As part of efforts to contain the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Creston Museum will be closed until further notice. We are monitoring phone, email, and social media messages, so please keep in touch - we will get back to you as soon as possible!

In the meantime, we'd like to help you! Need some ideas for homeschooling your children - or just to keep them entertained? Want to ward off boredom in a world where there is suddenly nothing to do?

Click here for a daily dose of local history to explore! Things to read, things to do, things to think about and discuss - we'll find something different for you every day!

And, of course, our daily "On This Day" posts on Facebook are still coming at you every evening at 8:00 PM. We look forward to hearing from you!

We tell great stories.

If you’re wondering how Creston, BC came to be what it is today, you’ve come to the right place. From the forestry, mining, and agriculture of the pioneer years; to the people who continue to build our communities today; and the connections between Creston and the rest of the Kootenays – if you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

We can explain how Creston got its wacky time zone. We can tell you about the steamship that became a tractor (sort of), the first airplane to land in Creston, and the teacher who refused to be fired. Speaking of “great” stories, there’s “The Great Railway Race” and the “Great Creston Bank Robbery.” And have you heard the one about the imaginary student in Grade Thirteen?

Really, we’re not making this up. Why would we? Truth is so much better than fiction. We can even help you tell the greatest story of all: your own.

So come on in. After all, there’s no time like the present to discover the past.

Need to know more? Contact us today!

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We’re Hiring!

We expect to have three positions for college or university students this summer, and one for a young person seeking their first work experience. More details here!

Cultural Collaborators

Alyson’s working on a new project and we’d love it if you want to get involved! Read more…

Explore Our History

COllis harrowLying at the foot of the Skimmerhorn, the Creston Valley in British Columbia, Canada, is a unique geological region between the Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges. The wide valley is a flood plain of the Purcell Trench that is divided by the Kootenay River—which runs from Banff and Yoho National Parks and winds its way through Fort Steele into northern Idaho—where it turns north at Bonner’s Ferry and makes it way down the Creston valley into the magnificent Kootenay Lake before forming its west arm at Nelson and descending rapidly into the Columbia River at Castlegar. This rich soil valley that was created 12,000 years ago by the melting of glaciers was populated by aboriginal peoples, the original residents being the Kutenai—one of three groups who formed the Ktunaxa First Nation. The word may be a combination of the words “coo” (meaning water), and “tinneh” (meaning people), representing the great number of lakes and waterways in the Kootenay River basin.
 
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