Lovely Creston, B.C.

We left Cranbrook shortly after lunch (July 12th) and motored the 108 km. to our next stop—Creston. As we neared the town we passed more and more fruit stands. We will pick up some cherries later, we promised ourselves.

After we got settled in our motel we wandered through the town. Murals, from smallish homey paintings to entire walls were photo bait I couldn’t resist.

This 1988 series is getting a little faded but continues to tell the story of logging in the community.

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Darlene MacDonald painted these murals about logging in Creston, dated 1988.

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Canyoun City Lumber Co., established in 1910.

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This panel depicts the relationship between the train and the horse–both essential to early logging.

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Another detail of the horse section of the mural.

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This panel pictures the logging arch. It eased the burden of the horses as logs were moved to the mills.

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The first logging truck. The introduction of trucks was a big logging advancement. (The above photos © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

The slide show, below, has more Creston murals and building art.

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After our walk we kept our promise to ourselves and drove to the edge of town where she stopped at the Margo’s Farm fruit stand. True to the sign, there were cherries of all the varieties listed plus more and the accommodating keeper of the stand let us sample each kind. We ended up choosing Raniers—a wonderful creamy-colored  sweet-tart variety of cherry—the best I had all year.

That evening we also drove Highway 21 to the U.S. border, which is very nearby. We didn’t have our passports on us so weren’t tempted to explore across the line.

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Border crossing into the U.S. just south of Creston, B.C. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Next morning we walked one of the trails of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA).

 

We climbed this viewing tower which yielded vistas from all directions.

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Viewing tower – CVWA (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

What we saw from the tower.

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(All photos © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Other treats on this walk were:

A heron sighting:

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Heron  (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

An osprey alighting on its platform nest:

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Osprey nest (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Wildflowers + bugs:

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Wildflowers and bug (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

This picturesque bridge:

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Pretty bridge on the CVWMA walk (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

The Visitor Centre. Its main room housed many lifelike stuffed animals, posed against murals of the natural landscape.

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Inside the CVWMA Visitor Center

(All photos © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Then it was in the car again and off to the Kootenay Ferry.

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On the road again – in the beautiful Kootenay region of B.C. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

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