Things we've done

Like actually done ourselves

A few things we've done, seen, and used. WE get out there as much as we can and tend to be picky and hard on stuff...

We Went here

Things and places we've seen with our own eyes.

We ate here

Places where we filled our bellies.

We stayed here

Places we've laid our heads.

We Drank here

Places we've quenched our thirst.

We used this

Gear and equipment we've put to good use.

We learnt this

Stuff that we've learnt along the way. Either about motorcycles or ourselves.

kootenay map of the works

The WORKS

You want the works? Well, here it is! All the tracks, routes, and waypoints in one place. No better way to see the big picture, everything in one view. Way easier to plan that next ride, so get at it! Oh, and this one will be updated as new things get added, so keep checking for the newest version….. Get

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a map Granby Whatshan Edgewood shelter bay

Granby / Whatshan / Shelter Bay Route

Want a way to get from Grand Forks to the Shelter Bay ferry avoiding all that pavement through Nakusp? Have we got the answer for you! Stellar gravel riding through the Granby, Edgewood, Whatshan Lake and along the West shore of Upper Arrow Lake. Get the .gpx or .kml file via Gaia Gaia Tutorial on using files So, here’s how

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Vera @missvelocity sitting on a rock at Eagle Bay

Ride Report – West Kootenays Bottom to Top

Miss Velocity joined in on this most recent scouting mission. Sooooo nice to have my partner to help stay warm at night instead of shivering all by my lonesome! Eight days living off the bikes and fine tuning our systems. Still ticking off all the low-down bits since the snow is really hanging on this Spring… It’s all mapped!! So,

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map of lemon Creek motorcycle route

Lemon Creek Route

Heading up Six Mile Lake and down Lemon Creek is a classic dual-sport ride. The typical loop is just up, down and back on the highway through the Slocan Valley. But…..there’s options!! Get the .gpx or .kml file via Gaia Gaia Tutorial on using files So, here’s how the map works. The route is broken up into smaller tracks based

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map of kootenay lake tourism motorcycle routes

Kootenay Lake Tourism

Welcome to the Kootenay Lake Region! There is so much amazing riding here to be had, both on and off-road. Here’s a selection of things you can ride, destinations to visit, and places to eat/drink/shop. Everything is rideable in either direction, and with many points to hop on or off depending on what else you want to do. Towns in

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map of Glacier motorcycle route

Glacier Route

Riding the loop around the Kokanee Park is a must do! Travelling through Nelson, Balfour, Kaslo, New Denver and through the Slocan Valley. It has some of the most flowy twisties anywhere. Get the .gpx or .kml file via Gaia Gaia Tutorial on using files Nelson Nelson is one of Canada’s hidden gems. Nestled in the Selkirk Mountains along the

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Tailout Brewing

Founded by friends with a shared love of outdoor activities, especially fly-fishing, Tailout Brewing has a comfortable tasting room that features its stylish fish logo prominently. Indeed, the name “Tailout” refers to a shallow part of a river where fish tend to gather — in other words, a great place to cast a fly.  The idea for the brewery came

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Lions Head Pub

Not to be missed! A mandatory stop if you’re anywhere near Robson… The historical Lion’s Head focuses on quality food and beer. All the food is fresh and from scratch! The taps are reserved for BC Craft Beers. All of that in a warm and friendly traditional Tudor style pub. Situated right on the Columbia river; we have 2 outdoor

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Trail Beer Refinery

With a name that reflects Trail’s historic connection to mining, refining, and smelting, this brewery has a strong community focus. For the 13 local business partners who joined together to open Trail’s first craft brewery, it was an obvious choice to link its name to the city’s main industry. Trail is home to one of the world’s largest lead-zinc smelting

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Rossland Beer Company

An award-winning nano-brewery tucked away in the Southwest kootenays. While Ryan Arnaud and Petri Raito ran a local U-Brew company called Trail Brewing they realized there was great demand for craft beer in their area. So the two best friends purchased a small nanobrewery system from a brewery in North Vancouver that was expanding and opened Rossland Beer Company. Since

