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Cycle Touring

Spin your way through our valleys.

The recipe for great cycling trips is simple – quiet roads, inspiring scenery, convenient amenities and surprising discoveries along the way. Road riding in Arrow Slocan ticks all the boxes and then some.

From Nakusp

Nakusp makes a great base for out-and-back rides to Fauquier (114 km round-trip), Galena Bay (96 km round-trip), and towards Slocan Lake (70 km round-trip or more). Challenge yourself to a 400 meter climb on the 30 km round-trip journey to the soothing waters of Nakusp Hot Springs. All routes are paved and feature rolling hills, big views, and little traffic.

Slocan Valley Tours

Other great day trips include the rewarding climb from New Denver to Retallack (20 km one way, 570 meter elevation gain) with the option to continue on to Kaslo and back (92 km round-trip). The Slocan Valley also features a lovely 40 km loop between Passmore and Appledale using the quiet back road and the main highway, with great food options at the halfway point in Winlaw.

Long Distance Journeys

If longer distance cycle touring is more your speed, you’re in the right place. Pack your panniers and choose from out-and-back rides through the heart of Arrow Slocan or create a loop. The popular “Silver Triangle” loop runs 230 km, while a more ambitious trip through Trout Lake includes a long gravel road as part of the 400 km loop. Both routes pass through New Denver, Nelson, Kaslo and the Slocan Valley, providing plenty of opportunities to restock and relax.

Off road cyclists can also tackle the Nakusp & Slocan (N&S) Rail Trail, Galena Trail and others – check local trail reports on Trailforks for the latest conditions.

What else to explore?

Those packing tents will find campgrounds conveniently located throughout the region, including spectacular waterfront sites in New Denver and Summit Lake. Charming inns, unique vacation rentals and cozy hotels provide great indoor options, while a variety of independent cafes, restaurants and grocery stores cater to your calorie fix. Museums, galleries, heritage sites, public gardens, beaches and beautiful rest stops offer plenty of surprises and discoveries along the way.

From day trips to multi-day cycle touring missions, there’s no better way to discover Arrow Slocan than on two wheels.