TRAVEL PL ANNER | 2019-2020
creston valley kootenay lake route
TRAVEL PL ANNER 2019-2020
Welcome!................................................... 3 Food and Wine.......................................... 4 Itinerary: Local Food and Wine Aficionado ................................................. 5 Q & A with Amanda and Jeff................... 5 Arts and Culture....................................... 6 Itinerary: Family Fun.................................7 Q & A with Sandy Kunze...........................7 Nature and Recreation............................. 8 Itinerary: An Outdoor Enthusiastâ€™s Three-Day Exploration............................. 9 Q & A with Daniel and Christine............ 9 Area and Businesses Map.......................10 Area Trails.................................................. 12 Provincial and Community Parks........... 13 Kootenay Lake Ferry Schedule...............14 Public Beach and Boat Launch Information...............................................14 Health and Wellness................................15 Q & A with Jessica and Rachel...............15 Business Directories Arts and Culture..................................16 Nature and Recreation....................... 17 Health and Wellness............................ 17 Food and Wine.....................................18 Eateries and Groceries Directory...........19 Accommodation Listings........................19 Production, Design and Editing: Vanessa Croome and Krista Turcasso, Claris Media Inc. Photography: Daniel Seguin and Andrew Bibby Writing: Jesse Bell, Krista Turcasso, Jenneil Peters, Jesse Willicome Cover Photo: View over the Creston Valley during Sunset, looking north towards Kootenay Lake and the Selkirk Mountain range, photo by Andrew Bibby Campaign Partners: Destination BC, Columbia Basin Trust, Town of Creston, RDCK Electoral Areas A,B, and C. All Content Copyright ÂŠ Creston Valley Kootenay Lake Route 2019
A beachside fire on Kootenay Lake during sunset FOLLOW US @ cvklroute
Enjoying a sunny afternoon at the Creston Valley Farmers’ Market with fresh treats and good company
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THERE’S SO MUCH TO DISCOVER ALONG THE CRESTON VALLEY-KOOTENAY LAKE ROUTE!
f you slow down even for a moment while driving the remarkable Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake Route, you’ll find something unexpected. Perhaps the sound of water lapping against a rocky shore pulls you away from behind the wheel for a walk. Maybe the unexplored viridescent woodlands and a deepblue lake spark a sudden call for adventure. Possibly, it’s the sweet aroma of locally grown lavender at a farmers’ market calling you to stay a little while longer, to breathe. The Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake Route, from the hamlet of Yahk-Kingsgate through to the Creston Valley and along the east shore of Kootenay Lake to the Kootenay Bay Ferry, isn’t just a roadway connection from the coast of
the west to the prairies of the east. The Route, tucked between the Purcells and Selkirks in the West Kootenays of British Columbia, calls for pause—connecting people to communities and communities to the land they love, between orchards and wineries, glass houses and glassy lakes. Perhaps you take an hour, a day, maybe a week. For food and wine, a day at the spa, a hike to a rock balanced on a trail no one can explain. However long you stay, it’s about time your route has led you to Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake. And this guide is here to help. Meet locals who have created a life for themselves in this area in the arts and culture, food and wine, nature and recreation, and
health and wellness sectors. Be inspired by the itineraries, guiding you as you plan your time and exploration. Survey the map, flush with opportunities as you make your way in either direction. And peruse the directories to learn more about these unique artisans, shops, cafés, trails, vineyards, markets, sights and trails that truly make it the magical area it is known for. Welcome. We look forward to hosting you, and to welcoming you back. As we know there will a be next time. For more information on the area or attractions, stop in at the Creston Valley Visitors Centre or call them at 250-428-4342. They’ll be happy to help you! CrestonValleyKootenayLakeRoute.com | 3
FOOD AND WINE
Fresh eats at Casey’s Community House in Creston
eople who live along the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake Route share a love of the land. They know the rains, the soil, work hard to preserve and conserve while producing grape varietals, farm fresh milk, and apple and cherry honey. There’s an understanding between the two unlikely partners—a mutual respect transformed to modern-day prosperity. Three wineries along the Route give tastings and tours, paired with lessons in history and geology. When you aren’t touring eclectic vineyards, florists and farmers give visitors a look into life less accelerated. If you’re looking for an overall introduction to food and wine along the Route, stop at the Creston Valley Farmers’ Market. Growers, craftspeople, and live entertainment, the market is as great a reason as any to put the car in park. FOOD - Good food is the best reason to slow yourself through the windy roads of the Route. With a collection of restaurants and social houses, there’s something for everyone to indulge in.
Every Saturday in the summer, Creston Valley Farmers’ Market bustles with fresh-baked goods, fruits, and artisans, giving visitors a well-rounded experience of the Route and all it has to offer.
WINERIES - The Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake Route’s climate is just a speck warmer than the rest of the Kootenays, making it ideal for growers. Peaches, plums, cherries, and of course, wine. So much decadent, delicious wine.
ARTISANAL - Coffee. Honey. Fresh milk. Loose-leaf tea. There’s too much goodness along the Route. Or, just the right amount. There’s something about fresh, about the goodness of hand grown and well-loved product. From organic dairy to sustainable beekeeping, all of the local producers appreciate and value their connection to the land, to the community that helps them thrive.
SEASONAL MARKETS & FARMGATE - The change in seasons is so strongly represented in the senses; dry grass and rolling hills turn ripe with blossoming fruit trees and vibrant colours the first sign of springtime sun. Farms and markets offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, fresh picked and ready to go, or, find a U-pick and scour the rows of trees for cherries and raspberries.
For information on Food and Wine businesses, visit the directory on page 18. Fresh herbs at the CV Farmers’ Market, a bevy of beers taps, and freshly made cheese on display (top to bottom). FOLLOW US @ cvklroute
Local Food & Wine Aficionado Itinerary DAY 1
Begin your day by heading over to Fly in the Fibre or Lark Coffee Roasters for a delicious specialty coffee. If it’s a Saturday, head over to the Creston Valley Farmers’ Market (CVFM) to experience a unique community of growers, artisans, craftspeople, and entertainment. The CVFM operates the market weekly, May through December. January to April a monthly market approach is taken to coincide with the Creston Valley harvest season. Enjoy the exciting benefits of eating fresh, and shopping local in the heart of the Kootenay year round! Be sure to stop in at the Skimmerhorn Winery and Vineyard for lunch. This small-batch winery in Creston also operates an on-site vineyard and bistro. Skimmerhorn Bistro is a seasonal restaurant, with a focus on farm-to-table meals. Ingredients are sourced directly from local farms, gardens and ranches which reflects commitment to sustainability in the local economy. In the afternoon visit Wloka Farms Fruit Stand, which opens in July when the produce is ready for harvest and continues on into December. Of the goods sold by Wlonka, 98% is produced
locally – grown on land within a 5km radius of the fruit stand. For a down-to-earth homemade dinner try the Real Food Café, where imaginative food is served in a comfy, casual atmosphere. Meals are produced with locally-sourced produce, meat and cheese, and seasonal specials. DAY 2 Grab a late breakfast and enjoy the outdoor patio at Break in Time Café located in downtown Creston, where they offer a variety of breakfast items, all from locally-sourced ingredients. After breakfast take a leisurely drive out to Kootenay Meadows, a certified organic grassbased dairy farm. All of the products available at the Meadows are made with milk exclusively from the farm. Fresh, glass bottled pasteurized milk and cream, and flavourful, complex, hand crafted raw milk cheese are available on-site.
DAY 3 As you continue on your journey up Kootenay Lake, pop in at the Retro Café located in Creston for homemade crêpes and jams. 4 miles north of Wynndel, BC, just above Duck Lake you’ll find Wynnwood Estate Cellars, who create distinctive wines that reflect the terroir of this unique site in the Upper Columbia Basin. Come by the winery’s tasting room for a tasting and tour from mid May to mid October. Enjoy lunch at the fully licensed Black Salt Café in Crawford Bay. This colourful restaurant features fresh soups, salads, paninis and burgers on the daytime menu. For dinner head over to Boccolino Restaurant, a Swiss-Italian fine dining restaurant with a seasonally inspired menu and all made fresh from scratch. Situated in Kootenay Bay and close to the free ferry.
