Mailing Address:

PO Box 640, Creston, BC V0B 1G0, Canada

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.

Find us with Google Maps.

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.

By Road:

The CVWMA Administration Office is 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.

Administration Building

Open year round Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm

Location: 1874 Wildlife Rd 

To get to the Administration Building, turn south off Hwy 3 onto West Creston Rd (located approximately 11 kilometers from the town of Creston).  Then take a subtle right onto Evans Rd (goes uphill).  Then take your first right onto Wildlife Rd.  The Administration office is about 1 km along Wildlife Rd (at the end of the road, it is a green roofed building).

Wildlife Interpretation Centre

The Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre Society is now in charge of delivering educational programming and events at the CVWMA.  It operates a Nature Centre seasonally from May to October.  It is located at 1760 West Creston Rd.  For more information, please visit their website.

By air..

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)
Columbia River Basin Biodiversity Atlas Interactive Maps (