking to fishing and music to sports.

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the relatively inexpensive real estate, both in town and in rural areas, is also a big draw. “It’s typically the quality of life that we enjoy here, and the climate

upgrades to the Creston Curling Centre and John Bucyk Arena, will ensure that families have an endless array of physical activities to keep them fit and occupied. The Creston Valley’s rich agricultural possibilities are another important factor behind the decision to move to the valley — although

— Creston has got one of the nicest in all of Canada,” said Re/Max Discovery Real Estate owner-broker Michael Carpenter. “To boot, we have very reasonable prices compared to other areas that are in a 5 or 6 agricultural zone. They want to grow their own food, and get away from the city and get away from a

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harsher climate. They also appreciate the beauty of the valley, which is somewhat unsurpassed.” Of course, a brief wander through downtown Creston is enough to make many people want to stay. Several coffee shops and unique businesses — where all the regulars know each other on a first-name basis — make a first visit to Creston feel like coming home. New residents can easily learn more about what the Creston Valley has to offer by calling Hi Nieghbour Welcome Service hostess Christy Johnston at 250-428-7074. She is happy to visit newcomers with a greeting package of coupons and information. “The most common thing said is, ‘What a beautiful valley,’ ” said Century 21 Veitch Realty managing broker Scott Veitch, a past president of the British Columbia Real Estate Association. “They love the scenery, the climate, the small-town atmosphere and how friendly everyone is.”

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or centuries, the Creston Valley and surrounding mountains and waterways were familiar only to the aboriginals known today as the Lower Kootenay Band, one of the seven bands that make up the Ktunaxa Nation. It wasn’t until the gold rush in the Fort Steele area that the Dewdney Trail opened east-west access in the southern portion of British Columbia. The Dewdney Trail, which enters the Creston Valley along Summit Creek and then follows the Goat River eastward toward the Columbia Valley, provided land access to areas where only water transport had previously been relied upon. The first white settlers, who came to the area only 125 years ago, arrived to find a broad, lush valley that was flooded annually by the spring freshet. Among those first settlers was J.C. Rykerts, who was dispatched from Victoria in 1883 to set up a customs house on the 49th parallel. Transport for Rykerts upon his arrival was a rowboat, with which he made an 80-mile return river trip to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to pick up the mail. The Rykerts border crossing featured a log cabin customs house. Populating the area was a slow process and it wasn’t until 1891 that the Creston Valley’s first white baby, Christine Hood, was born. She would eventually marry Charles Sutcliffe, one of the area’s remaining pioneer families. In 1892, Fred Little, John Arrowsmith and John Dow, staked a claim to portions of the valley along the benchland west of what is now 10th Avenue North. Little’s property would provide the location for the original townsite development. John Arrowsmith married a daughter of William and Jane Huscroft, a pioneering couple who had arrived by chuckwagon and raft from Utah, staking their land claim on July 5, 1893. Jane was only a few months late to lay claim as being the first nonnative woman in the Creston Valley. Sarah Ellen Dow, wife of John, arrived on the steamboat S.S. Nelson, which plied the Koote-

(Above) The S.S. Nasookin, one of many sternwheeled steamships that plied Kootenay Lake in the early 1900s, near Kootenay Landing, at the southern end of Kootenay Lake. (Below) The 1000 block of Creston’s Canyon Street, circa 1910.

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(Top) Marion and Geoff Collis with a horse pulling a harrow in the early 1920s. (Above) John W. Dow (at the left facing right) at his cabin, about 1893. (Below) The S.S. Kaslo at the Rykerts border crossing south of Creston in 1902.

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nay River between Bonners Ferry and Kaslo, B.C. It was her diary that would provide the first recorded glimpse into life in Creston’s early days. Canoes were used to transport the first white settlers as they disembarked from the several steamboats that had begun to provide regular service in the area. Sarah Ellen’s husband, John, arrived at the steamboat with a canoe, and soon the couple was paddling, then walking a mile-and-a-half, then crossing a slough in a dugout canoe before arriving at the cedar log cabin they would call home. Sarah Ellen gave birth to a son, Campbell, in Spokane, Wash., on Aug. 16, 1893, and mother and child came home six weeks later, greeted by a large group of Lower Kootenay Band members eager to see the new white baby. In 1883, a solution to the water-sodden flatlands that made up much of the valley came in the person of entrepreneur William Adolf Baillie-Grohman, who envisioned a rich agricultural opportunity if the floodwaters could be tamed. Good intentions were ignored by nature, though, and large floods often swept through the dikes, until the project was successfully carried out in the 1920s and 1930s. Until the late 1890s, steam-powered sternwheelers plied local waterways from Creston south to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and north to smaller Kootenay Lake settlements, and the ships played a large part in transportation until the 1930s. In the late 1890s, two railroads, Great Northern and Canadian Pacific arrived, making transportation in the valley that much easier. Roads developed in short sections, which connected small communities throughout the valley and up the East Shore of Kootenay Lake. Later, these sections were joined, becoming part of a provincial highway system in the early 1920s. The government completed the road to Gray Creek in 1931, and the S.S. Nasookin made three daily stops at Gray Creek until 1947, when the road to Kootenay Bay was completed and the M.V. Anscomb (now sunk near Kaslo) was launched to ferry traffic between that point and Balfour. Traffic kept flowing along the lake, until two big changes came about in the early 1960s — the opening of Rogers Pass as part of the Trans-Canada Highway in July 1962, and the Salmo-Creston portion of Highway 3 opening in October 1963. Creston’s modern-day history is closely tied to the development of the diking system, and the rich agricultural tradition has continued. Forage and grain crops, fruits and vegetables, dairies and other agricultural industries have long contributed to the economic stability of an area that also boasts a strong forest sector and mining history. For more history of the Creston Valley, we recommend Sixty Bloomin’ Years by Helena White, which was published on the 60th anniversary of the Town of Creston’s 1924 incorporation. Reprints are available from Kingfisher Used Books.

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pring comes to the Creston Valley in mid-April, with green leaves, scented blossoms and green grass seeming to appear overnight, prompting residents of all ages to get outdoors and enjoy everything the valley has to offer. It can often feel very much like summer by the middle of May, when the apple and cherry trees bloom and Creston hosts the annual Creston Valley Blossom Festival on the Victoria Day weekend. The festival opens with a concert featuring Wendell Ferguson and the announcement of Creston’s citizen of the year, and the weekend includes three pancake breakfasts, two parades, a street festival, a classic car show and a chili cook-off. With the theme “Blossom Fest, simply the best”, this year marks the 71st annual festival, which began as a way to raise the community’s morale during the Second World War. “It’s the one time of year that we can bring the whole town together at the same time for a variety of events,” says festival president Hugh Johnston. A new feature this Blossom Festival weekend is a showcase in Millennium Park, which will show off the Creston Valley’s musical talent, from singers to dancers to Irish fiddlers. Saturday’s events will be capped off with a dance sponsored by the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce. The May long weekend also sees the opening of the 17,000acre Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area’s Wildlife Interpretation Centre in West Creston (see page 28). Earlier in the month, the Creston Museum and Archives opens for its season, which runs until mid-September (see page 26). A visit to the Creston Valley in the summer isn’t complete without paying a visit to the many orchards and fruit stands in the area. A few offer meals, as well as fresh-off-the-tree (or -vine or -bush) produce. One of these is the Blueberry Patch in Lister, which offers country lunches, soups and homemade baking. It is open from the first day of spring until Christmas and features a shop with country giftware, and gourmet jams and spreads — as well as a candy cottage for the young and young at heart. In addition to U-pick blueberries, the farm also has its strawberry pavilion, with 18,000 hydroponically grown strawberry plants.

The Creston Valley Blossom Festival features two parades, one for children on Monday (above) and the main parade on Saturday (below) of the May long weekend.

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“That’s something they won’t see anywhere,” says owner Michael Sproule. Cherrybrook Farms is unique, too, with a cherry tree leasing system that allows family to pick all the fruit from “their” tree. With an orchard on Erickson Road, and a Highway 3 location that opened last year, owners Gord and Caroline Martin enjoy selling produce and other food products made in the Creston Valley. “Our dream is to become a community hub for local producers,” says Caroline. To find a variety of local products all in one place, a visit to the Creston Valley Farmers’ Market is a must. It runs on Saturday mornings from May to September beside Millennium Park, and October to December at Morris Flowers Garden Centre on Erickson Road. In addition to fresh Creston Valley produce, it features live music and vendors offering crafts, art, flowers, plants, wood products, baked goods, freshly roasted coffee and breakfast — all made, baked or grown in the Creston Valley (see page 40). Every second year, the Creston Valley Garden Club asks eight gardeners to open up their gardens to guests for a one-day event, which draws visitors from the east and west Kootenays, as well as Idaho and Washington. This year’s tours will be held on June 23. Tickets are $10, available at Beltane Nursery, Morris Flowers Garden Centre and the Creston Valley Chamber of Com-

The Creston Valley Farmers’ Market is not only a great place to buy local produce, but also to learn how to use it, thanks to cooking demonstrations by the Great Canadian Cooking School.

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Competition 25 metre 5 lane lap pool 1 metre diving board Aquatic climbing wall Leisure pool with lazy river Hot tub and steam room Fitness centre with indoor track All the latest cardio, strength, free weights and other workout equipment Group fitness room with spin bikes Physiotherapy Clinic Hockey arena and new dressing rooms Six sheet curling rink and lounge facility Large banquet room with kitchen facility Meeting rooms Park area with baseball & soccer fields Beach volleyball courts and horseshoe pits Children’s playground Rotacrest Hall facilities We are located at:

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merce. For an additional $10, a bus will take visitors to all the gardens, and Creston’s GoGo Grannies will serve lunch for $8, with the pro-

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Community Complex. In addition to public swimming, the pool offers many swimming courses and lessons for everyone, from boys

on Northwest Boulevard. Owners Dave Schellenberg and Stephanie Soderling opened the 18-hole course in 2007, naming it for their dog.

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The Creston and District Community Complex pool, which opened in 2010, is a popular way to beat the summer heat.

ceeds being donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. For more information, contact Eileen Hirota at 250-402-6717 or Gwen Beebe at 250-428-0123. Naturally, swimming is a summer pastime, and the Creston Valley offers several great spots to enjoy the clean, cool water of the Kootenays (see page 56), including the indoor pool, which opened in 2010 at the Creston and District

and girls to new moms to lifeguards in training — and that’s just in the water. “From swimming lessons to soccer camp, from scuba to underwater hockey, from outdoor boot camp to aquatic kick boxing, there is something for everyone,” says aquatic programmer Brooke Cherfils. Miniature golfing is always a popular pastime, and visitors can enjoy it at Cheyenne Creek Mini Golf


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Creston & District Recreation Complex Six sheets of ice hosting Seniors curling Mixed Curling, Junior League, Ladies League, Men’s League, and open leagues – it is all there for you to try annual ladies’ Valentine Bonspiel - February annual Men’s ButterFly Bonspiel - March Newly renovated lounge available for renting for your next family gathering, wedding, reunion, curling game or meetings

The course features waterfalls and rustic bridges, and misters spray cool water near one of the holes to give players a reprieve from summer heat. It’s also pleasant to stroll through Creston’s downtown, browsing in stores — including the East Kootenay’s largest beading shop, a smoke shop and a flower shop — and being refreshed at one of several restaurants and coffee shops.