Following this, visit family-operated Flamenco Farms, located in the community of Erickson, with a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and berries found seasonally and fresh farm eggs year round. The U-Pick cherry orchard is a
Photo captions (left to right): Enjoying wine and cheese at Skimmerhorn Winery, feeding the cows at Kootenay Meadows Farm, and the view of Creston Valley between the rows of vines at BaillieGrohman Estate Winery. We love going to the Farmers’ Market and also love visiting Kootenay Meadows Dairy, the valley’s last dairy producing and selling directly to customers.
Amanda and jeff SWAN VALLEY HONEY LTD. / HONEY BEE ZEN APIARIES LTD.
Swan Valley Honey already has a rich history of producing wildflower honey from the agriculturally-rich Creston Valley. They work with the valley’s diverse farmers to harvest their own delectable honeys made from
Enjoy a casual dinner at either of Creston’s premier eateries, Casey’s Community House or Jimmy’s Pub & Grill, which both feature locally sourced ingredients on their menus as well as serving local wines and craft beers.
Take a tour of Baillie-Gorham Winery, a boutique craft winery that produces small lots of premium wine. Sample vineyard wines in the tasting room or sit on the patio and enjoy with a splendid cheese tray.
FOOD AND WINE Q & A WITH:
Swan Valley Honey Ltd. is the Kootenay region’s largest producer of local, natural honey owned by Amanda Goodman Lee and Jeff Lee. People often ask how they chose to move to Creston and Amanda says “Creston found us, we bought a business and it came with a house. We looked at the property and business on a Sunday and made an offer on Tuesday and never looked back. We love calling the Kootenays home.”
perfect place for a family outing and tasting.
Q. I unwind after a busy summer day by... Sitting on our back deck sipping a glass of icecold local Gewürstraminer and watching the bees fly around collecting the last bits of nectar before they, too, call it quits for the day. the nectar of alfalfa, clover, sweet clover, snowberry, wild rose, saskatoonberry, cherry, apple and other managed and wild forages. Their bees are lovingly treated and the result is the natural goodness of the honey. They also produce a growing line of honey and beeswaxrelated natural products, including 100% beeswax candles and cosmetics. Q. The best way to spend a summer day here is…
Q. The Route’s best kept secret is…. Kayaking on any of the many small waterways and sloughs that feed the Kootenay River. The bird-watching in these tranquil waters is amazing! Q. Don’t leave this area without… Sampling the local foods and wines. Creston has an extraordinarily diverse “locally-grown and made” community, from people who produce delectable chocolate creations to cheese to vegetables, fruits and mushrooms. CrestonValleyKootenayLakeRoute.com | 5
ArtS and Culture
The Kunze Gallery & iconic Creston Valley Grain Elevators
long the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake Route, brooms never looked so beautiful. Hanging from leather straps against a historic log barn just off the twisty road in Crawford Bay, the North Woven Broom is just one of the many unique and diverse artisans along the Route. Explore local pottery, handmade crates, and custom stonework—take your sweet time. Walk through the doors of Creston’s historic red grain elevator and into a gallery filled with paintings and sculptures, or grab a fresh-brewed coffee to savour while running your hands along the spines of books at a local’s bookstore favourite. If peculiarity’s your style, look no further than the extraordinary Glass House in Boswell; made of 500,000 empty embalming fluid bottles. Don’t forget about the goats on the grass roof in Yahk, each with a name, each part of the Yahk Soap & Candle Co. In the Creston Valley, pick up handmade & painted pottery at Pridham Studios, explore giant stone sculptures beside the iconic grain silos at Kunze Gallery, or take an art class at the funky and eclectic Art Barn. One thing’s for certain—arts and culture is never dull along the Route. ARTISANS - Homemade is so much better. Artists along the Route carry with them a unique set of skills, a passion for their trade, a desire to remain authentic, honest and meticulous. Wherever you find yourself along the Route, you’ll find incredible, unique art. HISTORY - The road meanders much the way a river does. The valley between the Purcells and Selkirks is a flood plain to the Kootenay River, flowing from all other areas of British Columbia, and even from parts of Alberta. Traditional territory of the Yaqan Nukiy people of the Ktunaxa First Nations lived off the land; fishing, trapping, hunting, through the marshes and into the woods still vastly deep, dark, mysterious. When the first settlers arrived in the late 1800s, the lush landscape was the only convincing they needed—the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake Route was discovered. Between railways and gold mining, homesteading and agriculture, the region saw
changes over an incredibly short period of time. By 1935, dikes along the river were built and breached, farmers had experienced the repercussions of flooding, the successes of that deep summer heat, a niche for livelihood had developed. By 1965, the Salmo-Creston Pass highway was finished, and the region saw an increase in traffic, on the map for more than just a route. Recognizing the unique beauty of the area, the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area was developed in 1968, and from there nature and recreation set a precedent—protect the wetlands, respect the land, take your time. Today, it’s all anyone can hope for—time. You’ll find it here, amongst the artisans and coffee shops, between the apple orchards and fruit stands, along the dusty walkway at the farmers’ market. There’s plenty of time. For information on Arts and Culture businesses, visit the directory on page 16.
Weaving colourful yarns at Barefoot Handweaving in Crawford Bay, musicians performing at the Millenium Park outdoor stage, and mugs being created at Pridham Studios (top to bottom). FOLLOW US @ cvklroute
Family Fun: A Three Day Itinerary
There’s no shortage of family fun along the Creston Valley - Kootenay Lake Route. From Riondel to Yahk there are plenty of familyfriendly activities. DAY 1 CRESTON After a breakfast fuel up, drive to the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area and Trails for a self-guided tour of the thriving wetlands. The wetland is of international importance, as the area is visited by over 100,000 migrating water birds every year. Year-round trail access allows access to the area by hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Next, head over to the Creston Museum to discover the stories on industries, the people, and the activities that built the communities of the Creston Valley. Learn about Creston’s wacky time zone. Hear the stories of “The Great Railway Race” and the “Great Creston Bank Robbery.” Once finished, take a drive out to Truscott Farms or Wloka Farms and pick up a selection
ARTS AND CULTURE Q & A WITH:
sandy kunze KUNZE GALLERY
We are the Kunze Gallery located in the old annex building of the red grain elevator in Creston. I graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design (now Alberta University of the Arts) in 1987 and moved to Creston the following summer to start my family with my husband and four sons. My studio at home quickly turned into a gallery as we were situated in Wynndel on the highway, and as we outgrew the space, we moved the gallery to town. We had an idea to open the gallery in one of the iconic grain elevators, contacted the owner at the time, and he was excited about the idea. We soon began mass renovations on the annex building, and a year later we opened!
of delicious local produce to munch on at Centennial Park, where the kids can play in the Splash Park and parents can relax in the shade with a book. Finish the evening at one of the many family restaurants in downtown Creston, before heading back to your accommodations. DAY 2 EAST SHORE After breakfast in Creston, meander up Highway 3A on Kootenay Lake and take a tour of The Glass House located 25 miles north of Creston. Enjoy the scenery, flowers, and history of this unique site. This impressive house contains 1,200 feet of floor space on two levels with 500,000 glass bottles. Continue your drive along Hwy 3A to Crawford Bay where you can enjoy lunch at Red’s Bakery and visit the Artisans of Crawford Bay, where you will find a variety of artisans of various mediums working in their studios producing beautiful works of art. After lunch take the kids to burn off some energy at the large outdoor playground in Crawford Bay before heading to the Crawford Bay or Riondel Beaches for some swimming in Kootenay Lake and sunbathing on its shores.
DAY 3 YAHK-KITCHENER After breakfast drive 20 mins on Hwy 3 south to Yahk to enjoy a picnic and a day of outdoor activities in Yahk Provincial Park. Yahk Park was established in 1956 to provide camping and picnicking opportunities for the travelling public. Before leaving Yahk, stop in at the Yahk Soap & Candle Co - a cute soap shop famous for its pet goats Walter, Toot, and Buttin. Handmade soap, bath products, and skincare are available in the gift shop. If you are hungry be sure to visit Two Scoop Steve and the Yahk Mountain Café for a treat before you leave. Photo captions (left to right): A blue heron in the marshes of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, explore the Creston Museum, moulding clay at Dogpatch Pottery, and cooling down with Ice Cream at Two Scoop Steve & Yahk Mountain Café. Q. The best way to spend a summer day here is... Make the best of the landscape; spend time in or near the lake and many rivers, enjoy the wineries and the rare microclimate we have for growing grapes, sample fruit from orchards and walk through the fruit trees, there are so many hiking trails, places to swim, etc. Q. I unwind after a busy summer day by... Lounging in my backyard, looking over and enjoying the view of the valley with a glass of Elderberry Kombucha. Q. The Route’s best kept secret in my opinion is... Hiking to the lighthouse at Pilot Bay Provincial Park on the lake! Q. Don’t leave this area without...
