The wooden grain elevators in Creston are a visual symbol of Canada that is disappearing. In 2018, the Trust purchased the iconic grain elevators to help preserve the region’s history and share it with future generations.
The Creston grain elevators were built in 1935 and 1936. During their prime they were used to collect, store and ship locally grown wheat, barley, oats and rye. In 1971 they closed to public use and were sold to a private business person who used the premises to sell seed and feed and purchase grain from local farmers for shipment to Alberta and Vancouver.
In accordance with its commitment to Arts, Heritage and Culture, the Trust purchased the Creston Grain Elevators and Site in 2018 when local groups were unable to.
The condition assessment of both elevators indicated the red elevator is in much better shape than the white elevator. It was decided to focus the Trust’s efforts on securing, cleaning, and restoring the red elevator. Funding partners would likely be required to restore the white elevator.
Now, we look to the future!
We need your help identifying possible future uses for the Creston Grain Elevators and Site. We are seeking your visionary ideas.
Share your ideas through Thoughtexchange, an online platform, which brings people together digitally.
Thoughtexchange has 3 simple steps:
- Share: share your thoughts to an open-ended question, independently and confidentially. There are no limits on the number of thoughts you can share.
- Star: rate thoughts shared by other participants out of 5 stars.
- Discover: explore all the thoughts and how they were rated.
You can visit the Thoughtexchange more than once so you can see and rate new thoughts shared since you first participated.
Public consultation will begin November 30 and you can participate online until December 14, 2020 3:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. MT.
The outcomes of this engagement do not bind the Trust to implement any of the suggested future uses of the Creston grain elevator site. The Trust is committed to the current restoration of the red elevator and to evaluating the suggestions provided by the public when considering potential future investment and/or partnerships.
To participate you will be required to set up and use an account, and by doing so you acknowledge the following:
The personal information requested in this account request and subsequent submissions is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA), and will be used by Columbia Basin Trust for administrative and evaluative purposes relating to the Creston Grain Elevators and Site public consultation. The collection, use and disclosure of personal information is subject to the provisions of the FOIPPA. Any questions regarding such may be directed to: FOIPPA Inquiries, Senior Manager, Information Services, Columbia Basin Trust, Suite 300, 445–13 Ave., Castlegar, BC, V1N 1G1, 1.800.505.8998.
Senior Manager, Special Initiatives