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Holaday 08-26-2010 09:32 PM

KTM ing in the Kootenays
Left North Vancouver early tuesday morning for Nelson. First stop was Hope for gas. Next stop Princeton for an Americano at Cowboy Coffee. We made it to Osoyoos for lunch and a swim. Next stop Greenwood for an Espresso shake at the Copper Eagle Bakery. I always try and stop here but usually find it closed. Being in Greenwood for me marks the start of the Kootenays eventhough technically its still Boundary country.

Greenwood is Canada's smallest incorporated city. The chick flick Snow Falling on Cedars was filmed here.

Greenwood is a really cool little town a great place to stretch your legs.

Next stop Christina Lake for another swim. Canada's warmest tree lined lake, the 20 km long lake reaches surface temps of 23 degrees Celsius [thats 75 degrees in American] in July and August. Great swimming.

Next stop Nelson. We are now officially in da Kootenays. :clap
Dinner at Leo's. Awesome pizza and icy cold beer.

After dinner we headed out of Nelson to Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. We had to camp in the overflow area because the regular campsite is full of people that are so organized they make reservations when they go camping.
The overflow area was very full of less organized people. The tents were so jammed in there that I could here the old ladys beside us farting and talking in there sleep.

The blue tent is our neighbours, the first night they were there his alarm clock went off in his car at 4 am for 10 minutes till I got up and asked him to kindly shut it off:ddog

Look who we met at Kokanee Creek. Well travelled Australian motorcyclist Ben Holland. Aus Ben I believe on ADVrider you may recognize him from other ride reports. Ben and his trusty KLR have been from Alaska all the way down to TDF. Had some beers and dinner with Ben, great guy.

Tomorrow we check out Toad Rock Campground.

Kodanja 08-26-2010 10:32 PM

Looking good! Heading up to Kaslo? Get a day pass for the Moyie Sternwheeler.

Holaday 08-28-2010 08:30 AM

Toad Rock Campground
This is Mary giving a tour in her custom Volvo work truck. Mary owns and runs Toad Rock. Super nice lady. Brand new sparkling clean bath and shower house in the background, laundry as well.

Toad Rock is set up to cater to motorcyclists who are traveling light. Mary has a couple of tents already set up so if you arrive late or its pouring rain you don't have to set a tent up. She also has a few cabins and old trailers or this bus you could stay in if you don't have a tent all have clean bedding and are only a couple of bucks more than tenting.

Kitchen facilities


Gotta service your bike. No problem put it on the lift.

We were at Toad Rock in the morning and Mary said to help our selves to coffee. No coffee Mate here this is what I like in my coffee when on holidays.

Mary's Casa

Next stop just up the road a few kms Kaslo.

GB 08-28-2010 04:01 PM

Keep the Beautiful BC RR comin' :thumb


Holaday 08-30-2010 06:38 PM

Kaslo, Buchanan Lookout
Kaslo is an awesome little town, there is a good grocery store there and we ended up stopping in there most days to pick up supplies. We didn't check out the paddle wheeler in Kaslo but if you have time check it out. Very well restored.

Nicely restored hotel

After walking around Kaslo and picking up lunch we headed for the old Forestry Lookout on Mt. Buchanan high above Kaslo.

11 kilometers of very sweet logging road gets you to the Lookout at 6272 ft elevation. The Lookout is being rebuilt right now but should be finished this september by the looks of things.

Looking down on Kaslo

990S Shots

Heading back down

Tomorrow we head up into Kokanee Glacier Park and hike into the Canadian Alpine Club hut.

Holaday 08-31-2010 04:07 PM

Kokanee Glacier Park
Pretty much right across the highway from the Kokanee Creek campground the road goes into the Kokanee Glacier Park. 16 kms of nice logging road gets you to the trailhead.

Accessing these trailheads is always a good time on the 990

Big avalanche path

Trailhead parking lot

The resident Porcupine population of British Columbia has developed a taste for rubber tires, rad hoses and other vital components of automobiles this is the way you protect your vehicle if your going to be leaving it over night.

The trail climbs steeply to start with and in about a hour you reach Kokanee Lake

After about another hour of nice alpine hiking you reach the Alpine Club hut on the shores of Kaslo lake.

This is the Slocan Chief cabin built in 1896 originally used for the mining activity in the area. Today the cabin is a museum of local mountaineering history.

Well thats it for the day we'd better get back to the 990 before the porcupines start chewing on my Dunlop 908. Tomorrow we will head up Idaho Peak.

kootenay kid 08-31-2010 05:23 PM

Good on you for getting out and exploring the back country. I live 1 hour from Kokanee Glacier but despite my wifes attempts to get me up there, I've never been. Glad you enjoyed the great Kootenays.

johnnyadventurepants 08-31-2010 07:06 PM

Hey Blair! Looking good so far! :lurk

kwisn 08-31-2010 10:14 PM

Nice! Great pics and not very far for me to 'splore. I'll have to give it a go.

gtcoop 09-01-2010 07:16 PM

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i was just up there too just a few weeks ago

The Toecutter 09-01-2010 07:29 PM

Love it!

Holaday 09-03-2010 01:21 PM


Originally Posted by kwisn
Nice! Great pics and not very far for me to 'splore. I'll have to give it a go.


Originally Posted by kootenay kid
Good on you for getting out and exploring the back country. I live 1 hour from Kokanee Glacier but despite my wifes attempts to get me up there, I've never been. Glad you enjoyed the great Kootenays.

Thanks for your comments guys. Get out and explore one of these areas they are fabulous and right in your backyard.

Blair :D

Holaday 09-03-2010 02:02 PM

Idaho Peak
Todays destination Idaho Peak high above New Denver and Slocan Lake. We headed north again to Kaslo for lunch supplies and then west on highway 31A to the turnoff for the old mining town of Sandon.

Museum in Sandon

From Sandon we are treated to more sweet steep winding dirt roads.

Looking down on Sandon

Getting close to the top.

From the parking lot its about a half hour walk to the old lookout on Idaho Peak

Idaho Peak wildlife

This guy had no fear. We could of had Grouse for dinner but we had other plans.

Looking down on New Denver. There is a great municipal campground right on the lake where the creek enters the lake.

Looking south down Slocan Lake Valhalla mountains and Provincial Park in the background

Alpine Wild Flowers

From Idaho Peak we headed down to New Denver and Silverton.

Coffee in Silverton

From Silverton we head south on HWY 6 along Slocan Lake

Back to the campground at Kokanee creek for a cocktail. Cheers.

ekms377 09-03-2010 08:00 PM

Another great report and ride! Thx!

MR4WD 12-27-2010 07:41 PM

Looking for updates? Completed ride report?

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