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So Much to See and Do On Erickson Street, a tour of the Columbia Brewery is also a must, where visitors learn how “the beer out here” is made. While you’re at the brewery that makes Kokanee, Bud Light and Alexander Keith’s, be sure to have your picture taken on the brewery grounds with the sasquatch sculpture, created by Canyon sculptor Karl Lansing. Canyon, Millennium and Centennial parks are hopping on Canada

fruits and vegetables, flowers, grain and hay, as well as crafts, photography and woodworking that will fill the arena.” The Creston Valley’s youth are well represented at the fair with presentations by 4-H dairy, beef and horse clubs. Visitors to the fair will find commercial booths inside and outside the arena, and activities will be scattered throughout the various section displays.

The Creston Valley Fall Fair demonstrates the area’s committment to its agricultural heritage.

Day. A slo-pitch tournament and barrel racing are a big part of the event in Canyon, a few miles east of Creston, while kids’ activities and live entertainment are the highlights of the festivities in town. The entire community will enjoy socializing at the 95th annual Creston Valley Fall Fair, which showcases — but isn’t limited to — local produce, baking, livestock and artwork. “A true traditional country fair,” is how president Randy Meyer describes the September event. “There will be displays of the valley’s finest

This is also the time of year when the Creston Valley Thunder Cats kick off the hockey season. The Junior B Kootenay International Junior Hockey League team has been around for more than 25 years, and fans continue to flock to the John Bucyk Arena to cheer on the team. The Thunder Cats season usually begins with exhibition games in early September and continues through the playoffs in March. For those who like their entertainment to offer finesse without brute strength, the Creston Valley Figure

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Skating Club, which has about 60 members, presents an ice show each season. The Creston Curling Club is also located at the community complex. The club hosts the Valentine Bonspiel (for women) in February and the Butterfly Bonspiel (men) in March, which brings to Creston players from across B.C., Alberta and Idaho. “The social aspect is a lot of it,” said curling club member Evelyn Tingley. “They come every year and see the same old friends. And the competition is good.”

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Cross-country skiers won’t have a hard time finding the perfect spot to practice their hobby. The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area has more than 30 kilometres of trails to follow, some of which weave through the marshy area surrounding the Wildlife Interpretation Centre at 1760 West Creston Road. Summit Creek Park, a former campground located a few minutes west of Creston on Highway 3, is also a popu-

lar choice, with trails that extend into the flat land on the valley floor. More trails can be found about 40 kilometres past Summit Creek Park on Highway 3 at the top of the Kootenay Pass, complete with a heated cabin to recharge after a day of vigorous skiing. (For more on hiking, see page 50.) Downhill skiers will be pleased to discover five ski hills within a threehour drive. West of Creston are the Salmo Ski Hill, renowned for its

Stella, Idaho’s only six-person highspeed lift. Snowmobiling is also popular, and about 70 members of the Kokanee Country Snowmobile Club enjoy miles of logging roads winding through incredible scenery. “We have a number of amazing areas to ride, and each is a little bit different so you can always find something new,” says president Dean Bala. “With lots of riding areas, and not a lot of

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(Clockwise from above) The Creston Curling Centre’s annual Butterfly Bonspiel; a member of the Creston Valley Thunder Cats; the Creston Valley Figure Skating Club’s annual ice show.

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nighttime skiing, and Rossland’s Red Mountain, where Olympic gold medallists Nancy Greene and Kerrin Lee Gartner got their start. North of Salmo off Highway 6 is Whitewater Ski Resort, which, well-known for its powder, bills itself as being “pure, simple and real ... deep.” East of Creston is the Kimberley Alpine Resort, which features 80 runs. An hour to the south, near Sandpoint, Idaho, U.S.A., is Schweitzer Mountain Resort, where skiers take in panoramic views of Canada, Washington, Idaho and Montana — after travelling on

snowmobilers, there is always lots of fresh snow to be found.” Among the regular events held each season are a tailgate sale (a swap meet for snowmobilers, with local dealers showcasing new products), a poker run and a hotdog dash (eat a hotdog, then ride your snowmobile through a course up to the top of a hill), followed by a year-end banquet with dinner and prizes. For a map that shows what areas are off-limits to snowmobilers, contact the Kokanee Country Snowmobile Club by calling Bala at 250-402-9839.

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he strength of a ‘community college’ lies with the community — this is our college,” College of the Rockies (COTR) campus manager Kathy Tompkins says. For a quarter of a century, the College of the Rockies has been delivering quality education opportunities to Creston Valley residents, and to visitors, too, thanks to activities like a summer arts program. In the summer, a series of courses on a variety of arts topics are taught by working artists.

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Located in the downtown core on an old mill site donated to the Town of Creston by the former Crestbrook Forest Industries, COTR’s Creston campus offers full-time programs like resident care aide, adult basic education, licensed practical nursing and hairdressing, some in rotation with other COTR campuses in the East Kootenay region. Shorter courses, such as activity assistant and practical herbalist, provide opportunities for educational upgrading. And the local campus has been at the vanguard of online education, with more than 170 general interest courses available through the Internet. Check the college office or website for credit course opportunities, too. Always popular has been the range of general interest courses, ranging from first aid to computers, class one driving certificates to stained glass and other arts instruction. The COTR campus is also home to the Community Greenhouse, which was the setting for a two-year winter harvest program, and allows members of the Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors to work in the garden with the community’s children and young families. For more information, visit, phone 250428-5332 or e-mail

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esidents and visitors alike often take advantage of Creston’s many parks, suitable for a quick game of catch with the kids, a peaceful place to read or even enjoy a romantic picnic. •Centennial Park (Birch Street, entrance at Ninth Avenue South). This well-shaded park is popular with families, for obvious reasons: it has a playground, picnic sites, a gazebo, a baseball diamond, a basketball hoop, a water fountain and washrooms. An exciting feature is the Creston Rotary Splash Playground (right), an excellent way for the kids to cool off while Mom and Dad kick back and relax. •Burns/Farstad Park (312 19th Avenue North). This is the site of the Creston and District Community Complex. The park has a new indoor swimming pool, a playground, two baseball diamonds, the Alex Nilsson Field for soccer, horseshoe pits, a skateboarding park, basketball hoops, volleyball nets, curling and ice rinks (in season). •Millennium Park (300 block of 16th Avenue South). The park, created by volunteers, opened in the summer of 2004. It features walkways, one-of-a-kind wooden benches and an amphitheatre, which is often used for musical and theatrical productions in the summer. One of the park’s

A young visitor gets a surprise at the Creston Rotary Splash Park.

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April 20 & 21, 2012 Creston & District Community Complex

312 - 19th Ave. North

The Great Depression in the Creston Valley A Special Exhibit at the Creston Museum May 15–September 15, 2012

Tea with Dorothy Davis, Suffragette

The Creston Museum’s Old-Fashioned Tea Saturday, August 11, 2012

• Picnic Area • Model Railway • Gift Shop 250-428-9262 • 219 Devon St • Creston

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most striking features is the Japanese garden, which was developed thanks to a donation from Creston’s Japanese sister city, Kaminoho. The park may be rented for weddings or special functions on the grounds or in the amphitheatre; contact the Town of Creston for details. •Burns Park (Elm Street and 25th Avenue South). This park has a playground, picnic tables and washrooms. •Kinsmen Park (Birch Street and 25th Avenue South). This park has tennis courts, a baseball diamond and a running track. •Schikurski Park (Regina Street and 14th Avenue North). Walking trails are a major feature of this park. •Lister Park (16th Street and Huscroft Road). This rural park has a covered outdoor dining area, rental kitchen facilities, a tennis court, a basketball hoop, a playground and a baseball diamond. •Canyon Park (48th Street and Samuelson Road). The park fea-

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tures 30 picnic sites, a baseball diamond, a horse arena, a horse racing track, horseshoe pits, a playground, a pavilion, a rental kitchen and pay showers.

•Canada’s Smallest Park (Canyon Street Walkthrough). This one is home to minature shrubs and small plants — definitely something to write home about!

A gymkhana is a popular Canada Day event at Canyon Park.


Serving Our Community

The goal of College of the Rockies in Creston is to provide quality, timely education and training for our area. We are a vital part of our community – and we want to ensure we grow and develop as our community grows and develops. Check out our ever-changing programs at: Phone: 250 428-5332 Email: or drop by: 301 16th Ave, Creston BC Kathy Tompkins Campus Manager

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lar scenery and strength,” said Creston Golf Club professional Randy Panton. “We have holes you simply couldn’t build anywhere else!” If you want to get in a game, but don’t have a lot of time, the five-

tober. And because the courses are located in pristine natural surroundings, golfers can often enjoy a glimpse of wildlife sharing the course. An hour north on Highway 3A, golfers will be delighted to find the


isitors to the Creston Valley who are interested in spending a day on the links are in luck — 17 golf courses are located within two hours of Creston. Two are minutes away — the Creston Golf Club in Lister and the Canyon Heights Golf Course in Canyon. The 18-hole, par-72 Creston Golf Club was the home of B.C.’s 1992 juvenile, 1998 junior, 2002 senior amateur, 2004 ladies’ amateur and 2006 high school championships. Spectacular views of the Kootenay River and surrounding mountains can be seen from the course. “The Creston Golf Club has been built on a unique piece of property that gave our architect the opportunity to create a golf course with a great deal of character as well as spectacu-

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hole Canyon Heights Golf Course in Canyon is your best bet. The course also features an 18-hole putting range, located at the foot of the magnificent Skimmerhorns, part of the Purcell mountain range. “It’s in a gorgeous corner of the valley,” says owner Dave Perrin. “It is fantastically beautiful.” Due to the Creston Valley’s mild climate, golf season starts in mid-March and usually runs until the end of Oc-

18-hole Kokanee Spring Golf Resort in Crawford Bay, which is situated beside the 60-room Kokanee Lodge. Twenty minutes away is the nine-hole Riondel Golf Course, a few minutes off Highway 3A on Riondel Road. Outside the valley, courses in Balfour, Kaslo, Nelson, Salmo, Champion Lakes, Trail-Rossland and Cranbrook, as well as Bonners Ferry and Priest Lake in Idaho, ensure variety for all skill levels.

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KOKanee SPRingS gOLF ReSORt A graceful championship track frames panoramic views from every hole. Long driving fairways & immense rolling greens make Kokanee a golfing adventure and an unforgettable experience. The fabulous Kokanee lodge offers a quiet mixture of casual elegance and relaxation for those desiring mountain-style serenity. Overlooking the 12th fairway are 5 suites all with balconies or patios, meeting & hospitality rooms available for groups. Just 60 minutes north of Creston on Kootenay Lake • 18 Holes • Lessons • Licensed Dining • Men’s Yardage: 6604 • Ladies Yardage: 5144 • Outdoor Hot tub • PowerCart/Club Rentals • Driving Range • Full Service Pro Shop

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Upgrad e your stay to a cottage or villa ! • Crawford Bay, BC • tel: 250-227-9226 • Fax: 250-227-9220 • toll Free: 1-800-979-7999

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The Creston Museum has many artifacts depicting early life in the Creston Valley.

ith more than half of its 10,000 artifacts on display, the Creston Museum and Archives is the place to go to learn all there is to know about the Creston Valley’s history — from forestry to agriculture to transportation. “Many of our visitors are surprised at how big the museum is, and how much there is to see,” says manager Tammy Hardwick. “There are a lot of corners, and something new to see around every one of them.” The museum, which opens May 8 and runs through mid-September, has two main buildings, both built in the 1960s by master stonemason Rudolph Schultz. Other buildings on the property include a century-old schoolhouse from Kingsgate (near Yahk), a trapper’s cabin and a shed that shelters farm equipment, including a 1920s Ford and Caterpillar. The Creston Museum is also home to the Seventh Siding Trackers, a model railway club that has created a miniature version of the Creston Valley in the living room of a former apartment on the museum grounds. The publicly funded non-profit facility plays an active role in the community, hosting several events during its season (May-September). The first is the museum’s opening day, May 12, which also marks the opening of the temporary exhibit, Getting By…and Coming Through, a look at the Great Depression in the Creston Valley.

