We rode the Silver Triangle with John and Kootenay Cycling Adventures. Can’t say enough about how helpful John was plus he chose great hotels and restaurants and the snacks he provided en route were great. The route itself is a classic with incredible scenery, and mixture of challenging and less challenging climbs plus some exhilarating long downhills. Except between Nelson and the Balfour ferry, traffic is very light. You can rent bikes, we didn’t but the ones we saw were in great condition and appropriate for the conditions.
– Brian, June 2018
John was punctual, thorough, helpful and kind. He replied to my inquiries quickly and picked me up where I was staying (with coffee!). He dropped me off at the trail head, adjusted the bike, provided updated info on the trail with tips on stopping points, and picked me up at the end of the trail (with birthday cupcakes!). And since I forgot my phone he even emailed me some of his own photos from the trail.
The bike was a Surly in top form and good for the trail conditions. The path was bumpy and beautiful. Placards along the Slocan River brought to life what I’d read at Touchstones Museum the day before about the history of the Sinixt and Ktunaxa peoples, the mining industry, the Doukhabors, and Japanese internment camps. The path is isolated enough that I could get a sense of what life was like over the time of the region, but not so remote in that there were some people, the main road is nearby, and there are tasty food stops along the way (I stopped at Fomi’s and Flaca’s).
Book a trip with John if you’re considering biking in the area and want to make things easier on yourself in terms of organizing and everything. - Gina, August 2017
The tour itself was exceptionally well organized, with carefully selected pit stops at scenic points along the route and attentive support from John throughout. The accommodations were great – especially the beautifully restored Kaslo Hotel. I’d also highly recommend Taqueria El Corazon in Kaslo for awesome authentic tacos and Margaritas. John treated us to a big spread of snacks that were laid out picnic-style for us at every stop, including hot and delicious home-made soups and a variety of locally produced items from the Nelson area. We also learned a bit about the history of the area throughout the trip.
I’ve been on a couple guided cycling trips with different outfits in BC and Kootenay Cycling Adventures was exceptional. - Matthew, October 2017
The bicycle itself was perfect for my ride because of it’s versatility – as I was switching from paved road to trail along the way. Great, easy to find campgrounds with all the facilities along the way (off of the Slocan Valley Tail Trail in Winlaw, and down near the lake in Silverton).
Overall, a really great trip. Wonderful weather and sunsets. Good daily distances for me as an amateur (around 50km). If you are thinking of a similar route, I recommend dinner at Mama Sita’s in Winlaw the first night, and break for lunch or snack at Flaka’s Bakery in Slocan City on the second day.
There’s no feeling quite like loading up a bike and hitting the road – really enjoyed that freedom. - Jeremiah, June 2017