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By jfamend (640 McR Points) on Dec 04, 2020

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164 McR Points
January 3, 2021
This is a very nice ride and the best way from…

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This route starts at the junction of BC Rt.s 93 & 95 in Radium Hot Springs BC. You head east on Rt. 93 through Kootenay NP all the way to the junction with TC-1 in Banff NP.


The scenery is just awesome on this route. It starts off with a bang as you ride through the narrow Sinclair Canyon. The road continues up into the mountains past Olive Lake , which can be quite striking in color. right after that is a good viewpoint of the Kootenay Valley. You follow the Kootenay River at various distances up to the pass. The Paint Pots will remind you of Yellowstone. Next up is Marble Canyon and its not to be missed. You finish in Banff, which needs no introduction.

Drive Enjoyment

This is a fun, scenic ride. The pavement is good. The curves are mostly sweepers with a few tighter ones mixed in around Kootenay Crossing. The route climbs steadily up to Vermillion Pass then down to the Icefields Parkway.

Tourism Opportunities

The tourism is mostly about nature and the scenery. Radium Hot Springs is a nice spot to soak out the aches of a long trip. There is lodging , gas and food in Radium also. There is abundant wildlife to be spotted in the park.

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January 3, 2021
164 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
This is a very nice ride and the best way from the Kootenays into the Rockies. That said, there are not a ton of curves and the road can be busy at the height of the season.
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