Highways 3 and 6
28.05.2016 - 31.05.2016
If you are a motorcyclist, or even if you are not, but appreciate good empty roads, then I can't recommend these enough. I don't think I've ever ridden anywhere and seen less cars, houses, towns or better road surfaces.
We started on Highway 3 heading east from Hope. Within a mile, we began to think we were the only people on the road. Nothing, in either direction. The satnav said, next turn 75 miles. What it actually meant was the only turn was in 75 miles. In between the only sign of life was Manning Park a camping ground. It began to dawn that BC compared with Britain, seems empty.
Here are some facts to try and put things in perspective. British Columbia alone, is four time the size of Britain. However, it`s population density is around 4.7 people per square kilometre, compared with Britains 249. No wonder it seems empty, it is!
Still on the 3, hugging the USA border, until we turned north at Osoyoos, there were very few people or vehicles to be seen. At Vernon we turned onto Highway 6 and returned to quiet empty roads, winding through the comparative wilderness until we came to the Needles to Fauquier Ferry. This crosses the Lower Arrow Lake,which feeds into the mighty Columbia River. Later we made the longest internal ferry crossing from Kootenay Bay to Balfour while doing the Kootenay Loop- which I know sounds like a Country and Western dance - but it`s actually one of the top three motorcycle routes in Canada. A fact, we found out completely by accident, after we`d done it. It just goes to show that following squiggles on maps, sometimes works.
All the inland ferries in BC are free of charge to users, kindly paid for by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure. Good on them I say,it makes a Yorkshireman very happy to get something for free, especially when it`s ferry crossings with such stunning views as these.