Nelson & Kaslo BC
Start your day at the iconic Oso Negro Café in Nelson where you’ll be served coffee roasted a few blocks away and breakfast buns featuring the delicious Antoinette’s sauce that is also made locally. Options are to drive north on Hwy 3A/ 31A for 70 kilometres to explore the Kaslo Trails or from Nelson drive south on Hwy 6 for 10 kilometres to the Nelson Nordic Ski trails.
Heading south of Nelson, the first parking area on the west side of the highway is for the easier Apex trails, which wind their way around frozen wetlands and through stands of conifer. There is a shelter at the start of the trails with tables and a wood stove. Just past the Apex parking lot is a second lot on the east side of the highway where skiers park to access the Busk area with trails that are more suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers. The most challenging of them is Clearwater, which involves an initial steep climb and then winds its way through the forest and over Qua Creek for 15 kilometres to its apex. Return the way you came and stop in at the Clearwater warming A-frame before descending back to the parking lot.