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Farm & House Call Service 24 Hour Emergency by Phone

Visitor Centre 121 Northwest Blvd (next to the grain elevators) 1-866-528-4342 250-428-4342

Dr. Robert McLeod • Dr. Emma Davis Dr. Leanne Sackney • Dr. John Pfeffer Ph: 250-428-9494 • 1605 Dogwood St • Creston, BC

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• Maps • Guides • WiFi • Public Washrooms • Creston Valley Rotary Club History Wall • Local artisan displays

“The Great Depression in the Creston Valley is a decade of contradictions: People who had established farms here were doing well — they didn’t have a lot of extras, but they were well able to feed their families and trade their surplus for things they couldn’t produce themselves,” said museum manager Tammy Hardwick. “Hundreds of people moved to the Creston Valley from the Prairies as

Bringing Life to History

to the Promised Land — the valley was seen as a land of plenty, a place where they could have successful farms and enough food. “But at the same time, there were seven federal relief camps in the region, at least three provincial ones and numerous municipal relief efforts. Many businesses closed, and fruit farmers refused to harvest their crops because they were losing money on them.

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The Creston Museum’s annual Old-Fashioned Tea is poopular with locals and visitors.

“On the surface, Creston came through the Depression quite well — but digging just a little deeper reveals a very bleak, very harsh reality.” Making its way into a few exhibits this summer will be the local “history on film” project “Over the past winter, we’ve been collecting historic film footage of the Creston Valley, a lot of it on eight-millimetre reels, and converting it to DVD,” said Hardwick. A few regular events — Kid’s Day (June 9, featuring vintage games from hopscotch to marbles), the Old-Fashioned Tea (Aug. 11, tea, lemonade and dainty treats on the museum’s patio) and the quilt show and sale (Sept. 15) — will keep volunteers busy. “Events give our visitors a chance to live or relive history for an afternoon, and they give people opportunities to share their stories,” says Hardwick. “Museums should be places where people can gather and enjoy an hour, an afternoon or a day. Our static exhibits let the people do that in a quiet, peaceful way, and our events let visitors enjoy in a more hands-on way.” These events allow museum employees, tour guides and volunteers to glean new information to pass on to future visitors. “We collect the artifacts that illustrate local history and the stories that go with them, and we pass those stories on to others,” says Hardwick. “It’s ongoing — we’re always collecting both artifacts and stories. In fact, the best days we have are the ones when people come in and start reminiscing.”

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here may be no better internationally known feature in the Kootenays than the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA). In fact, Rand McNally voted the CVWMA and the Wildlife Interpretation

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Centre as a Best of the Road Editors’ Top Pick in the 2009 Rand McNally Road Atlas. Located 11 kilometres west of Creston, CVWMA is a Ramsar site, an internationally significant wetland. It is also recognized as a nationally im-

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Safe, dry storage Full perimeter security fence Heated storage available Boats • Cars • Inventory • Furniture • Records • Machinery Phone: 250-428-9933 Fax: 250-428-7717 620 Payne Street, Creston

portant bird area because it provides important habitat for migrating and nesting birds. The Wildlife Interpretation Centre at 1760 West Creston Road is open from May to September, but boardwalks and trails throughout the marshes welcome visitors year-round. The centre offers something for everyone during its season, which runs from May to September, including guided canoe and walking tours, youth programs and educational displays. A science and nature gift shop in the centre has an excellent selection of books, natural history and educational resources, nature related gifts, souvenirs and refreshments. An impressive feature of the 32 kilometres of trails is the three-story viewing tower along the Marsh Trail Loop, a popular destination for schoolchildren, birdwatchers, photographers and nature enthusiasts to view wildlife and enjoy the breathtaking views of the wetland. A second tower is

Welcome to Good Food Country Fully Licensed • Steaks • Seafood • Pasta • Sunday Breakfast Buffet appy Menu • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Menus Mon-thurs 8am-8pm Sunday 9am-8pm Fri & Sat 8am-9pm 122 Northwest Blvd Creston BC • 250-428-7864

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located north of the Wildlife Interpretation Centre, by following trails that cross under Highway 3. Why is the CVWMA important? It is home to over 300 bird species, 50 mammal species, 30 fish, reptile and

Preserving Our Unique Nature they sustain as much life as many tropical rain forests, play a critical role in maintaining the global environment and provide a natural flood barrier that slows down the runoff of spring melt and rain-

The richness and diversity of life forms would not be present on the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area without habitat management. Because of careful management of water levels, vegetation and other habitat features since 1968, there are now more species and larger breeding populations of birds and other wildlife at CVWMA than in previous years. Wetlands are important because

storms. Additionally, extensive wetlands in agricultural regions play a large role in water purification by filtering the water of lakes, rivers and streams, reducing pollution. Marsh plants remove excessive levels of nitrogen and phosphorous. Basically, wetlands are the kidneys of the earth — understanding and preserving these wetlands is as important for our future as it is to Canadian wildlife.

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Warm shallow waters encourage luxuriant growth of the most important aquatics such as sage, clasping leaf and other pondweeds, duck potato, duckweed, muskgrass and many more.

amphibian species, thousands of invertebrate and plant species. The valley is a migration corridor for tundra swans, greater white-fronted geese, and other waterfowl and is the largest regional locale for wintering birds of prey in the interior of the province. It is considered that in British Columbia the CVWMA is second only to the B.C. coast as a flyway route for numbers of migrating waterfowl that follow it twice yearly.

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For appliances, electronics, beds and mattresses, fitness equipment, home and garden equipment, plus your Sears catalogue store and MORE! 1510 Cook Street CreSton, BC • 250-428-5301 tUeS - FrI 9:30 am - 5:30 pm • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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ine lovers and foodies delight in pairing food with appropriate libations, and what better way to celebrate the bounty that grows in the Creston Valley? With three wineries now open to visitors, and dozens of venues to pick up locally produced food, the area has become a gourmet — and gourmand — heaven. For a perfect weekend meal, first visit the Creston Valley Farmers’ Market or drop in to a fruit stand or farm gate vendor to pick up fruit and veggies in season. A stop at Famous Fritz Meats and Deli and Kootenay Alpine Cheese might be

in order, too. Think grilled sausages and a hearty red wine! Or a cheese plate to go with just about any local wine you happen to enjoy. Need some inspiration first? Talk to your host at the winery, or check out the menu at Skimmerhorn Winery’s bistro, where there are plenty of ideas to whet the palate and stimulate the appetite. The bistro recommends Pinot rosé or Pinot Gris with Caesar salad or Pinot Noir with coq au vin — no surprise there, as the same wine is used in the sauce! The bistro’s recommendation for grilled strip loin steak is Devil’s Chair or Marechal Foch, the winery’s heartiest wines, sure bets to stand up to the charred red meat. The off-dry Autumn Tryst is a natural to pair with anything that has citrus flavours. Looking for a place to enjoy a picnic with your freshly purchased bounty? Check out the pergola at Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery, where guests are welcome to bring their own food to eat along with a glass or bottle of wine purchased in the tasting rooms. Glasses are supplied!

KOOTENAY ALPINE CHEESE “Handcrafted Mountain Cheese”

SummEr HOurS: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10am to 5pm (May to Thanksgiving) WINTEr HOurS: Saturdays only 10am - 5pm (Thanksgiving to May) Cheese tasting and sales * Self-guided farm tours

Wayne & Denise Harris and Family 3071 16 St. Lister B.C. • 250-428-9655 (beside Lister Park, corner of 16 St. & Sinclair) Also available in Creston at: Paul’s Superette, Vital Health, Famous Fritz Meats and Deli, Pick of the Crop and Truscott Fruit Stands.

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Asparagus is a notoriously challenging vegetable to pair with wine. But a little creativity in the way it’s served can be gratifying, and worth the effort, too, with Sutcliffe Farms being the largest asparagus producer in B.C. We recommend grilling the tasty spears after tossing them with olive oil, salt and pepper, laying them atop a couple of slices of hearty Creston Valley Bakery’s artisan bread, then slathering the works in an easy cheese sauce. To a basic white sauce, add your favourite cheese — we are equally happy with Alpindon or Nostrala, stir until it’s almost melted and quick as Bob (or Fred) is your uncle, you are ready to enjoy with any wine you prefer. The addition of curry in the sauce makes it a wonderful match with Gewurztraminer. Want to make it especially suitable with a red wine? Kick it up a notch with a slice or two of crispy fried double smoked Famous Fritz bacon or one of Tom Fritz’s fabulous sausages. Anthony Kwan, proprietor of Kootenay Thai Restaurant, is a big fan of Creston Valley wines, so much so

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that he’s created a special menu that pairs Baillie-Grohman wines with some of his favourite Thai dishes. Four different samples of wine and seven dishes are sure to excite those who enjoy Asian food. The following acts as a general guide to wine and food pairing: Light whites: Ehrenfelser, Bacchus, Siegerrebe, Riesling, Muscat, Chenin Blanc, Chasselas, Auxerrois, unwooded Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Try with Asian style prawns or fish grilled on skewers, pork kabobs, or marinated grilled vegetables. Medium whites: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Semillon and unwooded Chardonnay. Try with chicken satay, fish with a latin kick or calamari. Rich whites: Oaked Sauvignon Blanc, Meritage blends, oaked Chardonnay and reserve (oaked) Pinot Gris. Try with grilled turkey breast, coho salmon or tandoori chicken.

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Sirdar Vinyard, Wynndel, British Columbia

Tasting Room open Summer 2012


ynnwood Cellars vision is to create distinctive wines that reflect the terroir of this unique site above Duck Lake in the Creston Valley of the Upper Columbia Basin. These wines will be wines of the “first shores” as this site, according to geologists, was the original west coast of North America. Above our southwest sloping vineyard one can see remnants left by ancient oceans and glaciers. This mineral rich soil gives our wines complexity and an ethos of antiquity.