Spending time taking in the shores and waters of Kootenay Lake. CrestonValleyKootenayLakeRoute.com | 7
nature and recreation
A family hiking under the gaze of the Balancing Rock
t’s the British Columbia way—mountains and forests and rivers to explore—and the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake Route is no different. There are seven provincial and community parks, public beaches for sunny days, and endless trails overlooking border crossings and adjacent ridge tops, both mellow and steep in their approaches. Boardwalks weave through protected wetlands filled with beaver dams; a wilderness still untamed in the traditional First Nations territory. Communities along the Route work together to protect it, environmental stewardship an integral part of their livelihood. Pitch a tent, hook up the trailer, find your own piece of heaven beneath the trees. Whether adventuring solo or with a guide, by boat or bike or golf cart, take a minute (or a month) and get a little lost along the Route. The road’s a bit windy, anyway—you can afford the time. HIKING & BIKING - Bike and hike almost anywhere along the Route. In the Creston Valley, the Thompson Rim Trail is one of many iconic hikes. If you’re looking for more historic strolls, check the Pilot Bay Lighthouse Trail near the Kootenay Bay ferry. Distinct in its own rite, the Route has some incredible marshes and wetland trails to explore. Boardwalks weave through tall grasses and cattails, and beneath ancient cottonwood trees. The Crawford Bay Wetlands Trails allows for bike or walk along many pathways. GOLF - The Route is beautiful—beautiful and remote. Kokanee Springs Golf Resort in Crawford Bay is just that; tucked at the east end of Kootenay Lake, a little escape for the golfer who wants more than just great golf. The Creston Valley Golf Club is another excellent source for golfing along the Route. LAKE ACTIVITIES - Kootenay Lake is clear glass, deep blue. The lake, and the valley the lake sits in is a show of history, beauty left by
glaciation and erosion. It’s no wonder people rush to its waters year after year, by boat or foot, to dip their toes beneath the surface. For information on beaches and boat access, visit page 14. FACILITIES AND PARKS - On rainy days, or days when the chill of winter requires a change of pace, the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake Route has plenty of alternatives. Creston & District Community Complex holds a threepool facility, a curling rink, fitness gym and outdoor track, a hockey arena, and banquet hall. For more of an educational experience, the Kootenay-Columbia Discovery-Centre Society offers programs for the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. When things heat up, Yahk Provincial Park along the bubbling Moyie River is a serene stop for an overnight rest. For information on Nature and Recreation businesses, visit the directory on page 17.
Biking in the Creston Valley, looking out over Kootenay Lake from the historic Pilot Penninsula Lighthouse, Creston Community Complex (top to bottom). FOLLOW US @ cvklroute
An Outdoor Enthusiast’s Three-Day Exploration
DAY 1 After getting some breakfast and packing a lunch, drive out to the Kootenay-Columbia Discover Centre located 11 km west of Creston off Hwy 3 in the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. Take a guided walking tour with a naturalist through the wetlands of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. In the afternoon, launch your kayak or canoe at the historic Old Ferry Landing to explore along the Kootenay River, home to many birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and thousands of plant species. Head over to Jimmy’s Pub & Grill for delicious Greek food and signature cocktails on a beautiful patio, then end the day unwinding by soaking in the hot tub at the Creston & District Community Complex, an award-winning facility that hosts a three-pool aquatic facility.
DAY 2 Make sure to get up early for breakfast before going up to Kuskanook Harbour to take a (prebooked) fishing charter on Kootenay Lake with Dean from Blacktail Ridge Eco Tours. Enjoy the beauty and deep waters this lake offers. Weather permitting Dean may even take you across the lake to one of the many secluded beaches that dot the west shore for some exploring! Alternatively, upon returning to Kuskanook hop in your car and head to Twin Bays Beach for a picnic and a swim at this beautiful sand beach. On the drive back to Creston, stop in and have dinner at the Sirdar Station Pub and get a sense of the local history. Sirdar Station was originally built in 1929 and is a historical landmark. The pub was a hub for passenger train travel and a main switching yard for the locomotives. A major renovation of the space brought the infrastructure up-to-date, including a cozy wood fireplace, plenty of river rock and a steam locomotive. DAY 3 Following breakfast in Creston, drive up to Crawford Bay for a scenic round of golf and a leisurely lunch at Kokanee Spring Golf Resort which offers the perfect blend of rugged beauty and endless fairways.
daniel & Christine SUMMIT CYCLES AND SPORTS
A few years after moving to Creston, we found ourselves as the new owners of a bicycle and outdoor sports store, Summit Cycles and Sports. Daniel, a bike mechanic of 10 years, is living his dream of owning his own bike shop. Christine, a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, is thrilled to be sharing her knowledge and love of the outdoors with the community. Our dream with the shop is to help connect people
Alternatively, if mountain biking is your passion, be sure to check out the East Shore Trail and Biking Association website or pick up one of their guides to explore a network of single and double track trails in and around the Crawford Bay area. Finally, finish the day with a bite to eat at Wood’s Pumphouse Grill before either continuing westward on the Kootenay Lake Ferry or heading south back to Creston and beyond. If returning to Creston and with time for another stop to your trip, Yahk Provincial Park is located conveniently just off the highway. Quiet and low-key with camping sites, picnic area, gorgeous trees and the Moyie River running alongside it, this park is a great place to stop for a breather. Photo captions (left to right): Kayaking along the Kootenay River, taking a moment to take in the views of Kootenay Lake, and an RV passing over the Moyie River in Yahk. Q. The Route’s best kept secret in my opinion is….
NATURE AND RECREATION Q & A WITH:
We are Daniel Secor and Christine Park, the owners of Summit Cycles and Sports. Before we moved to Creston we were living in a big city and feeling swamped by the pace of life there. We wanted a change of pace somewhere we could get outdoors just walking out of our house, where we could grow our own food but still enjoy the social life of a town. We found ourselves in Creston - it really was and still is the perfect fit for what we wanted.
After lunch take a picturesque drive to Pilot Bay Peninsula and enjoy a short walk on a trail through a mossy forest which leads to a historic lighthouse built in 1904. Enjoy the incredible view overlooking Kootenay Lake.
The trail network behind the end of the Balancing Rock trail. If you hike to the rock, keep following the trail that goes off into the forest, it’s worth it. The Fern Forest trail takes you around a cool hidden bog, and the Mount Creston trail takes you to great viewpoint. Q. I unwind after a busy summer day by... with the gear (and then keep it in good shape through our service shop) to enjoy all the beautiful outdoors this Valley has to offer, and to love it as much as we do. Q. The best way to spend a summer day here is… On a bicycle! Don’t worry if you didn’t bring one with you - we have bicycle rentals at Summit Cycles and Sports. You can ride around the rolling hills of Lister, or up Kootenay Lake to take in some incredible views and maybe go for a cool swim.
Riding our bikes, of course! Take a leisurely ride to the Old Ferry Landing down the Kootenay River Road or around West Creston after a long day - they’re flat and perfect for a relaxing. Q. Don’t leave this area without… Hiking to a viewpoint to admire just how stunning the Valley is. There are several trails that lead to a view - any of the trails on Mount Thompson, Billy Goat Bluffs and Balancing Rock are good options. The Rotary Trail is the most mellow of the “view trail” options - it is a bit of work, but it has a great payoff. CrestonValleyKootenayLakeRoute.com | 9
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6 CRESTON VALLEY WILDLIFE
CRESTON AND AREA 1 THOMPSON ROTARY TRAIL
This trail starts part-way up Thompson Mtn FSR, and travels through forest and scree to a lovely viewpoint complete with a bench. W: Crestonvalleytrails.ca/trails
2 THOMPSON PACK TRAIL
The Thompson Pack Trail is a spectacular hiking trail which was originally graded for pack animals (hence the name), so it is wide and comfortable. FB: Creston Community Forest
3 THOMPSON RIM TRAIL
An iconic Creston Valley hike, allowing hikers to do most of the hard work in their 4x4s. Expansive views on both sides offer as close to an aerial view of the Creston Valley as you can find. After hiking for a couple hours you’ll get to the trail end, which is a tower. Please note there is no water on this trail. W: Crestonvalleytrails.ca/trails
4 LADYSLIPPER TRAIL
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MANAGEMENT AREA AND TRAILS A migration corridor and the largest regional locale for wintering birds of prey in interior BC, offering easy 24/7 access to kilometres of trails. Year round access by hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. W: Crestonwildlife.ca/recreation/trails 12
7 BALANCING ROCK TRAIL
Offering access to Pilot Bay Marine Park, with campsites, picnic tables, fire pits and outhouses. The 12 km trail is a pleasant forest walk, keeping within sight of the lake, taking about 2.5 hours to reach the final beach. W: Estba.ca/trails CRAWFORD BAY WETLANDS TRAILS From Peters Road/ Highway 3A corner travel 350 meters to the beginning of the trail at the first corner. West of the beach and airstrip are the wetlands. A walking trail from the airstrip takes you through a natural reserve and waterway teeming with waterfowl and wildlife. W: Estba.ca/trails
A popular hiking trail with views of Creston and the surrounding area. After 30 mins to an hour you’ll find yourself at the trail’s namesake, a boulder balanced at the end of the trail. The trail continues to a boardwalk where it splits. Heading left takes you up Creston Mountain, and right you’ll descend toward Summit Creek 13 WOODLOT & FRASER HILL VIEWPOINT and Hwy 3, completing a loop. TRAILS W: Crestonvalleytrails.ca/trails Easily accessible from Crawford Bay, this trail 8 RIPPLE RIDGE TRAIL offers many beautiful viewpoints including a view The trailhead is located on the Kootenay Pass. of Kokanee Glacier to the West across the lake. This trail is a moderate 6.6km round trip with W: Estba.ca/trails views of the peaks of Idaho and the the Selkirks 14 KOKANEE SPRINGS RESORT – LOOPS & on a clear day. W: Crestonvalleytrails.com/trails BRIDGES TRAIL
This trail offers a moderately challenging hike. 9 CORNICE RIDGE TRAIL It begins as a well-forested trail that ambles up From Creston take Hwy 3 westwards to the side of Goat Mountain. To get there turn Kootenay Pass, there is a parking lot on the right off Lakeview-Arrow Creek Rd onto Foster Rd by the outhouses. Follow the trail to the left of and continue along the FSR until you see the the log building and continue climbing. You will marked trailhead on your left. There is a parking be rewarded with great views for this relatively 15 area, be sure to park off the road. short hike. W: Crestonvalleytrails.ca/trails W: Crestonvalleytrails.com/trails 5 BILLY GOAT BLUFFS TRAIL CRAWFORD BAY AND AREA The newest trail in the Creston Valley, 10 PILOT BAY LIGHTHOUSE AND TRAIL providing easy access to Arrow Mountain This short trail leads to a historic lighthouse built (known locally as Goat Mountain) from within in 1904. Turn south on Pilot Bay Road from the the town of Creston. The trail head is located Kootenay Bay ferry landing until you reach the behind the Public Works Yard on Helen Street. parking area. It is a 10–15 minute walk through The trail takes approximately 2.5 hours to mossy forest leading to views of the lake. complete. W: Crestonvalleytrails.ca/trails W: Estba.ca/trails
Surrounding the Kokanee properties and golf course are 10 kilometres of maintained trails including Little Big Bend Loop, Big Bend Loop, and Creeks and Bridges loop. W: Kokaneesprings.com TRANS CANADA TRAIL “OFF HWY” BETWEEN CRAWFORD BAY AND GRAY CREEK The East Shore segment of the Trans Canada Trail begins in Kootenay Bay and goes east to Crawford Bay. Off highway segment begins 1km south of Crawford Bay continues to Gray Creek. From there the route continues east over the Gray Creek Pass. W: Eastshore.life
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Provincial and Community Parks LISTED FROM EAST TO NORTH YAHK AND AREA YAHK KINGSGATE COMMUNITY HALL AND PARK Facilities include a hall, indoor gym, kitchen, outdoor music pavilion, multi-use sport court, bocce and horseshoe pits, and a baseball diamond. A: 8790 Railway Ave, Yahk, BC W: Yahkkingsgate.com YAHK PROVINCIAL PARK Located along Highway 3/95, Yahk Park is a traveller’s rest place. Near the Moyie River in a quiet well-spaced forest this 26 site campground and day-use area is a great introduction to BC Park visitor facilities. The adjacent town of Yahk has services and tourist supplies. W: Env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/ yahk/ P: 250-489-8540 Season: May 13 – September 30 (campground) CRESTON AND AREA CANYON COMMUNITY PARK The park is located in Canyon, on the east side of the Creston Valley under the gaze of the Skimmerhorn mountains. The park’s facilities include a baseball diamond, horse arena, walking track, playground, washrooms, and outdoor kitchen. A: 4725 Samuelson Rd, Canyon, BC W: Canyonbc.ca CENTENNIAL PARK Centennial Park is the largest park maintained by the Town of Creston. Facilities include a play structure, picnic area, change rooms, public washrooms, shade trees, picnic tables, benches, a baseball field, and children’s splash park. A: 905 Birch St, Creston, BC W: Creston.ca/2212/Parks-Trails MILLENIUM PARK Creston’s Millennium Park is a true community collaboration. Facilities include a walking path, public washrooms, benches, a fountain, a Japanese garden, a covered bandstand, RV parking and sani-dump. A dog park and BMX bike park are located beside the park on the other side of the train tracks. A: 16th Ave. S & Dogwood St, Creston, BC W: Creston.ca/2212/Parks-Trails STAGLEAP PROVINCIAL PARK Located at the summit of the highest all weather highway pass in BC, one of the highest paved highways in Canada! Enjoy the subalpine forest from the luxury of your car or go for a short walk around Bridal Lake. Hiking the high alpine areas, such as Ripple Ridge and Cornice Ridge, is popular in the summer months. W: Env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/ stagleap/ Season: Year Round
Fishing from the shore along Kootenay Lake CRAWFORD BAY AND AREA LOCKHART BEACH AND LOCKHART CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK The park and Lockhart Creek Provincial Park extend from Kootenay Lake to the headwaters of Lockhart Creek. An 18 site campground and day-use area is located near the beach. The Lockhart Creek Provincial Park has a hiking trail that follows the north side of Lockhart Creek. W: Env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/ lockhart_bch/ Season: May 10 – September 30 (campground) DREWERY POINT PROVINCIAL PARK This inland marine park lies at the foot of the eastern slopes of the Selkirk Mountains Nelson Range. Located 36 km south of Balfour on the west shore of the Kootenay Lake, this park provides protected moorage in both the north and south bays making it easy to get out of the wind. Its secluded sand beaches and picnic area provide a scenic place for a relaxing visit. W: Env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/ drewry_pt/ Season: Year Round KOOTENAY LAKE - MIDGE CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK Access to the park at Midge Creek is via water vessel. Water-oriented activities are most popular, with angling for kokanee, Dolly Varden and rainbow trout. With more than a kilometre of beach, it is a popular destination for boaters. W: Env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/ kootenay_lk/midge-crk.html Season: Year Round
CRAWFORD BAY COMMUNITY PARK Located in the heart of Crawford Bay, surrounded by local artisan shops and the Kokanee Spring Golf Resort, the park includes soccer fields, a new playground, washrooms, outdoor kitchen, tennis courts and is also home to the annual Starbelly Jam Music Festival on the third weekend of July. A: 16030 Hwy 3A, Crawford Bay, BC F: @kootenay lake-crawford bay hall and park association CRAWFORD CREEK REGIONAL PARK This newly designated regional park now provides public access to the Crawford Bay with it’s warm, shallow waters and sandy beach, as well as the nearby Crawford Bay Wetlands and Trails. While the beach is now open to the public note that there is not signage yet and the road access is extremely uneven and should be driven on slowly and with caution. A: Hwy 3A, Crawford Bay, BC PILOT BAY PENINSULA PROVINCIAL PARK This park is the safest harbour on Kootenay Lake where boaters often gather to weather out the summer storms. There is an extensive network of hiking trails through the park and along the Pilot Peninsula. It is an easy walk to the historic Pilot Bay lighthouse which has been restored by area volunteer groups. Primarily marine accessed, the park can be reached by road. W: Env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/ pilot_bay/ Season: Year Round CrestonValleyKootenayLakeRoute.com | 13
KOOTENAY LAKE FERRY
Public Beach and boat launchES FROM EAST TO NORTH
OLD FERRY LANDING The old ferry landing site is a launching point for many water adventures along the river, including boats, kayaks, and canoes. A nearby turnaround spot also includes picnic tables and firepit. A: 1410 Kootenay River Rd., Creston KUSKANOOK HARBOUR BOAT LAUNCH AND MARINA The closest boat launch and marina to Creston, annual memberships are available as well as one time launch passes. Facility open to public for fishing off the dock, picnic area, and outhouses. A: 9353 Hwy 3A, Kuskanook, BC
The Osprey 2000 departing from Kootenay Bay
he Kootenay Lake Ferry is the longest free scenic ferry ride in BC, crossing the Kootenay Lake between Balfour and Kootenay Bay, located just 5 minutes from Crawford Bay.
