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Aug 28, 2018 - Nelson, British Columbia

August 24th and 25th Today we travel on the ferry from Shelter Bay to Gelana Bay across Arrow Lake then down hwy 6 through Nakusp, New Denver and Kaslo. The Friday market was on in New Denver and we just had to stop and look at all the local wears. Unfortunately the wind was up and it was very smoky and dry and all the talk was of concern about fires spreading under these conditions. This is an area that has been hard hit this year and the fire season is not over yet. Did a little shopping had lunch and headed on to our destination,...

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May 2, 2016 - Balfour to Kaslo

Pretty much stayed within 30 minutes of the campground today, enjoying the sun, drove to Kaslo, quaint little town, off to Ainsworth Hot Springs tonight, then take the ferry tomorrow across the lake. Following everyone's advice, we are staying away from towing a trailer up the Kootenay Skyway, thank you for saving us and our truck!! For the same reason, we avoided the mountain crossing to New Denver and a scenic mountain loop back to Nelson, our truck is very thankful we decided to take it easy today.

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May 1, 2016 - Hedley to Balfour

Off to a great start, checked out Hedley and the nickel and gold mining museum, the gold mine is at the top of the mountain, no way to get there until they open the tours, so no 600 stair climb for us, thank goodness!! Osoyoos is very pretty and was holding a drag race , then just as we were getting ready to leave the lakeside, we saw the first of dozens of old sports cars, some domestic, some British, some European. We must have seen them all the way to Greenwood. They had a sign with Spring Thaw on the drivers door, Minis, MGs, Jags, RR,...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Day 50 - Creston, Kooteney Lake to near Nelson

Our travels today took us back through Cranbrook and then SW to Creston. The Creston area, nestled in a valley between the Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges, is very lush with fields of fruit trees and lots of fruit & vegetable stands along the highway, which we took advantage of and stocked up. From Creston, we headed north on Highway 3A which follows the east shore of Kootenay Lake. It was a beautiful drive on yet another beautiful day. We stopped to take photos of the Glass House at Sanca. This house was built in 1952 by a former...

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Nov 8, 2013 - Road trip

Hi all you faithful watchers. It's been a while but not much happening. The snow has started. We took a trip up to Big White and it was!! That's where we have our condo booked for Xmas week. It was magical and we can't wait. There was snow everywhere but a lovely clear day. We are having a few days on the road with David. They are hoping to catch a salmon. The trip so far has been scenic and snow filled. Lakes just starting to freeze over and White tipped fir trees. Anyone would think we were in Canada. It is dark by about 4-30 so long...

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Sep 17, 2013 - Idabel Lake to Myra Canyon

Sept 17 Today's trip was one of the highlights of our trip as we got to see the beautiful Myra Canyon that overlooks the city of Kelowna. In this canyon, the Kettle Valley Railway skirts the edge of the canyon by buiding a series of bridges or trestles. This is quite an amazing feat considered this part of the railway was built in 1915! The area suffered a forest fire in 2003 , and you will see the effects in our pictures. Many of the trestles were destroyed in the fire but have since been replaced. One tressel was still being repaired due...

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Sep 16, 2013 - Rhone to Idabel Lake

Sept 16 This B&B was exceptional in that they provided supper, breakfast and a lunch to take with us. All the food was made by our German Hostess, Frauke, a gracious cook. We got an early start as this was going to be a long day - 80km to our next stop at Idabel Lake. It rained overnight and was cloudy when we started but the sky cleared and it warmed up nicely by lunchtime. One of the highlights of today was cycling through Taurus Canyon. The Idabel Resort was a very welcome site at the end of the day - a beautiful spot with our suite...

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Sep 15, 2013 - Rock Creek to Rhone

Sept 15 Today we started biking north from Rock Creek on the Kettle Valley Rail-trail. This is a railway that was used back in the late 1800's up to about 1975. The tracks have since been removed and the remaining bed converted into a biking, hiking, skiing trail. It travels through farmers fields, forests and along rivers and lakes. It also offers a wide variety of challenges, including fallen trees, washouts, rockslides, cattle guards, horse riders, the occasional wildlife, and lots and lots of gates. We left Rock Creek and traveled to...

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Sep 14, 2013 - Winlaw to Nelson

Sept 14 This is the last day of our Stage 1 journey on the loop we are travelling in the west Kootenays.  After a breakfast feast served by Jane, we got an early start today back on the Slocan Valley Rail trail. The rail line was built in the late 1800's to transport ore from mines in the area. There were quite a few historical artefacts and information stops along the route. The trail followed the Slocan River and was ever so quiet and peaceful this sunny, Saturday morning. The trail made for easy riding - flat and gently downhill the...

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Sep 13, 2013 - New Denver to Winlaw

Sept 13 Peter realized yesterday that his back rim was severely broken and needed to be replaced. So the morning was spent trying to find a bicycle repairman. Not an easy feat in a tiny isolated town! We lucked out and found one staying at the same B&B as us. Reiner, from Germany, spends his summers in New Denver leading bike tours. He just happened to have the right sized rim for Peters bike and the proper tools to replace it. What are the chances?!!! We got a late start and set off down the highway around lunchtime. Another glorious...

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Sep 12, 2013 - Idaho Peak

Sept 12 Today we decided to spend an extra day in New Denver. Peter wanted to climb a mountain in the area, Idaho Peak, with a stop off in Sandon, an old mining town, now near ghost town/repository for old City of Vancouver transit busses (don't ask, 'cause I don't know) Celeste opted out of this exciting adventure and decided to spend the day poking around New Denver, reading, and getting some much needed laundry done. Idahoe Peak is accessed via a 12km forestry access road, followed by a 1.2 km hike to the summit. The road is advertised...

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Sep 11, 2013 - Kaslo - New Denver

Today we left the idyllic setting of Wing Creek, to bike 52km to New Denver. We will leave the edge of Kootenay Lake and take the highway West that travels along Kaslo creek for most of the journey. Until we cross over the Selkirk Mountains and then it's straight downhill to New Denver on Slocan Lake. The weather was perfect again! New Denver is another little hamlet in the mountains, a little quirky and artsy, with friendly residents. Tomorrow Peter will head to the top of local Idaho Peak, while Celeste will take it easy doing laundry...

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