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    408 Acres of Wilderness with Micro-Hydro Potential - Creston, BC

    Kootenays Listing No. 22122

    408 acres of pristine wilderness. Panoramic views of the valley. Year-round creek for Micro-Hydro. Drilled well and good access on Highway 3. Backs onto Crown land with abundant of wildlife. Outside the ALR Sub-dividable into 5 acre lots. 3 rustic cabins. GST applies.


    408 acres ~ 3 titles

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    Please note we are in the process of updating the photos for this listing. The current photos show the property prior to the logging that was done in recent years.

    The property boasts 400 acres of pristine wilderness in one of the most beautiful and ecologically diverse areas in British Columbia. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the valley from numerous potential building sites. The property is easily accessible and has a large amount of highway frontage on Highway 3 (Crowsnest Highway). There are numerous investment features offered here, including, large gravel and sand deposits and 408 acres completely outside the ALR allowing the opportunity for future subdivision. The property was logged a couple years ago, although there are some pockets of timber remaining including timber along all the watercourses. Contact the listing REALTOR® for copy of the zoning bylaw for this property. With the property completely outside ALR and zoned for 5 acre lots there is significant subdivision potential.

    A true naturalist sanctuary this acreage backs onto Crown land and your neighbours are the abundant wildlife that roams the area. Frequent visitors include a large herd of elk, both whitetail and mule deer, bears and grouse. For anyone interested in self-sufficient living this property has it all. The climate in the area is excellent for gardening and you have all the water you could ever need from Hazel Creek.

    Hazel Creek runs through the middle of this property year-round adding character and providing a source of water for the garden beds and fruit trees. The creek has also been professionally surveyed to determine its capability for hydro power generation, which concluded that it is a very good candidate for supplying off grid power. Call the listing representative and ask to see the report. There are also 3 small rustic cabins on the property.

    All this is just 5.5 hours from Calgary, Alberta. 1 hour from the Cranbrook International Airport and 19 minutes from Creston, BC.

    Build your dream home or invest wisely in this great holding property.


    Highway 3 - Creston, BC


    By road, Creston is roughly equidistant between Cranbrook (105 km) to the east) and Castlegar (124 km) to the west) along the Crowsnest Highway.

    Area Data

    Creston is a town in the Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia. A harmonious cluster of small communities each with their own distinct character, it is a perfect location for lifestyle-oriented entrepreneurs. The wide-open valley, fabulous climate, mountains, rivers, lakes, friendly and down-to-earth people, and relaxed pace contribute to our unparalleled quality of life.

    The Creston Valley begins at the US border (Rykerts, BC), 11 km south of the town of Creston and parallels the East Shore of Kootenay Lake to Riondel. The area encompasses the Lake communities of Sirdar, Kuskonook, Sanca, Boswell, Gray Creek, Crawford Bay, Kootenay Bay and Riondel. The Valley stretches to include the Town of Creston and all of its neighboring communities—Erickson, Canyon, Lister, West Creston, Arrow Creek, Kitchener, Wynndel and Yahk.

    The Creston Valley has a temperate climate which plays a vital role in its economic well-being. The agriculture industry is a major player, with more than 20,000 acres of reclaimed land—some of the most fertile land in British Columbia. Other major industries include: forestry, manufacturing, mining and tourism. The Creston Area makes up the southern third of the Kootenay Lake Timber Supply Area, as well as a great deal of private forest land.

    Creston offers a quiet, rural setting within reasonable distance of larger, urban centres in British Columbia, Alberta and the US. Nestled between the Purcell and Selkirk Mountains, the Town of Creston comprises 911 hectares and includes about 4,800 residents.

    Creston routinely experiences ideal weather and is usually spared the sudden high and low extremes of many other regions. With such ideal weather and increasing economic development, Creston has long been favoured by retiree's as "A Great Place to Retire". Whether visiting or seeking to relocate, Creston has a complete range of services and facilities which provide for a comfortable and satisfying lifestyle.


