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.
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:
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.
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Nakusp Visitor Centre by Terry Flamond