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Kootenay Lake

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 323 miles / 519.8 km
  • Ride Time: A Weekend (2 days)
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $24.55
  • Country: Canada
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Amazing route. Considered one of the best in Canada. Keep a lookout for the glass house. Watch for the wooden bridges, very slick in the rain. Check the general store in Grey Creek. Take a side trip to Riondel. The ferry across the lake is free. Ainsworth Hotsprings are a must see. Main street Kaslo is a must. Find out how much silver left this port on ships like the S.S. Moyie. The road to New Denver is exciting to ride. Take a side trip into Sanden to see a mining Ghost town. Travel south from New Denver through the Silvery Slocan. Check the local history, continue over the pass (wow what a view). Journey into Nelson and stay at the Alpine Motel ( a gem ). Try the Redfish Grill for eats. Try Oso Negro for coffee. Drink Nelson After Dark from the Nelson Brewing Company (a personal favorite)In the morning after high test coffe & breakfast ride south on Highway 6 to Salmo. Ride east and south to cross the border near Metaline Falls (great twisties).Continue south to Tiger, turn right onto the Tiger-Colville road. You'll be delighted.Good eats at the Mexican reataurant on main street Colville. Lots of antique shops, great farmers market, superb rodeo.Ride north to Kettle Falls. Take 25 north (or 20 west to Stevens Pass and Republic, but thats another ride)to the border crossing to Red Mountain, Rossland, Trail and east to the Creston Salmo pass.After crossing the pass You can turn left at the stop sign and do it all again or turn right into Creston.Keep in mind that you have to do some incredible riding just to get to the start point in Creston and if you don't make this trip you'll still have had a great ride somewhere!

This is a motorcycle ride in the country of Canada. This motorcycle route has 9 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by Kitch in November. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by Kitch

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Previous Comments from other Riders:

Senorjeem says:

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

BlueNomad says:

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

McChris says:

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


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