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Erie Creek Brewing

Kootenay crafted been in a small town Brewery. An old adage says that every town should have its own brewery, and that was certainly one of the incentives behind opening Erie Creek Brewing. When Colin and Lynn Hango moved their family from Nelson to an acreage in Salmo, they saw the need for a community hangout, a place for people

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Fisher Peak Brewing

The Heid Out serves its own craft beers produced by Fisher Peak Brewing on-site. Heidi’s Restaurant was already a popular Cranbrook establishment for years and then the Romichs chose to renovate and update the restaurant, adding a brewery to the facility in 2013. The result is a welcoming and comfortable restaurant that has a kitchen focused on seasonally produced local

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kootenay map of the works

The WORKS

You want the works? Well, here it is! All the tracks, routes, and waypoints in one place. No better way to see the big picture, everything in one view. Way easier to plan that next ride, so get at it! Oh, and this one will be updated as new things get added, so keep checking for the newest version….. Get

Read More »
Vera @missvelocity sitting on a rock at Eagle Bay

Ride Report – West Kootenays Bottom to Top

Miss Velocity joined in on this most recent scouting mission. Sooooo nice to have my partner to help stay warm at night instead of shivering all by my lonesome! Eight days living off the bikes and fine tuning our systems. Still ticking off all the low-down bits since the snow is really hanging on this Spring… It’s all mapped!! So,

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View leaving Fernie

Ride Report – East Kootenay Exploration

Continuing in my mission to bring you’all the most current and detailed info about riding in the Kootenays, I again braved the cold and headed out. With 5 days this time, I went to see what was doable and what was still snowbound. It’s all mapped!! Click through on any map image if you want to see where all I

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a picture of a frozen summit lake with motorcycle

Ride Report – Trout Lake Loop

As part of my mission to bring you’all the most current and detailed info about riding in the Kootenays, I braved the cold and headed out. Found myself with a 3 day window, so headed out to basically do the Trout Lake Loop whilst doing a bunch of side exploring to bring you some new routes soon… Day One……. Actually,

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Trout Lake Windsor Hotel

Trout Lake Windsor Hotel

The historic Windsor Hotel is an located in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains and next to the pristine Trout Lake where rugged wilderness meets the turn of the Century style. Since the 1890’s when the Windsor first opened its doors the Hotel has hosted thousands of guests including British Royalty, gold miners, dream chasers and outdoor adventurers. Contact Phone

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map of Rec Sites in the Kootenays

Kootenay Rec Sites

One awesome part of travelling in the Kootenay region is the abundance of Recreational Sites to camp at! Get the .gpx or .kml file via Gaia Gaia Tutorial on using files Fortuantely, along with all the forestry roads that criss-cross the Kootenays, there are camping opportunities everywhere. Official Rec Sites are all over BC and here’s a map of all

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kootenay map of the works

The WORKS

You want the works? Well, here it is! All the tracks, routes, and waypoints in one place. No better way to see the big picture, everything in one view. Way easier to plan that next ride, so get at it! Oh, and this one will be updated as new things get added, so keep checking for the newest version….. Get

Read More »
Vera @missvelocity sitting on a rock at Eagle Bay

Ride Report – West Kootenays Bottom to Top

Miss Velocity joined in on this most recent scouting mission. Sooooo nice to have my partner to help stay warm at night instead of shivering all by my lonesome! Eight days living off the bikes and fine tuning our systems. Still ticking off all the low-down bits since the snow is really hanging on this Spring… It’s all mapped!! So,

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Ride Report – Adventurey Muppets’ Snowy Ride

Guest Ride Report Three muppets rolled out of Calgary in the middle of April headed west in search of adventure. This is their story!!! There’s some stellar pics to come, but they put together a fantastic little video as well. Great vibe and gives the feel of the expedition… Day One15 April – 385kmCalgary-Porcupine Hills – Fernie – Wardner, BC

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View leaving Fernie

Ride Report – East Kootenay Exploration

Continuing in my mission to bring you’all the most current and detailed info about riding in the Kootenays, I again braved the cold and headed out. With 5 days this time, I went to see what was doable and what was still snowbound. It’s all mapped!! Click through on any map image if you want to see where all I

