Directions & Maps
Follow the birds!
The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area is located in southern British Columbia, Canada. The Creston Valley lies between the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges in the Kootenay Region, just west of the Rocky Mountains.
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The Creston Valley is part of the renowned International Selkirk Loop, which is reputed to be one of the most scenic drives in the world. Their website provides some great travel information and maps.
Both the CVWMA Administration Office and the Wildlife Interpretation Centre are located just south of Highway 3.
Highway 3, also known as the Crowsnest Highway, runs east-west across the middle of the Creston Valley and also through the middle of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.
It's easy to get here by driving from the east or west on Highway 3.
If you are coming from the north then you may choose Highway 3A which runs through Nelson to the free ferry at Balfour then south to Highway 3. Turn right heading west when you get to the junction with Highway 3 just north of the town of Creston.
If you are coming from the USA, head north up Highway 2 through northern Idaho which continues onto Highway 95 just north of Bonners Ferry. Turn left onto Highway 1 towards the border at Rykerts/Porthill, which becomes Highway 21 on the Canadian side of the border. At Creston turn left (heading west) on Highway 3 about six miles (ten kilometers) north of the border.
Wildlife Interpretation Centre
Open seasonally from May to October
Location: 1760 West Creston Rd
To get to the Wildlife Interpretation Centre, turn south on West Creston Road from Highway 3 and proceed for about 1 km - look for the big red roof on your left.
Open year round Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm
Location: 1874 Wildlife Rd
To get to the Administration Building, follow directions to the Centre, but take a right on Evans Rd, just before the Centre. Then take a right on Wildlife Rd.
If you are flying (and you're NOT a bird) there is the Canadian Rockies International Airport located an hour-and-a-half drive away in Cranbrook, BC. There is also the Spokane International Airport located a two-and-a-half-hour drive away in Spokane, Washington, USA.
CVWMA Habitat Map (link to image)
CVWMA Access Map (PDF)
CVWMA Wildlife Centre Trail (PDF)
Interactive CVWMA Habitat Map by Selkirk College
Columbia River Basin Biodiversity Atlas Interactive Maps (http://www.biodiversityatlas.org/maps)