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When you are visiting Creston don't forget your hiking boots or your bicycle. There are a number of trails to explore on foot and scenic byways to tour on your bicycle. The Chamber has free pamphlets on a number of trails and routes in the area and can put you in touch with one of the hiking or biking groups in the Creston Valley. Here is a small taste of what you can enjoy.

Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area: Enjoy the over 30 km. of trails on the dykes and boardwalks on foot or bicycle. Bring your binoculars to follow the call of the owls, ospreys and over 260 other species of birds.

Balancing Rock Trail: One of the many trails on Mount Creston above the Creston Valley Wildlife Centre. Enjoy the natural vegetation, waterfall, and spectacular views of the valley below and the Purcell Mountain Range beyond.

Lady's Slipper Trail: Wild flowers, including a number of wild orchids, are found on this trail to the top of Goat Mountain to the north of Creston.

Mt. Thompson: Drive up Whimster Road to a rough forestry road (high clearance or 4x4 vehicles) to the top of Mount Thompson. Park and hike through alpine mead9ows along the ridge. There are many picnic sites with a panoramic view of the Selkirks to the west and south and the Purcells looking towards Cranbrook.

Trans Canada Trail: A gentle respite for hikers is the Creston Valley portion of the Trans Canada Trail. From west to east the trail travels through the lowlands south of Leach Lake crossing Nicks Slough before reaching Nicks Island North Road. The route then follows Nicks Island North Road south to Highway 3. For more information, pick up a copy of the Trans Canada Trail The British Columbia Route at your local bookstore.

Mountain Biking: Most mountain biking inthis area is on old logging roads, providing breathtaking vistas of the valley and lakes. Some examples include Mount Thompson (advanced); Mount Midgely (advanced); Arrow Mountain (advanced); and Lakeview-Arrowcreek (novice-intermediate).

Road Biking: Our rolling farmland offers many scenic loops to explore. These include: Wynndel Loop (Hwy 3A and Lower Wynndel Rd.); Canyon Lister Loop (Highway 21, Canyon-Lister Rd., Highway 3); West Creston Loop (Evans Rd., West Creston Rd., Nick's Island S. Rd., Hwy 3).


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