Rail Trails of the West Kootenays

Rail Trails of the West Kootenays

We may be biased, but we think that the rail trails of the West Kootenays offer some of the best cycling in British Columbia. Huge views, quiet and safe cycling, gentle grades, swimmable lakes, meandering rivers, character cafes and accommodations…the list goes on....
Spotlight on John Ward Fine Coffee

Spotlight on John Ward Fine Coffee

In addition to great road biking, Nelson BC also boasts an amazing combination of heritage charm, cafes and cultural vibe. If you spin by John Ward Fine Coffee, you can have it all in one place. Located in the heart of downtown Nelson, this bright and bustling café is...
Spotlight on The Yellow Deli

Spotlight on The Yellow Deli

Ever dreamed of a biking holiday that allows you to indulge your inner Hobbit? Good news – you don’t have to go all the way to New Zealand. The iconic Yellow Deli café in Nelson BC might have you thinking you’ve stepped right into the Shire and the Lord of the Rings....
Spotlight on Oso Negro

Spotlight on Oso Negro

When most people think of Nelson, BC, chances are that Oso Negro is near the top of the list. Spanish for black bear, this coffee roastery and café has been a Nelson landmark for more than two decades. It’s a genuine must visit on a cycling tour in the West Kootenays...
Spotlight on Empire Coffee

Spotlight on Empire Coffee

What makes for a great café? Fine coffee, tempting baked goods, and a lively and trendy vibe are usually prerequisites. But when you add stellar lake views and a year-round solarium, well, that’s just getting unfair. So it is that Empire Coffee hits the mark any way...
Spotlight on Sidewinders Coffee Company

Spotlight on Sidewinders Coffee Company

For many road cyclists, enjoying a cup of coffee after (or even before or during) a ride is just part of the deal. And if you’re thinking of a bicycle tour in British Columbia, Nelson has all sorts of great cafes to choose from. In a town beloved for its coffee...
Brighter Skies Ahead

Brighter Skies Ahead

Bring on the blue sky and sunshine! After a smoky haze that has engulfed much of British Columbia in August, a combination of wind and rain has brought welcome relief to the West Kootenays. Hooray! Air quality has drastically improved too, and with the forecast in the...
Explore the West Koot Loop by e-bike

Explore the West Koot Loop by e-bike

The excitement for electric bicycles is building. They might just revolutionize cycling, making the sport more accessible for everyone. If you’re thinking of joining a tour but not sure if your partner or friend is up to the cycling, an e-bike might just be the...
Spotlight on the Adventure Hotel

Spotlight on the Adventure Hotel

Modern meets mountain at the Adventure Hotel in Nelson, one of our lodging partners on our signature West Koot Loop cycling tour. With a structure that goes back more than a century, the hotel balances heritage charm with present day amenities. Previously known as the...
La Dolce Vita in Italy by Bicycle

La Dolce Vita in Italy by Bicycle

Tuscany conjures up images of lush rolling hills, world-class wineries, and some of the most celebrated cycling in Europe. But it comes at a cost. After a few days relaxing outside of Florence and enjoying the comforts of home-cooked meals we embarked on the final...