About The Local History Collection

Creston Valley Public Library houses an extensive collection of published materials relating to the history of Creston and surrounding areas.

You may search for these items through our catalogue by using keywords such as “Creston history”, “Yahk”, “Kootenay Lake” and so forth.

We do not have access to historical issues of the Creston Valley Advance, or obituaries from local newspapers. For these, please contact the Creston Valley Advance or the Creston Museum for assistance.

You may also be interested in the following online resources and databases:

Voices of the Pioneers


Creston Valley Public Library is proud to present Voices of the Pioneers, a collection of interviews recorded by Phil Thomas with longtime members of the Erickson, Canyon, and Wynndel communities. This set of 18 CDs examines how the effects of the depression, war, and local industry shaped everyday life. Personal histories are shared and a vibrant picture is painted of our community through these voices of the pioneers.

Voices of the Pioneers is now available for checkout at Creston Valley Public Library. You may purchase a copy directly from the library for $75 (a minimum of two weeks advance notice is required).

Voices of the Pioneers booklet (pdf)