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Your guide to fresh & local food in Creston, BC

Creston Valley

Grow Your Own Food Beltane Nursery Bedding plants & nursery stock. Cherries, apricots & peaches in season. Evan Davies • 2915 Hwy 3, Creston 250-428-2062 •

Abbey Lane Farm Naturally grown garlic (fresh & dried), herbs, berries, fruit & vegetables. Sales at Farmers’ Market or by phone. Joanne Gugelyk • 979 Sinclair Rd, Lister 250-428-5832

Brunham Farm Greenhouse Bedding plants, cactus plants, perennials. Isabel Brunham • 3212 Beam Rd, Creston 250-428-5756 •

Barkman’s Sunrise Farm U-pick & we-pick strawberries; sweet corn & apple juice in season; brown free-range eggs. Phone for appointment. Farm gate & Farmers’ Market sales. Garry & Bonnie Barkman • 3409 Hwy 3, Erickson 250-402-6442 •

Garden Hoe Farms Greenhouse growers of herbs, vegetable bedding plants, annual & perennial flowers & baskets. Fresh veggies in season. Farm gate & Farmers’ Market sales. Bev & Barry Timpany • 4813 Lower Wynndel Rd, Wynndel 250-866-5582 Itty-Bitty Seeds Naturally grown in Creston. Open pollinated, heirloom, GMO-free garden seeds. Tomato, lettuce & bean seeds. Farmers’ Market or online. 250-428-4339 • JR Kids Orchard & Greenhouse Growing & retail sales of bedding out plants & pond plants. Soft & firm fruits; tomatoes & cucumbers in season. Farm gate & Farmers’ Market sales. Joy Tomlinson • 2826 Erickson Rd, Creston 250-428-5438 Marianne’s Greenhouse Bedding plants. Freshly picked berries & vegetables in season. Farm gate & Farmers’ Market sales. Marianne Knopfler • 3621 Muzzy Rd, Canyon 250-428-9540 Morris Flowers Garden Centre Bedding plants, ornamental & fruit trees, shrubs, berries, foliage plants, nursery stock & garden accessories. Hothouse tomatoes, vegetables in season. Hosts fall Farmers’ Market. Lloyd Morris • 1403 Erickson Rd, Creston 250-428-5262

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Palmer Greenhouse Bedding plants & nursery stock. Ruth Palmer • 2619 Hwy 3, Creston 250-428-5154

LEGEND Certified Organic Natural (uncertified, but organic principles)

Blueberry Hill Farm U-pick & we-pick blueberries & other fruits. Betty Armitage • 911 32 Ave S, Creston 250-428-8455 Castle Meadows Ltd. Vineyard with seven varieties of grapes; fresh, whole clusters, crushed with stems removed, or juice only. Farm gate & Farmers’ Market sales. James McLeod • 2182 Corn Creek Rd, Creston 250-428-8841 • Creston Valley Vineyard Skeena cherries, Gala apples, Red Haven peaches, New Haven peaches, Early Crest Haven peaches, walnuts, hazelnuts. Sandi & John Haley • 1227 27 Ave S, Creston 250-428-2423 • Duck Lake Berry Orchard U-pick saskatoons, chokecherries, red & black currants, jostaberries. Hetty & Hans Vermeeren • 1331 Channel Rd, Wynndel 250-866-5792 Featherstone Farm Organic, biodynamic, yogic & permaculture practices. Vegetables, herbs, orchard, native flora & wild crafting. Yana Siminiuk & Mike Doyle • 1550 Granary Rd, Creston 250-402-9934 • Goat River Bed & Breakfast U-Pick cherries. Sylvia & David White • 1046 Lamont Rd, Erickson 250-428-7134 • Goat River Gardens Tomato bedding plants, naturally grown herbs, fresh produce. Jean Hoover • 4340 Hwy 21, Creston 250-428-7540 • Goat River Mushroom Company Fresh & dried Shiitake mushrooms. Sylvia & David White • 1046 Lamont Rd, Erickson 250-428-7134 • Leyh Orchard 13 varieties of apples. Apricots, peaches, pears, cherries, prune plums. Bill Leyh • 2717 Erickson Rd, Creston 250-428-7324

Conventional (conventional farming practices) Kootenay Mountain Grown Certified Organic Good Agricultural Practices Integrated Pest Management Environmental Farm Plan

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Let’s Grow Let’s Share Let’s Eat

Mo & Mikey Farms Soft fruits & vegetables. Sales at Farmers’ Market or by phone. Maureen Byrne • 4281 Canyon-Lister Rd, Canyon 250-428-4530 • The Pickle Patch Pickle cannery – homemade tasty pickles of all varieties: dilled, sweet, spiced, pickled eggs & relishes. Fresh eggs. Farm gate & Farmers’ Market sales. Charlene Rast • 973 Reclamation Rd, Creston 250-428-8980 • Pizza Farm Vegetable plants in spring, vegetables, sweet corn, plums. 2616 Erickson Rd, Creston 250-428-7234 • Rainbow Garden Naturally grown plants & all kinds of vegetables. Farmers Market. Heidi Wille 250-428-9621 Romano’s Blueberries Blueberries. Virginia & Cliff Romano • 2603 Sunset Blvd, Creston 250-428-2194 Root and Vine Acres Vegetables, fruits, berries, culinary herbs, eggs & poultry. Jessica Piccinin • 2815 Erickson Rd, Creston 250-402-8475 • Sanders Produce U-pick strawberries. Raspberries, melons, apples, peas, beans, squash, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, onions, wheat & flour. Roger Sanders • Channel Road, Wynndel 4902 Canyon-Lister Rd, Canyon 250-428-7351

Sutcliffe Farms Asparagus & other vegetable sales. Farm gate & Farmers’ Market sales. Doug Sutcliffe • 1300 Hwy 21, Creston 250-428-2734 Waljo Organic Orchard Apples, pears, apricots, cherries, peaches, & plums. Please call ahead. Wally Weisbrodt • 3111 Hwy 3, Creston 250-428-5729 Webber’s Mountainside Cherries Farm-gate sales of Lapin cherries. Hand-dipped chocolate dried cherries, dried apples, & all-natural chocolate bars with fruit. Michele & Wade Webber • 5293 Bossio Rd, Wynndel 250-866-5573 • Willowbrook Farm Mixed vegetables. Case lot sales available in season. Rhonda & Merv Sloss • 734 35 Ave N, Creston 250-428-3507 •

Duck Lake Bison Farm Family-raised quality bison meat. Fresh & ground garlic. Michele & Chad Staggs • 1301 Duck Lake Rd, Wynndel 250-866-5730 • Full Circle Farm Eggs, hard spring wheat, red fife wheat, rye, spelt, oats, buckwheat, peas & potatoes. Drew & Joanne Gailius • 3510 Lloyd Rd, Canyon 250-428-8424 • Golden Flax Farms Naturally-grown golden flax seed; flax straw. Judy & Don Bala • 2673 24 St, Lister 250-428-2837 • K&C Huscroft Farms Khorasan, spelt, hard red spring wheat, rye. Premium horse hay. Member of Kootenay Grain CSA. Carol & Keith Huscroft • 4150 12 St, Creston 250-428-3349 • King Creek Farm Fresh unpasteurized honey. “Homestead” and “Lavender” honey. Farmers’ Market sales. Jim & Valerie Comer, Joel & Jen Comer • 732 Wilson Rd, Creston Kootenay Natural Meats Grass-finished certified Angus beef, lamb & chicken. Farmers’ Market sales. Wendy & Dale McNamar • 1205 15 Ave S, Creston 250-428-4034 • Lawrence Farm Spelt, hard red winter wheat, red fife wheat, lentils, & oats. Member of Kootenay Grain CSA. Roy & Sherry Lawrence • 325 Swan Road, West Creston 250-428-7556 • Lydia’s Lamb Katahdin lamb (hairsheep) halves or whole. Farm visitors welcome. Lydia & Hans Bissig • 2372 20 St, Creston 250-428-3365 • Mountain Harvest Farm Registered Berkshire hogs: whole, half & family freezer packs. MSG & gluten-free breakfast sausages. Honey, brown eggs. Kyersten & Ian Kerr • 165 Reclamation Road, Creston 250-428-0390 R&S Meyer Farms Chicken & beef. Sides, quarters & ground beef available. Hay of all types in small bales, delivery available. Randy & Sheila Meyer • 2912 28 St, Creston 250-428-7013 Shell’s Little Greenhouse Blue, green, pink, brown free-range eggs. Shelley Kitto • 1302 Lakeview Arrowcreek Rd, Creston 250-428-7274 Swan Valley Honey Bee Farms Ltd. Honey, pollination, pollen, propolis & comb honey. Doug Knight • 7353 Hwy 3, Yahk 250-424-5320 •

Sun Beam Farms Strawberries, pumpkins, hay. Ginger & Ian Knudsen • 875 Hwy 3, Creston 250-428-4506

Big Rock Simmentals Purebred Simmentals breeding stock, beef & hay. Larry Rast • 973 Reclamation Rd, Creston 250-428-8980

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Syroteuk Farms Fresh fruit, berries, veggies & flowers, in season. Farm gate & Farmers’ Market sales. Jean & Merv Syroteuk • 801 11 Ave S, Creston 250-428-2994

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Rosé: Try with Italian sausages — or almost anything. Light reds: Unoaked or lightly oaked Gamay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Try with pork chops, game hens, lamb popsicles,


Jamie O’Neil and Lisa Elsworth own Real Food Cafe, which offers local wines and uses local produce.

mushrooms or burgers. Rich reds: Oaked Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Meritage blends, Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel. Try with steak, ribs, pork tenderloin with Cajun rub or butterflied leg of lamb. Skimmerhorn Winery winemaker Mark Rattray, who spends most of the year in his native New Zealand, is a food enthusiast whose hobbies include cheese making. He shares his own views about food pairing with Skimmerhorn wines: Ortega: Although not high in acid as a Riesling, it is still better suited to fish and more delicately flavoured foods where it will not swamp or be swamped. With its citrus flavours, it will complement lime- and lemon-infused dishes. Pinot Gris: Quite low in acidity, it is best suited to richer dishes where butter based sauces prevail; the one will enrich the other. Well suited to fish and white meats only — with red meats at a stretch — and blue cheese.

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Gewurztraminer is very similar to Gris but able to handle spicier dishes, notably Asian, but really quite an all-purpose wine from aperitif with nibbles to salads and the main event, although definitely not recommended with red meat. Autumn Tryst (a white blend) is an aromatic sweeter white but not sweet enough to be a dessert wine. It is a great match with fresh stone fruits and a cheese platter, including blue cheeses. Marechal Foch is an intriguing earthy red with a full but very soft mouth-feel and a touch of acidity, an excellent match with game and other red meats, tomato based casseroles and pasta dishes. Try also with cheese, but not blue. Pinot Noir is a classic wine for wild game but also a great match with pasta and Camembert and brie cheeses. For red wine lovers, its weight and softness means it will go with nearly everything!


