Drive To BC Okanagan Valley

British Columbia Canada Travel Routes

Are you driving to the BC Okanagan Valley from somewhere in Canada?

Road travel to the Okanagan British Columbia from other Canadian provinces is generally through one of two main routes...

The northern route to BC through the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1), brings you here through Banff National Park, Glacier National Park, the Rogers Pass and Revelstoke BC.

You'll arrive in the Okanagan Valley at Sicamous, where you either continue on south along Okanagan highway 97A, or you'll continue driving along the Trans Canada Highway 1 to Salmon Arm and the Shuswap region.

Travelling to BC along the southern route, on BC highway 3, takes you through the beautiful Kootenays and the Crowsnest Pass.

We've travelled to and from the Okanagan BC on both routes, and both ways are equally beautiful to drive.

Road Travel Calgary AB to BC Okanagan Valley

There are two routes you can take to the Okanagan BC from Calgary, depending on your preference. Most people take the northern route which we have mapped here with Google maps. This is about an 8 hour drive, unless you plan to make some stops for meals, sight seeing or just to take a break.

Via Hwy 1 : Map Calgary AB to the Okanagan Valley via highway 1 - Banff, Revelstoke, Sicamous, Kelowna

The Trans Canada Highway connects to Highway 97A South to Kelowna BC (approximately 602 km or 361 miles).

Once you get through the Roger's Pass, at the summit of Mount McDonald in Glacier National Park, and Revelstoke, BC, you're more than half way here.

BC highway roads can become congested in the summer time, mostly due to heavy traffic through the Roger's Pass.

If you're driving this route in the winter, be prepared for extreme weather and road conditions. Proper winter tires are a must. And, you should have emergency supplies in your vehicle.

You'll also pass by the Spiral Tunnels, near Field BC, in the Yoho National Park, which is a great place to stop for a break. spiral tunnels in british columbia

Driving From Southern Alberta to the Okanagan British Columbia

We've taken this route to and from the BC Okanagan Valley, through the Crowsnest Pass in British Columbia.

It's a beautiful drive, the scenery much different than that of the northern route and this route takes you through the beautiful Kootenays.

Via Hwy 3: View the southern route to the Okanagan from Alberta via Highway 3

Travel west through the Crowsnest Pass to Osoyoos BC, then follow Hwy 97 north to Kelowna. The distance of this trip is about 835 km, or 518 miles.

Technically it's just under a ten hour drive, but you should plan for a bit longer for windy highways, road construction, and weather.

There are many beautiful stops along this route, so take your time and enjoy this drive!

You just never know what you'll see along the way... :-) spotting wildlife on a bc road trip

Drive Vancouver BC to the Okanagan Valley

There are two beautiful routes to follow if you're driving to the BC Okanagan Valley from Vancouver British Columbia. We've driven both ways, and our favorite is the Hope - Princeton highway (Okanagan Hwy 3) to Penticton. There are lots of places to stop for a rest, and the drive through Manning Park is beautiful.

The distance through the Coquihalla is a bit shorter, only by about an hour, but the drive through Hwy 3 to Hope and Princeton is incredibly scenic, for those who are not in any hurry.

Via Hwy 1 East to Hope - Then follow either Hwy 5 or Hwy 3 to Kelowna.

Via Hwy 5, the Coquihalla Highway connects to Highway 5A/Highway 97C - the Coquihalla Connector - then on to Highway 97 North to Kelowna. The distance is about 395 km (237 miles) or about 5 hours. In the winter, these high mountain roads can be less than fun to drive. View the Vancouver Kelowna route via the Coquihala Highway in Google Maps Canada

Via Hwy 3, the Hope Princeton Highway connects to Highway 97 North to Penticton and then on to Kelowna. The distance is approximately 460km or just under 300 miles. Driving time is between 6-6 1/2 depending on traffic and stopping for lunch or a rest. Map Vancouver To Kelowna BC via Hope Princeton Highway

Driving Through Manning Park BC On Your Way To The Okanagan Offers Breathtaking Views Of The Cascade Mountains! view of cascade mountains manning park bc

Drive Northern BC to the Okanagan Valley

The distance from Prince George BC to Kelowna is about 714 km, or an 8-10 hour drive in ideal road conditions.

Via Hwy 97 South & the Coquihalla Connector: View This Route In Google Maps Canada

Drive South on Hwy 97 (Cariboo Highway) to Cache Creek, then follow the Trans Canada Hwy 1 to Kamloops where it intersects with Hwy 5 (Coquihalla Hwy) south to Merritt. This connects to Highway 5A/97C - the Coquihalla Connector to Kelowna in the BC Okanagan Valley.

Via Hwy 97: Alternately, you can stay on Highway 97 South through Kamloops, to Monte Lake, Falkland and Vernon BC, then on to Kelowna. The distance is about 700 km.

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