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It's Here! An amazing 1508 km backroads loop ride through the best of the Kootenays!
No single track, but plenty of fun two track and FSRs.
Many riders helped out with local knowledge and generally putting up with me trying routes that did not work. So a thumbs-up to Alex, Guy, Ron, and Levon. Also a big Thank-you to Craig Luke at Ride-the-Kootenays for his input.
The navigation runs on the free version of the Avenza phone app. Or on Garmin Gps units. I don't have a GAIA compatible version. All navigation lines are wide and easy to follow.
Dark Blue lines = the main route.
Light Blue lines = alternate route.
Green lines = paved easy route.
Red lines = more challenging route.
Gold lines = access to campgrounds, lakes,
viewpoints, gas and food along the way.
Symbols show last gas before leaving pavement and first gas returning to pavement.
The navigation is not turn by turn, you simply follow the colored line.
The phone app route is displayed on top of a good quality open source basemap. So if you want to go exploring off the CBDR route, you will have a great overall map showing many other backroads and trails.
The Kootenay CBDR is a loop, so you can begin wherever is best for you. You can Camp, do Motel stays, or mix it up. The motel stays work out great as a 6 day trip.
Motel nights are in Radium, Fernie, Creston, Grand Forks, Nakusp and Crawford Bay.
Available for Garmin GPS version or phone Navigation on the Avenza App.
If you camp, you decide how many days to do the 1508 km loop. Do you take it easy, or do you ride long days and do it in 5 or even 4? The ride navigation shows over 40 campgrounds along the route and information package has a dedicated map for fuel leg management.
It is best to ride this motorcycle loop in a clockwise direction. The navigation lines have embedded arrows which point counter-clockwise. Also the written directions are based on the clockwise travel. If you want to go the opposite way you can, but your brain will need work harder to be the "backwards navigator".
Route shown on Avenza phone App. The App automatically loads the map as you ride along.
Get the Kootenay CBDR version for phones $35
Phone Nav Version - 750 mb download
The phone version is organized into 6 days.
If you are camping you can just stay on the backroad route and stop whenever you want.
If you are doing Motel stays the route will bring you right through the towns except for Nakusp. There is a Gold colored access route that you follow to Nakusp.
This is the Route shown on GPS using the supplied base map. In the Garmin Gps version, the CBDR map is a transparent layer. You can display the route as an overlay on top of any of the maps in your gps or over the included topo basemap.
Get the Garmin GPS version $35
Canadian Riders Order Here
USA Riders Order Here
The GPS version is organized into 6 days.
The GPS version will be mailed to you on a Micro SD card. Put that card in your unit and restart the GPS. The package also includes 8 printed maps (on your tank bag?) and 7 pages of route information.
The GPS map containing the routes is transparent so it will display on any basemap you choose. The SD card includes a Topo style basemap. Enable that map for a background map or use one of the gps maps already on your unit.
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