Note: The route depicted in this ride crosses an Elk Valley Coal Corporation active mining area. Crossing without permission is forbidden, this is strictly enforced. An alternative route is to travel along Hwy 43 from the Line Creek mine turn off to Elkford.
The round-trip was 468km; breakdown as follows:
- 81km from Atlas Staging area to Elkford
- 125km from Elkford to Canal Flats
- 169km from Canal Flats to Elkford via Blackfoot / Quinn Creek
- 88km from Elkford back to Atlas
There are 3 overnights in the towns of Elkford (2 nights) & Canal Flats (1 night).
The Atlas staging area is located a few km west of the town of Coleman, head North up the "Atlas Road" (signs will say "Allison Creek Trout Hatchery"). The road is paved to a cattle guard, keep going north past the pavement about 3 km until you arrive at a "snowmobile staging area". We'll be on your right.
Look for approximately 38 happy people with ATVs. About 1/3 of those who have registered so far are couples.
Elkford is a small mining community with about 2500 people, located on the Elk River at Boivin Creek. It has four decent restaurants, two pubs, about 30 hotel rooms, a few bed & breakfasts and a small campground. Also lots of random camping areas within walking distance of town.
Plans are still forming, we'll likely do a bonfire on Friday night at the campground.
Elkford is ATV friendly, but not for going for groceries or to the pub.
Canal Flats has about 700 people, a grocery store, small restaurant and gas station, but has few accommodations.
We're working with a local hostel for accommodations. They have 20 single beds in one large room ($20) and 3 private rooms each with two queen beds ($65). There's also camping available ($10), and room on the gymnasium floor ($10) for those who just pack a mattress and sleeping bag. The price includes showers, linen & towels, a do-it-yourself kitchen and coffee. There's a small grocery store nearby.
There are two GPS tracks. One as a part of this system track which is a downsampled version of the 2005 ride (had to downsample for GoogleMap). The attachment way down below is the detailed 2006 track (over 7000 trackpoints).