DescriptionThe unusual Kutenai canoe, which has a bow and stern that both meet the waterline, was used by First Nations people in the area around Creston in pre-pioneer days. The only other place such a canoe has been found is the Amur River region in southeastern Russia. The canoe's use in this area supports the theory that Asians migrated to North America over a frozen Bering Strait.
In the 1930s about 8,100 hectares (20,000 acres) of land were reclaimed from the Kootenay Delta for agriculture. The Creston Valley floor is now quilted with a variety of seed and root crops, grains and fruit orchards. Other Creston industries include forestry, dairying and brewing.
The Columbia Brewing Co. , 1220 Erickson St., offers narrated tours of its facilities Mon.-Fri., mid-May to mid-October, Sat.-Sun., July-Aug. Closed toe shoes are mandatory. Complimentary beer is available at the end of the tour; phone (250) 428-1238. Free guided tours of a candlemaking factory are offered year-round by appointment only at Kootenay Candles, 1511 Northwest Blvd.; phone (250) 428-9785 or (866) 572-9785.
Hikers can trek along the old Dewdney Trail, which carried gold seekers from Hope to the Wild Horse goldfields in the 1860s.
Visitor InfoCreston Visitor Centre 121 Northwest Blvd. CRESTON, BC V0B 1G0. Phone:(250)428-4342
Things to SeeCreston Museum