Canada's Mountain Biking Capital
With a deep history of biking on old railway beds, miners’ trails and whisky running routes, Rossland is one of the founding bike destinations in BC and is also known as the Mountain Bike Capital of Canada. Rossland has a full-time, paid trails crew that maintains and labels our huge myriad of trails. The cross country trails are renowned for being phenomenal – but we also have plenty of free-ride and downhill trails for enthusiasts.
Rossland Beer Company is a small craft brewery with a great vibe! Their patio is the perfect stop after a day of biking.
The Kootenay Columbia Trails Society is a registered, non-profit society, based in Rossland B.C., funded by and serving the communities of the Lower Columbia region. We exist to manage, maintain and develop a regional network of recreational trails for a variety of non-motorized trail users. These trails serve as a popular amenity for local residents, and as a significant draw for visitors.
VISITOR INFORMATION – Please visit www.tourismrossland.com
By Plane - Rossland is located 10 kilometres north of the Canada/US border, and is 2.5 hours drive from the Spokane, WA International Airport, or 3.5 hours drive from Kelowna, BC International Airport. Daily regional flights are available from Vancouver and Calgary to Castlegar Airport (30 minutes from Rossland) and Trail Airport (15 minutes from Rossland).
- Spokane International Airport visit:http://www.spokaneairports.net
- Trail: www.pacificcoastal.ca
- Calgary: www.calgaryairport.com
- Vancouver: www.yvr.ca
- Kelowna: www.kelownaairport.com
- Castlegar: www.castlegar.com/ACjazz_schedules.htm
By Car – For current driving conditions please check Drive BC at: www.drivebc.com
- From Spokane, Washington - 2.5 hours: From the airport, follow signs for eastbound Interstate 90. Exit the I-90 at exit #281 (US 395N – Division Street). Drive north along Division Street through Spokane. Continue to follow Hwy. 395 N through Chewelah and Colville. At Kettle Falls, turn right onto Hwy. 25 N. Continue along Hwy 25 through Northport to the Patterson BC customs office. In Canada, Hwy 25 becomes Hwy 22. Follow Hwy 22 until you reach Rossland on your right,
- From Kelowna, British Columbia - 3.5 hours: From the airport, turn left on Airport Way and follow signs for Highway 97. Turn left onto Highway 97, then, from there, you can turn left onto Highway 33. Highway 33 continues for 130km, then you can turn left on the Crowsnest Highway, or Highway 3. 140 km later, you can turn right on Highway 3b for 24 km, and you will see Rossland on the left.
- From Vancouver, British Columbia - 7 hours: Take TRANSCANADA 1 eastbound to Hope. At Hope, follow Hwy 3 through Princeton, Osoyoos, and Grand Forks. At Nancy Greene Lake, approximately 45 minutes past Grand Forks, turn right onto Hwy 3B. Follow Hwy 3B until you reach Rossland.
- From Calgary, Alberta - 7.5 hours: Go West on TRANS CANADA 1 through Banff to provincial Hwy 93. Go South on Hwy 93 through Cranbrook to provincial Hwy 3. Go Southwest on Hwy 3 through Creston to Hwy 3A. At Trail, turn left onto Hwy 22 to Rossland.
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Downhill rides and flowly singletrack, with trails for all abilities, this 5-day route through the Kootenays is not to be missed. Ride the Seven Summits in Rossland to the downhill bike part at Fernie. Post-ride, fuel up at local breweries in every town.
The Trans BC powered by Stages Cycling will usher in 130 riders to the technical terrain and infamous loam of British Columbia in less than a week, while the rest of the world peers in from their cyber desks, wishing they were shredding in paradise five plus hours per day.
This itinerary stops in many popular riding destinations in BC’s southern interior. Never-ending mountains with great trails mixed with cool lakes and friendly towns provide a landscape that is about as close as it gets to true mountain bike nirvana.
Mountain Biking BC’s 7 Day Giveaway contest sent a winner and one friend on an amazing seven day trip, guided by Endless Biking and supported by BC Bike Ride, through the interior of British Columbia. School teacher Leanne Neighbor of Kamloops BC convinced the judges in 500 words that she should be the one chosen from ten finalists who were randomly selected from over 3000 entries.