Read More »
a picture of a frozen summit lake with motorcycle

Ride Report – Trout Lake Loop

As part of my mission to bring you’all the most current and detailed info about riding in the Kootenays, I braved the cold and headed out. Found myself with a 3 day window, so headed out to basically do the Trout Lake Loop whilst doing a bunch of side exploring to bring you some new routes soon… Day One……. Actually,

Read More »
a map of fuel stations in the kootenays

Kootenay Fuel Stations

It’s sorta one of those things. If you travel around, you need gas. And when you need it, you really need it! Here’s a map of all the places to get fuel in the Kootenays. Is this EVERY station? Of course not. If you’re headed to Cranbrook, they’re everwhere. But this might help find that random station, in the middle

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Helmet with UCLEAR Motion6 mounted on side

Gear Review – Uclear Motion 6 Part 2

Part 2 of 3 In this second part, we’re going to go through actually using the Motion6. Everything from setting it up to cranking up the music!  Installing the CLEARlink app and syncing the Motion6 with my phone was painless and went as expected. Cool thing is that it does over-the-air updating. A serious flaw with Sena is that you

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Helmet with UCLEAR Motion6 mounted on side

Gear Review – Uclear Motion 6

Part 1 of 3 There’s a lot to go over, so this review will be broken up into 3 parts. Part 1 will the Unboxing and initial thoughts on the Motion6. Part 2 will be what I think of it after using it for a little bit as a solo rider. So primarily for music and phone funtions. And finally,

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motorcycle repair on the side of the road

Fixing a flat on the road

Nothing puts a damper on an awesome day on two wheels quicker than a flat tire. So, what do you do? Call BCAA? A buddy with a truck? Or are you prepared to tackle it yourself. Depending where you are, you may not have a choice! And yes, I still live in the medieval times and have tubes. If you’re

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motorcycle rider with neck brace and Garmin inreach

Backcountry Safety

The Kootenays are a beautiful and amazing place to explore! But how prepared are you when you’re out there enjoying everything nature has to offer? The mountains are a fantastic place to explore but there are things to consider that you may not normally think of.  Poor or no cell service In this day and age, the ability to communicate

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Tool kit

Carry what you need. No more, no less. Your needs are different that the fellow next to you. Pack accordingly! Take a look below and get an idea of what Lyndon Poskitt carries. He’s sorta the master, and knows what he’s doing. But as always, you may need more or less than him… Share: Share on facebook Facebook Share on

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Ride Report – The Invermere Excursion

With the last week of August upon us, the summer was quickly disappearing. After almost 4 months, MissVelocity’s broken leg was finally strong enough to get back on the bike. Waahooo! That was the longest summer ever for her, so a-road-trippin we shall go! We dragged all the kit out and stuffed it all into the Enduristan bags. We try

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motorcycle repair on the side of the road

Fixing a flat on the road

Nothing puts a damper on an awesome day on two wheels quicker than a flat tire. So, what do you do? Call BCAA? A buddy with a truck? Or are you prepared to tackle it yourself. Depending where you are, you may not have a choice! And yes, I still live in the medieval times and have tubes. If you’re

Read More »
motorcycle rider with neck brace and Garmin inreach

Backcountry Safety

The Kootenays are a beautiful and amazing place to explore! But how prepared are you when you’re out there enjoying everything nature has to offer? The mountains are a fantastic place to explore but there are things to consider that you may not normally think of.  Poor or no cell service In this day and age, the ability to communicate

Read More »

Ride Report – The Invermere Excursion

With the last week of August upon us, the summer was quickly disappearing. After almost 4 months, MissVelocity’s broken leg was finally strong enough to get back on the bike. Waahooo! That was the longest summer ever for her, so a-road-trippin we shall go! We dragged all the kit out and stuffed it all into the Enduristan bags. We try

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Places to Stay

Places to go

Routes

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Trip reports

5/5
Wait, what? We did that and didn't die? I guess that's a win!
Craig Luke
5/5
You're damn right we didn't die! Takes a lot more than that!
Vera Horsman