Creston Valley Kootenay Lake, BC

Community Profile

The Creston Valley Kootenay Lake area, from the hamlet of Yahk-Kingsgate through to the Creston Valley and along the east shore of Kootenay Lake isn’t just a route between the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Okanagan Valley and Pacific Coast to the west. Tucked between the beautiful Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges in the “heart” of the Kootenays, the Creston Valley Kootenay Lake area calls for a pause – take that moment to slow down and imagine living the dream as you explore the natural beauty and unique culture that residents have enjoyed for years.

Between orchards and wineries, pristine rivers and provincial parks as well as British Columbia’s fifth largest lake, Creston Valley Kootenay Lake is truly a destination unique among so many.

Locals and visitors enjoy the rich lifestyle of the area’s niche communities, which are well connected to Northern Idaho and the East and West Kootenays via the Crowsnest Highway 3 and 3A, which after a scenic lake drive delivers you to Kootenay Lake Ferry between Kootenay Bay and Balfour, the world’s longest free ferry.

From the array of artistic and cultural offerings to fresh and tantalizing food and wine to the diverse recreation opportunities this beautiful landscape provides, come discover all that Creston Valley Kootenay lake has to offer.

For those seeking to invest or relocate, Creston Valley Kootenay Lake should be at the top of your list. It is a perfect location for lifestyle-entrepreneurs looking to balance personal and professional life, while contributing innovative businesses and diverse skills to the local economy. With excellent schools and public services It is also a safe and welcoming place for children to grow up and families to thrive. Most importantly, the lifestyle is a celebration of all the things that cannot be bought: clean air, refreshing waters and vibrant communities that work together.

Considering to move or invest here?
View current investment opportunities, work culture, and local employment opportunities.

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  • Increased employment and succession opportunities for all levels of experience.
  • Niche markets are under development or expansion. Examples of growing markets include a medical marijuana facility, specialty finished wood products, organic food and beverage products, and local fruit presses.
  • Growing hospitality and tourism sector. Includes restaurants, accommodations, and leisure activities.
  • Franchise businesses remain stable and thriving.
  • Strong sense of community collaboration and connection. Our local Economic Action Partnership has developed a new economic strategy – allowing us to work together towards shared prosperity.
  • Safe and supportive culture for singles, growing families, and retirees.
  • Several societies, clubs and organizations; representing many interests and initiatives.
  • Easy access to needed amenities, indoor health and recreation facilities, education and schools, employment support, specialty retail, and other professional services.
  • Local farmer’s market open for three seasons – showcasing locally-made, baked, and grown product from the area. Area producers provide options all year-round.
  • A large, talented community of artists and artisans give colour and texture to the Kootenay Lake and Creston Area culture.
Contact Information


Employment Needs:
Want more information about current and upcoming employment opportunities? Contact the local employment team at Kootenay Employment Services.

Toll Free: 1-855-428-5655
Phone: 250-428-5655
Email: ac.cb.sek@nimdasek

Investment Opportunities:
For each opportunity listing, please contact the direct seller for more information.
For more information on applying for a loan, or how to invest in the area, contact the Creston & District Community Investment Coop. A representative will be in touch within 48 hours.

Email: ac.pooctnemtsevniytinummoc@ofni