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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Kootenay Rockies > Meadow Creek

Meadow Creek
Meadow Creek is located 40 km (25 miles) north of Kaslo and 99 km (62 miles) south of Galena Bay on Hwy 31, just past the northern end of Kootenay Lake.

Meadow Creek Farmland
The countryside around Meadow Creek is made up mostly of farmland that has been formed from the Duncan and Lardeau Rivers plus the surrounding northern shoreline of Kootenay Lake.

Selkirk and Purcell Mountains
The slow-moving Meadow Creek meanders through this small community. In the far background, the Selkirk and Purcell Mountain ranges rise very steeply to form large, jagged peaks.

Main Centre on Hwy 31
Besides the farmland the main centre for Meadow Creek is located on Hwy 31 where there is the Meadow Creek Store featuring a Lucky Dollar Foods and White Service Station. Situated next door is a drinking establishment called Drifter's Bar & Pub which has some lodging and a small café. Other lodgings include the Meadowdown B&B.

Kootenay Lake
Kootenay Lake is located just south of Meadow Creek with the small communities of Cooper Creek and Lardeau on the north-west side on Hwy 31 and Argenta and Johnsons Landing on the north-east side of the lake. To get to Argenta there is a gravel road that travels near the Duncan River. Once at Argenta, you travel south to Johnsons Landing.

Eco-Tourism Operations
Meadow Creek is very a popular for snowboarding, snowcat and backcountry skiing because of the close proximity to the Selkirk and Purcell Mountains. Lately Meadow Creek has transformed itself into a base for eco-tourism operations with several companies establishing eco-tours.

Lardeau Valley Historical Society
There is also a small museum sponsored by the Lardeau Valley Historical Society located just north of the Meadow Creek Store. Near the museum, across Hwy 31, is a small sawmill - the area's main employer.

Great Recreation
Surrounded by Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges, Meadow Creek has some great recreational things to do. There are great alpine hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, swimming, unbelievable whitewater rafting experience, boating, caving and rock hounding opportunities.

Heli-Skiing
For heli-skiing, Stellar Heli Skiing offers up to 320 sq. km (199 sq. miles) of unexplored terrain of untouched powder for superb enjoyment.

Snowcat Skiing
Besides heli-skiing, the backcountry has also been opened up for the use of snowcats that can operate in all kinds of weather conditions. One company Highland Powder Skiing offers you up to 18,000 vertical feet a day with runs ranging from 1,000-4,000 vertical feet in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains.

Duncan Dam
BC Hydro has a dam located just south of Meadow Creek on Duncan River called Duncan Dam. The storage dam was built in 1967 and is located 10 km (6 miles) north of the north end of Kootenay Lake.

Duncan Lake
Duncan Dam was part of the Columbia River Treaty for the control of the Upper Columbia River Basin. The result was Duncan Lake with a storage size of 1.7 billion cubic metres of water with a length of 45 km (28 miles) at full pool. Duncan Lake offers some excellent water sports in the summer as the water is very clean and tends to be warm, a good spot for access is at Glacier Creek Regional Park.

Hwy 31 to Trout Lake
Travelling to Meadow Creek from Kaslo on Hwy 31, the highway is paved all the way. After Meadow Creek travelling north on Hwy 31, the road changes to two lanes of gravel all the way to the Lardeau River Bridge at the south end of Trout Lake.

Hwy 31 - Alongside Trout Lake
Hwy 31 travelling north alongside of Trout Lake is single lane with pull-outs and quite rough with washboard conditions, not really suitable for pulling a trailer. The views though of Trout Lake, the Lardeau River and mountain scenery are spectacular.

Hwy 31 - Trout Lake to Galena Bay
Once at the community of Trout Lake, the road condition changes back for the better with wider lanes and not so full of potholes all the way to the turnoff for Beaton. From the Beaton turnoff to the ferry terminal at Galena Bay, the Hwy 31 changes back to pavement and is in fairly good shape.

Information on Meadow Creek

 

Map of Meadow Creek
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Meadow Creek
Meadow Creek

 

Drifters and the Meadow Creek Store
Drifters and the Meadow Creek Store

 

North End Kootenay Lake
North End Kootenay Lake

 

Lardeau Valley Historical Society
Lardeau Valley Museum

 

Selkirk and Pucell Mountains
Selkirk Mountains

 

Argenta
Argenta

 

Glacier Creek Regional Park - Duncan Lake
Glacier Creek Regional Park

 

Lardeau River
Lardeau River

 
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