Daily Schedule - All times are Pacific Time (PST). Times in bold indicate peak ferry travel. Anticipate delays during this period. Note: The M.V. Balfour operates from June 20 to Sept. 10, 2018. Food services are available on Osprey 2000 only. Getting to the Ferry - When travelling to the ferry, the road is sometimes not as fast as we need it to be. Give yourself lots of driving time! Locals Driving Tip - This Route inspires you to take your time. When going slowly, RVs and other large vehicles should consider pulling over onto the shoulder of the road as a courtesy to allow others heading to the ferry to pass.
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KUSKANOOK HARBOUR REST AREA & BEACH Fully serviced access to Kootenay Lake from Creston with boat launch and a beautiful beach. A: 9353 Hwy 3A, Kuskanook, BC TWIN BAYS BEACH A beautiful beach with easy access for drop-off. Parking is available down the road, bathroom and garbage pickup. A: 10242 Twin Bays Rd, Sanca, BC BOSWELL PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH One of the few remaining public launch sites on the east shore of Kootenay Lake, this popular harbour and launch is a free-of-charge public recreational facility. A: Hwy 3A, Boswell, BC MACKIE BEACH PARK This is a wonderful example of community collaboration. The beach has course sand, parking, bathrooms, and picnic tables. A donation is requested to help with upkeep. A: Lewis Bay Road, Boswell, BC LOCKHART BEACH Located 40 km north of Creston on Highway 3A, and connected to the Lockhart Creek Provincial Park and campground. A: Hwy 3A, Central Kootenay, BC CRAWFORD BAY BEACH Access is just off the south side of Hwy 3A after the Crawford Creek bridge, along a dirt road that follows the creek. There are currently no services or amenities here. A: Hwy 3A, Crawford Bay, BC KOOTENAY BAY FERRY LANDING BEACH A beautiful pebble beach next to the ferry landing. Bathrooms, picnic tables and garbage cans are located at the ferry landing. A: Kootenay Bay, BC RIONDEL COMMUNITY CAMPGROUND BEACH This site beside Riondel Community Campground has camping facilities, bathrooms, covered picnic area and a beautiful beach with fabulous views of the lake and mountains. A: 1709 Eastman Ave, Riondel, BC FOLLOW US @ cvklroute
health and wellness
Yasodhara Ashram’s award-winning Temple of Light overlooking Kootenay Lake
ause. Take a breath. Savour that moment of stillness otherwise lost to the need we all have to get where we’re going. Luckily, the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake Route has accessible approaches to individual health and wellness. The Yasodhara Ashram Yoga Retreat Centre and Tara Shanti Retreat Centre, both in Kootenay Bay, open arms to those who seek deeper meaning. Half-day and overnight experiences, and year-round programs are available to guide you into stillness and peace. Spas and healing centres can also be found here on the shorter term, along with therapeutic soaps and botanical products. Or perhaps, what you need most, is to sit beneath a crooked tree and listen to the water lap against the rocky shore, or on a rocky lookout over the valley at sunset. Either way, you’ll leave feeling better, now a part of the Route, the Route a part of you—connected. For information on Health and Wellness businesses, visit the directory on page 17. Q. I unwind after a busy summer day by...
HEALTH AND WELLNESS Q & A WITH:
JESSICA AND RACHEL TILIA BOTANICALS We met in 2012 and soon discovered we had a mutual passion for herbal medicine. We decided to open our shop to be able to offer a whole new level of custom blending for herbal medicine as well as natural cosmetics, culinary blends, children’s products and more. We handcraft our products on site and have the ability to create specially requested products and remedies using only organic or ethically wild harvested ingredients. We also love to teach classes at our location; from soap making to herbal harvesting. Since opening 5 years ago we have had so much support from this amazing community. We couldn’t ask for a better place in the beautiful Kootenays to work and create.
Jessica: Relaxing outside and cooling down, often enjoying a beautiful sunset in the valley. Rachel: Spending time in the herb garden and then creating a unique culinary creation with the herbs (lilac scones anyone?!) Q. The Route’s best kept secret in my opinion is….
Q. The best way to spend a summer day here is… Explore our local trails and lakes if you enjoy the outdoors. For foodies and wine lovers we have some wonderful local restaurants, cafés and wineries to enjoy. You will also want to explore our local arts scene as we are fortunate to have some incredibly talented artists in our community.
Some of the most absolutely gorgeous hiking trail locations may be kept secret but locals, being so friendly, will still likely share if asked! Q. Don’t leave this area without… Visiting one of the Farmers’ Markets on Saturdays or stopping by at the fruit stands. Of course you’ll also want to stop by Tilia so you can take home your own creation from our blending bar!
