FAQs

What produce is in season, and where can I find it?

The growing season in Creston is long and varied. For a complete list of what is ripe when and where, visit the searchable CrestonValleyFoodHub.ca

Where are some good hiking or biking trails in the area?

There are numerous hiking and biking trails throughout the valley with various degrees of difficulty. Stop in at the Visitor Centre for trail information and directions.

Where can I go swimming outdoors?

There are a couple of popular swimming holes along the Goat River, although access is limited. There are public beaches at Twin Bays along Kootenay Lake and at Lockhart Beach Provincial Park.

Where can I go for a walk and/or take my dog for a walk?

Many of our parks are dog-friendly. Our most popular place for a stroll is the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, where there are over 30 kilometers of scenic trails.

Where is the wetland area?

The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area and the Wildlife Interpretation Centre are located 11 kilometers west of Creston, off Highway 3. It’s open May to October and offers a variety of educational programs and events for schools, groups and visitors.

Where is the main shopping area here?

The main retailers are located within the Town of Creston, with the majority of fruit stands just east of town in Erickson. We do not have big box stores, but have a varied selection to meet most needs. Visit our Shopping page for more details.

Where is the Kokanee brewery and when are the tours?

Columbia Brewery, home of Kokanee beer, is located at 1220 Erickson Street, across from Scotties RV. Tours leave from the Kokanee Beer Gear Store and take 30 minutes to an hour.

Mid May - Mid October:

  • Open Monday - Friday
  • Tours leave at 9:30, 11:00, 1 :00, 2 :30 Pacific Standard Time

July and August:

  • Open 7 days/week
  • Monday - Friday: Tours leave at 9:30, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm
  • Weekends and Statutory Holidays: Tours leave at 9:30, 11:00, 1:00, and 2:30
  • Note: Packaging Departments are closed on weekends and holidays.

How do I get to Kootenay Lake?

Drive north from Creston on Highway 3A. Kootenay Lake is approximately 25 kilometers away.

Is the Kootenay Lake Ferry really FREE?

Yes. The Kootenay Lake Ferry is the longest free ferry ride in North America. The scenic lake crossing between Kootenay Bay (east) and Balfour (west) takes 35 minutes and operates year round. There are restaurants and public washrooms at both sides of the lake, as well as on the larger of the two ferry boats, the Osprey 2000. Foot passengers are welcome aboard as well. Check the ferry schedule when planning your trip.

Do you get lots of snow here in the winter?

No. The Creston Valley has a temperate climate with mild winters, early spring, an extended warm and sunny summer and late fall. This allows for our excellent growing season, with up to 165 frost-free days.