CRESTON, was another town that we came across with Murals painted everywhere. They really do bring the Tourist's and help the local economy. A walking tour map with locations of each mural is available from the Visitor Centre. The Visitor Information Centre is at 121 NW Blvd., and it is here we saw the a Mural depicting how logging was done in the...more
Next stop on day tour....5Next stop is Castlegar, and here we found Verigins Tomb, a Doukhobor burial place located in Brilliant, which is a short distance north of downtown Castlegar.We had never heard of Doukhobors, so it was with interest we read the burial notice on the Tomb, and learnt that there was a historic village located nearby.In the...more
Towns 3&4 on scenic day tour....Continuing on our way, we passed through magnificent scenery, high in the mountains, and then coming down the otherside to a good view point with views of Trail and the mighty Columbia River.Here we easily saw Trail's Cominco smelter, which is the world's largest zinc and lead smelting complex, processing 700,000...more
Salmo, THIS was the 1st Town on our scenic day tour. We found Salmo to be a small quaint heritage town, with lots of old wooden buildings. Of interest, were all these Murals, only this time, they WERE NOT PAINTED! There are seven, and they were made by students from the Stone Masonry Training Centre at Salmo. They are made out of local stone, and...more
2nd Town on day tourNelson is situated on Lake Kootenay. It has a lot of heritage listed buildings. Quite a few Movies have been made here. You can take a ride on a fully restored 1925 Street car, 1.2ks for $2.A short distance from Nelson, is Blaylock mansion.The drive to Nelson from Castlegar is scenic. It follows the the Kootenay river. There are...more
Still travelling on Route 3A, following the Kootenay river, this River had many Dams located along it. Another impressive one, was Bonnington Falls Dam, located on the Kootenay River between Nelson and Castlegar. Bonnington Falls is the site of a hydroelectric generating station. Construction of the dam and plant started in 1905 and now supplies...more
Departing from Castlegar, we followed Road 3A along the edge of the Kootenay River towards Nelson.Along the way, we saw the magnificent Brilliant Dam, spewing water at full force, what a sight it was! This dam was constructed during WWII, using mainly local Doukhobor men who were military-exempt. They provided 60% of the workforce during the...more
The Doukhobor movement began in 18th century Russia as a Christian peasant reaction to the excessive opulence of the Orthodox Church. Doukhobors practised a simpler form of religion, and found refuge from persecution, in Canada, where they were granted conscientious objector status, and were exempted from military service.Some 7500 Doukhobors,...more
Known as the Brilliant Suspension Bridge, most people get to drive across it, as it spans the Kootenay River, downstream from the Brilliant Dam. This Bridge was built in 1913 by Doukhobor labourersThe 144m/473ft suspension bridge deteriorated with the wooden decking of the bridge nearly rotted away. Luckily, money was found and it was restored and...more
Creston, and I thought this was a pretty little Town. Its situation looked at some massive Mountains in all directions.For Arts & Crafts people like me, then you may feel this town was made for you. I picked up the 7 Studio's brochure at the vistors centre, this way I had a trail to follow, and missed nothing. In the car, we followed the route,...more
We love seeing wildlife in their own enviroments, and here in Creston, at the The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, there is a large area preserved for them. We both like Birds, and this area is home to over 265 bird species, 50 mammal species, 30 fish, reptile and amphibian species, thousands of invertebrate and plant species. Its also the...more
About 45 minutes drive north of Creston on the east side of the lake is a small hamlet called Boswell. The chief attraction here is the Bottle House...constructed from more than 500,000 glass embalming fluid bottles collected over 35 years by a retired mortician, David Brown.more
Cafe Mojo is situated at the Ministry of Transportaion's ferry dock in Kootenay Bay. If you are travelling to Nelson or Creston via Highway 3A, you'll catch the boat or get off the boat here. Kootenay Bay is about fifty very winding, slow miles (79 km) from Creston. So westbound or eastbound, I'd suggest a stop to relax and have a coffee.
Here you'll get the real Kootenays -- this place could be right out of somewhere in California in 1969. The 60s live on in the Kootenays (which is where many a Vietnam-era draft dodger found a home). Now the hippies' children run the show. Don't expect quick service here...but if you were in a rush, you wouldn't be taking the Kootenay Lake ferry anyway. Do expect a good espresso, croissant and some entertaining local characters.
Favorite Dish: Java. Need java to stay awake. Must stay awake to keep Jeep off Jersey barrier.
From Nelson we had to go to Balfour so that we could cross Kootenay Lake on the Ferry.I had checked the time-tables, so knew what time to be there. ALL INLAND FERRIES ARE FREE OF CHARGE TO USERS. DAILY SCHEDULE:The M.V. Osprey 2000 sails from Balfour, 6:30 a.m. – 9:40 p.m. and from Kootenay Bay, 7:10 a.m. – 10:20 p.m. SUMMER: (June 16 to September...more
Creston is one of the major junction points on the Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3), BC's main southern trunk road. From the USA, Idaho's State Route 1 crosses into Canada at Porthill. Just across the line in Rykerts, BC, the road becomes Highway 21 -- Creston is 14 km (9 miles) north. Also close (64 km southeast via Highway 3 and 95) is the more...more
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Favorite thing: In the early days, the Kootenay River was often prone to flooding this lush, fertile valley. After creating miles of dykes, the river is now confined to a more stable course and the 25,000 acres of the valley is now a very productive area for grain and market gardens, mainly orchards and farm produce.