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gritourism may be a growing area of tourism, but it’s hardly new to visitors to the Creston Valley. In fact, parents have been loading the kids into the car and driving to Creston to pick up fruit and vegetables for as long as most of us can remember. There’s something special about getting one’s food straight from the source. Fitting into the larger sector of cultural tourism, agritourism offers a variety of unique experiences, from learning about the history of agriculture to sampling made-on-the-property products to picking strawberries right off the plant. With skyrocketing interest in food quality and security, more and more visitors to the Creston Valley are taking the time to learn about where their food comes from and to get hands-on experience. Visitors might want to start their agritourism experience with a stop at the Creston Museum, where the valley’s rich agricultural history is honoured. And tours abound — invest a few hours to learn about orchards or beer brewing or winemaking. Take some time to learn about making cheese, raising bison or growing blueberries. Talk to the maker of your candies, the baker of your breads or the cook who creates your jams and jellies. Wander through a local market garden or shop at the Saturday Creston Valley Farmers’ Market at Millennium Park. Bite into a juicy cherry, nibble a piece of cheese or sip an award-winning wine or beer. Just ask the friendly staff at Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce

From C herries to Dairy

— they’ll be happy to make suggestions and provide directions. Visitors to the Creston Valley experience an up-close-and-personal look at orchards as they change through the

peaches, apricots or pears — or grapeladen vines — never seems to fade. Creston still has the Spartan apples and other varieties that made it a destination point over the decades. But

Some Creston Valley farmers still use horses when haying.

seasons. A variety of fruit crops means that blossom time generally begins long before the May long weekend’s Creston Valley Blossom Festival — and lasts long after. But the thrill of seeing trees in full bloom in spring or, a few short months later, hanging heavy with apples, cherries, plums,

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changing market conditions have encouraged local growers to switch to cherries, particularly to the late-season varieties like Lapins, Sweethearts and Staccatos. With buyers around the world, including Asia and Europe, Creston’s orchards and several packing facilities are a hive of activity each

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Creston Valley

Events and Festivities

For dates, details and more upcoming events, visit or or call the Chamber of Commerce at 1-866-528-4342 or 250-428-4342

annual santa Claus Parade & Festival yahk Winterfest Kokanee Country snowmobile Club annual Poker run annual Women’s Valentine Bonspiel annual Men’s Butterfly Bonspiel Creston Valley Figure skating Club annual Ice show Creston Valley Home, Garden and leisure show Creston Valley Farmers’ Market Creston Valley Blossom Fest lower Kootenai Band yaqan nukiy Powwow Creston Valley Cruisers show & shine Creston Demolition Derby Creston Valley Heide Club’s May Blossom Dance Creston Valley Blitzz youth soccer tournament Barrel o rama and team roping Creston relay for life Creston Valley rotary Club Wine & art show Creston Valley Farmers’ Market Creston Valley Garden Club Garden tours Footlighters Presents “someone save my Baby, ruth” Creston Valley & eastshore artWalk Canada Day Celebrations starbelly Jam Music Festival at Crawford Bay yahk summerfest Creston Valley Fall Fair terry Fox run Gray Creek sailing regatta Creston Museum annual Quilt show & sale Creston Valley Cruisers Fall Campout show & shine Creston Valley Farmers’ Market Footlighters Presents “Fractured Fairy tales” Blue Heron Half Marathon & 10k run annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet & Dance Fundraiser CV Heide Club’s oktoberfest Halloween Hysteria annual Harvest Ball Images 2012 art show & sale art Council annual Christmas art & Craft Fair 36 | Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitors’ Guide 2012

From C herries to Dairy

A worker harvests grapes at the Baillie-Grohmann Winery.

summer as the race begins to get top quality fruit to its destination in pristine condition. Some orchardists are adding value to their cherry crop by drying the fruit or making juice. A mix of the traditional (cherries are all hand-picked, often by travelling workers from Eastern Canada or Mexico) and the modern (rainfalls at ripening time are quickly followed by helicopters flying low over the orchards to blow water drops from the

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fruit, and a couple of orchards feature trees that are covered by white nylon “tents”), the harvest employs hundreds of local and visiting workers, and injects millions of dollars into the local economy. Visitors can enjoy making their fresh produce purchases directly from growers or from the fruit stands that line roads in and around the Creston Valley, home to most of the area’s fruit production. One lo-

Fields of ripe canola on the Creston Valley flats add an exciting contrast in summer colours.

cal orchard, Cherrybrook Farms, even offers customers the opportunity to lease a tree, which assures leaseholders a quantity of cherries from a well-tended tree. A climate that features mild winters and warm summers, and some of the country’s most fertile soil are contributors to a diverse, thriving agricultural industry. Grain, beef, dairy and even bison operations dot the Creston Valley flats and the wide valley is an enticing lure, especially to prairie residents, many of whom have chosen to make this area home. Of course, there’s more to agritourism than we can mention here, but think of bed and breakfast accommodations nestled into orchards, the opportunity to experience firsthand the benefits of the 100-Mile Diet, enjoying a conversation with a farmer or grower, the chance to buy fresh asparagus from the province’s largest producer, Sutcliffe Farms, or making a visit a fruit and vegetable stand where you can wander out back where trees are dripping with produce. You will soon understand why Creston Valley residents don’t want to live anywhere else in the world.

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lanning a picnic? How about putting it together with all locally made products? Don’t plan the menu just yet. Take a drive out and meet the folks who work hard to provide quality food products, and enjoy the scenery as you move around the Creston Valley.

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much more, all on-site! Many of the shop’s products are cholesterol reduced and enriched with omega-3 fatty acids. Tom uses only the finest ingredients according to old family recipes. Enjoy the wide variety of all-natural beef, bison and pork from the Creston Valley and Dawson Creek, B.C.

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In late July and early August, cherry orchards are buzzing with pickers harvesting the ripe fruit.

Start with a visit to Famous Fritz Meats and Deli, where Tom Fritz, a European-trained meat cutter and sausage maker, produces delicious European sausages, smokies, deli meat and

“Our customers love our quality and the fact that nothing gets added to our products that isn’t in the original family recipes — raw spices and meat,” Fritz said. “There are no fillers,

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no binders, no sugar or MSG added to our products and they are gluten free, which is hard to find these days.” Your next stop might be for organic cheese from Kootenay Alpine Cheese in Lister, right in the heart of farm country. There you will find three types of alpine-style cheeses made on the organic dairy farm of Denise and Wayne Harris and family — which are also served at the Real Food Café, which uses as many local products as possible, including beef, pork and cherries in its cooking. How about some wine to go with your purchases? Located in Erickson, the Skimmerhorn Winery and Vineyard now has a half-dozen vintages behind it and the accolades continue to roll in. Wines made from Pinot Gris, Ortega, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir and Marechal Foch grapes have proven to be popular with critics and in the marketplace. Marleen and Al Hoag will be happy to show off the many medals and trophies their wines have already accumulated in a few short years, in large part the result of skilled winemaker Mark Rattray, who has come to Creston for the fall in each of the last several years from his home in New Zealand. The wines can be taken home or enjoyed at the winery’s bistro, which features a patio overlooking the Skimmerhorn mountain range. New on the shelf this year is a limited edition of ice wine, featuring flavours that you have try to believe! Right next door, Baillie-Grohman Winery produced its first vintage in 2009 and a small quantity of wine is

voted to growing asparagus, is Western Canada’s largest asparagus farm, and 1,200-1,800 pounds per acre are picked each year. “Some say frozen asparagus is almost as tasty as it is when it’s fresh,” Sutcliffe says. “I say eating no asparagus is better than eating the frozen stuff. But that’s just me, I guess.” Then make a final stop at Creston Valley Bakery where owner Yuri Jmaeff and his team turn out a dizzying array

use the finest ingredients and timehonoured traditions. In 2010, he introduced loaves of 100 per cent whole wheat flour made from wheat grown at Sutcliffe Farms. “I think I have the only bakery in Canada that is growing its own wheat,” Jmaeff says with a smile. The Creston Farm Fresh Guide features more than 40 food producers and related organizations with farmgate or market garden sales. Produced by the

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now available for sale. Another Kiwi, Dan Barker, is in charge of making the wines. Sip from a selection that includes Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. You’ll have to wait a year for Creston’s first bubbly, the 2009 Blanc de Noirs from the winery owned by Petra Flaa and Bob Johnson. Just west of Wynndel, Wynnwood Estate Winery is set to open its doors to customers early this summer. Made from grapes grown on a spectacular vineyard further west, on a hillside that slopes down to Duck Lake, Wynnwood wines promise to be distinct and of high quality. The vineyard is located on a rare Creston Valley slope that includes limestone, the same mineral that is found in the Bordeaux region of France. The vines benefit from the late afternoon and early evening sun reflecting off the lake, adding to the heat units available to allow grapes to ripen to their full potential. Drop into the Highway 3A winery and tasting room for a sample and the chance to chat with winemaker and vineyard manager Dave Basaraba. A non-alcoholic drink option can be found in the form of Tabletree black cherry or plum juice, where a pound of fruit results in a lip-smacking 8.5-ounce bottle of locally grown goodness. The juice is made on-site at the orchard owned by Gary and Susan Snow and is available at LW Truscott Farms, and was developed as a means to use fruit that can’t be sold fresh. “Because the fresh market expects such a perfect cherry, we needed to come up with an alternate process for these cull cherries that are going to waste,” says Susan. Tabletree now also produces a line of culinary sauces that are reductions of black cherry, plum and apple juice. They are perfect for cooking and baking, adding intense, fresh and all natural flavours. Fruits and vegetables can be found all around the Creston Valley — just watch for the signs. Local cherries — fresh and dried — and other produce can be found at Cherrybrook Farms on Highway 3 in Erickson. And for freshly picked asparagus, a visit to Sutcliffe Farms on the Creston flats is a must. With about 100 acres de-

Enjoy A Local Lunch

Lying down on the job is encouraged — in fact, required — when picking asparagus at Sutcliffe Farms.

of baked goods, including a different artisan bread each day. The artisan breads are a healthy choice, made with whole grain flour, some with sourdough starters. All are created with Jmaeff’s commitment to

Creston Valley Food Action Coalition, an organization that promotes the access to and consumption of locally grown foods, it can be downloaded from — or simply found on pages 32 and 33.

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rom a modest beginning eight years ago, the Creston Valley Farmers’ Market has grown stronger and bigger, with booths offering fruit, vegetables, honey, baking, jam — everything you might expect to find at a farmers’ market — and more, from locally-written novels to woodcarving to artwork. “It offers visitors are a real cross-section of life in the Creston Valley,” says manager Jen Comer. Those visitors are plentiful, with a whopping 1,200 attending the weekly Saturday market. And the average 45 vendors in 2011 are a far cry from the average 28 in 2010. Comer attributes part of the success to the willingness of volunteers, who take on the task of promoting local food in their own way. When a monthly column slot became available in the Creston Valley Advance, she was quick to suggest that Heidi Bjarnason, a Creston resident who writes a blog at, use her skills to promote local food. In turn, Jo-Anne Schultz of the Great Canadian Cooking School used Bjarnason’s first published recipe in a demonstration at the farmers’ market two days later. Several other local food items found their way into Schultz’s popular weekly demonstrations. “She worked hard at finding growers and what they wanted people to know about,” said Comer. The market is co-ordinated by a Creston Valley Food Action Coalition committee, which took over from the Creston Rotary Club — it having taken over from volunteers — in 2010. It now runs on Saturdays beside Millennium Park from May to September, and at Morris Flowers Garden Centre from October to December. Comer feels that the garden centre location is one of the factors that influenced the sense of community and camaraderie that now exists between market vendors. Previously, she said, they tried to space themselves out in the parking lot next to Millennium Park, but in the greenhouse, they had no choice but to get chummy. “There was no more sense of competition,” she said. “I think it was one of the first times the community realized it could be. It made it more lively, vibrant and entertaining.”

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n 1999, the International Selkirk Loop was formed to promote international touring opportunities. The loop entices thousands of visitors and local residents to enjoy the scenery and towns in two states and a province, and to celebrate the close ties between neighbours on both sides of the border. Marvel at the awesome beauty around every corner of the International Selkirk Loop, a 450-kilometre (280-mile) scenic drive encircling the spectacular Selkirk mountains in northeast Washington, northern Idaho and southeast British Columbia. Play on the loop’s crystal clear rivers and lakes, or traverse its mountain trails to view snowcapped peaks and the extraordinary variety of wildlife. Explore charming communities with fascinating history, fun festivals and picturesque settings. Nearly the entire loop route follows rivers and lakeshores — creating great rides for motorcyclists — which historically were used for transportation by native tribes, explorer David Thompson, gold seekers on the Wild Horse Trail and early settlers. Today, the loop’s lakes, rivers and trails are a vast uncrowded playground with a myriad of opportunities for year-round recreation, scenic beauty and unique cultures. The loop is one of only 32 All-American Road National Scenic Byways in the U.S., and is one of the top 10 scenic drives in the Northern Rockies. Rand McNally Road Atlas cited the ISL as one of its top 5 Best of the Roads. Explore the International Selkirk Loop and discover the wonderful surprises that await you around every corner! For more information and driving, cycling and birding maps, visit

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The A in the Valley

reston Valley residents hardly bat an eye when they learn a newcomer is an artist. The area has become a cultural magnet to artists skilled in a wide variety of disciplines.

