Discover a pocket of paradise in south-eastern British Columbia. Here you will find a small valley town that is rich in culture, heritage and community spirit. A place where the climate is mild, the views are stunning and the quality of life is among the best anywhere.

Welcome to beautiful Creston, BC.






The Town Citizen
Fall/Winter 2014


Town of Creston 2013 Annual Report


Town of Creson 2013 Annual Water Report

Town of Creston 2013 Citizen Satisfaction Report




Physician Recruitment

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Date Published:  April 14, 2015

Official Community Plan Review is Underway!

Throughout the winter Town Council and Staff have been busy behind the scenes preparing for the Official Community Plan (OCP) Review.  Starting in April, we will be bringing you updates and letting you know how you can get involved.  To kick things off, we would like to announce the release of the OCP Review Newsletter.  Tell us what you think of the Newsletter by visiting out booth at the upcoming Spring Trade Show - April 24-25th of the Community & District Community Complex.



Date Published:  April 10, 2015

The March 24th Public hearing for 801 Vancouver Street will resume Tuesday April 14th, at 4:00 pm, as per Section 890 (8) of the Local Government Act.  For more information on the application, please see the attached Public Hearing notice for the Mrch 24th meeting or contact Jamai Schile, Town Planner, at 250-428-2214, ext. 228. 

View Public Hearing Notice for 801 Vancouver Street regarding proposed Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1809, 2015 and proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1810, 2015.


Date Published:  April 10, 2015

Coffee Talk with Mayor and Councillors on April 13 at 6pm

On April 13 from 6pm to 8pm at the Creston Hotel Banquet Room have an informal chat with our Mayor Ron Toyota alongside with Councillors Kevin Boehmer and Karen Unruh about whatever's on your mind.


Date Published:  April 10, 2015

Five Year Financial Plan (2015 - 2019)

Click HERE  to see Bylaw No. 1817 - Five Year Financial Plan (2015 - 2019). 

A Public Meeting will be held in Town hall Council Chambers, 238 - 10th Avenue North, Creston at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

Public input will be received on the Proposed 'Five year Financial Plan (2015 - 2019)'.


Date Published:  April 1, 2015

Launch of new Website 

Due to unforseen circumstances, the launch of the Town of Creston's new Website will not take place on April 2, 2015 as advertised in the Creston Valley Advance but will be coming soon. Stay tuned!


 Date Published:  March 16, 2015

Annual FREE drop-off of biodegradable backyard debris at the Creston Valley Landfill (Mallory Road) for the month of April for the Town of Creston and all rural residents Areas A, B, and C. More information HERE.


Date Published:  March 16, 2015

2015 Spring Yard and Garden Clean - Up

The 2015 Spring Yard and Garden Clean - Up will be on April 7, 8 & 9, 2015.  Click HERE for more details.



Date Published:  March 13, 2015

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has started construction at the Northwest Boulevard/Pine Street intersection.  We know - it’s hard to miss.  The Town of Creston wants to thank the community for their ongoing patience throughout the construction period which will be completed by the end of June 2015.  

Please be reminded that vehicle and pedestrian access to affected businesses on Pine Street and Northwest Boulevard, while somewhat challenging, is being maintained.  These merchants remain open for business!


Date Published:  March 4, 2015

What's on Your Mind, Creston? COFFEE TALK: No Agenda, no cost, no topic off limits. March 12, 9:30-11:00am at Black Bear Books. For more information click HERE.


Date Published:  February 27, 2015

Creston has completed its 2014 Climate Actions Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) public reporting survey. This is an annual requirement for the Town as a signatory to BC’s Climate Action Charter. To see the survey responses, please click HERE.


