There are several BC roads and highways that lead you in and out of the Okanagan Valley region.
From whatever direction you are coming from you will drive some of the most beautiful highways in British Columbia.
I have driven every one of the BC roads and highways that are listed below and they are all great routes to take when you are coming to visit the Okanagan.
Also known as the Trans-Canada Highway. One of the world's longest national highways. It a major highway that connects all of the Canadian provinces from east to west.
Starting On Vancouver Island in Victoria the highway heads towards the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal in Nanaimo, BC. The ferry ride from here to West Vancouver is spectacular so make sure to go out on the deck and take in the wonderful scenery on the ocean.
From Vancouver, BC the highway passes through the Fraser Valley with all of its many farms and the familiar smell of the country air. The highway continues on to Hope before branching of with the different BC roads junctions that you will take to the Okanagan.
Also called the Hope-Princeton highway. This highway branches off from Hwy 1 at Hope.
This is a little bit longer route into the Okanagan but it it is very scenic and has many spots where you might want to rest your legs and check out some of the sights.
You will travel through Allison Pass and also Manning Provincial Park. This is a cool park to stop at at any time of the year. The highway winds through and passes through to the Similkameen region of Princeton, BC. It then heads southeast towards Keremeos, BC.
You can either head north on Hwy 3A which will take you into the Okanagan at Kaleden, BC. Or if you want to take a route farther down into the South Okanagan you can carry on Hwy 3 to Osoyoos BC.
Highway 3 carries on further east to Rock Creek in the Boundary Country region of British Columbia and then onto the Kootenays further east.
At Rock Creek there is the Hwy 33 BC roads junction which will take you into the Central Okanagan and Kelowna, BC. A longer but very scenic drive if you are not in much of a hurry and want to see this part of the Okanagan.
This highway branches off from Hwy 3 at Keremeos and runs north towards the junction of Hwy 97 which heads north to Penticton BC. Hwy 3A then heads south through Okanagan Falls towards Osoyoos.
Also known as the Coquihalla Hwy. This is the express way into the Okanagan Valley! It is usually less than a 4 hour drive from the Vancouver area so many people take this route.
The highway begins at its junction off of Hwy 1 at Hope, BC. The 186 km (116 mi) long highway also has its scenery too and I love taking this quick route when I am returning from a trip to the Vancouver Coast area.
I still remember when the highway had toll booths set up and you had to fork out $10 every time you used this route.
They took down the tolls in 2008 and this just makes it an even faster way to get to and from the Okanagan on one of the best BC roads.
The Coquihalla Hwy passes through the town of Merrit, BC in The Thompson Nicola region of BC.
You have a choice of carrying on this highway if you want to go the northern route into the Okanagan. Hwy 5 will intersect with Hwy 1 at Kamloops, BC and then branch off with Hwy 97 towards Vernon BC in the North Okanagan. Or you can take Hwy 97C from Merrit which runs through to the junction of Hwy 97 near Westbank, BC.
This highway junctions off of Hwy 5 at Merrit and is another route north into Kamloops.
It also goes south from Merrit to Princeton.
This highway goes between the Okanagan and Kootenay regions. It actually begins in the most eastern Canada/US border crossing between British Columbia and Washington State.
The highway passes through several Kootenay cities and towns before coming to Farquier in the lower Arrow Lakes region of BC. You have to take a short ride on the Needles ferry (which is very cool) which then carries on through the Monashee Mountains.
The highway then passes through the North Okanagan communities of Cherryville and Lumby. It carries on through Coldstream, BC and then connects at the junction of Hwy 97 at Vernon.
Known as the Okanagan Highway as it passes through this region. This is another one of the well travelled BC roads.
It has is the distinction of being the longest highway of any province in Canada. It actually connects with US Route 97 at the Canada/US border crossing near Osoyoos, BC and runs north all the way to the BC/Yukon border.
The highway passes through almost all the communities in the Okanagan to the junction at Swan Lake just north of Vernon.
It then branches off through Falkland in the Shuswap region and then connecting with Hwy 1 at Monte Creek in the Thompson region heading towards Kamloops and the Cariboo Highway section of Hwy 97.
This highway runs between Vernon and Sicamous in the Columbia Shuswap region of BC.
You may be taking this route if you are taking the Trans-Canada highway from Calgary or Edmonton in Alberta.
Hwy 97A branches off from here at Sicamous, BC and continues until it branches off at Grindrod in the North Okanagan and then junctions at Swan Lake near Vernon.
If you are coming from or going to the Shuswap region this highway goes from Salmon Arm to Grindrod where it branches off with Hwy 97A.
Also known as the Okanagan Connector, this highway branches off at Merrit and runs east through to the junction of Hwy 97 just south of Westbank BC.
This highway branches off at Merrit and runs east through to the junction of Hwy 97 just south of Westbank BC.
I have taken this route many times in and out of the Okanagan and I always enjoy the drive.
This is definitely one of the better BC roads you will like taking to get to the Okanagan Valley.
As you can see there are many BC roads that lead into the Okanagan. There
are some major highways that will get you here. They are all very
scenic so enjoy your drive and most of all enjoy your trip to the
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