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Cory Cannon teaches at the Wynndel Art Centre.

“Arts and culture are what define us and are very important components of a healthy community,” says Community Arts Council of Creston president Simon Lazarchuk. “Artists are drawn here because there is such a vibrant and supportive arts community in this valley.” If there is a common thread to the many attributes of the Creston Valley, it is the diverse creativity of its residents. It is especially evident among the area’s hundreds of artists and craftspeople. Two of those, Sandy Kunze and Bruce Johnston, have turned a small

building behind the Wynndel Community Hall into the Wynndel Arts Centre, now a regular home to workshops and classes. “We decided it was time to get more utilization out of what is a very nice little structure, and to get more community involvement in arts and cultural programs,” says Johnston. Classes offered have included a beginner’s clay workshop, tile mosaics, ceramic jewelry and learning to draw, and in the works is an after-school teen program that will feature clay work, drawing, painting and jewelry. Visitors won’t have to drive or walk far to get a firsthand look at the local arts scene. Murals large and small are scattered around the downtown area and a fun few hours can be enjoyed by wandering around to find them. A huge bronze casting of the legendary sasquatch, created by a local artist, can be seen at Columbia Brewery on Erickson Street. Appropriately, the eight-foot high creature is making off with a case of Kokanee beer. Art shows are a recurring theme in the Creston Valley, with local and regional juried shows held at varying times throughout the year. Not to be missed is the annual Artwalk that runs each summer, inviting both art lovers and the curious to see the creations of dozens of artists in businesses and galleries from Yahk to Kootenay Bay. Travellers and locals alike delight in the many opportunities to meet artists and, often, see them busy creating works in their home galleries. More than two dozen galleries welcome visitors to

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see paintings of every description, pottery and ceramics, beadwork, fabric art, candle making, ironwork, blown and stained glass, and even straw brooms. Art of the written sort is everywhere, too. Many visitors will be familiar with the poignant and humourous series of books by bestselling author/ veterinarian Dr. Dave Perrin. From her home near Boswell, writer/teacher Luanne Armstrong writes fiction and non-fiction, much of it with a focus on her life in the Kootenays. Local environmentalist Tanna Patterson-Z is the author of Butterflies in Bucamaranga, which tells the story of a Creston man who was kidnapped while working in Columbia. Works by other local writers are available at Black Bear Books and Kingfisher Used Books. And there are writers’ and readers’ clubs that always welcome new members. Movie fans will enjoy the chance to see first run films at a cinema with an old-time feel, the Tivoli Theatre. The “Tiv” also is home to a series of international films and documentaries presented monthly by the Friends of the Cinema, which has been known, on occasion, to serve wine and snacks as a thank you to supporters. Proceeds from Friends of the Cinema showings go to the Friends of the Library. The library, by the way, also presents regular showings of movies to members of the public. Included in the presentations is a monthly opera on video. Top-notch live entertainment is brought in from out of town by the Creston Concert Society, which organizes an annual subscription series

of visiting professional entertainment in the Prince Charles Theatre, a 330-seat venue attached to Prince Charles Secondary School. The Creston Valley also has dozens of volunteers who present live productions throughout the year, entertaining residents and visitors at venues including the Prince Charles Theatre and Millennium Park. Audiences have enjoyed nearly five dozen Footlighters Theatre Society productions — ranging from comedies to thrillers, musicals to plays, concerts to Shakespeare — since its creation in 1995. The group, which won best production at Theatre BC’s Mainstage festival in 2002, performs three shows each year. The Footlighters 2012-2013 season kicks off at the Prince Charles Theatre in July with a melodrama, Someone Save My Baby, Ruth, on July 20 and 21. From Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Footlighters will present Fractured Fairy Tales, an evening of two one-act plays, Big Bad and The Storybook Reunion Murders,

before gearing up for a production of the musical Annie in April 2013. For more than 20 years, audiences have enjoyed hearing the Blossom Valley Singers, under the direction of Anita Stushnoff and Monte

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says Anderson with a laugh. “They like hearing some familiar songs, and they like hearing four-part harmony.” The December concert features Christmas and holiday-themed mu-

The Blossom Valley Singers in their annual spring concert.

Anderson. The group presents two concerts each year, one in the spring and one in December. The spring concert has long been accompanied by a tea, which is enjoyed by people of all ages. “They like any excuse for a tea,”

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sic, performed by the Blossom Valley Singers along with guests choirs and groups. “The Christmas concert has become quite a tradition,” said Anderson. “It makes people feel like it’s Christmas when they go to that one.”


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Watch for upcoming Arts events posted at the Arts Kiosk at the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce. 250-428-8852 • Box 464 Creston BC V0B1G0 We acknowledge the contribution, partnerships and financial support from CBT, Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce, Town of Creston, Regional Directors, businesses, artists, audiences, volunteers and members. Welcome to all the new residents and visitors. Thanks to all the visual, fibre, handiwork, woodworkers, literary, performing, folk, music, heritage groups and individuals who bring colour, sound and vitality to our community.

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The Creston Valley is a growing community, literally and figuratively. With the recent census the town of Creston has passed the 5,000 population mark, at 5,306. The valley population is around 16,000. Lifestyle entrepreneurs will love the wide open valley, fabulous climate, mountains, rivers and lakes, friendly down-to-earth people, and the relaxed lifestyle. Take advantage of the abundant opportunities in value-added agriculture, arts and recreation, eco-tourism, specialty retail and seniors’ services to name a few. Home to the Columbia Brewery, makers of Kokanee Beer, the Creston Valley has seen several exciting developments in recent years. Following the success of our first winery and bistro, several vineyards have been started and a second award winning winery is already in production. Other developments include a handcrafted artisan organic cheese maker, a fruit juice manufacturer, expanded commercial farm markets, a rapidly growing community farmers’ market and several specialty growers/producers. Tim Hortons’ opened in 2010. That year also saw the grand opening of an $18 million dollar expansion to our rec centre, including an indoor aquatic centre and fitness rooms. In 2011 the arena had major renovations. Crestbrook Gardens, a housing complex for Seniors’ and Persons with Disabilities opened in the Fall, 2011. Creston Place, a new three-level office and retail building in downtown Creston opened in 2012. Reinforcing the municipalities’ “open for business” approach, town council introduced a Revitalization Tax Exemption Program to encourage development initiatives in commercial areas. As a result, our first branded hotel, a Ramada Inn and Conference Centre, is opening Spring 2012.

Creston is a great place to put down roots To find out how you can grow with us, contact: Jim Jacobsen, Executive Director Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce 121 NW Blvd. Highway 3, Creston, BC 1.866.528.4342 or email

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So M Than Books “For Creston residents, we love the fact that books remain the biggest draw to the library,” says chief librarian Ann Day. “We are avid readers in the valley and the range of interests cover most of the Dewey numbers.” But the library’s focus extends beyond books, with an extensive collec-

With a comprehensive collection of books (including large print and audio), music, videos and magazines, the library literally has something for everyone. And there’s a strong emphasis on kids, with a dedicated children’s section and regularly scheduled story times.

tion of movies and TV series on DVD, as well as a facility to create audiovisual presentations. “The Creston library takes advantage of the newest technologies and the oldest to bring information, communication, education and entertainment to everyone coming in its doors,”

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t’s one of the Creston Valley’s best-used and most beloved institutions. The Creston and District Public Library opened in its expansive new premises at 531 16th Ave. S. in 2006 and it quickly became one of the community’s focal points.

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says Day. “This includes everything from an extensive book and magazine collection to an audio-visual room where, among many other things, you can make your own radio program or put a film on YouTube.” The technological features of the Creston and District Public Library are a big draw for tourists, who are also able to sign out books if they have a BC One Card. “For visitors to the area, technology is the major reason for dropping in,” says Day. “We have both wireless and public computers available for residents, outof-town visitors or seasonal workers. “The BC One Card has also opened most of our collection to library cardholders from any library in B.C. This new service is gaining recognition, and our library is seeing an increasing number of books and audio books going out to visitors from B.C.” The library also features a permanent art collection in addition to month-long displays of works by local artists. “We also provide a place to view local artwork, join any of the many organizations using the meeting room, watch an instructional DVD, read a paper, or bring your kids or grandkids for a morning in the kids’ area,” says Day. “We also have mentors for struggling students and one of the busiest interlibrary loan departments in the province. Again, most of these services do not require you to be a patron — just drop in.” For more information, contact the library at 250-428-4141 or visit www.

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hey are only about 200 strong, but members of the Lower Kootenay Band are closely associated with all historical and cultural aspects of the Creston Valley. From their traditional hunting, fishing and foraging history, Lower Kootenay elders continue to promote the values of environmental responsibility and respect for the band’s rich past. From a business that sells modern and traditional Lower Kootenay creations (and which houses a wealth of information about local heritage) to a large expanse of managed wetlands to the annual Yaqan Nukiy traditional powwow, the band members strive to live in the modern world while still honouring their past. All visitors are invited to the annual powwow, held on the May long weekend, where First Nations people gather from miles around to dance, feast, socialize and celebrate their culture. Chief Jason Louie says he is committed to building stronger relationships with residents and local governments in the Creston Valley. “There are aspects of being from Creston that are unique — swimming in the summer at the Goat River, going to the Broaster House or Sun R Restaurant,” said Louie, a former second lieutenant in the Canadian Forces. “Only in Creston will traffic come to a halt to allow you to jaywalk! Being from Creston means having a strong sense of community.” Located on Highway 21, south of Creston, Lower Kootenay isn’t just home to its members. It boasts a cultural and administrative centre, a lively school and a growing industrial development that includes a log sorting yard and log home building operation, as well as Legend Logos, an embroidery business that offers culturally-inspired clothing and home decor. Historical and cultural displays help visitors get a greater appreciation for the role the Lower Kootenay people have played in the Creston Valley. Nearby, thousands of acres on the flatland are managed for sustainability, with an eye to responsible economic development opportunities.


A dancer at the Yaqan Nukiy Powwow, held each May.

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any locals will admit that hiking in the Creston Valley is one of their favourite pastimes — one that everyone should experience. Not only does it promote good health, but it’s also a great social activity. Difficulty levels vary, but it’s easy to find an outdoor experience suitable for almost everyone.