Date Published:  February 25, 2015

Your Ideas Your Community - Residents of the town of Creston are invited to apply to become a member of the (Cultivating Creston) Official Community Plan Advisory Committee (OCPAC). The mandate of the OCPAC is to advise Town Council on matters to do with the review and update of the Town of Creston’s Official Community Plan (OCP). The Official Community Plan Review is a year-long process and as such Appointees will be required to participate in scheduled monthly meetings and activities for the term of March 01, 2015 to March 31, 2016. If you care about the future of Creston and are interested in actively promoting public involvement in the community planning process then we want to hear from YOU! For more details and to get a copy of the Application Form, click HERE.

 Application Deadline is March 20, 2015. 


Date Published:  February 23, 2015

Changes to Provincial Energy Efficiency Requirements

Commencing December 19, 2014, applications for building permits must comply with new requirements for energy efficiency in housing, small commercial and industrial buildings. The new building envelope requirements vary depending on your location. New Code requirements are also being added related to the energy efficiency of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and service water heating (SWH).

Click HERE to view changes to Provincial Energy Efficiency Requirements.


Date Published:  February 10, 2015 

Wednesday, February 18th  -  Public Information Session for the proposed “Cherrywood Distillery” will be held. The Session will give members of the community an opportunity to learn about and comment on the proposed development at 801 Vancouver Street. The Session will be hosted by Chaplin West Ventures Ltd. from 3:30p.m. to 4:30p.m. and 5:30p.m. to 6:30p.m. at Town Hall in Council Chambers. More information HERE.


Date Published:  February 4, 2015 

Join the fun on February 9th at the Lower Kootenay Band Complex for the Second Annual Children's Winter Festival! For more information click HERE


Date Published:  February 2, 2015 

Click HERE to view the DRAFT 2015 Budgeting/Taxation Process schedule. The public is welcome to attend any of the listed meetings. 


Date Published:  January 27, 2015 

Heritage Week is February 16th to 21st. The Creston Museum will celebrate local history during Heritage Week by hosting three different guided tours of Downtown Creston. The theme is “Main Street: Heart of the Community”. For more information click HERE.


Date Published:  January 16, 2015 

Mayor Ron Toyota accepts a check for $26,242.80 from Doug Lamminen, PowerSense Technical Advisor from FortisBC.  This is the second installment of a rebate totalling $57,167.40 for energy efficient equipment installed as part of the 2012/13 Waste Water Treatment Plant upgrade project.  The installation of the new energy efficient equipment produce a savings of approximately $39,000 in power consumption annualy.


Date Published:  January 13, 2015 

Creston, with its mild climate, outdoor activities, active artisan community and productive agricultural land has earned a place on the Globe and Mail 'Retirement Hot Spot" list! Read the article HERE.


Date Published:  October 22, 2014

Cultivating Creston Action Planning Workshops (Round 2)

On October 14th and 15th, the Town of Creston and the Whistler Centre for Sustainability facilitated Round 2 - Cultivating Creston Action Planning at Kootenay Employment Services. Four innovative workshops were held over two-days to reconvene partner organizations and community members. The intent was to review and build on the actions identified two years ago in the Cultivating Creston Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP), also known as “Cultivating Creston”.

Over 30 local and regional partners from many sectors came together to identify and prioritize actions that could move the Town and the Creston Valley toward the shared vision of a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable community. Partners that were involved included: social service providers; local businesses; local farmers; the Creston Valley Food Action Coalition; the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce; the Kootenay Employment Services; the Creston & District Community Centre; the Creston College of the Rockies, and the Creston Museum.

The workshops were composed of four groups: the first group was broadly focused on building Sustainable Communities, while the remaining groups were targeted to specific local themes including Age-Friendliness, Local Economy, and Food Security and Agriculture. The workshops used the success indicators created for Cultivating Creston to evaluate and measure whether these desired outcomes are being achieved. The workshops revealed that there have already been significant achievements made in each area. Examples include the launch of the Cultivating Creston brand; completion of the planning study for the farmers’ market; food waste pilot; launch of the Water Smart Program as well as the Valley Community Services’ Better at Home Program.

