Crawford Bay is located in the Creston Valley, near the eastern shore of beautiful Kootenay Lake, and is named after “White Man Jim” Crawford, a trapper and gold prospector who lived in the community until his death in 1914.
The peace and quiet of Kootenay Lake affords visitors to Crawford Bay a wonderful escape from city life, and plenty of opportunities for a variety of water related activities.
Arts & Crafts: Visit the artisans of Crawford Bay, and observe the ancient traditions of timeless and graceful craftmanship – watch for the blue artisans signs of the three separate studios. Visitors can learn what is involved in making the beautiful and unusual items…and take home a piece of the Kootenays.
Golf: Brace yourself for the flagship of Kootenay Golf Courses. The Kokanee Springs Golf Resort in Crawford Bay is one of Canada’s finest championship 18-hole golf courses (5,747 yards). Considered by many to be the flagship of Kootenay golf courses, this graceful track resides in a magnificent mountain setting on Kootenay Lake. Every hole is framed by spectacular panoramic views of the Kokanee Glacier and surrounding area. Kokanee Springs is a Norman Woods original, characterized by its long driving fairways, immense rolling greens, immaculate course upkeep, and ability to interest and challenge golfers at all levels. Golfers can also head to the 9-hole public Riondel Golf Club in Riondel, or Balfour Golf Course and Eagleview Golf Course in Balfour, on the western shore of Kootenay Lake.
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Free Ferry Ride: Take The Longest Free Ferry Ride in the world, a 40-minute scenic crossing of Kootenay Lake, from nearby Kootenay Bay to Balfour on the lake’s west arm.
Hiking: Take a Hike on the East Shore, along one of the many area trails; The Waterfront Trail in Riondel follows 1.5 km of the lakeshore from the south end of North Bay beach; The Pebble Beach Trail 7 km north of Riondel leads from the Kootenay Lake East FS Road to a south-facing, pebbled beach; The 15-minute Pilot Bay Lighthouse Trail near Kootenay Bay leads to an historic 1907 lighthouse; The one-hour Pilot Bay Marine Park trail leads through varying terrain as it follows the lakeshore; The Plaid Lake Hiking Trail near Crawford Bay is a full day hike to the alpine Plaid Lake on the west side of the Purcell Mountains; The Duck Lakes Dykes Trail near Sirdar offers miles of almost level hiking through some of the richest waterfowl habitat in BC.
Events: Catch the Fall Fair over the Labour Day weekend, an event in Crawford Bay dating back to 1910.
Heritage Cemetery: Meet the past folk of the mining era at the Crawford Bay cemetery, with headstones dating back to the nineteenth century.
Pop down to Boswell, where the Glass House of the late David Brown features half a million empty, square embalming fluid bottles used to build this curiously beautiful house.
Circle Tour: See the best of the area on The Okanagan and Kootenay Rockies Circle Tour. Travel the sunny interior of British Columbia, north through the Okanagan to Sicamous, following Highway 1 into the mountains of the BC Rockies. From Golden, head south through the Columbia Valley to Creston, and west through Boundary Country and the Southern Okanagan to complete the loop.
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