“I like taking to the trails here because they offer a wide variety of landscapes, wildlife and serenity, as well as various levels of ease or difficulty,” says naturalist Ed McMackin, who writes an outdoors column in the Creston Valley Advance. “People will find a trail here to suit any level of ability and time available. “There are trails from level to steep,

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and from short to long. Some are best for viewing wildlife while others are interesting for their historical value. There are many trails away from the noise of traffic, which can be enjoyed without driving long distances to reach them. There are organized hikes so people don’t have to hike alone, making hiking a social and safe experience.” A couple of books — Exploring the Creston Valley by Tanna Patterson-Z, available at Black Bear Books, and Hiking Around Creston by John and Jean Davis, available at Kingfisher Used Books — are comprehensive guides to Creston Valley hiking, complete with maps, photos and sketches. Here are a few favourites: •Balancing Rock Trail. Ten minutes west of Creston, this is one of many trails on Mount Creston. It takes about 30 minutes to climb the winding trail, parts of which are quite steep. Balancing Rock (hikers will understand the name when they see it) sits atop a ledge overlooking the Creston Valley and Purcell mountain range. A small pullout on West Creston Road, near its intersection with Highway 3, serves as a parking area. From Balancing Rock, the trail leads west into the woods. When the trail forks, heading left takes hikers on a very steep hike a few kilometres further up Mount Creston. The trail to the right winds its way down the other side of the ridge and into Summit Creek Park. •Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. Although the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area’s interpretive centre isn’t open all year, the trails surrounding it are. From Highway 3 west of Creston, turn onto West Cres-

hikers may wander through alpine meadows on the ridge, or enjoy a picnic with a panoramic view of

hart Beach Provincial Park. The first seven kilometres of the trail — maintained by the BC Forest Ser-

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ton Road and drive to the parking lot on the left. The trails are well-marked and easy to find on maps posted in the area. •Lady’s Slipper Trail. A wide variety of wildflowers, including orchids, may be found on this trail, located north of Creston atop Goat Mountain. To access this trail from Creston, follow Highway 3A north, then turn right onto Lakeview-Arrow Creek Road. Follow this road to Foster Road, then turn left onto the BC Forest Service road and follow it for about seven kilometres until it ends at a parking lot. •Mount Thompson. To access the top of the mountains overlooking Creston to the east, head east on Highway 3, then turn right onto Canyon-Lister Road. After crossing the bridge, turn left on Whimster Road and follow it to a forestry road (suitable only for high-clearance or four-by-four vehicles), which winds to the top of Mount Thompson. After parking,

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Trails at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area offer spectacular fall views.

the Selkirk mountains to the west and south, and the Purcell mountains to the east. •Lockhart Creek. This trail is located about 45 minutes north of Creston on Highway 3A at Lock-

vice and the Lockhart Creek Heritage Committee — are suitable for beginning hikers, while advanced outdoors enthusiasts can continue to the 2,134-metre summit. The park offers treed campsites, picnic

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Outdoor Adventures tables and beach, located across the highway near the trailhead. •Pilot Bay Lighthouse Trail. Near the Kootenay Bay Ferry Landing, just over an hour north of Creston on Highway 3A, turn onto Pilot Bay Road. After 4.5 kilometres, a sign reading “Lighthouse Trail” will alert drivers to pull well off the road, or park a short distance away at a circular turnaround. At the end of the 15-minute walk along the trail is the Pilot Bay Lighthouse, which operated from June 13, 1904, to June 20, 1993, and is now maintained by the Friends of West Kootenay Parks. •Mountain biking is also popular, and many local bikers enjoy frequenting the numerous logging roads in the area. The more adventurous prefer to take their bikes off-road and onto bumpier trails — a helmet, water bottle and riding buddy are a must! For bikers who prefer the open road, the Wynndel loop (Highway 3A and Lower Wynndel Road), the

Canyon-Lister loop (Highway 21, Canyon Lister Road and Highway 3) and the West Creston loop (Evans Road, West Creston Road, Nick’s Island Road and Highway 3) are popular. An interactive cycling map is online at


ooking to bag the “big one”? Want to try your hand at fly fishing? Planning to fill the freezer with fresh game? The Creston Valley is an excellent place to make these outdoor dreams become reality. Duck Lake is famous for bass fishing, and Kootenay Lake is teeming with rainbow trout, Dolly Varden and kokanee. And the seemingly endless streams and alpine lakes in the Kootenays certainly make fly fishing a viable option. Duck Lake is also a popular winter fishing spot, and is almost always frozen by the end of December. This small lake 20 minutes north of Creston is well-known to summertime

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feature seasonal games and fantastic food, with music jams and concerts in between, at the Yahk-Kingsgate Community Hall, which offers a pavilion in the woods for music acts. “We have a community full of spirit and camaraderie, working together to create a community we want to live in and share,” says Anderson.




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visit to Yahk is the perfect way to relax. The Moyie River burbles softly, the forest smells fresh and — best of all — cellphones don’t work (seriously). The fact that it’s not a bustling metropolis is what draws thousands of tourists each year. It’s quaintness and small-town friendliness are welcomed by many big-city visitors — and even some rural ones. Just down the street — actually, Johnson Road — is Two Scoop Steve and the Coffee Cabin, which offer the best ice cream and coffee in Yahk. While sipping a cup of joe or licking a scoop, a stroll to the Moyie River is a must. Visitors simply wander behind the shop and follow the signs through the forest. “Yahk’s atmosphere is quiet and relaxing, and the people are helpful and friendly,” says artist and Yahk resident Penny A.P. Anderson. “It is a destination for outdoor activities such as snowmobiling, quadding, hiking, hunting, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting and swimming — or taking a leisurely walk along the river with an ice cream cone.” A nine-hectare provincial park is located at the heart of Yahk, with 26


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ocated about 25 kilometres below the southern tip of Kootenay Lake, Creston is the perfect starting point for a variety of daytrips — which should definitely include a tour north along Highway 3A, which offers far more than breathtaking scenery.

On Lower Wynndel Road, don’t pass up a visit to Garden Hoe Farm, where owners Bev and Barry Timpany will tour you around, and you will be amazed by the many different scents of fresh herbs and vegetables. Wynndel is also home to Sutcliffe Farms, operated by Doug Sutcliffe,

The Glass House, located on Highway 3A.

Resorts, beaches, art galleries and artisan shops can easily be found throughout the journey, which takes just over an hour — if you can possibly keep from stopping. Ten minutes north of Creston on the way to Kootenay Lake is Wynndel, a small community strongly rooted in agriculture. Once one of Canada’s largest fruit producers, the community now has smaller farms growing strawberries, raspberries and saskatoons.

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grandson of Roy Staples, the mastermind behind the dike between Creston and Wynndel, which keeps the spring freshet from flooding the prime agricultural land on the Wynndel flats. The farm is the largest asparagus producer in the province, turning out about 150,000 pounds each season from April to June. While passing through Wynndel, one can’t help but notice the Wynndel Box and Lumber sawmill, which was

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started by Monrad Wigen in 1913 to build crates for Wynndel’s then-thriving strawberry business. Farther north is the hamlet of Sirdar, where visitors can enjoy the oldfashioned feel of the Sirdar General Store, built in 1913, where many of the goods offered are kept behind the counter. Next door, the Sirdar Pub and Grill is the perfect place for a tasty meal — and the non-drivers may enjoy the longest beer menu in the Creston Valley. A bit past Sirdar, a visit to the Glass House is a must. Although the area is filled with unique architecture, the Glass House is the most unusual — its walls were made from over 500,000 empty embalming fluid bottles by David H. Brown upon his retirement from his funeral business. Guided tours of the attraction are available seven days a week from May through October. Continuing north on Highway 3A brings travellers to Boswell, the home of Flickering Goddess, a shop that specilizes in fairies and candles, many of which are handmade at the shop, which you can’t miss — it’s hot pink. Just past that is the Destiny Bay Store, a convenience store around the halfway point of the trip from Wynndel to Kootenay Bay. Travelling still farther north brings visitors to Gray Creek, home of Sacred Journey, a relaxing shop packed with original artwork by local artists as well as quality imports from around the globe — just try to leave without buying something! For almost 100 years, the Gray Creek Store has been the small community’s one-stop shop, with everything from

books to boots and candy to wood stoves. Arthur Lymbery started the store in 1912; the current owner is his son, Tom Lymbery, who is always happy to talk about the community’s history. Gray Creek is also the starting point of a forestry road that connects to Kimberley — although

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everything from jewelry to fridge magnets to light switch covers are made from glass melted on copper — owners Lorna Robin and Helene Carter agree. “Customers come in a lot and say, ‘I never imagined that was how it was made,” says Robin. “People like to see something be-

the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. “We’ve gone from people coming in and being surprised to find us out here in the middle of nowhere … to coming in and saying, ‘This is the famous broom shop,’” says Rob. An event that draws many visitors to Crawford Bay is Starbelly

(From left) Lorna Robin at Fireworks Copper and Glass; Rob Schweiger at North Woven Brooms; a blacksmith at Kootenay Forge.

you’ll need a high-clearance vehicle to get through and take in the rarely seen alpine scenery. From Gray Creek, it’s only a hop, skip and a jump to Crawford Bay, which is home to more than a dozen artisan shops, including a blacksmith, a broom maker, a baker and a glassblower. None of them are in competition — in fact, they enjoy having each other nearby. “One thing I really enjoy about being here is the camaraderie,” says Janet Wallace, who runs Barefoot Handweaving in a straw-bale building. “I can hear the forge, I can hear the glassblowers working. If I really feel like being inspired, I just go over and watch them getting a buzz on about what they’re doing.” Visitors also get a kick out of the rare opportunity to see so many artisans hard at work. “People are just astonished,” Wallace says. Across the highway at by Fireworks Copper and Glass — where

ing made and have that connection to buying it,” adds Carter. Add to the mix pubs, restaurants, Kootenay Lake and hiking, and you have a recipe for a great rural getaway. “We have so many amazing things to do that I find people are staying, which is nice,” says Wallace. “There’s enough to do now that people will come for the day.” Across Highway 3A and slightly west of Wallace’s shop is the home of North Woven Brooms, which you may not have heard of, but have likely seen — the brooms have been used as props or set dressing in such films as Bewitched, The Assassination of Jesse James and Shanghai Noon, on TV series including Star Trek: Enterprise, Lonesome Dove and Road to Avonlea, and on Broadway in the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof. The best-known brooms owners Rob and Janet Schweiger have made were promotional items for the Canadian publisher of Harry Potter and

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Jam, held this year from July 20-22. Past editions of the music festival have included a wide range of entertainment from acoustic rock to hip hop to jazz, which creates a weekend that is as entertaining as it is memorable. “There is one beautiful moment after another,” says founding board member Brigitte Picard. Ten minutes north of Crawford Bay is the Kootenay Lake ferry landing, which is serviced by the M.V. Osprey 2000 and M.V. Balfour, which were launched in 2000 and 1950, respectively. Although the Osprey 2000 can carry more than twice the capacity of the Balfour, both free ferries are capable of taking aboard semis, logging trucks and RVs. Be sure to arrive in plenty of time in the busy summer months, as waits of several sailings are common. But once you get on, enjoy the ride — the longest free ferry ride in the world — as you prepare for the next adventure!

