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“Wonderful Scenery” 5 of 5 stars
Review of International Selkirk Loop

International Selkirk Loop
Creston, British Columbia, Canada
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Ranked #6 of 11 Attractions in Creston
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Wonderful Scenery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We travelled from Edmonton Alberta and started and finished the Loop in Creston BC. The entire trip including travel from Edmonton and back with a travel trailer took 2 weeks.. We did the entire International Selkirk Loop in August and enjoyed the beautiful scenery in British Columbia, Idaho, & Washington. We also did several of the suggested side loop trips along the way which even took us into Montana. We did these side drives as day trips which added time but were worth it. We found several lovely campsites along the way and one in particular was the Kokanee Creek Provincial Park campground 20 kms north of Nelson, BC. The lake was beautiful as well as the trails around the campground. There was also a creek in the park that had spawning Kokanee salmon, what a treat to see. Take the time to enjoy this drive.

Visited August 2013
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Nebraska
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“Scenic Loop Road Trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

The International Selkirk Scenic Loop is a coordinated scenic loop drive which takes you through two states and a Canadian province. Decent maps and guides are readily available at most tourist centers in the region. The drive can be done in about 8 hours from any starting point but there is enough to stop and see you could make it into a several day experience. Many of the towns along the loop are unique and different and the scenery very good. Plenty of sweeping vistas, mountain lakes, streams and rivers to see along the way. One of the biggest highlights is the free ferry across Kottenay Lake from Crawford Bay to Balfour, BC. This ferry is part of the British Columbia Highway System and it is very prompt and efficient. Check the internet or the free guides on the loop tour for the ferry schedule which runs frequently. Another hidden treasure is near Metaline Falls, Washington. Crawford State Park is home to Gardner Cave. The cave has guided ranger tours available and it is an interesting little stop. The City of Nelson, BC along the banks of Kootenay Lake is worth spending some time. Bottom line, this scenic loop could be a vacation in itself and will give you a great sampling of NE Washington State, Northern Idaho and SE British Columbia and the Kootenay Region. Don't forget your passport because you go through Customs at the International Border.

Visited June 2013
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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“Beautiful drive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Very beautiful drive and worth the effort. Would not make this a destination if you are coming froma distance. If you are in the general area by all means do it. You cross into Canada so have your passport.

Visited July 2012
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Kelowna, Canada
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“For those that love to drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

An absolute treasure if you like to drive the twisties. If your idea of a road trip is the destination and you are not a good passenger , then probably not for you, but if you get joy out of watching your mate have a good time driving or better yet on a motorcycle, then this is as fine (among many) an example of sparsely travelled road trippin that the southern interior can give you. If you want to see wildlife in its natural habitat (i saw 6 bears , one was a grizzly(rare to see) on one trip a couple years back) you will not be disappointed. I have travelled this on a motorcycle several times and portions by car. It is not the best , like say some hyway in the n wash or 299 in n cali but its pretty darn good. There are several hotsprings, fantastic fishing, hiking in total wilderness, summer weather that is usually hot, winter weather that spawns legendary powder, all right on or within a couple of minutes off of this byway and a laidback lifestyle only available in this part of Canada. I have only driven the stateside portion twice and so am not so familiar with it but it was good too. Watch for animals and the big trucks tend to think they own the road, just like in all of BC, but just pull over and let them pass.

Visited July 2012
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Caldwell Idaho
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“Would not go on this again”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

How disappointing. Was look for a spectacular vista. Not so. Driving in trees along the Kootenay River. Winds blows thru that area, so there is no reflection on the river. Can't see the view for the trees along the road. The only spectacular scenery at all is the loop cutting thru Slocan, up on top. Lots of driving, but so disappointing. The ferry ride was ok, the only thing kind of exciting. There is a guy on Youtube that has a helmet cam driving along this Canadian Route and it is boring to watch WELL it is boring to drive it.

Visited October 2012
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