British Columbia Highway 6

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Highway 6
Route information
Length: 407 km (253 mi)
Existed: 1941 – present
Part of the International Selkirk Loop
Southern segment
Nelson-Nelway Highway
South end: SR 31 at Canada–US border
BC 3 east in Burnt Flat
BC 3 west in Salmo
BC 3A in Nelson
BC 3A near West Slocan
BC 31A near New Denver
BC 23 in Nakusp
North end: Fauquier-Needles Ferry near Fauquier
Northern segment
Vernon-Slocan Highway
East end: Needles-Fauquier Ferry near Needles
West end: BC 97 in Vernon
Highway system

British Columbia provincial highways

BC 5A BC 7

British Columbia Highway 6 is a two-lane east-west highway passing between the Kootenay and Okanagan regions. It is divided into two parts—the Nelson-Nelway Highway to the south, and the Vernon-Slocan Highway to the north. Highway 6 first opened in 1941, and its very winding path through the western Kootenays has not changed since.

Nelson-Nelway Highway[edit]

Highway 6 has a total length of 407 km (253 mi). It begins at the Canada–US border crossing at Nelway, where it connects with Washington State Route 31. It travels north for 10 km (6 mi) to the Burnt Flat Junction, where the Crowsnest Highway merges onto it from the east. The Crowsnest carries Highway 6 north for 14 km (9 mi) to the town of Salmo, where the Crowsnest diverges west. From Salmo, Highway 6 goes north for 41 km (25 mi), mostly following the Salmo River, to the city of Nelson, where access to the Whitewater Ski Resort is located. Highway 3A merges onto Highway 6 at Nelson, and the two highways travel west for 21 km (13 mi) along the Kootenay River, passing through the communities of Taghum and Bonnington Falls, to where Highway 3A diverges southwest just west of South Slocan.

From South Slocan, Highway 6 follows the Slocan River north for 79 km (49 mi) passing through Winlaw, Slocan City and Silverton to the community of New Denver, where Highway 31A meets Highway 6. 48 km (30 mi) northwest of New Denver, Highway 6 reaches its junction with Highway 23 at the resort community of Nakusp. Highway 6 then turns southwest and proceeds to follow the east bank of the Columbia River (Lower Arrow Lake) for 57 km (35 mi) to Fauquier, on the east shore of Lower Arrow Lake, where the Needles Ferry is located.

Vernon-Slocan Highway[edit]

From Needles, Highway 6 takes a winding path northwest through the Monashee Mountain range, passing through the community of Cherryville on its exit from the mountains, until it reaches the community of Lumby, 110 km (68 mi) away. Highway 6 then proceeds west on its final 26 km (16 mi) through the town of Coldstream, and terminates at a junction with Highway 97 in Vernon.