Getting here is half the fun.

No matter which direction you come from, your journey to the West Koot Route will be a beautiful adventure unto itself. If you’re coming from the North, East, or West, you’ll need to cross the water. But don’t fret, the ride is short and the ferries are free. From the Southwest, you can enter overland via Crescent Valley or from the SouthEast, via Nelson, a mountain town with a distinct bohemian flavour. Once here, the main roads are paved -- except for a 18 km packed gravel section between Meadow Creek and Trout Lake -- and well-maintained, making the WKR as popular for those touring via bike and motorbike as well as those traveling by car or RV.

Not all who wander are lost.  -- Tolkien

Not all who wander are lost.  -- Tolkien


From Calgary 6-7 ½ hours
From Castlegar ½ hour
From Vancouver 8-9 hours
From Spokane 3-4 hours
From  Kelowna 3-4 hours
From Cranbrook 3-4 hours


The closest airports are in Castlegar, Kelowna, Trail and Cranbrook, where you can rent a car.

Ferry Crossings

If you’re coming from the North, East, or West, you’ll need to cross the water. You do this via a free car ferry, which is a sightseeing opportunity in itself. Links to ferry schedules below:

1) Kootenay Lake Crossing (Kootenay Bay to Balfour)
2) Upper Arrow Lake Crossing (Shelter Bay to Galena Bay)
3) Needles Crossing (Fauquier to Needles)


With its stunning vistas and twisty roads, the West Koot Route is rated one of the top rides “you’ve never heard of” by motorcyclists in the know.


Even in the height of summer, the West Koot Route is a relatively low trafficked road, making it a delight for bike touring.

Visitor Centres

Call or visit us in person:

Nakusp Visitor Centre
92 - 6th Ave. NW, Nakusp, BC

Slocan Visitor Info Booth
1020 Giffin Ave, Slocan Village, BC

New Denver Visitor Centre
202 - 6th Avenue New Denver, BC
250-358-2719 (summer only)

Kaslo Visitor Centre
324 Front St, Kaslo, BC


Photo Credits:

Nakusp Visitor Centre by Terry Flamond