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To Nelson and Trail

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To Creston and Cranbrook


CVWMA Administration Office


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Gate Parking Canoe Launch

Wildlife Intrepretation Centre

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Non-motorized Boat Storage (Permit Required) Dyke Road Railroad

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Highway Dyke Road(Vehicle Access) Area Closed to Hunting at ALL Times

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Scale: 1:85,000 0.5 1 2

Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area - Boundary

Kilometers UTM - Zone 11 - NAD83

Ministry of Environment Region 4 LEH Zone C Boundary Wildlife Management Unit Boundary

58 520,000 | Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce 525,000 Visitors’ Guide 2012


Brian Lawrence

North to the junction of Hwy 3 & Hwy 3A

12th Ave N

Murdoch St Alder St


27th Ave N

26th Ave N

2 3r d A v e N

2 4 t h Av e N

24th Ave S

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Dogwood St Cedar St

Maple Pl

Erickson St

25th Ave S

Birch St

Elm St

Birch St Ash St 24th Ave S

Columbia Brewery


Pine St


Cook St

Elm St

Dogwood St Cedar St


2 2 n d Av e S

16th Ave S

Coo k St

18th Ave S

11th Ave S

Ash St

1 4 t h Av e S

10th Ave S

Birch St

Juniper St

Crawford St Can

Aspen Pl

2 5 t h Av e S

Goat River Rd S

Connell Rd

2 7 t h Av e S

Rd 1 6 t h Av e S


Centennial Park


Cedar St

11th Ave S


7th Ave S

6 t h Av e S

5 t h Av e S


Millennium Park

Cedar St

9 t h Av e S


8 t h Av e S

7th Ave S

6th Ave S

3 r d Av

Birch St

1 6 t h Av e N

14th Ave N

College of the Rockies

Dogwood St

Dugan St

Davis St

Pine St

Cook St

lvd Elm St

Cedar St

15th Ave N

Canyon St

12th Ave N

11th Ave N

7 t h Av e N

4 t h Av e N

5 t h Av e N



2 n d Av e S




Canyon St Cook St


Creston Valley Hospital Community Complex

2 0 t h Av e N 21st Ave N

Lilac St

22nd Ave N

Hurl St

Hillside St

Vancouver St Pine S t

Visitor Centre 121 NW Blvd. 250-428-4342

McLaren St

20th Ave S

11th Ave N

1 0 t h Av e N

12th Ave N

Alder St

8th Ave N

ve N

Murdoch St

18th Ave S

11th Ave N

9th Ave N

6th A

Regina St

14th A ve N


Ibbitson St


Dale St

Scott St

Scott S t


Hurry Rd

Westridge St 12th Ave N

Cavell St

Hillside St

Arrowsmith Rd

11th Ave N

7th Ave N

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Valle yvi

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Hawkview Dr Purcell Crescent r

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Creston Museum

Creston, B.C.

1 0 t h Av e N

Devon St

Skimmerhorn and Baillie-Grohman Wineries

Discovery real estate OutstandIng agents OutstandIng Results

100% Locally owned and Independently operated

two offices serving the creston valley 1013 canyon st. creston 106 33rd ave. s. hwy. 3 erickson Toll Free: 1-877-428-2234 Office: 250-428-2234 Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Guide 2012 | 59

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Wilson Rd



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C ha n Pa

Rd n Rd

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Bos s io R d bso

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Wenger Rd

Cardinal Rd

Daignault Rd

Vincent Rd

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Wa s yk

Smith Rd


Birchmond Dr

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C o rn C ree k Rd

Mc Ka y R d

Wes t Creston Rd

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West Creston


Teet z el Rd

Cedar Hil l


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D ow Rd

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Ho od Rd

Hil ton S t





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Creston Golf Rd Club

3 7t h St


C on n e l R d

Ca nyon S t



Er ic k so n St

40th St

Al dr i

Lower Kootenai Reserve

Simon Rd

H i lt o n S t

Payne R d

Ramsier R d

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R iv erview Rd

Helen S t

7 th St



8th St

16th St

2 0t h St

24 t h St


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28t h St

3 0 th S t

38 t h S t


37th St

14th St



4 th St


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16th St

46th St

40 th St


8th St

12 th St

24 th St

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28th St



Syl vester R d

Ha s k i n s



Knigh t

Mas uch Rd

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Riley Rd

Beam Rd


Creston Valley Regional Airport A i r p o rt R d

P h i ll i p s R d

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Col lis St


re e Fox t

Reclamat io n R d

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A dle r Rd

3 3 rd A v e S 32nd Av e S

33 r d A v e S P ogany Rd

40 th Av e S

Management Area


Ha g ey R d

35 th Ave N

h Ave S

35t Rd


C r es t v i e w R d


44 t h S t

P a rker

th A

38th Av e N

S et t leme

L i s t er R d

Lister Rd

Z app Rd

36 t h A v e S 3 6

Si ncla ir Rd

Sinclair Rd


H u sc r o f t R d

Everett Rd

l Ma

Wellspring Rd

Muzzy Rd

Bl v d 3 2n d S t

44 t h S t

48th St

4t h St

36th St

43rd S t

51st St

52nd St



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Canyon-Lister Rd

Eva ns R d 16th Ave S

C an yo n -Lis t e r R d

es t 25th Ave S

C a ny o n-Lister Rd

hw Va nce R d

rt No Wh im ster Rd

Av e N 27th Ave S

Can yon-L ist er Rd

11th Ave S Spr

Lloyd Rd

8th nR


S amuelson Rd



Lyon s Rd

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Quin t on Rd

10 r Rd

J a c k so n R d Pu rce ll Rd


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Index to the Creston and District Map

Within the Town of Creston, numbered avenues run north and south and named streets run east and west. Numbered avenues start at the Highway 21 municipal boundary, and Canyon Street is the north-south divider. In the Valley area north from the U.S. border, numbered streets run east and west, with named roads running north and south. Name 1st Ave NW 2nd Ave S 3A Hwy 3rd Ave S 4th Ave N 4th Ave NW 4th St 5th Ave N 5th Ave S 6th Ave N 6th Ave S 6th Ave S 7th Ave N 7th Ave S 7th St 8th Ave N 8th Ave S 8th St 9th Ave N 9th Ave S 10th Ave N 10th Ave S 11th Ave N 11th Ave N 11th Ave S 12th Ave N 12th St 14th Ave N 14th Ave S 14th St 15th Ave N 16th Ave N 16th Ave S 16th St 18th Ave S 18th St 20th Ave N 20th Ave S 20th St 21st Ave N 22nd Ave N 22nd Ave S 23rd Ave N 24th Ave N 24th Ave S 24th Ave S 24th St 25th Ave S 26th Ave N 27th Ave N 27th Ave S 28th St 30th St 32nd Ave S 32nd St 33rd Ave S 35th Ave N 35th Ave S 36th Ave N 36th Ave S 36th St


C3 B4 A2 B4 B4 C3 F4,5 B4 B4 A4 B4 B4 A4;B4 B4 F4 A4;C3 B4 F4 A4 B4 A4;C3 B4 B4 A4 B4,5 A4;B4 F5 A4;B5 B5 F4,5 B5 B5 B5 F4 B5 F4 B5 B5 E4 B5 B5 B5 B5 B5 B5 B5 E4,5 B5 A5 B5 B5 E4,5 E4 D4 E5 D4 C4 D4 D4 D4 E5

37th St 38th Ave N 38th St 40th Ave S 40th St 41st Ave 43rd St 44th St 46th St 48th St 51st St 52nd St Abbot Rd Adler Rd Airport Rd Alder St Aldrich Rd Antique Trailer Pk Arrowsmith Rd Ash Rd Ash St Aspen Pl Balsam Rd Bathie Rd Beam Rd Birch St Birch St Bossio Rd Canyon-Lister Rd Canyon St Cavell St Cedar Hill Rd Cedar St Channel Rd Christenson Church Rd Clayton Rd Collis St Connel Rd Cook St Corn Creek Rd Cory Rd Crawford St Crestview Rd Crusher Rd Dale St Davis St Dean Rd Devon St Ditch Dogwood St Dow Rd Duck Creek Rd Duck Lake Rd Dugan St East Arrow Ck. Rd East Rd Elm St Elsie-Holmes Rd Erickson St Evans Rd Everett Rd

E4 D4 E4 D5 D3,5 D5 D5 D5 D5 D5 D5 D5 A2 F4 F4 A4,5 D3 D4 B4 C3 B4,5 B5 E2 A2 D4 B5 B4,5 A3 D-F5 B4,5;D3 A4 D1 B4,5 A2 E2 D4 C5 C3 D4 B4,5 D1 A3 B5 E4 C3 A5 B4 D4 A4 F2 B4,5 C3 A3 A2 B4 B5 A3 B4,5 A3 B5;D3 C1 B4

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Foster Rd Foxtree Rd French Goat Canyon Rd Goat River Rd Goat River Rd S Granary Rd Hagey Rd Hanson Rd Haskins Rd Hawkview Dr Helen St Hillside St Hilton St Hobden Rd Hood Rd Hurl St Hurry Rd Huscroft Rd Ibbitson St Indian Rd J.R. Rd Jackson Rd Juniper St Knight Rd Kootenay Pl Kootenay River Rd Kootenay River Rd Lachat Rd Lakeview-Arrow Creek Rd Lamont Rd Leaning Tree Rd Lilac St Lister Rd Lloyd Rd Lougheed Lower Wynndel Rd Lyons Rd Mallory Rd Maple Pl Masuch Rd McKay Rd McLaren St McMurtrie Rd Mehrer Rd Mill Dr Millview Dr Monrose Rd Moore Rd Murdoch St Muzzy Rd Newdan Nicks Island Rd Northwest Blvd Old Logging Rd Olson Rd Osborne Rd Packing Shed Rd Parker Rd Payne Rd Peterman Rd Phillips Rd

B3 F4 E2 D4 C5 B4;D3 F2 F4 E2 C4 A4 C3 A4,5 C3 E5 C3 A5 B4 F5 A4 C2 F5 E5 A5 C4 A4 A3 D2 A3 B3 D4 F4 A4 E4,5 E5 C2 A3 F5 E4 B5 D4 D1 A5 C3 D5 A2 A2 A2 D4 A4,5 E5 C3 C2;D2 A4;C3 A2 A3 D4 A3 D5 C3 E2 E4

Pine St Pine St Pit Rd Plasko Rd Pogany Rd Porthill Rd Potato Pump Rd Purcell Crescent Purcell Rd Quinton Rd Railway Blvd Ramsier Rd Reclamation Rd Regina St Riley Rd Riverview Rd Robson Rd Rocky Point Rd Rogers Rd Rykerts Rd Samuelson Rd Scott St Selkirk Dr Settlement Rd Simmons Simon Rd Sinclair Rd Smith Rd Snider Rd Speers Rd Spruce Rd Stace Rd Sunset Blvd Sutcliffe Pt Swan Sylvester Rd Teetzel Rd Tooze Rd Uri Rd Vale Rd Valleyview Dr Vance Rd Vancouver St Wasyk Wellspring Rd Wellspring Rd Wenger Rd West Creston Rd West Creston Rd Westridge St Westview Rd Whimster Rd Wiebe Rd Wigen Rd Wild Life Williams Rd Wilson Rd Winlaw Rd Wynndel Rd Zapp Rd

B4 B5 F5 B3 F4 F4 E2 A3 A4 E5 F5 B4 D3 E2 A4 D4 E3 B3 C3 F5 F4 E5 A4,5 A4 E4 D2 D3 E4;F4 D2 F4 D3 D4 C3 B5 C3 F2 C4 C1 D4 B2 C5 A4 D5 A4 D1 F4 F4 C5 C1 D1,2 A4 A2 D5 B3 A2 C1 C3 B2 A3 A3 D5



May 2012

• 71 beautifully appointed rooms • deluxe continental breakfast included • conference room • leisure packages available Call 250 254 1111 or email for details and advanced bookings

OPENING ON SITE MAY 2012 famous for more than just breakfast

Junction of Highway 3 and Highway 3A

Tour times:

Mid-May to Mid-October: Mon. to Fri. 9:30 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm July and August: Mon. to Fri. 9:30 am to 3 pm— Tours run approx every ½ hour July and August: Sat. & Sun. 9:30 am, 1l am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm Open Statutory Holidays in July and August Closed-toed shoes must be worn on tour

For more info on our tours please call 250-428-9344

Kokanee Beer Gear Store:

Great Selection of Kokanee Clothing and Collectibles Open Monday to Friday 9 am – 4:30 pm year-round! July & August: Monday to Sunday 9 am – 4:30 pm

1220 Erickson St, Creston, BC

Creston Valley Advance, March 22, 2012  

March 22, 2012 edition of the Creston Valley Advance

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