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Arts and culture business directory Use this number to find the business on the Area and Business Map on page 10 YAHK AND AREA 1 MAHOOD SCULPTURES
7 KINGFISHER USED BOOKS
Hunt down your favourite books and enjoy a well-made coffee. A: 131 12th Ave. N., Creston, BC P: 250-428-0553 W: Kingfisherusedbooks.com
8 KUNZE GALLERY
The Kunze Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and printmaking from both emerging and established artists within Creston’s iconic red grain elevator. A: 215 Northwest Blvd, Creston, BC P: 250-428-6880 W: Kunzegallery.ca
from bales of straw, it is also a gallery for Ted Wallace Art. A: 16101 Hwy 3A, Crawford Bay, BC P: 1-866-931-8464 W: Barefoothandweaving.com 15 DOGPATCH POTTERY
A demonstrating pottery studio and Gitksan artist and Smithsonian sculptor, Teddy gallery, Dogpatch carries a wide variety of Mahood and his wife Laurie Roth create original pottery made in house, as well as work by other wood sculptures in red cedar. Together they Kootenay potters. Body products, candles, create wall covering murals, sculpture and art herbal remedies and art are also available. pieces. A: 16072 C Hwy 3A, Crawford Bay, BC A: 6980 Hollis Rd, Kingsgate, BC 9 LEGEND LOGOS AND YAQAN NUKIY P: 250-227-6886 W: dogpatchpottery.com P: 250-431-8504 W: MahoodSculptures.com HERITAGE CENTRE 16 FIREWORKS COPPER AND GLASS An Aboriginal experience with Canadian CRESTON AND AREA JEWELLERY souvenirs, beadwork, jewellery, blankets, Jewellery designs and home decor made by ALFOLDY GALLERY clothing, moccasins and plant medicines. Unique firing glass powders onto pure copper, colours Displaying the original artwork of Andy and gift items include garments with Native artwork. are swirled with a red-hot iron through the Elaine Alfoldy who are present, painting and A: 3560 Hwy 21 S, Creston, BC molten glass, making patterns that suggest enjoying visitors. P: 250-428-2977 FB: Legend Logos ribbons, waves, feathers, or fire. A: 3917 Hwy 3, Erickson, BC 10 MELLOWOOD GALLERY A: 16095 Hwy 3A, Crawford Bay, BC P: 250-428-7473 From original art to small souvenirs or gifts P: 250-227-9467 W: Fireworkscopper.ca FB: Alfoldy Gallery you will find a wide variety at Val’s Mellowood 17 GLASS HOUSE ART BARN STUDIO Studio. Take a tour and enjoy the scenery, flowers, and A creative paradise located on an acreage in A: 5570 Cory Rd. Wynndel unique history of the Glass House. Located 25 Creston, BC. Owned by artist and creator, P: 250-886-5772 W: Mellowood.ca/art miles north of Creston, it was started by David Beth Swalwell, Art Barn is an open space where 11 ORDE CREEK POTTERY H. Brown who worked in the funeral business. everyone is welcome to create. Art Barn also Gunda Stewart of Orde Creek Pottery makes After retiring he decided there should be a use offers a variety of classes, workshops, and wood fired stoneware pottery that is both useful for the empty embalming fluid bottles which he private bookings for events. and beautiful. Her work ranges from every day used to build the Glass House. A: 805 25th Ave. S, Creston, BC mugs and bowls to more elaborate items such as A: 11341 Hwy 3A, Boswell, BC P: 250-428-1814 tea ware, vases and funerary urns. P: 250-223-8372 W: Artbarninfo.wixsite.com/artbarninfo A: 4999 32nd St, Canyon, BC 18 KOOTENAY FORGE BLACK BEAR BOOKS & COFFEE HOUSE P: 250-428-4803 Kootenay Forge has been in Crawford Bay Featuring Oso Negro coffee and a morning/ W: Gundastewart.blogspot.com producing a comprehensive line of forged iron lunch menu, souvenirs, local art, and books. 12 PRIDHAM STUDIO home accessories since 1982. They specialize in A: 1229B Canyon St. Creston, BC Jeremiah and Micah Wassink produce a practical items that you might use in your home, P: 250-254-0905 W: Blackbearbooks.ca distinctive line of pottery at Pridham Studio. which function well and add beauty to your CRESTON MUSEUM They welcome you to visit the studio and watch living environment. The Creston Museum is the place to discover the pottery making process from raw clay to kiln A: 16095 Hwy 3A, Crawford Bay, BC the stories of the Creston Valley. The industries, opening. P: 250-227-9466 W: Kootenayforge.com the people, the activities that built their A: 138 12th Ave N, Creston, BC 19 LA GALA JEWELLERY communities – if you’ve got questions, they’ve P: 250-428-5080 At La Gala Jewellery you will find an assortment got answers. W: Pridhamstudio.ca of quality local, hand-crafted jewellery, clothing, A: 219 Devon Street, Creston, BC 13 TILTED BRICK GALLERY art, and more. P: 250-428-9262 W: Crestonmuseum.ca Tilted Brick Gallery is a contemporary artist-run A: 16072 Hwy 3A, Crawford Bay, BC CRESTON VALLEY PUBLIC ART gallery that showcases emerging and mid-career P: 250-227-6828 W: Artisansofcrawfordbay.com CONNECTION artists. New exhibitions each month from local, 20 NORTH WOVEN BROOM CVPAC currently has nine sculptures on public regional and national artists. Admission is free. Producing high quality, handcrafted corn display in Creston. A: 1136 Canyon Street, Creston, BC brooms using antique equipment and ageA: Various locations W: Cvpac.ca P: Phone: 250-428-7474 old techniques, the craftsmanship of these FLY IN THE FIBRE W: Tiltedbrickgallery.ca brooms will make you rethink this common Fly in the Fibre is a local hub that showcases and and everyday object as it is transformed into a CRAWFORD BAY AND AREA sells yarn, fibre, local art, coffee, and gifts. functional piece of art. A: 139 10th Ave. N, Creston, B.C 14 BAREFOOT HANDWEAVING A: 16122 Hwy 3A, Crawford Bay, BC P: 250-402-6072 W: Flyinthefibre.ca Watch while colourful fabric is made into P: 1-866-471-1117 or 250-227-9245 unusual twisted shawls, towels, cushions, snakes, W: Northwovenbroom.com hats, headbands and an expanding variety of bags for sale. Housed in a cosy building made
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NATure and recreation business directory CRESTON AND AREA 1 BLACKTAIL RIDGE ECO TOURS
Gold-N-Treasures is an eclectic mix of treasures, from crystals, rare stones, and gold panning equipment to essential oils, diffusers and Himalayan salt lamps. Ask about the public gold panning sites along the Goat River. A: 1221 Canyon Street, Creston P: 250-428-4020 W: Goldntreasures.ca
Blacktail Ridge is a small accommodation offering Eco Tours and licensed guided fishing on Kootenay Lake. Blacktail Ridge can take you on a trip deep into the high country, or out onto the waters of Kootenay Lake. Geared towards small groups, so the experience you want can be 5 KOOTENAY-COLUMBIA DISCOVERYthe focus of your tour. CENTRE SOCIETY A: 5435 Cory Rd, Wynndel, B.C. Offering environmental education and P: 250-866-5785 W: Blacktailridge.ca awareness programs at the Creston Valley 2 CRESTON AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY Wildlife Management Area, a 17,000-acre COMPLEX wetland. Amazing wildlife viewing and other Located in the centre of Creston, the recreation opportunities with over 32 km of Community Complex is an award winning trails with viewing towers and boardwalks. facility that hosts a three pool aquatic facility, A: 1760 West Creston Rd six sheet curling facility, a hockey arena, a P: Nature Centre: 250-402 8661 (seasonal), fitness gym/track as well as aerobic studio, a Office: 250-402 6908 (year round) large banquet hall, various smaller rooms and a community hall, ball diamonds and soccer pitch. W: Discovery-centre.ca A: 312 – 19th Ave North, Creston BC P: 250-428-7127 W: Rdck.ca
3 CRESTON VALLEY GOLF CLUB
Known as one of the finest competitive venues, the Creston Valley Golf Club began in 1954 and is playable for every level. With rolling terrain and fast, undulating greens it allows use of every club in your bag. A: 1800 Mallory Rd, Creston, BC P: 250-428-5515 W: Crestongolf.com
