In mid Fall while driving “off the beaten track” in the Kootenays (before the snow flies), we visited a cafe with the quirky name of Frog Peak, near the intersection of highways 3A and 6. The cafe was recommended to us as having the best Panini and eggs “benny” in the Slocan Valley. So on a sunny Sunday morning we turned brunch into a “family affair” and I think we knew it would be a good experience before we entered when we heard one of our favourite Fleetwood Mac tunes floating out the open windows.
The Cafe Menu
The cafe had an extensive menu including a kids menu and choices for vegetarians, with compact seating inside for about 20 people. The cafe also has many “take out” customers and at one time during a sudden rush, the order line went out the door. The food was very tasty and we all thoroughly enjoyed our respective meals. A bonus : it's one of the most kid friendly restaurants we have been to in a long time. Outside, beside the cafe was a lovely eating area and seating for Nana and Poppa (or Dad and Mum) to dine and /or watch the children play.
Maybe its a Kootenay “thing” but the service at Frog Peak Cafe was fast and efficient for a busy Sunday, the staff were very friendly and happy, and all our food orders were very tasty! We recommend taking a trip off the highway to find Frog Peak ~ another Kootenay business named after a mountain. It's easy to find ~ when driving north on Highway 6 to Nakusp the cafe is located about 2 Km north of the intersection of 3A and 6. Stopping at the Frog Peak Cafe is a recommended way to spend your time along the way. A "fun" experience!
Places to See
After "brekkie" or brunch keep driving north on the highway to visit Nakusp Hot Springs – taking time to view the fantastic scenery along the way and the towns of Winlaw and Slocan, which at the southern end of Slocan Lake. The road continues north to New Denver and then easterly to Nakusp. If you are a keen motorcyclist heading back to Nelson via Kaslo is a great circle tour.
There is lots to see and do in this incredible part of our picturesque province. Safe travels.
Don't Litter ~ Dont' drown
(A Slocan River Sign cautioning fisherpersons and canoeists)
The Slocan River had a row of old wooden pylons right down the middle of the river for many miles and we wondered what their purpose would have been – something to do with logging perhaps?
Links & References
- Check out the menu online Frog Peak Cafe
- The Slocan Valley is close to Castlegar Airport
- Here is a world-class activity, Slocan Valley Rail Trail for the active cyclist, jogger or hiker to trek any month of the year. Spectacular, pristine scenery
- Slocan Valley places to visit
- Powder skiing is synonymous with the Kootenays - try Red Mountain or Whitewater ski resorts
- We didn't have time this trip to visit Nakusp (Hot Springs)
- History Crows Nest Highway
- Of frogs and dogs ....
.... and a dog lover's sign ...
Spring 2017 update: Frog Peak Cafe still a going concern with amazing food!