Following the review, measurements were then used to create a set of revised priority actions that will be captured in a companion report. The report will be used to help guide the partner organizations in the months and years ahead. Once the report has been completed it will be shared with community partners and made publically available.

For more information on Cultivating Creston visit:
Town of Creston’s website:

Project Contact:
Jamai Schile
Town of Creston
Tel: 250-428-2214 ext.228


Date Published:  October 17, 2014

Creston - Recreation, Trails & Equipment Project Expenditures and Deliverables - 2012 - 2014


Date Published:  October 16, 2014

Physician Recruitment Expenditures and Deliverables - 2013 and 2014


Date Published: September 23, 2014

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure - News Release - Contract awarded for Highway 3 Intersection Upgrade

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has awarded a contract for the Pine Street - Railway Boulevard intersection, click HERE for more details.

Date Published:  August 8, 2014


Date Published:  August 5, 2014

Reduce Household Waste!  Back Yard Compost Bin Rebate Program

The Town is offering a $25.00 Rebate to the first 200 Town of Creston residents who have purchased a Back Yard Compost Bin.  Click HERE for the application and more information on this rebate program.


Date Published: July 15, 2014

Building Inspection Service

Please be advised that Building Inspection Services are provided:

•Tuesday & Thursday:  8:30am - 3:30pm

To schedule an appointment please call (250) 428-2214 (ext. 223)


Date Published: July 9, 2014

Downtown Parking Posts

Notice something different about Creston’s downtown area? If you’ve had the pleasure of walking or driving downtown recently, you may have noticed the old parking meter tops are gone. In their place are some aesthetically pleasing decals on the parking meter poles, which clearly display the Town’s 2 hour free parking policy. Furthermore, with the poles still firmly planted in the pavement, drivers will know where to park and have a basic understanding of the parking space dimensions. This change will also serve as a helpful reminder to tourists and those unfamiliar with Creston’s parking policy, that parking is free for a defined period of time.

Have any comments, or questions about the changes? Feel free to call Town Hall at 250-428-2214 or email You can also pose your questions on Twitter ( or Facebook (



Date Published: July 3, 2014

Town's 2013 Citizen Satisfaction Survey Results Now Online!

On November 20, 2013, the Town of Creston mailed out a Citizen Satisfaction Survey to 1000 randomly selected households in the Town. This was the second occasion in which the Town has conducted a Citizen Satisfaction Survey, with the first instance being in 2009. 21 of the 1000 surveys went ‘undelivered’ through the mail, leaving 979 that were successfully delivered to random Creston homeowners. 384 surveys were successfully returned to the Town of Creston, for a response rate of 39.2%, compared to 32.3% in 2009. The results were incredibly positive, showing significant increases in many categories. But don't take our word, we invite you to view the survey for yourself, HERE.


 Date Published: June 13, 2014

Telus Fibre Optic Network Coming to Creston!

TELUS and the Town of Creston are proud to partner on a project to bring the TELUS Fibre Optic Network to the Town; something that will benefit and strengthen the community. Many socio-economic opportunities will arise from having over 90% of homes, businesses and organizations able to connect to a fibre optic network. These opportunities include homes having access to the best entertainment (including Optik TV), businesses having access to the services they need to operate locally and compete globally, and service providers in areas such as health and education having the opportunity to innovate.

For more information, please visit the special website that has been created for this build program: OR There is also a dedicated team at TELUS who are available to answer any questions and who may be contacted at 310-3427.


 Date Published: May 8. 2014

New Town Webcams Up and Running

Thanks to Swift Internet Services, there are 3 brand new Town of Creston web cams to view. Two cameras focus on downtown Creston, while one looks out towards Creston from a distance. Check out the web cams by clicking on the "Town Webcam" icon on the left side of the Town of Creston homepage, or click here to go directly to the webcams: Perfect timing, as the view looks great as the summer is appraoching! See below for a preview (not a live feed) of what the web cams look like.






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