6 KOOTENAY SPEED SHOP
Kootenay Speed Shop is so much more than your average outdoor gear store, with a great selection of ATV’s, snowmobiles, and outdoor gear. Stop by the shop to pick up supplies for your next outing, have repairs done, or ask for information on ATVing and snowmobiling in the Creston area! A: 1525 Northwest Boulevard, Creston P: 250-428-7531
7 SUMMIT CYCLES AND SPORTS
Creston Valley’s local outfitter for outdoor adventures. Offering bicycle sales, rentals and year-round bicycle repairs, tune-up packages and gear. They carry outdoor gear for all seasons to help you get ready to explore. A: 1029C Canyon Street, Creston P: 250-225-3584 W: Summitcycles.ca CRAWFORD BAY AND AREA
8 KOKANEE SPRINGS GOLF RESORT
Kokanee Springs Golf Resort has been serving up the perfect blend of rugged beauty and endless fairways with simple charm and warm, friendly service since 1968. It’s just spectacular golf in a stunning, secluded setting. A: 16082 Woolgar Road, Crawford Bay, BC P: 250-227-9226 or 1-800-979-7999 W: Kokaneesprings.com
9 RIONDEL GOLF COURSE
9 hole course on Kootenay Lake’s East Shore A: 1298 Galena Bay Wharf Rd, Riondel, BC P: 250-225-3584 W: Riondelgolf.com
Golf in Crawford Bay
health and wellness business directory YAHK AND AREA
4 TILIA BOTANICALS
minutes bringing one back to centre, to a place Offering products made using the finest organic of calm, where the body begins to restore its 1 YAHK SOAP & CANDLE CO. or ethically wild harvested herbs and ingredients. natural rhythms, and balance. A cute little soap shop famous for handmade From a full service apothecary to luxurious bath A: 691 Riondel Road, Riondel, BC soap, candles, bath products, skin care and their and facial products, culinary mixes and spice P: 250-225-3518 pet goats Walter, Toot and Buttin! Their gift blends to household cleaning products and pet W: Kootenaysoundhealing.com shop is also stocked with handmade products care, they have products for all aspects of life. 7 TARA SHANTI RETREAT CENTRE B&B from Kootenay Artisans. Be sure to stop at Two A: 115 20 Ave S, Creston, BC Scoop Steve and the Yahk Mountain Cafe for a Offering Hatha yoga classes and hosts yoga, P: 250-428-8866 W: Tiliabotanicals.com treat before you leave. arts, and personal retreats. Also a B&B in the 5 SERENE SPA A: 8707 Johnson Rd. Yahk, BC summer months. P: 250-424-5166 Serene Spa is a full service day Spa in the A: 134 Riondel Rd, Kootenay Bay BC P: 250-777-4868 W: Tarashanti.com W: Yahksoapandcandleco.com beautiful Creston Valley providing everything from relaxing pedicures to dramatic lash 8 YASODHARA ASHRAM CRESTON AND AREA enhancements. Serene Spa is here to relax the A yoga retreat centre near Kootenay Bay 2 MORRIS FLOWERS – SHOP mind, renew the body and revive the soul. offering a wide range of programs and retreats Offering professional flower arrangements and A: 1132 Canyon Street, Creston BC year-round, helping people to lead fulfilling lives. gifts for any occasion. P: 250-254-2373 W: Serenespa.org Try the Taste of the Ashram program for a halfA: 1020 Canyon St, Creston, BC day or overnight overview. A Canadian charity CRAWFORD BAY AND AREA P: 250-428-2656 W: Morrisflowersbc.com and residential community, they aim to be a 6 KOOTENAY SOUND HEALING CENTRE 3 MORRIS FLOWERS – GARDEN CENTRE model for sustainable living. Open to all. Acutonics sound healing treatments, private A full-service home and garden centre. A: 527 Walker’s Landing Rd, Kootenay Bay, BC or group gong meditations, medical astrology A: 1403 Erickson St, Creston, BC P: 1-800-661-8711 or 250-227-9224 consultation and Acutonics certification P: 250-428-5262 W: Morrisflowersbc.com W: Yasodhara.org training. Sessions are generally 60 to 90 CrestonValleyKootenayLakeRoute.com | 17
food and wine business directory YAHK AND AREA 1 TWO SCOOP STEVE AND YAHK
MOUNTAIN CAFÉ Two Scoop Steve is a must stop for ice cream. Yahk Mountain Café offers homemade soup, sandwiches and baking using local ingredients when possible. A: 8707 Johnson Rd. Yahk P: 250-424-5166 FB: Two Scoop Steve in Yahk
17 ROOT & VINE ACRES complex, hand crafted raw milk cheese. A: 3071 16 St, Creston, BC Providing pasture raised ethically grown local P: 250-428-9655 W: Kootenaymeadows.com feed fed pork, chicken and duck eggs as well as a market garden full of veggies/herbs for your 9 LARK COFFEE ROASTERS dinner table and farm tours for kids. Specializing Lark Coffee Roasters is a small specialty coffee in Artisan Charcuterie Salamis. roaster. They carefully curate coffees to make A: 1249 Duck Lake Rd, Wynndel sure they are exceptional quality as well as P: 250-402-8475 W: Rootandvineacres.com interesting and delightful flavours.
18 SPECTRUM FARMS A: 237 11th Ave. N, Creston, BC P: 250-254-1325 W: Larkcoffeeroasters.com Spectrum Farms is home to four different social BAILLIE-GROHMAN ESTATE WINERY enterprises: growing vegetables for the market, 10 REAL FOOD CAFÉ Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery produces small dehydrating vegetables and fruit, raising free The Real Food Café provides locally sourced lots of premium wine in their boutique craft range chickens for eggs and a small bakery that winery. Try the wine in the tasting room or sit on produce, meat and cheese, and seasonal supplies the on site store. specials, and has a dog-friendly, beautiful patio the patio and enjoy with a cheese tray. A: 489 Erickson Road, Erickson, BC with friendly staff. GF options available. A: 1140 – 27th Ave S. Creston, BC P: 250-402-8008 W: Spectrumfarms.ca A: 223 10th Ave N, Creston, BC P: 250-428-8768 W: Bailliegrohman.com 19 WYNNDEL CRAFT DISTILLERIES P: 250-428-8882 W: Realfoodcafe.ca CASEY’S COMMUNITY HOUSE Using a variety of local fruits, Wynndel Craft 11 RETRO CAFÉ Known as a Wine Bar, Tap House, and Family Distilleris produces a variety of Schnapps, Using organic and local products, Retro Café is Restaurant, Casey’s Community House is Brandies, Liqueurs, and Gins. Drop by their known for their cuisine. They serve a variety of more than that. It’s a culinary experience, an onsite tasting-room or book a tour in advance! poutine, Panini sandwiches, Gyros Donair and investment in the community where families A: 1331 Channel Rd, Wynndel, BC soft shell tacos as well as a full breakfast menu. and friends feel at home. P: 705-271 5567 W: Wynndelcraftdistilleries.com A: 1431 Northwest Blvd, Creston, BC A: 1136 Canyon St, Creston, BC 20 WYNNWOOD CELLARS ESTATE WINERY P: 250-428-2726 W: Retrocafe.ca P: 250-428-7474 Located 4 miles north of Wynndel, Wynnwood 12 SKIMMERHORN WINERY W: Caseyscommunityhouse.com Cellars Estate sits above Duck Lake on its east The Skimmerhorn mountain range to the east COLUMBIA BREWERY shore. Mineral rich soil provides complexity and of the winery creates a unique microclimate for The Columbia Brewery is part of the rich ethos of antiquity and their vision is to create the winery’s cool climate wines, which include brewing tradition of the region tracing its Pinot Gris, Ortega, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir distinctive wines that reflect the terroir of this heritage to the Fort Steele Brewery established unique site. Offering tastings and tours. and Marechal Foch. in 1898. Free tours with samples at the end. A: 5566 Hwy 3A, Wynndel, BC A: 1218-27th Ave. S, Creston, BC A: 1220 Erickson St, Creston, BC P: 250-866-5155 W: Wynnwoodcellars.com P: 250-428-4911 W: Skimmerhorn.ca P: 250-428-9344 W: Columbiabrewery.ca CRAWFORD BAY AND AREA 13 SWAN VALLEY HONEY CRESTON VALLEY FARMERS’ MARKET 21 BLACK SALT CAFÉ Located at Honey Bee Zen Apiaries, Snow Offering a unique community of growers, Valley Honey is known for its sustainable An artisan of Crawford Bay, enjoy Black Salt’s artisans, craftspeople, and entertainment. The beekeeping and a growing list of terroir-based colourful art-filled