is a town of 4,826 people in the Kootenay
region of southeastern British Columbia
. The town is located just a few kilometers north of the Porthill, Idaho
border crossing into the United States
and about a three-hour drive north from Spokane, Washington
. It is about a one-hour drive southwest from Cranbrook, British Columbia
along the Crowsnest Highway
. Due to its proximity to the U.S. border, many businesses in the town accept American currency. Similarly, Porthill, the nearby US border town accepts Canadian currency and sells gasoline in litres.
Creston is the eastern terminus of the Salmo-Creston highway constructed in the 1960s as a shortcut to avoid the long route north to Nelson
and crossing Kootenay Lake
and Kootenay Bay
. The Salmo-Creston highway, now Crowsnest Highway, connected with earlier highways eastward of Creston.
Creston is one of the towns in Southeastern British Columbia that does not observe Daylight saving time
being the other.
The Creston Valley's economy is largely resource-based with agriculture
along with marijuana
production. Many are employed in the service sector, and tourism
is increasingly prominent, while government services and educationStatistics Canada... Read More