Creston Grain Elevators and Site

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 2018, the Trust purchased the iconic grain elevators to help preserve the region’s history and share it with future generations. Conservation efforts are currently under way, follow the progress here.

Project Updates

Repairs to the elevator roofs are underway, with roofers removing the existing shingles and updating the roof structure before new cedar shingles can be installed which is expected to be completed by the end of summer.

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Watch the video below to see a virtual walk through of the red elevator.