Today we began our drive at Bonners Ferry, ID, and spent most of the day in British Columbia.
We missed the junction of US 95 and SR 1, and so entered Canada at Kingsdale, rather than Rykerts. That was actually a delicious side tour, as it took us through orchard country. We stopped at at farmers market, and purchased enough huge sweet cherries to last the day.
As we rejoined the main loop at Creston, rain began to fall, and continued much of the day, so we didn’t have postcard vies of the Kootenay Lake, but it was still a beautiful with the fog and clouds hugging the mountains.
We found many of the small shops and restaurants along the drive closed, and learned later in the day that today was a local holiday, British Columbia Day, set aside to honor the pioneers of B.C.
The breakfast sandwiches, served on fresh baked bread, were delicious and filling. By the time we were finished, the Osprey 2000, our ferry was pulling into dock.
It is a large ferry, capable of carrying 80 vehicles and 250 passengers. A smaller ferry also runs during the summer months to provide more frequent crossings. The trip across takes about 40 minutes, and is the longest free ferry crossing in North America. It didn’t take long to load the multi-lanes of vehicles waiting to cross.
For more information on the Selkirk Loop, northwestern Washington and northern Idaho, including the community of Sandpoint, which we will visit tomorrow, a good link is The Selkirk Loop of the Kootenay Rockies.