Glade is located on the east side of the Kootenay River about 22
km (14 miles) south-west of Nelson and
19 km north-east of Castlegar on Hwy
The community is made up of small hobby farms and residences that
face the bank and the Kootenay River towards the west. Glade is
situated in the climatic zone called the Kootenay Wet-Belt which
creates some very some large trees growing on the east side of the
community and region.
In order to get to Glade by vehicle, you have to take the Glade
Ferry Road off Highway 3A just south of Shoreacres in an area called
Thrums. In Thrums you can find the Glade General Store which offers
a small store, a liquor outlet and an Esso Service Station.
To take the Inland Ferry Service across the Kootenay River to Glade,
travel down the Glade Ferry Road. The ferry trip takes around 3
minutes to cross and operates year round on demand and holds up
to 8 cars and 50 passengers.
You will find absolutely no services in Glade. The history of Glade
is one that evolved around the original Doukhobor settlement that
settled here between 1908 and 1915 on 442 hectares (1,092 acres).
The community tends to be rarely visited by tourists as Hwy 3A is
the main route up the Kootenay River to Nelson or Castlegar.
Once you're over the Kootenay River in Glade, the road goes both
north and south eventually coming to a dead end at both ends. From
either end there are some hiking trails that travel up or down the
The Skattebo Reach Trail is 12 km (7.5 miles) one way and heads
south from Glade by Glade Creek Bridge. The mainly rocky trail goes
through forest across numerous creeks eventually coming out near
a parking lot near a power facility called the Brilliant Substation.
This makes a great cross-country trail if you would like to travel
to Castlegar on the east side of the Kootenay River.
The Ward's Ferry Trail
Another beautiful trail near Glade is the Ward's Ferry Trail up
to Rover Creek Forest Service Road. From here the trail travels
along Blewett Road towards Nelson. The Ward's Ferry Trail was a
project of the Nelson Area Trails Society which helps to enhance
the trails around the Nelson area.
Valley Rail Trail
For those people who enjoy cycling along a river, try and do the
Slocan Valley Rail Trail situated just north of Thrums on Hwy 6
at the small community of South Slocan. The Slocan Valley Rail Trail,
a Spirit of 2010 initiative, is an absolute jewel taking you all
the way to Slocan City past the small
communities of Crescent Valley,
Slocan Park, Passmore and Winlaw.
Great Northern Trail
Another great rail trail in the nearby area includes the Nelson-Salmo
Great Northern Trail, originally called the Salmo-Troup Rail. Once
a branch along the Burlington Northern Railway corridor, the Nelson-Salmo
Great Northern Trail takes you through some incredible countryside
from Troup to Salmo.
Besides the agricultural importance of small farms throughout the
area, logging and forestry are very important in supplying jobs,
especially with the existence of the Kalesnikoff Lumber Company
located across the river in nearby Thrums.