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Kootenay Rockies

Retallack

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Unsurpassed Backcountry Terrain

If you’re looking for a bucket list mountain bike trip, then Retallack should be at the top. With the largest commercial backcountry mountain bike terrain in the world—over 1.5 million acres of tenure—this is the place to go for an unforgettable biking adventure. Situated in the Selkirk and Purcell mountains of the West Kootenays, Retallack offers more than 100 km (62 mi) of singletrack trails across heavenly alpine terrain. The longest trail, with over 6,000 ft (1,828 m) of vertical, is the highlight in the region, and will leave bikers with an adrenaline rush to remember.

Lodge guests have access to a personal shuttle and helicopter drops (weather permitted) to access biking terrain and guests are guaranteed 10-15 runs per day. Every trip is fully-guided, with the support of a shuttle stocked with snacks, lunch, and beverages. After a full day on the trails, you can après at the bar, relax in the hot tub, get pampered with a massage, fuel up on gourmet meals, or head for the sauna.

Number of Trails:
14
Highest Elevation:
2,508 m
Trails:
intermediate
3
difficult
10
extra difficult
1

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Getting Here & Trail Access

Retallack is remote and that's the thrill of it. Guests have a range of options for reaching the lodge.

The nearest major Canadian cities are Calgary to the east and Vancouver to the west. Nelson, in BC’s Kootenay Rockies region, is the closest town to the lodge. Guest can drive on well maintained highways and gravel roads to reach the lodge.

Travel Distances & Times:

  • Kelowna - 305 km (190 mi), 4 hours 20 minutes (approx.)
  • Spokane - 335 km (208 mi), 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Calgary - 578 km (400 mi), 7 hours 20 minutes (approx.)
  • Vancouver - 700 km (435 mi), 9 hours

Air Canada offers daily flights from Vancouver and Calgary to West Kootenay Regional Airport in Castlegar and the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) . Pacific Coastal offers daily flights from Vancouver to Trail.

If you are travelling from the US, Spokane is a good option with another international airport.

All trails at Retallack are accessed by guests of the lodge via helicopter or shuttle.

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