New tourism website out for International Selkirk Loop

Staff Writer

With its 280 miles of breathtaking scenery and vibrant communities, the International Selkirk Loop (ISL) is a popular destination for vacationers and travelers. The ISL just released two new tools aimed to both lure travelers to the area, and ensure they find the fun activities and outdoor recreation this magnificent area has to offer.
The newly designed website at not only showcases North America’s only International Scenic Byway, it also provides those planning a visit with things to do, community information, border crossing tips and ferry schedules.
“This area is fortunate to have such a wide variety of outdoor activities, friendly communities and amazing natural resources,” said Stephanie Sims, Executive Director. “Our main goal with the new website was to simplify it for the user and help them discover everything they are looking for.”
The website also has extensive interactive maps, lodging and dining information, a beautiful photo gallery and links to businesses that will help make their stay enjoyable.
“Reworking the old Selkirk Loop website was a great project for us -- in part because we’re huge fans of the gorgeous Selkirk Loop, and in part because it gave us the chance to do some innovative things with the new site”, said Chris Bessler, owner of Keokee, a marketing and communications firm in Sandpoint, Idaho. “Aside from a fresh new design with bigger graphics and clearer navigation, the new website uses a lot of interactive mapping with Google map integration. That’s particularly useful to help visitors discover and get to the places, attractions and services around the Loop.
Another project that has been in the works for the non-profit is the Selkirk Loop phone application. A recent traveler survey showed that 79 percent of travelers would use a mobile app from the ISL and now it has one.
“The app is designed similar to our travel guide in that the traveler can navigate around the loop to each of the communities,” explained Sims. “We then highlight some of the things to see and do in that specific area and included some stunning imagery to go with it.”
According to Sims, the best part of the mobile app is that it is all-inclusive in that it doesn’t require wifi or cell service.
If you would like to know more abut the International Selkirk Loop or become a member, please visit our website or contact Sims at