Yet another great way to spend an hour or two or even longer in the valley enjoying our special gifts. Right in our backyard are extensive winter outdoor opportunities for flatland cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and just plain walking in nature. On a sunny February day, we can easily take in our gorgeous vistas, blue skies, water and mountain views, not to mention numerous birds and other wildlife. Most areas are easy to get to in minutes, with no traffic, no air and noise pollution, no crowds or lineups. So often, like other Creston Valley outdoor activities, you can have it all to yourself or share it with just a few others who appreciate what we love about our area. Sure beats the gym on such a fine day! Want to enjoy all we have here in person? Learn about how you can make a move to the Creston Valley and find out what's happening in our local real estate market. Call Lee at 1-250-428-6439 or click here.
To all my clients who moved to the Creston Valley from the prairies last year to enjoy our mild winters: honestly, this is not normal!
To all the skiers: you're welcome! This is the largest snowfall we've had in the last 20 years. And man, it's still coming! I think it was 1996 when we had the largest snowfall where we had to start shovelling roofs, etc.
I'm thinking I might have something to do with it. I bought some cross country skis but haven't had the bindings installed and picked up my new boots and poles that I purchased a week or so back. I haven't cross country skied for over 30 years, so this was to be the year I was to get the most out of our valley's great cross country opportunities. Now, I can't even get to the store to get the boots and bindings they set aside for me! If I still had my snowboard, I'd be thrilled, but watching the white stuff coming down heavy and steady today, I can only reminisce...
To those considering a move to the valley, rest assured this is very abnormal ! Still pretty beautiful though.
The cold weather burst our bubble.
Those of us in the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake had our bubble burst when this winter brought a lengthy spell of severe cold weather days. Other years we could be heard bragging about how mild our winters are compared to other Canadian regions. January 2016 we had only five days with weather below freezing. So far this January we have had everyday below freezing. However, we are still luckier here because our temperatures are higher than those east or north of us.
The one good thing about experiencing artic fronts is that they create ideal conditions for making outdoor skating rinks. In our valley the residents clear off outdoor rinks at Duck Lake, ponds and channels. This winter the snow is staying at lower elevations making it perfect for tobogganing and cross-country skiing. All you need to do is dress for the weather to enjoy the best of the wintery days. Besides there is nothing like coming indoors with rosy cheeks to settle in by a roaring fire with a hot beverage and a good book.
We love our four seasons, even winter.
Those of us who live here in Canada know that we have something special going on. Canadians are very well traveled. It is not uncommon to hear us say upon arriving home that we live in the best place on Earth. Its not that easy to express what makes this so. Probably because the blend of vast experiences that make the whole are really inseparable.
Lonely Planet has chosen Canada as their number one travel destination choice for 2017. As outsiders they can only get a glimpse of what makes this land and its people so special. A true experience would require more than a few weeks of touring. It would require several months of immersion and then it still wouldn’t be enough. Just ask a Canadian, even those born and raised here have not been able to fully experience all that is offered within this stupendous country.
In 2017 we Canadians will be celebrating 150 years of being a nation with the help of our welcomed guests. Thanks Lonely Planet for putting the invitation out there for us.
The Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake, in British Columbia, is one of the most beautiful and culturally interesting locations in Canada to visit and live.
There is nothing like the cozy feeling you get from wood heat. The problem is that some wood stoves are out-of-date and can cause a problem with securing an insurance policy. These out-of-date wood stoves are not efficient and can smoke out neighbours. Fortunately, Creston is participating in a Wood Stove Exchange Program to help homeowners replace their wood stoves with new ones.
"The Wood Stove Exchange Program is a partnership between the Province of BC, the Lung Association of BC, the RDCK and the Town of Creston. This program provides a rebate for you to exchange your old (pre-1994), uncertified wood stove with a new, EPA- or CSA-certified wood, pellet, or gas heating appliance. "
For details visit the Town of Creston.
"Many are joining the ranks of their fellow fisherwomen and taking up the sport of Fly Fishing. Contrary to popular belief it isn't that difficult to get started."
"Regardless of your age, or fitness level, Fly Fishing is very beneficial for ones well being and is therapeutic in many ways. It helps connect us to nature and helps us stay focused and in-the-moment. Your senses become alive and sharp, and you are fully engaged and aware of your surroundings. You are exhilarated and calm at the same time. Fly Fishing is great in helping to reduce stress." - Cathy Fiedler
Cathy is the instructor for this course put on by Freshwater Fisheries of BC and Creston and District Community Complex. The first day Cathy will teach you the basics of fly fishing. On the second day she will take you out on the river to try out what you learned and see what happens.
It will be a fun class.
To learn more about this class and how to register for it visit:
Bold unique and rare homes inspire their owners to be their authentic genuine self because in being maverick they have the freedom of self-expression. Can you break away from conventional trends and live like an original? Here is a special ranch-style home in Creston BC with views that has inspired elements, including unique character traits done in the old-school craftsmanship way. It is more than a place to live it is a place to live an inspired life.
Click here for more details on this house for sale.
For me, a storybook home is a place that inspires me to be me. It is homey. I can play in my garden, pet my cats, gather chicken eggs, brush my horse, cut flowers for the table, curl up with a book on my hammock or in front of the fireplace, make jam and jellies, make art, write in my journal, have a neighbor over for tea or for happy hour, walk with my dog behind our home, listen to birds, walk on the dewy grass barefoot ... How about you? Perhaps this home for sale is your storybook home. Click here to find out.
Artists are attracted to this area because it inspires them. Other people discover the artists within once they arrive here. There is also a supportive arts community. The diversity of types of artists makes touring galleries a fun adventure. City boutique stores have been known to send their buyers to this region in order to seek out unique creations to resell in their stores.
Why are lake homes still affordable here compared to other areas? Its because the Kootenay Lake is outside the awareness of the masses. Check out this and other lake homes available for you to buy.
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