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Mountain Biking

Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine goes road-tripping in our backyard to discover the best trails and ales. Giddy up.

By Vince Hempsall. Photos by Peter Moynes.

Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine photo editor Peter Moynes and I are on a “Slaycation” road trip around the West Kootenay visiting the region’s newest mountain bike trails and breweries and we’re starting on the East Shore, which, as we discover immediately after disembarking the ferry, is like driving back to 2005 because we can’t see one person on their smartphone.

“The East Shore” is a local term that refers to the area on the east shoreline of Kootenay Lake encompassing Riondel, Crawford Bay, Gray Creek and a few other tiny communities. It can be accessed via Highway 3A from Creston or the Kootenay ferry, the longest free scenic ferry in the world. At its eastern terminal is the quaint Ladybug Coffee stand that serves the heartiest breakfast sandwich in the province and it’s here we realize we can ditch the Trailforks app and just chat up the locals for beta on where to ride, kind of like we all used to do at the turn of the century.


Mountain Biking

Relaxing at the Trail Bluffs overlooking the Columbia River.

To learn more about mountain biking in the area visit the tourism websites.


Enjoy the #WestKootRoute