Creston Museum offering walking and bus tours for Heritage Week

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(Above) Downtown Creston

(Above) Downtown Creston

Every year in February, B.C.’s Heritage Week encourages us celebrate our local history. This year’s theme is “Main Street: Heart of the Community”. And that is all the excuse the Creston Museum needs to host a bunch of tours of downtown Creston:

Feb. 17: Canyon Street Through History, a six-block walking tour from 12:15-12:45 p.m. (by donation). Guests will join museum manager Tammy Hardwick for a guided tour of downtown Creston. Through photographs and architectural details, you’ll get a glimpse into how the main street has evolved with the growth of the community.

Feb. 19: The Great Creston Bank Robbery, a four-block walking tour from 12:15-12:45 p.m. (by donation). It’s the wildest, most ridiculous story in Creston’s history — and it all (well, most of it) happened on Canyon Street. Join museum manager Tammy Hardwick for a stirring re-telling of this crazy chapter in local history.

Feb. 21: Rambling Reminiscences – A Guided Tour by Richard Penson, a bus tour with one block of walking from noon-1:30 p.m. ($10 to cover the bus). In 1967, local long-timer Richard (Dick) Penson wrote a guided tour of the Creston Valley, as he knew it about 1916. Hop into the buggy — er, bus — to recreate his tour! You’ll see how the community has grown and evolved over the past hundred years, and get to know some of the people who shaped it along the way.

Tours start and end at the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce (121 Northwest Blvd.), and they will take place regardless of weather — please dress appropriately. Space on all tours is limited, so pre-booking is highly recommended; call the Creston Museum at 250-428-9262 or email crestonmuseum@telus.net.

If your group would like its own special presentation of any of these tours, feel free to call the museum — they’re being offered throughout Heritage Week, Feb. 16-21.

—CRESTON MUSEUM