path. A spring morning trek here
can be exhilarating and productive.
Be sure to follow the refuge
trail under the nearby Route 3
bridge, where you’ll find black
terns that will race toward you if
you get too close to their breeding colony, and nesting Wilson’s
phalaropes that will flush from the
wet grasses. You’re sure to hear
snipe sail overhead, p-e-e-e-ting
in the bright sunshine. Watch for
river otters that chase each other
along the Kootenay riverbank and
the creeks that feed the river.
At Creston, you have a decision to make: head north to continue on the Selkirk Loop or head
west on Route 3 to take a shorter
loop to Little Pend Oreille NWR.
The shortcut, which I recommend, will shave off 50–60 miles.
Although you’ll miss miles of
broad vistas and quaint fishing
villages by taking this shorter
route, these are less interesting
than what lies ahead.
Little Pend Oreille NWR,
As you head across Route 3 in
British Columbia, your map will
show Stagleap Provincial Park. This
is merely a trailhead into the vast
wilderness, however, and mid-May
snows can be deep enough to deter
Along Canada Route 3 west and
U.S. Route 31 south, you’re apt
to spy black bears from the road. I
found one dining on berry bushes
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