On Duck Lake, just a few kilometres from the southern end of Kootenay Lake, sits the lovely little village of Sirdar, which is a teeny little community consisting of the general store, a pub and a house or two about 16 kilometres north on Highway 3A from the Highway 3/3A junction in Creston, BC. It is about midway up Duck Lake.

The post office today is in the Sirdar General Store, which was established in 1913. The heritage building has been a general store since its construction in 1913 and once housed a six room hotel on the upper floor. The false fronted building hasn’t changed much, if at all, since it was built, the interior still showing the old wood floor and unpainted wood walls and exposed ceiling beams. The exterior is still clad in wood shiplap siding. To our knowledge this is the oldest store in its original building in the valley.

Next to the general store is the Sirdar Station Pub, newly renovated. It is notorious for its excellent quality food and drinks and live entertainment. The sloped and tiered rock walls nearby with grazing cattle on it catches the eyes of many passers-by with it’s quaint and historical charm.

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