Discover an artisan community and amazing recreational areas
Kootenay Bay, at the eastern terminus of the Kootenay Lake ferry, is the gateway to the artisan communities all along the shores of Kootenay Lake, from Crawford Bay to Wynndel. Campgrounds and resorts, general stores, golf courses, glass houses, marinas, parks, and small communities will capture interest as you journey along the scenic highway #3A.
Just north of Kootenay Bay is the small community of Riondel. A general store, pub, summer artisan shop and 9 hole golf course are available, and the community campground overlooking Kootenay Lake is a popular day-trip and overnight destination. The Yasodhara Ashram features retreats and day visits on their peaceful and beautiful grounds.
The eastern ferry landing is the gateway to the East Shore. You'll find Ladybug Coffee, Boccalino Restaurant, Motel & Cabins, Tara Shanti Accommodation & Retreats, and nearby camping at private facilities and Pilot Bay Provincial Park. The park is also a great spot for gentle hikes along the shoreline with rewarding lookouts along the way.
A constellation of handcrafted artisans in Crawford Bay include North Woven Broom, Barefoot Handweaving, Dog Patch Pottery, Kootenay Forge, Black Salt Cafe, The Hub Pub & Eatery, and La Gala Jewelry. Championship golf at Kokanee Springs Golf Resort, hiking, mountain biking, remote campgrounds, a winery, galleries, unique general stores and roadside attractions provide plenty to see and do.
There is a very cool self-guided audio artisan tour of Crawford Bay. Download the Kootenay Lake Road Trip App and learn about what inspires the artisans, absorb some local history, and even discover some handy East Shore travel tips.
A secluded resort and general store make this a relaxing stop or a superb place to spend a few days and enjoy the solitude of Kootenay Lake.
At the south end of Kootenay Lake is the Kuskanook Harbour, the nearest boat launch and marina to Creston.
Just south of Kootenay Lake is the small community of Wynndel, featuring a winery, general store, and beautiful views overlooking Duck Lake and the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.
Mountain Biking on the East Shore
The East Shore offers a captivating and exhilarating experience for mountain bikers of all levels. There's a variety of options, from gentle and scenic rides through cedar forests to challenging singletrack adventures that weave through rugged terrain. Riders can explore the diverse landscape, encountering rocky sections, technical descents, and breathtaking viewpoints along the way. With the tranquility of nature surrounding them, mountain bikers are treated to an unforgettable and immersive outdoor experience.