Once a landing and supply centre for steamboats plying Kootenay Lake in the early nineteenth century, the small community of Gray Creek is located on the eastern shore of Crawford Bay, an arm of the beautiful Kootenay Lake.
Location: Gray Creek is located on Highway 3A on the eastern shore of Crawford Bay on Kootenay Lake, 40 miles (64 km) north of Creston, and 11 miles (18 km) south of the eastern terminal of the Kootenay Lake ferry at Kootenay Bay.
Step back in time when you step inside the Gray Creek Store, Kootenay Lake’s largest and oldest general dealer. Started by English pioneers in 1913 to trade with passing sternwheelers, the store still displays their wares in the original display cases.
The waters of Kootenay Lake near Gray Creek guard the famous wreck of the sternwheeler The City of Ainsworth.
Don’t miss the annual Gray Creek Sailing Regatta, held over the Labour Day weekend.
Nearby Lockhart Beach Provincial Park near Boswell is a small, beautifully forested park offering a hiking trail along Lockhart Creek, a nice sandy beach and a picnic/day-use area.
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.
Golf: In nearby Crawford Bay is Kokanee Springs Golf Resort, 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 Par 3 course at the friendly Riondel Golf Club, located on Galena Bay Wharf Road just 10 minutes from the Kootenay Bay ferry, or the magnificent Balfour Golf Course and Eagleview Golf Course in Balfour, on the western shore of Kootenay Lake.
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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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