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“We were on a trike and it was so beautiful and fun”

International Selkirk Loop
Issaquah, WA.
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298 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“We were on a trike and it was so beautiful and fun”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

the free ferry ride across Kootenay Lake was a highlight as well as our accommodations and visiting Kaslo, B.C. No dislikes really. a really beautiful area and vacation. Enjoyed an old mining town a few miles outside of KAslo

Visited July 2014
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English first
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“Top 10? Uhh... NO.”
Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

When I was planning my cross-country trip and was looking for scenic things in Idaho, I came upon the Int'l Selkirk Loop and read that it was one of the Top 10 Most Scenic Drives. While it certainly had its moments, I am having a difficult time reconciling it as a Top 10 candidate. Perhaps that's because we had just come from Glacier National Park where we had driven the Going to the Sun Drive (phenomenal!!!) route. Much of the views of the lake were impeded by trees and houses along the route. Several of the towns were extremely small and didn't offer much in the way of amenities or things to do. The highlights were the free ferry across the lake and Ainsworth Hot Springs (a little off the Loop itself) and a menagerie of artisan locations. I don't know that I'd recommend the Loop to people as a "must see" but wouldn't discourage them from it either.

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648 reviews
323 attraction reviews
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“A revisit might be in order.”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

We made a quick 3/4 trip on the loop, from Sandpoint, counter-clockwise across the ferry and back through Nelson, Salmo and Creston - in early winter. A low cloud ceiling, fog and light snow at times impeded some views, but also added seasonal vibe. Black ice on some road sections necessitated slower speeds and other caution in places. On the day we went, traffic was light to moderate. A local friend, who grew up in the area, served as a guide. In all, a very pleasant, but perhaps too brief, visit. A summertime revisit may be in order.

Visited December 2013
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Marietta, Georgia
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317 reviews
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“Pretty, but...”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

We drove about 3/4 of the loop starting just above Bonners Ferry, ID and circling around to the west side and left the loop in Creston to head to Banff. You have heavy traffic in Idaho. The west leg heading through Washington to Nelson, BC did not have much traffic. Once you hit Nelson, you have pretty consistent traffic all the way to Creston on a curvy 2 lane road with houses all along the lake. It is not unusual to get behind people driving under the speed limit.

While the landscape can be dramatic, we much preferred the scenery in BC to the views in Idaho. But, that is a personal preference.

There is not much to do in some of the towns you pass through. We spent the first night of the loop in Ponderay, ID. The lake and general area is pretty, but there was something missing to us for Sand Point to be a destination. Maybe we expected too much.

The next day we headed up the west side of the loop and around. We stopped in Nelson, BC for lunch and wandering. Beautiful setting, but everything is pricey and there is definitely a funky, bohemic feel to the town.

The free Kootenay Lake ferry is a great break with wonderful views from the boat. Check the schedule for crossings. They run about every 45 minutes, so time your arrival.

We spent the next night in Creston, BC before leaving the loop. While Creston is a clean, pretty little town - there is not a lot going on. It definitely is there as the center for the farmers and ranchers in the valley and not so much as a destination like other areas on the loop.

We did enjoy the drive and the scenery. Do we need to do it again? Not as a destination, but surely as a diversion if traveling through the area.

One huge tip - fill up your gas tank in the US. Gas in BC was pushing $5/gallon ($1.36/liter).

Visited August 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Wonderful Scenery”
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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