Creston is a town of 5,306 people in the Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia, Canada. border, many businesses in the town accept American currency.
The town is located approximately 10 km (6 mi) north of the border crossing into the United States It is about a one-hour and a half drive southwest from Cranbrook, British Columbia along the Crowsnest Highway. Similarly, Porthill, the nearby US border town, accepts Canadian currency and sells gasoline in litres.
Daily maximum temperatures are usually above freezing even in January except when air masses of Arctic origin move over the area.
The worst cold outbreaks may send temperatures below −30 °C (−22 °F) on rare occasions.
Creston is home to CIDO-FM, a volunteer-run, locally based, Community Radio station, which broadcasts in town, and in the Creston Valley at 97.7 FM.
Creston has an oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification Cfb) or a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) which is often modified by air masses of the Pacific Ocean origin, especially in winter.
The Creston Area produces the largest cherries grown in the Northern hemisphere and exports them globally. A number of growers sell the same product they export to Europe at their road side markets.
The Creston Valley's economy is largely resource-based with agriculture and forestry.
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 by ferry between Balfour and Kootenay Bay.
The Salmo-Creston highway, which is part of the Crowsnest Highway, connected with earlier highways eastward of Creston.
Many are employed in the service sector, and tourism is increasingly prominent, while government services and education The town is also home to two grain elevators.
Many apple, and cherry orchards grow in Erickson, British Columbia, an unincorporated area outside of Creston, and the valley is also an important dairy centre.