Buddy and I are off for a weekend ride to the Kootenays. Planning on camping out near Nakusp. Would appreciate any tips, eating place suggestions, etc. from people who have know-how of the areas being covered.
Ohhhhooh Nakusp... I lived there almost for 18 years!
The only "cool" hang out in nakusp is wileys pub. you can't miss it on the 5 bock main strip. there is a pretty nice beach at the far end of town if you are looking to do any relaxing. you will want to take a trip up to the hotsprings at night if you get a chance...good for the sore muscles. it is a windy road about 15 minutes from town. There is also a camp ground right in town with facilities.
If I were you I would adjust the route, dip down into the USA go over the cascade mountians (winthrop) and back up into osoyoos. the cascade road is by far my favorite road out there, second would be the road you will hit after the fauquier ferry to lumby, the monashee.
hope that helps
what a ride! that looks like a great plan. Grew up in the kootenays all my life - 22 years so far!
If you guys can swing into Nelson for an evening, you'll find a bunch of places on baker street that are pretty cool. its a pretty alternative city and its got a bunch of cool little restaurants and shops downtown.
there is a great little beach at shore acres - the brave and foolish jump off the railroad trestle there, or they go upriver a bit and get an inner tube from the race-trac gas station and tube down the rapids.
as long as you can enjoy outdoorsy stuff like that, you won't run out of stuff to do in the kootenays!
im jealous! have fun!
Having just done a good chunk of that route (plus the 20 in WA) a couple of weeks ago, I second Amber's recommendation about the Cascades. If you can time it right, you should be able to get from Osoyoos to Lumby, or Coldstream, in one day. You'll want to hit the Needles to Lumby stretch mid-day, or evening, it was foggy with a lot of dew on the road when I did it in the morning, not the best for traction, but well worth the ride, if you didn't already know that. I rode from Lumby to Nakusp to New Denver to Kaslo to Balfour to Nelson to Salmo to Castlegar to Grand Forks to Osoyos in one day, no problem; but I'm not on a sportbike, so your comfort level will decide.
You might want to adjust your route, to pass through Nelson, then go to Kaslo. The ride from Kaslo to New Denver, while a bit rough at times, is a great twisty road.
There is also a pub in Lumby that has the best fried chicken.
Last edited by kromedome; 08-04-2005 at 07:50 AM.
I'm sorta bored with TCH from Cache Creek to Kamloops, as an alternative, you may
want to follow 12 south from Lilloett to Lytton, north on TCH to Spences Bridge, east on 8 to Merritt (Home Restaurant!) and north on 5a to Kamloops. Then carry on with your route. Wave as you go by.
Lived up in Castlegar for 2 years of my life. Tubing on the Slocan was by far one of my favorite activities. I second that thought of if you like outdoor activities you'll love the Kootenay. So much to do there year round provided you like being outdoors.Originally Posted by gnasium
They also have some of the best bud there for those of you who like to smoke.
Enjoy the ride. Your going along some of my favorite roads too. Twisty roads and very few cars makes for some nice riding in that area.
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I'm in the Kootenays right now. Take a side trip from New Denver to Kaslo if you have time. I like the Tree House in Kaslo, Apple Tree in New Denver (just lunch, I think), and there are many good places to eat in Nelson.
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Hmmm...I rode up the Slocan Valley to Nakusp then across from the Needles Ferry to Vernon (Hwy 6) just yesterday morning--early--and it was clear skies and dry conditions the whole way (just a bit chilly in the morning).
I'll second the recommendation for Hwy 31A from New Denver to Kaslo. Try the Crooked Cafe in Kaslo. As someone said, lots of good eating in Nelson. There's also a new place opened up near the junction of Hwy 6 and 3A (south end of the Slocan Valley, where they go tubing) called the Frog Peak Cafe. Midway up the valley, just north of Winlaw, there's a place called Fomi's Bakery--great baked stuff, coffee, pizza by the slice, etc. The Cedar Creek Cafe in Winlaw's pretty good, too (home-made ice cream sandwiches!).
For some reason, the Race Trac gas station in New Denver has been selling premium gas about 6 cents a litre cheaper than anywhere else...in Kaslo, you'll have to ride a couple of km south to the Esso (or is it Chevron?) to get premium, unless you're OK with ethanol in your gas, which is what the Mohawk in town will sell you.
how many K is that?
Last weekend me and 2 buddies road Kelowna-Vernon-Needles Ferry-Nakusp-Nelson on day 1. and returned Nelson-Castlegar-Rockcreek-Kelowna on day 2. Nelson was an awsome place to stay the nite. went to 6 different pubs and went swimming at a beach a ways out of town. such a great weekend
Lumby-Needles ferry is one of the best rides in BC. and Nakusp-Nelson has AMAZING views comming down the side of the mountain. we were going to ride the Kaslo rout but a few riders we met along the way said the road conditions were terrible.
I second the Lilloeet - Lytton - Spences Bridge - Merritt - Hwy5A to Kamloops
Hwy 5A has very little traffic and can be hazardous to your license - go for it
Lumby to the needles ferry is more uphill heading east and easier to ride fast.
If you're in Nelson and have the time, Nelson to Balfour for a warm up...take the ferry across to Kootenay Bay. Head south on Hwy 3A to Creston.
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Enjoy your trip!
2nd that I live just at the begining of "BC Destination Highways #1", I ride it almost every evening.Originally Posted by MrCheeky