What a great area to ride! Watch out for the wild turkeys on the road as you head South from the border.
Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 10:47 PM
I have travelled the Canadian portion of this route many times. The portion north of Castlegar to New Denver on Hwy 6 features good scenery and gentle changes in altitude on a good road with little traffic. There are some good spots to stop and enjoy a quiet picnic lunch.
Hwy 31A from New Denver to Kaslo was repaved in 2008 and is a great ride with twists and turns coming out of New Denver and runs next to a creek as you descend eastward into Kaslo.
Hwy 31 south from Kaslo to Balfour (Ferry dock) is full of gentle turns and offers some nice spots for the obligatory photo ops. After leaving the ferry at Crawford Bay you will ride the #1 (as rated by Destination Highways, BC) motorcycle road in British Columbia. It is a great road with many picturesque stops but IMO there are some other roads that trump it.
When you get into Creston be sure and take the free tour of the Kokanee Brewery (a few blocks south of the main part of town). After the tour you can enjoy a free beer while you watch a short movie about the brewery....and what biker doesn't enjoy free beer!
From Creston to Salmo you will go over Kootenay Pass. It can be cool at the top even in summer so be prepared, especially if you are travelling in early spring or late fall. Traffic is generally light but beware of campers and trailers during the summer. Lots of passing lanes.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM
I have ridden this route many times, most recently, last summer. It has always been picturesque with many attractions to pique your interest along the way. However, for pure motorcycling, this ride is for the twisty after twisty. The section from Creston to New Denver is, in my opinion some of the best Motorcycling anywhere in the world.
Rubber side down,
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM