PLAN YOUR TRIP
It's easy to get to the Creston Valley, and depending which way you come from, you even gain an hour. In this section, discover all the information you need for your travels to the Creston Valley area.
The Creston Valley Kootenay Lake Route is just a short drive from the United States/Canadian border and with two options to cross the border at Kingsgate Crossing near Yahk and Rykerts Crossing near Creston, is a very accessible vacation destination from Idaho, Washington, and Montana.
Kingsgate/Eastport Border Crossing
The Eastport-Kingsgate Border Crossing connects the town of Bonners Ferry, Idaho with Yahk, British Columbia on the Canada–US border. It can be reached by U.S. Route 95 on the American side and British Columbia Highway 95 on the Canadian side.
Hours - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year round
Rykerts/Porthill Border Crossing
The Porthill-Rykerts Border Crossing connects the town of Bonners Ferry, Idaho with Creston, British Columbia on the Canada–US border. It can be reached by Idaho State Highway 1 on the American side and British Columbia Highway 21 on the Canadian side.
Hours - 8:00 AM - Midnight, 7 days a week (1st Saturday in November to 2nd Saturday in March). 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM, 7 days a week (2nd Sunday in March to 1st Sunday in November)
KOOTENAY LAKE FERRY
The Kootenay Lake Ferry is the longest free scenic ferry ride in BC, crossing Kootenay Lake multiple times daily between Balfour Terminal on the west shore and Kootenay Bay Terminal on the east shore of the lake. The 45 minute long ferry ride is well worth the voyage, with stunning views of Kootenay Lake, the Purcell mountains to the East, the Selkirk Mountains to the west, and a glance at the famous Kokanee Glacer.
The Ferry can be accessed from the Creston Valley travelling north for 1.5 hours along the scenic Highway 3-A along the East Shore of Kootenay Lake. Alternatively, after crossing the lake travellers can explore the communities of Crawford Bay, Riondel, Grey Creek, Boswell, Sanca, Kuskanook, and Sirdar on their way south to the Creston Valley. For up to date information on the Ferry schedule click here.
All street parking in the Town of Creston is free and rarely poses a problem in Yahk or Crawford Bay. Please find information on other parking areas below:
Town of Creston Parking Lot
1015 Cook Street, Creston, Free Vehicle Parking, EV Charging Station
Town of Creston RV Parking & Sani-Dump
215 16 Ave S, Creston - North parking area of Millennium Park, Free parking and Sani-dump for RVs
For more Information: https://www.creston.ca/2277/Public-Parking
DRIVING IN THE WINTER
Driving conditions on nearby Kootenay Pass or along Kootenay Lake can make for an adventure, so check road conditions before you set off.
October 1 – April 30 Highway 3 & 3-A are designated as winter tire/chain routes, and it is mandatory for all vehicles travelling on them to use winter-rated tires.
Always carry an emergency kit and have clothing available appropriate to the weather that you will experience outside your vehicle.
During fall and winter keep your eyes peeled for wildlife near the roads, and make sure that your travel here is safe and enjoyable.