Situated on the shore of beautiful Kootenay Lake, Crawford Bay is popular for fishing, kayaking and canoeing and many other water sports. Take a stroll and visit some of the unique artisans including a blacksmith, barefoot handweaving, broom-making, pottery and more. An abundance of trails provides opportunities for hiking as well as mountain biking. The golf course has excellent golfing amid scenic surroundings in the summer and becomes cross-country trails in the winter.
Crawford Bay is named after “White Man Jim” Crawford, a trapper and gold prospector who lived in the community until his death in 1914.
In the Central Kootenay region of British Columbia, where the community of Crawford Bay is situated, is part of the traditional territories of the Sinixt and Ktunaxa peoples. Crawford Bay and Crawford Creek are reportedly named after prospector and trapper James Crawford (1860-1914).
Originally farms and fruit orchards, Kokanee Springs Golf Resort forms the centrepiece of the green floodplain of Crawford Creek. Visitors love to tour the unique Artisan’s shops where blacksmithing, weaving, broom-making, copper enamelling, pottery, jewellery, glass, leather and woodwork can be seen in action. Services include the Nelson & District Credit Union, the East Shore Health Clinic, and the Crawford Bay School, Community Park (the Enchanted Playground and soccer pitch) and options for boat docking/marinas and beach, hiking, biking and exploratory excursions abound!
There are also two pubs, restaurants, real estate and the Crawford Bay Market. Crawford Bay has a beautiful sandy beach situated in the alluvial fan of the newly acquired Crawford Creek Regional Park, a protected wildlife area with beaver dams, pathways, fish, fowl and wildlife in a lush, dynamic environment. Accommodations include motel, lodge, Bed & Breakfast, an historic country inn, vacation rental and an RV park & campgrounds. Check out the Crawford Bay Wetlands, wonderful shopping and a place to settle in with all the comforts of home and nature and wonder just steps out your door.