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Flags smallory of the Creston Valley

The Creston Valley is a historically unique geological region of southern British Columbia, Canada. It lies just over the Idaho border of the United States and is midway between Fort Steele and Cranbrook to the east, Sandpoint to the south, and Nelson, Castlegar, Trail and Rossland to the west. Occupied originally by the Kutenai tribe of the Ktunaxa First Nation, it was first “discovered” by Europeans, namely David Thompson, in 1808. After seventy years of harbouring explorers, fur trappers and prospecting miners, the valley witnessed its first settlers in the 1880s. Agriculture, forestry and mining became its principal industries by the early twentieth century as the Dewdney trail and the Canadian Pacific Railway provided a transportation network east and west, and the stagecoach and sternwheeler from Spokane to Kootenay Lake and the vibrant mining communities north to Revelstoke.

The diking of the Kootenay River enabled agriculture to become the principal industry by mid-century as the rich, reclaimed valley soil nourished grain and pasture fields and orchards. With the construction of the Creston-Salmo Pass in 1963, the valley became easily accessible for through-traffic in all directions.

Now the home of the Creston Valley Wildlife Centre, a famous Ramsar site, the valley is nature’s paradise sporting a wide variety of outdoor and indoor activities, crafts and businesses. The Creston & District Historical and Museum Society, the custodian of “one of the best small museums anywhere” displays proudly a cornucopia of outdoor and indoor artefacts that reflect the history of the valley and its peoples. It also organizes and presents on-going activities “where there is always something happening”.

To read more about the history of the Creston Valley please click HERE.



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