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The International Selkirk Loop

Overview

The Selkirk Loop is a 280-mile international scenic drive encircling the Selkirk Mountains of eastern Washington, northern Idaho and southeastern British Columbia. The entire loop follows alongside a river or lakeshore, with vast views of the valleys and mountains one minute, intimate water scenes or dense forest the next. The Selkirk Mountain Range, with peaks towering over 11,500 feet, are just one of the many ranges comprising the Rocky Mountains. 

Details

  • Multiple-night stays in waterview rooms
  • 2 nights in Bonners Ferry, ID
  • 3 nights in Nelson, BC
  • Visit restored SS Moyie and step back to the era of the sternwheelers
  • Learn about the culture of the Doukhobors at Castlegar
  • Enjoy a night of contemporary luxury at the Davenport Towers
  • Sunday Brunch at the historic Davenport Hotel
  • Roundtrip air to/from Spokane

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Daily Itinerary

Spokane RiverDay 1

Arrive in Spokane and travel along the Spokane River to Post Falls, Idaho before turning north to Bonners Ferry, a small community tucked away in the picturesque Kootenai Valley. Best Western Kootenai River Inn – 2 nights (L)

WaterDay 2

The Selkirks come into view today as you travel across the border to British Columbia. Spend the day in Creston Valley, learning about the area’s rich agricultural history and taking a walk through the wetlands. Return to Bonners Ferry for a sunset drive to the nature preserve. (FB,L)

HalcyonDay 3

Visit with talented and unique artisans as you travel along the shore of Kootenay Lake. Tour a very clever bottle house and stop at an artisan village in Crawford Bay before arriving in Nelson. Your hotel is located on the shore of Kootenay Lake’s West Arm, with a great waterfront parkway along the shoreline for quiet walks and contemplation. Prestige Lakeside Resort – 3 nights (FB,L)

Day 4

In the picturesque community of Kaslo, on Kootenay Lake surrounded by the Selkirks, step aboard the beautifully restored, now stationary, SS Moyie for a tour of the region’s golden history. (FB,L)

Sports Leisure travelers at the confluence of Columbia River & Kootenay River, SelkirkDay 5

Today visit a restored Doukhobors’ village, home to early Russian immigrants who settled in Castlegar. Crossing over a suspension bridge at Zukerberg Island, you can even walk to the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers! Your journey back to Nelson includes a stop in the unique community of Ymir for some afternoon hospitality. (FB)

Day 6

Continue along the southwestern portion of the Selkirk Loop, crossing back into Washington, taking time for lunch in Newport. Your final destination is the river city of Spokane and one of the finest addresses in town. Your tower rooms await you in all their contemporary elegance. Davenport Towers (FB,L)

Day 7

Enjoy a fabulous champagne brunch served at the beautiful historic Davenport Hotel located just across the street. Following brunch, check-in at Spokane Airport for your return flight home. (BR)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options

Photo Attributions

"SS Moyie" by David Stanley (CC BY 2.0)

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