Hot Springs. Spectacular Lakes. Deluxe Lodging. Scenic Waterfront Roads. Mouth-watering Meals. All Fully Supported. 

Only have a few days but want to see some of the highlights of the Kootenays? This 4 day tour delivers the goods, with big mountain and lake views, quiet roads, and overnight stays in the charming towns of Nelson, Kaslo and Nakusp. Looking for something a bit different? We’re happy to modify or extend this tour to suit your needs! 

Baker Street Nelson BC
Cyclist north end of Kootenay Lake


Start & Finish: Nelson, BC

Overnights: Nelson, Kaslo, Nakusp

Dates: June-September

Length: 4 days/3 nights (3 days of cycling)

Total Distance: 220km

Total Elevation Gain: 2,026m

Trip Size: Minimum 2 guests, maximum 10 guests 


Please contact us to arrange a private tour for your group. 


Distance: 58km – 92km per day

Elevation Gain: 565m – 958m per day

See details below for daily trip segments


Please contact us for rates on private tours. 



  • 3 nights accommodations at deluxe and cozy hotels and lodges
  • Snacks and lunches on cycling days (breakfasts and dinners are not included)
  • Fully supported sag wagon on supported trips (you can always jump in the vehicle if you’ve had enough cycling for the day!)


  • High quality bicycle rental (road and electric versions available)
  • Alcohol beverages
  • Single supplement
  • Accommodation in Nelson on Day 4 if required
  • Airport transfers if required
  • Gratuity (optional but appreciated)


  • Deluxe accommodations in hotels in Nelson, Kaslo and Nakusp
  • Mix of main roads and secondary roads; guests should be comfortable cycling with moderate traffic at times
  • All roads paved, no gravel/dirt


 DAY 1 (Nelson)

0km – Arrival

How do you describe Nelson? Nestled on the shores of Kootenay Lake, the artsy capital of the Kootenays radiates energy, culture and heritage. Enjoy a stroll along historic Baker Street with its street front cafes and boutique shops, or soak up some sun at Lakeside Park’s sandy beach. We’ll set you up with your bikes in the afternoon and prepare for the adventure ahead! Enjoy dinner at one of Nelson’s charming restaurants all within a short walk of your hotel. 

Accommodation: Hume Hotel or Prestige Lakeside Resort

DAY 2 (Nelson to Kaslo)

69km, 569m elevation gain

We’ll pedal out of Nelson via BOB (the Big Orange Bridge), and follow the relatively flat winding waterfront road to the small settlement of Balfour, terminal for the world’s longest free ferry. Our route bends north, where a series of small hills provide stunning views of fjord-like Kootenay Lake. We’ll have lunch overlooking the lake, and then pedal to our deluxe waterfront hotel in the charming heritage town of Kaslo. We’ll round out the day with a soak at Ainsworth Hot Springs and a hearty dinner in Kaslo. 

Bonus Lap: Carry on towards the north end of Kootenay Lake for one of the most scenic out and back rides you’ll ever enjoy. Up to 65km of extra riding if you’re keen!

Accommodation: Kaslo Hotel (or similar)

 Nelson to Kaslo elevation profile

DAY 3 (Kaslo to Nakusp)

92km, 902m elevation gain

A gradual uphill takes us deep into the mountains and past rushing rivers, forested hills and alpine lakes. Once we reach the summit of the quiet road we’ll enjoy a snack on the shores of quiet Fish Lake. A quick downhill leads to the scenic waterfront village of New Denver on Slocan Lake with lunch on the shore. The views keep improving as we head north with mountains rising up on either side to frame Summit Lake. Our destination for the evening is the quiet waterfront town of Nakusp, with an optional trip to the local hot springs or leisurely walk along the boardwalk overlooking Arrow Lake.

Bonus Lap: Head southwest along Highway 6 as it hugs Arrow Lake towards the Arrow Park ferry, 21km each way.

Accommodation: Arrow Lakes Lodge

Kaslo to Nakusp elevation profile

DAY 4 (Nakusp to Nelson)

58km, 555m elevation gain

Our final day begins with a full hot breakfast and all the fixings at the lodge. We’ll hop in the shuttle and head to the south end of Slocan Lake then jump on our bikes. Our route winds through the Slocan Valley on quiet backcountry roads as we head back to Nelson. We’ll pass by bucolic farmsteads with sweeping views before joining the paved Slocan Valley Rail Trail. After one last uphill climb, we’ll enjoy panoramic vistas of the Kootenay River, then descend into Nelson in time for lunch, leaving you plenty of time to return home or continue your Kootenay adventure.

Accommodation: Optional evening at Hume Hotel or Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson

Lemon Creek to Nelson elevation profile