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Just north of the Creston Valley, Kootenay Lake is a fantastic day trip for outdoor enthusiasts, lake lovers, and collectors of artisan goodies. One of British Columbia's largest lakes, Kootenay Lake also holds a rich history for the Yaqan Nukiy people and was later known for its gold mining boom and the sternwheelers that traveled up and down its waters before the eventual arrival of the railroad. The construction of Highway 3A in the 1950's eventually made it accessible to visitors who can now enjoy a scenic drive along the East Shore of Kootenay Lake, passing through the charming lakeside communities of Sirdar, Sanca, Boswell, Grey Creek, Crawford Bay, and Riondel, each with their own unique charms and character.

The East Shore of Kootenay Lake offers a breathtaking natural beauty that will leave visitors in awe. The lake is perfect for activities like fishing, sailing, and swimming. There are numerous beautiful beaches like Twin Bay, Lockhart Beach, and Crawford Bay Beach, as well as excellent parks like the Lockhart Beach Provincial Park and Pilot Bay Peninsula Provincial Park. The lake also offers numerous marinas for boats, and the Kokanee Springs Golf course is a perfect getaway for golf enthusiasts.

But the East Shore is not just a place for outdoor enthusiasts. The area also has a charming collection of artisans who live in the area and have studios and shops for people to visit. Their work includes everything from tradtional brooms to hand-woven fabics to pottery and blacksmithed home furnishings. Whether you're looking for outdoor adventure or artistic inspiration, Kootenay Lake is the perfect daytrip from the Creston Valley.



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