    Creston offers a wide range of recreational opportunities. Included are: a professional 18-hole golf course, a par 3 golf course, a 5-pin bowling alley with 8 lanes and automatic scoring, 2 fitness centres, several tennis courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a four hundred seat auditorium, a modem, air-conditioned Recreational Complex equipped with an ice rink which doubles as a rollerblading rink (Spring/Summer), a 6-sheet curling rink, and a 25 metre outdoor swimming pool and a wading pool. The Complex is situated on 17 acres in the heart of Creston and offers many active-living programs as well as a Spring Trade Show and Fall Fair. Creston is also the home of the (junior 'A) Thunder hockey team.

    Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Creston's scenic hiking, biking and naturalist trails or paths. Near Summit Creek Campground & Recreation Area, hikers can explore part of the original Dewdney Trail.

    Directly from Creston, excellent fishing and boating adventures await you on Duck Lake, or within 1.5 hour drive on Kootenay Lake. You can also "jump" at the chance for some exhilarating hangliding, from nearby Goat Mountain. Several municipal parks in Creston provide for perfect picnic fun and playgrounds for families with children.

    During the winter, popular sports include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. In the Valley, you can enjoy plenty of "offtrack" winter adventure. The Summit Creek Park and the Wildlife Management Centre Area offer flat and gentle slopes suitable to beginner and intermediate abilities. Other challenges are available at any one of the choice spots within a 2-hour radius of Creston.


    The history of Creston had its beginnings with the Native nation, known as the Ktunaxa Kinbasket. They fished and hunted in the marshes created by the annual flooding of the Kootenay and Goat Rivers. The famous sturgeon-nosed canoe is indigenous to this Nation.

    The great explorer David Thompson came through this area in 1808 and was the non-indigenous person to see Kootenay Lake. The Dewdney Trail, named for Edgar Dewdney who oversaw its construction in the early 1860s, opened the country to prospectors and miners who came to seek their fortunes in the surrounding mountains.

    The Canadian Pacific and Great Northern Railways raced to complete branches of their lines to Kootenay Lake; the CPR reached Kootenay Landing in 1898. With the railways came farmers and business people. Small sternwheelers connected with the trains to transport the settlers and their supplies.

    Logging and lumbering were a prime industry in the early days, and continue to be today. The mills in the area provide employment for many residents. In 1893, Mrs. Ella Rykert was instrumental in the planting of the first apple trees in the valley. Fruit farming became another of Creston's important industries, and the valley still boasts of the very best fruits.

    Also in 1883, the inventive and boldly entrepreneurial William Adolf Baillie-Grohman conceived of a scheme that would change the face of the valley by draining the Creston Flats to create huge tracts of fertile farmland.

    His ambitious three-pronged plan involved lowering the level of Kootenay Lake by dynamiting the bed of the Kootenay River west of Nelson, diverting water from the Kootenay River into the Columbia at Canal Flats, and building dykes to contain the Kootenay River at Creston.

    He negotiated a deal with the Government of British Columbia, which was to grant him title to a huge amount of land in return for the proposed land reclamation. The blasting effort was a complete failure, the canal water diversion was not permitted by the Federal Government, and his early dyking system was swept away by the first freshet. Today, dykes protect more than 10,000 ha/25,000 ac of reclaimed farmland. No doubt Baillie-Grohman, the determined dreamer, would feel vindicated.


    Please see mapping section (all boundaries are approximate).

    Map Reference

    49° 9'1.59"N and 116°13'17.20"W

    Investment Features

    Property is outside the ALR allowing the possibility for future development.

    Large large gravel and sand deposits.

    Hazel creek has been professionally surveyed to determine its capability for hydro power generation, which concluded that it is a very good candidate for supplying off-the grid power. Just call the listing REALTOR® and ask to see the report.


    • Drilled well
    • Solar power


    3 rustic cabins of little value.

    Tax Details

    $3,445.76 (2021)




    PID 008-520-658

    PID 008-523-169

    PID 008-523-193

    Maps & Plans


    Maps & Plans

    Our property descriptions and geographical information are taken from the BC Assessment Authority, Land Titles Office, government maps and other sources. While LandQuest® does not guarantee the information, we believe it to be accurate, but should not be relied upon without verification. This communication is not intended to cause or induce breach of an existing agency agreement.