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2019 Pathfinders Reliability Run - June 8-16th, Pre-1920


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If you are looking for a great driving tour to stretch the legs on your pre-1920 antique car then you've come to the right place. The 2019 Pathfinders Reliability Run is an 800 mile progressive tour around the Selkirk Mountain Range traveling through three states and one province.


General Overview


Tour Dates: Saturday June 8th to Sunday June 16th 2019

Location: Rossland B.C. Canada

Total Mileage: 800+ miles

Type: Progressive, Circle Tour

Average Mileage per Day: 135 Miles

Vehicle eligibility – Pre 1920


The Route


 The drive will start in the small gold rush town of Rossland, British Columbia. A hidden gem tucked high in the Monashee Mountains. We depart east traveling through Trail & Salmo before bearing south and picking up the Pend Oreille River at the base of the Selkirk Mountain Range. A visit to the pristine Lake Sullivan followed by a moderate charge West will bring us to our second nights hotel in Colville, Washington. From Colville, we are heading northeast right into the mountains. After a reasonable climb we will get a glimpse of Priest Lake. Our path then winds its way to our furthest point south and our home for day three, Sandpoint Idaho. This spectacular city is located right on the water of Lake Pend Oreille. The location is so impressive we are spending a second night so everyone can get a spot of rest and do some much needed maintenance on their vehicles. It’s east from Sandpoint along the lake and across the state line into Montana. Leaving the lakes and rivers behind we shift our course back north into the dense Kootenai Forest. We’ll pass some ski hills and a few one-horse towns before being returned to Idaho and the hotel for the night in Bonner’s Ferry. After a nice rest in a place that maintains that forest flavour we are back on the road north into Canada following the opposite side of the Selkirk Mountain Range. Passing through Creston, we pick up the Kootenay Lake for a memorable waterfront drive. The prize at the end of this day is a complimentary Ferry ride from Kootenay Bay to Balfour. Another overnight and we are off on a loop to take in Hwy 31A from New Denver to Kaslo with a quick stop to see some ghost towns from the 1890’s. Overnighting again in Balfour we leave the next morning on our final stretch via Nelson and Castlegar back to our quaint mountain town of Rossland where the adventure all began.


This is fantastic touring country with several large mountains climbs coupled with scenic lake/river side driving. If you have a large pre-1920 vehicle and want to get out on the open road then this is the tour you. 

If you have any specific questions don't hesitate to ask.

See you down the road!

Dan Findlay





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On 2/11/2019 at 8:08 PM, steamfins said:

Pathfinders Reliability Run

It looks like the gentleman that organizes this is currently on tour again (w/ his Mercer) and posting pictures/videos daily on instagram. It looks pretty spectacular and the cars on tour appear to be top shelf. His account is 'steamfins' 



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I forgot I had posted about the 2019 tour...


Thanks for following along via Instagram! Glad you enjoyed the pictures. It was a fantastic tour. I personally spent 23 days on the road and covered approximately 3,600 miles in the Mercer.


 If you watch the Pathfinders Website there will be a full article published in the near future.


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