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Cycle Quiet, Well-Maintained Highways Along Kootenay Lake

If you’re a road cycling enthusiast, you know how precious kilometre after kilometre of well-maintained roads with low traffic can be. The Nelson and Kootenay Lake region has several road cycling tours that take you along highways and roads through some of the most gorgeous country you’ll ever experience. It feels remote, and yet there are ample cafes, rest stops and accommodations along the routes, making for a near perfect road cycling experience.

MSBike West Kootenay Challenge

We can’t wait to welcome you. The MS Bike West Kootenay Challenge, which began in 2011, is now a signature event that has gotten rave reviews from many who have taken on the challenge. This extraordinary two-day 222 km MS Bike tour loops around the Kokanee Glacier in the Selkirk Mountains, from New Denver to Slocan, to Kaslo, and back to New Denver with an overnight in Nelson.

Many Road Cycling Routes Around Kootenay Lake

Man cycling beside lakeBut there are many more routes to match the Glacier Challenge in sheer gorgeousness as well as the challenge of steep ascents coupled with fast downhills. Embark on a ride through Rosemont and Blewett in Nelson, and even farther into the Slocan Valley to the local favourite at Frog Peak junction to Castlegar and back. The Kaslo Chamber of Commerce lists many routes on their website, so take a look and see which one is a good fit for you.

The International Selkirk Loop puts on an annual 7 Day Ride, WACANID (Washintong, Canada and Idaho).

Kootenay Cycling Adventures

Kootenay Cycling Adventures offers fully supported and self supported tours in the region. Supported tours range from 3-5 days and include all accommodations and most meals. 2017 tours include:

  • Nelson to Kaslo and New Denver (4 days/3 nights, 227km)
  • Nelson to Revelstoke (6 days/5 nights, 280km)
  • Nelson to Trout Lake Loop (6 days/5 nights, 402km)

High quality road and touring bicycles are available to rent. With a magical combination of quiet roads, genuine mountain towns, spectacular scenery and delicious culinary creations, a cycling trip to the West Kootenays deserves to be on your bucket list!

Nelson and Kaslo are Bike Friendly Towns

We know how important it is for road cyclists to feel that they’re in a bike friendly town. Nelson has many bike shops that will help you with all that you need, and many of our places to stay are very bike friendly. All the transit buses and ferries accommodate cyclists, and the highways are mostly wide and well maintained. There is very little traffic during most of the year along our highways, and our back roads are extremely quiet.

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