After leaving Alberta last week we entered British Columbia through Yoho National Park. We had the amazing opportunity to raft the Kicking Horse River. On the recommendation of a visitor center employee, we turned south at Revelstoke and headed through the Western Kootenay region instead of going along the more popular Okanagan valley route. This route twisted through mountains that turned out to be filled with amazing mountain bike trails. Jay was in heaven, dropping down rock faces and traversing seven summits in a single day on an IMBA Epic. I got into it as well, biking five days in a row on both Rail Trails and singletrack.
One of the unique features of the Kootenay Bay route is that there are three free ferries that are part of the highway system. We rode one of the ferries on our way to Nelson. It was a great opportunity to sight see in Balfour Bay.
Hours volunteered: 0 – we hoped to volunteer in another one of the National Parks in Canada, but Yoho, Glacier, and Mount Revelstoke did not have any volunteer activities for us to get involved with.
States & Provinces: 2, British Columbia: Glacier National Park, Golden, Mount Revelstoke National Park, Revelstoke, Nelson, Rossland; Washington: Kettle Falls, Spokane
People Visited: Mary Lynn & Frank Hutchinson
Nights under the stars: 6 – Kootenay River Runners camp, Glacier National Park, Nelson city campground, Rossland Lions campground
Best meal: Burger and Panini at Flying Steamshovel in Rossland
Best beer: Smelter’s Ash Imperial Stout from Northern Ales Brewery in Kettle Falls, Washington