Creston, BC to Nelson, BC
DATE: Wednesday, September 16
DISTANCE: 77 miles / 124 km
Start elev. 2,027 ft., end 1,835 ft.
MAIN FEATURES: East Shore of Kootenay Lake, the Glass House, Artisans at Crawford Bay and the Ride on Osprey Ferry
Today you will spend most of your day winding your way along the east shore of Kootenay Lake where there are many beautiful vistas and photo opportunities. Be sure to stop at the Glass House! It is constructed of more than 500,000 discarded embalming fluid bottles. This square shaped bottle makes for a curiously beautiful home. You will also pass through the community of Crawford Bay where you will find several artisans that are worth stopping at and maybe taking home some of their wares. You will find a handweaver (softest garmets and throws), broom maker (think Harry Potter and Fiddler on the Roof), pottery (multiple shops), forge (everyday iron items) and more. Well worth the stop.
As you leave the Crawford Bay area there is a monster of a climb (see the elevation map and remember our excellent support) before dropping down to Kootenay Bay where we will board the ferry. The ferry ride is the longest FREE ferry ride in the world and you will find a coffee shop and restrooms on board – sit back and enjoy the ride. After unloading on the other side of the lake in Balfour you will have a fairly easy 22 mile ride into the eclectic community of Nelson – one of the most popular communities on our route.