Said to be named from the First Nation word "yaak" meaning "bow" possibly related to the changing direction of the Kootenay River which first flows south into the U.S. then west and then north back into Canada finally entering Kootenay Lake north of Creston. A quiet and friendly community with a lumber and railroad history.

Yahk is situated at the southeast corner of West Kootenay along Hwy 3 and right along the shore of the winding Moyie River. Visit the Goat soap factory, look for a great find at one of Yahk's antique shops. Learn about the rumored bootleg days in the early 20th century. Proximity to the illegal booze market just across the nearby U.S. border meant stills and stashes abounded. Nearby Yahk Provincial Park offers quiet tent camping sites along the Moyie River.