Cycling the Selkirks and Kootenays

Cycling the Selkirks and Kootenays

Cycling the Selkirks and Kootenays

Prices

From $3,150USD

Difficulty

Guided

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Highlights

Enjoy gorgeous lakes and mountains on this exciting bike tour of southern British Columbia

Take scenic and challenging bike rides through the spectacular mountains of British Columbia.

Discover the First Nations cultures of the communities along your route.

Taste the delicious locally grown fruit and wine from the famous Okanagan Valley.

Take a refreshing swim or relax at the beach while staying at your lakeside Osoyoos hotel.

The Cycling the Selkirks and Kootenays tour is a 9-day guided road biking tour that will take you through the spectacular mountain ranges of southern British Columbia.

On this tour, you’ll enjoy exciting rides on quiet highways through incredible mountain scenery as you travel through the Selkirk, Kootenay, and Monashee mountain ranges. In addition to the dramatic rocky cliffs and snow-capped peaks, you’ll be biking along tranquil lakes and the mighty Columbia and Kootenay Rivers. The tour then leads into the fertile Okanagan Valley where you’ll find Kelowna and Osoyoos nestled in the heart of BC’s wine country. This tour truly combines the best of all worlds by including scenery, exciting rides, culture, and of course delicious food!

Cycling the Selkirks and Kootenays Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Colville

You can meet the shuttle at the Spokane airport or your Spokane hotel this afternoon. After the transfer to Colville, you’ll get settled at the hotel and will have time to prepare your bike for the journey.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Colville
Distance
None
Meals
Dinner

Day 2 Cycle Into the Mountains

This morning, you’ll be dropped off at the China Bend boat lunch where you’ll begin your ride. Cycle the quiet roads northward across the border into Canada. You’ll be travelling into the Kootenays on your way to the mountain communities of Rossland and then Nelson where you’ll stop for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Nelson
Distance
76 miles
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 3 Scenic Cycle to New Denver

Begin your ride along the beautiful Kootenay Lake as you travel north through the spectacular mountains. Take a break in Ainsworth, where you can opt to visit their natural hot springs before riding on to New Denver.

Spend the night near the shores of Slocum lake in New Denver.

Overnight Location
Hotel in New Denver
Distance
71 miles
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 4 Ride Along Upper and Lower Arrow Lake

Cycle through the dramatic peaks of the Selkirk and Monashee mountains as you find your way to Nakusp on the shores of Upper Arrow Lake.

Follow the tranquil lakes down to Lower Arrow Lake and end the day in the little village of Fauquier.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Fauquier
Distance
63 miles
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 5 Cross Lakes and the Monashee Mountains

You’ll have to take the ferry to cross the lake and then begin your epic ride across the breathtaking alpine range of the Monashee Mountains. Your day ends in the logging town of Lumby.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lumby
Distance
70 miles
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 6 Welcome to the Okanagan

Ride the quiet mountain highway into the sunny Okanagan Valley. You’ll be riding to Kelowna, the ski and adventure town that also is in the heart of British Columbia’s wine country.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Kelowna
Distance
48 miles
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 7 Ride South to Osoyoos

As you cycle south, you’ll want to stop at some of the roadside fruit stands to enjoy the beautiful local produce grown in the valley. You’ll be riding to Osoyoos where you’ll spend the night in this laidback lakeside town.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Osoyoos
Distance
73 miles
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 8 Cycle Across the Border

Your cycling route today will take you back across the border into the United States. Ride along the Okanagan River to Tonasket and then to Republic.

At the end of your day, take a stroll down the historic main street of Republic that still has wooden building fronts and no street lights!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Republic
Distance
62 miles
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 9 Final Ride and Return to Spokane

Your cycling tour has an exciting grand finale as you ride up Sherman Pass, which is the highest road open all year in Washington. Finish your trip at Kettle Falls, where you’ll meet the shuttle that will drive you back to Spokane.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
44 miles
Meals
Breakfast

Cycling the Selkirks and Kootenays Price and Dates

This guided cycling tour of the Selkirks and Kootenays is run as a fixed-departure tour and the price per person is fixed.

