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Old 07-21-2015, 07:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know this is a summer question but thought maybe some locals might chime in.

We're doing a 6 day bike ride from the panhandle of Idaho up into BC. We are spending nights in Trail, Nelson and Creston. We've taken a few extra days off after the ride is over and were thinking about driving back up to this area and seeing more of it. Most of these places I've never been or have only driven through on the way to Banf and Jasper NP's.

Anyone have anything they would recommend to see and do? Any must do bike rides? Campgrounds?

There are a lot of lakes and Provincial Parks that look interesting.

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Old 07-22-2015, 01:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Definitely check out Rossland when you're in Trail

Not sure if you're mountain or road biking, but the Seven Summits trail (that ends up in Rossland) is supposed to be pretty epic (I haven't done it yet)

https://www.imba.com/epics/seven-summits-trail-epic

There's so much to see and do in the Kootenays, its kind of hard to narrow it down lol
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Old 07-22-2015, 01:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks, we will be on road bikes and really only have the night in Trail on the actual ride.

We got an e-mail form Rossland Tourism, probably because we signed up for the ride, and it looks like lots of nice riding both road and mountain in the area.

Renting mountain bikes wouldn't be out of the question although that ride looks technically a little out of our ability. We've only been a couple of times and some of the intermediate single track was pretty challenging for us.

Narrowing down is our issue, we'll really only have two full days between driving so don't want to drive much on those days, just find something cool to do even if it is just hanging out by some pretty lake.
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Well to be honest, most of the mountain biking in this area is pretty advanced - although its amazing, its generally steep and technical.

If you looking at more fun / relaxing things to do:

-Kootenay Lake, huge lake with awesome views, loads of beaches, fishing etc.
-Lakeside park in Nelson has a nice beach (on Kootenay Lake), kayaks & sups for rentals, lots of grass, shady trees. Half the town is chilling down there when its hot
-Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, about 25 mins north of Nelson, also on the lake with nice beaches, nice car-camping sites. Also close to Kokanee Glacier Park which is a mainly back-country park with lots of good hiking. You can camp there as well (there's even a 'hut' up there which you can reserve in summer that is used for skiing snowboarding in the winter)
-Ainsworth Hot Springs, another 20 mins north from the park, natural hot-springs fed into a pool with a cave etc. Nice way to relax
-Slocan Lake / Valhalla Provincial Park, a little further but awesome beaches and hiking in the park. There's whitewater rafting on the Slocan river too

That's barely scratching the surface, but 2 days doesn't give you much time. Feel free to ask any other questions or shoot me a PM
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Thanks Kalev.

The photos I've been perusing on the web look pretty cool. It's such a big area and we don't have much time although I think I looked at the dates wrong and we have 3 days between driving.

We'll have to do some more research and also decide if we want to bring hiking/backpacking gear with us too.

Good to know about the level for the mountain biking, we're probably technically not good enough for that. Right now logging roads and mellower single track are probably our speed.

It's also likely after a week of riding that we'll just want to explore and relax.
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