About a 5 hour ride with a few stops to stretch and grab a bite. A good mix of curves and straight stretches and over one mountain pass (highest pass in Canada that is open year round (other than when closed because of avalanches). Watch your weather and don't forget to have your passport with you. This is an international route.
The ride from I-90 down Hwy 97 and 3 and over to Plummer on Hwy 5 is a lot of fun! Nice twists and good surfaces. From Plummer up to Coeur d'Alene it's pretty straight and in July very hot! Another way we will try in the future is to head from I-90 down Hwy 3 and back up the east shore via Hwy 97. Harrison is a good place to stop for a stretch and bite to eat. Lots of mining history there as well.
An international ride entering the US at Eastport, ID and then leaving the main highway (great pavement) on to Moyie River Road (seal coated). The Moyie River Road became gravel after about 8 km and the rest was not as pleasant on our cruiser. This road seemed to disappear and turned into Meadow Creek Road. There was about 10 km of gravel surface to navigate and then back onto good pavement. Beautiful country and forest lined both sides of the road with a surprise encounter with a cow moose and her calf.
Overall an enjoyable ride.
Great route for an afternoon ride. About 40 km along Hwy 3A, one of our province's best riding roads then take a right turn off on to Riondel Road and head north. The last 9 - 10 km are on old highway that has been seal coated several years ago and the surface although is paved, can be rough and has some potholes to be vigilant for. Although not that early in the season, there is still a fair bit of loose gravel on several of the corners. Did see several deer on the side of Riondel Road.
As you reach the summit of the hill going down to the junction to the ferry and Riondel Road, you get a super view of the Kokanee Glacier.
When you arrive at Riondel, a quiet small village (former mining town) you can make your way to the beach at the northwest edge of town.
Great route along the east shore of Kootenay Lake (Hwy 3A) and into Nelson. From Nelson to Castlegar, there are two secondary routes that are off the usual highway and much more interesting. Just keep an eye out for deer along that may appear quickly out from the shrubs and farm fields. Some great twisties and nice views of the west arm of Kootenay Lake. Follow the Columbia from Castlegar to Trail. Then loop back to Nelson through Montrose, Fruitvale and Salmo. Once in Nelson, grab a bite and then back to the longest free ferry ride in North America from Balfour to Kootenay Bay.