bistro. Fresh unique soups market operates weekly on Saturdays mid-April niche honeys. and salads, Panini and burgers on the daytime through December, and monthly from January A: 220 Placsko Rd, Creston, BC menu; eclectic fusion tapas dinners. GF options. through March. P: 250-866-6861 W: Swanvalleyhoney.ca A: 16072 Hwy 3A, Crawford Bay, BC A: 111 Northwest Blvd, Creston P: 250-254P: 250-227-9596 W: Blacksaltcafe.net 14 TIGZ TEAS AND GIFTS 1594 W: Crestonvalleyfarmersmarket.ca 22 Unique gifts, handmade crate style baskets with BOCCALINO RESTAURANT FLAMENCO FARMS locally sourced products and loose teas. Swiss-Italian fine dining with a seasonally Flamenco Farms is a family operated farm inspired menu, all made fresh from scratch. offering a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, A: 1013 Canyon St. Creston, BC P: 250-402-3871 W: Tigzdesigns.com Daily homemade desserts, spacious covered and berries seasonally and eggs year round. Their restaurant patio and live entertainment in July 15 TRUSCOTT FARMS U-Pick cherry orchard is a perfect place for a and August. Reservations required. relaxed family outing. Truscott farms has been growing fruit and A: 16818 Hwy 3A, Kootenay Bay, BC A: 2642 Erickson Rd, Creston, BC vegetables of all kinds in the Creston Valley P: 250-227-6906 W: Boccalino.ca P: 250-254-0357 since 1912. Their kitchen cans products from
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asparagus to hot sauces. RV parking available! A: 3016 Hwy 3, Creston, BC P: 250-428-4983 W: Truscottfarms.com
7 JIMMY’S PUB AND CRESTON HOTEL
Jimmy’s Pub and Grill serves delicious Greek food and signature cocktails, and has an expansive outdoor patio with live fruit trees. A: 1418 Canyon St. Creston, BC P: 250-428-2225 W: Crestonhotel.com
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8 KOOTENAY MEADOWS FARM
Kootenay Meadows is certified organic grass based dairy. They offer farm fresh, glass bottled pasteurized milk and cream and flavourful,
The stand opens in July and runs into December or longer, depending on supplies. 98% of what is sold is produced by Frank and Barb grown on land within a 5km radius. A: 3524 Hwy 3, Creston P: 250-428-0510 FB: Wloka Farms Fruit Stand
23 WOODS PUMPHOUSE GRILL @
KOKANEE SPRINGS RESORT Offering a wide range of choices from hand crafted burgers to sandwiches, salads, and innovative entrées with vegetarian, seafood and poultry choices. Be sure to check out their daily specials or casual BBQs on their deck! A: 16082 Woolgar Road, Crawford Bay P: 800-979-7999 or 250-227-9226 W: Kokaneesprings.com FOLLOW US @ cvklroute
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Listings are in geographical order from South East to North: Yahk, Creston Valley, Crawford Bay to Riondel
Sampling food from one of the many food trucks at the Farmers’ Market in Creston Yahk General Store 9103 BC-3, Yahk | 250-424-5100 Save On Foods 3-1000 NW Blvd, Creston | 250-428-2555 Pealow’s Independent Grocer 1501 Cook St, Creston | 250-402-6020 Wynndel Foods 5128 Hwy 3A, Wynndel | 250-866-5314 Buffalo Trails Coffee House 1215 Canyon Street, Creston | 250-428-5730 Break In Time Café 1417 Canyon St., Creston | 250-428-5619 Ricks Iron Kettle 1420 NW Blvd., Creston | 250-428-7425 The Golden Flour Bakery 1025 Canyon St., Creston | 250-428-9345 Chatka Family Resturant 2808 Hwy 3A, Creston | 250-428-7200 Memories of India 1403 Canyon St., Creston | 250-428-7713 Sun R Restaurant 1510 Canyon St., Creston | 250-428-2414 Club Café 1015 Canyon St., Creston | 250-428-2033 Dairy Queen 1804 Canyon St., Creston | 250-428-9800 Subway 1415 Canyon St., Creston | 250-428-5292 Creston Valley Bakery 113 10th Ave N., Creston | 250-428-2661 Gin’s Place 122 NW Blvd., Creston | 250-428-7864 Red Fin Sushi & Grill 800 NW Blvd., Creston | 250-428-4644 Kokanee Inn Pub 123 9th Ave S., Creston | 250-428-4241 Tim’s Fish & Chips 1108 NW Blvd., Creston | 250-428-4008 Warehouse Pizza 1335 NW Blvd., Creston | 250-428-0069 A&W 916 NW Blvd., Creston | 250-428-4849 Panago Pizza 1029 Canyon St., Creston | 866-310-0001 Ricky’s All Day Grill 1809 NW Blvd., Creston | 250-428-8826 Tim Hortons 300 Helen St., Creston | 250-402-0062 Sirdar Station Pub, 8068 Hwy 3A, Sirdar | 250-949-0840 Rockwood Café 15292 Hwy 3A, Gray Creek | 250-227-6840 Gray Creek Store Limited 1979 Chainsaw Ave, Gray Creek | 250-227-9315 The Lakeview 14729 Hwy 3A, Gray Creek | 250-227-9367 Newkey’s Place 16070 Hwy 3A, Crawford Bay | 250-227-6911 Red’s Bakery 15981 Hwy 3A, Crawford Bay Crawford Bay Market 16050 Hwy 3A, Crawford Bay | 250-227-9322 Cabin Restaurant 16898 Hwy 3A, Kootenay Bay | 250-777-2315 Ladybug Café 16803 Hwy 3A, Kootenay Bay Riondel Market 1504 Eastman Ave, Riondel | 250-225-3214
Yahk Motel & Campground 8769 Highway 3/95, Yahk | 250-424-5556 Bavarian Orchard Motel 3205 Hwy 3, Creston | 250-428-9935 Sunset Motel 2705 Hwy 3, Creston | 250-428-2229 Skimmerhorn Inn 2711 Hwy 3, Creston | 250-428-4009 Creston Valley Motel 1809 Canyon St., Creston | 250-428-9823 Creston Hotel & Suites 1418 Canyon St., Creston | 250-428-2225 City Centre Motel 226- 15th Ave. N, Creston | 250-428-2257 Downtowner Motor Inn 1218 Canyon Street, Creston | 250-428-2238 Magnuson Hotel Creston 800 NW Blvd. Creston | 250-428-2224 Valley View Motel 16 Valleyview Dr., Creston | 250-428-2336 Mountain View Inn 1441 Northwest Blvd., Creston | 250-428-4418 Creston Ramada #1- 1809 Hwy 3A, Creston | 250-254-1111 Destiny Bay Resort 11935 Hwy 3A, Destiny Bay | 250-223-8234 Bayshore Resort 13165 Hwy 3A, Boswell | 250-223-8270 Kokanee Chalets, RV Park & Campground 5981 Hwy 3A, Crawford Bay | 250-227-9292 Kokanee Springs Golf Resort at Crawford Bay 16082 Woolgar, Crawford Bay | 250-227-9226 Boccalino Motel & Cabins 16818 Hwy 3A, Crawford Bay | 250-227-6906 Soul’s Paradise Resort 16961 Pilot Bay Rd, Kootenay Bay | 250-227-9441 Yasodhara Ashram 527 Walkers Landing Rd, Kootenay Bay | 250-227-9224
B&Bs, Cabins, and Vacation Rentals
Kristina Creek B&B and RV Park 7902 Hwy 3, Yahk | 250-424-5403 The Walnut Tree Guest Suite 1906 Birch St., Creston | 250-421-1906 Bella Vista Bed & Breakfast 1206 Lilac St., Creston | 250-428-4847 Cranberry Manor Bed & Breakfast 330 NW Blvd, Creston | 250-428-9520 The Nest B&B 1084 Simmons Rd, Creston | 250-428-7597 Blacktail Ridge Lodge & RV 5435 Cory Rd., Wynndel | 250-866-5785 2 Bears Cabin Gray Creek | 250-919-5847 Wedgewood Retreat 16002 Crawford Creek Rd., Crawford Bay 888-960-6017 Tara Shanti B&B - Retreat 134 Riondel Rd, Kootenay Bay | 250-777-4868 Kokanee Home Suite Homes Gray Creek & Crawford Bay | 250-227-9583 Shadow Mountain Guiding & Cabin 1712 Eastman Ave., Riondel 250-225-3551 Waters Edge B&B 225 Riondel N, Riondel | 250-225-3492
Campgrounds & RV Parks
Hay U Ranch RV Resort 9432 BC-3, Yahk | 780-531-5692 Mountain Park Resort 4021 Hwy 3, Erickson | 250-428-2954 Pair-a-dice RV Park 1322 NW Blvd, Creston | 250-428-2347 Scotties RV Park and Campground 1409 Erickson Rd., Creston 250-428-4256 Yahk Provincial Park Yahk | 250-422-3003 Kozy Tent and Trailer Park 3003A Hwy 3, Creston | 250-428-4143 Arrow Mountain RV Park 1809 Hwy 3A, Creston | 250-428-1882 Canyon Park 4727 48th Street Canyon | 250-428-8225 The Lakeview Store and Campground 14729 Hwy 3A, Gray Creek 1-877-227-9311 Cedar Grove Campground 15060 Hwy 3A, Gray Creek | 250-227-9492 Crawford Bay RV Park Box 236, Crawford Bay | 250-227-9010 Riondel Community Campground Beach 1709 Eastman, Riondel 250-225-3338 CrestonValleyKootenayLakeRoute.com | 19
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The beautiful Creston Valley offer artist studios, farms, vineyards and an artisanal cheesemaker. The famous Kokanee beer is produced here....
Published on Jun 1, 2019
The beautiful Creston Valley offer artist studios, farms, vineyards and an artisanal cheesemaker. The famous Kokanee beer is produced here....