Day 3

Rossland, BC to Nelson, BC

Columbia River

DATE: Wednesday, September 11

DISTANCE: 66 miles / 106 km

Start elev.  3,493 ft., end 1,808 ft.

map and elevation/grade charts

MAIN FEATURES: Nancy Green Provincial Park, Castlegar’s Sculpture Walk, Columbia River, Kootenay River

As you leave the alpine city of Rossland we will have a climb to Red Mountain Resort and then a long downhill trek past Nancy Green Provincial Park, which includes a sub-alpine lake that you may wish to dip your toes into. As you enter the community of Castlegar, keep your eyes open for their amazing Sculpture Walk that you will not want to miss. There are 20+ sculptures of various media placed all over town, many are on the street you are riding on – so get off your bike, stretch your legs and enjoy. You won’t be disappointed.

One of the many treasurers of Sculpturewalk

Castlegar is located on the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers and also features many historical sites that may be of interest to you. After leaving Castlegar we will be on roads less traveled as we wind our way toward the city of Nelson. The scenery along this section is beautiful with many vistas of the surrounding mountains, rivers and dams – so have your camera ready.