Prices below are per person:

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Accommodation on the Cycling the Selkirks and Kootenays Tour

This tour is based in 3 and 4-star hotel accommodations. The hotels offer comfortable rooms with modern amenities and great locations.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. The listed price for solo travellers includes the required single supplement. Travellers in a group can pay a supplement of $595USD to have a private room in a hotel where possible.

Night 1

Hotel in Colville

Stay at a comfortable standard 3 or 4-star hotel conveniently located on your route.

Savoy Hotel in Nelson

Enjoy the stunning view from the rooftop whirlpool at this newly renovated boutique hotel. You’ll love the location in the centre of town.

Night 3

Hotel in New Denver

Stay at a comfortable standard 3 or 4-star hotel conveniently located on your route.

Night 4

Hotel in Fauquier

Stay at a comfortable standard 3 or 4-star hotel conveniently located on your route.

Night 5

Hotel in Lumby

Stay at a comfortable standard 3 or 4-star hotel conveniently located on your route.

Siesta Suites in Kelowna

Enjoy your comfortable room and take a swim at one of the two pools here, or take a short walk to the beach. You’ll also love the convenient kitchenette.

Osoyoos Beach Hotel in Osoyoos

Unwind with a refreshing swim or relax at the beach steps from your hotel. You’ll enjoy the welcoming rooms with beautiful lake and mountain views.

Night 8

Hotel in Republic

Stay at a comfortable standard 3 or 4-star hotel conveniently located on your route.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Cycling the Selkirks and Kootenays Tour?

Meals

8 breakfasts and 8 dinners and are included in this tour, not including beverages.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 8 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in Spokane are not included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included as outlined in the itinerary. Round trip transport between Spokane International Airport and your hotel is included at the beginning and end of the tour.

Also Included

  • English-speaking guide
  • Van shuttle
  • Support van during tour
  • Park entrance fees
  • Trail maps and narratives

Not included

  • Flights
  • Meals not previously mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal equipment
  • Bike rental
  • Cycling equipment such as helmets, gloves, and shoes
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Visas if required
  • Beverages both non-alcoholic and alcoholic
  • Fees not mentioned as ‘included’
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers, servers, and hotel staff if desired

Optional Extras

  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Any additional nights before or after the tour
  • Various bicycle rentals, including touring saddles, odometers, pumps, tire irons, and patch kitss

Frequenty Asked Questions about Cycling the Selkirks and Kootenays

How hard is the Cycling the Selkirks and Kootenays tour?

We rate this tour as a 4/5. This tour is geared towards experienced road cyclists who are comfortable cycling up to 75 miles each day. The terrain will be on lightly travelled, paved mountain highways.

Do I need a visa to travel to the United States of America or Canada?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government. You will need to have all required documents (passports, visas if applicable) to cross the border on this tour.

Are meals included on the Cycling the Selkirks and Kootenays tour?

8 breakfasts and 8 dinners and are included on this tour. Please note that your non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are not included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Spokane to start this tour?

You can fly to Spokane International Airport (GEG), where you’ll meet your shuttle at the airport or at your Spokane hotel.

Is the Cycling the Selkirks and Kootenays tour guided?

Yes, you will have an English-speaking guide for the duration of the tour.

Where does the Cycling the Selkirks and Kootenays tour end?

This tour ends with a drop-off at the Spokane International Airport (GEG).

Are equipment rentals included?

No, bike rentals are included not included. There are various style and size options available to rent to mitigate the challenges of shipping your bike. You can also bring your own saddle and pedals to include with your rented bike Please bring any additional equipment desired.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes, you bring your own bike. If you would like to do so it is recommended that you use a reputable specialty company to ship your bike ahead of time to the first hotel.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to the United States of America or Canada?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for the United States of America?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to the United States for this tour?

The best time to cycle in this region is between May and September when you’ll enjoy warm, sunny weather and snowless roads in the mountains.

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Prices

From $3,150USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 4/5. This tour is geared towards experienced road cyclists who are comfortable cycling up to 75 miles each day. The terrain will be on lightly travelled, paved mountain highways.


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