The Richness of the North Okanagan & Shuswap
Come and see our century farms and a patchwork quilt of ranches. As you explore you’ll find that orchards and farm stands dot the side of the road in the North Okanagan and Shuswap Regions. Beyond the fertile fields lie the Monashee Mountains and Shuswap Highlands. Come explore a lush, temperate inland rainforest — the only one of its kind in North America. There are several great road trips to choose from. Pick an adventure and you’re off! Road trips in this area include the Shuswap Loop, the Okanagan Corridor, and the Monashee and Boundary Monashee Loops.
Take the Fork in the Road
It may be hard to decide which route to take when you come to a fork in the road. Fortunately, when you’re traveling Route 97 (and its branches 97A and 97B) through British Columbia’s North Okanagan and Shuswap Region you don’t have to choose. Vernon, Salmon Arm, and Sicamous lie at the midway point between Vancouver and Calgary. Endless adventures await no matter which road you choose. So you can take take one, both, or all three.
Where the Forks in the Road Lead You
The North Okanagan & Shuswap are located on two arms of Route 97 – 97A and 97B. Stay on Route 97 and you’ll find yourself veering north and west of Vernon. Enjoy the scenery as you head towards the Thompson Region and the city of Kamloops, and beyond. Take your time. This section of highway winds past a historic ranch where Vernon’s story began. Drive up Route 97A and see if the Armstrong’s Caravan Farm Theatre has a outdoor production for you to enjoy. From here, it’s off to Sicamous, the houseboating capital of Canada. Continue on to Route 97B and you’ll arrive in Salmon Arm’s Shuswap Country. Come enjoy a lakeside retreat at the home of the legendary Roots & Blues Festival.
Only in the North Okanagan & Shuswap
There are countless ways to experience the North Okanagan and Shuswap. Bubbling rivers and tranquil lakes surround you. They entice you to pull over, recharge, rest up and relax. Take a salmon and wine discovery tour, indulge yourself at a spa, golf at a world class golf course, and experience the world famous Adam’s River Salmon Run. Each adventure is an authentically local experience you can only have here. But these aren’t the only things to do in the North Okanagan and Shuswap, not by a long shot.
Ride, Hike or Float Your Way Through the North Okanagan & Shuswap
Whet your appetite for adventure; make the most of your journey as you ride, hike or float your way through the region. A network of interconnected hiking and mountain biking trails lets you grind through the trees and grasslands in and around Vernon. Discover the backcountry trails in the valley and up Silver Star Mountain. Take on over 30 out-and-back trails that make up the Shuswap Bike Trails system. When you’re done, head to one of our lakes to cool off. You can find tranquil spots to unwind at Okanagan, Kalamalka, Mabel, Mara, and Shuswap lakes. Take part in a time-honoured summer tradition, and go for a float on the Shuswap River in Enderby.
Need to Know:
|Distance — Kelowna to Sicamous:||129km/80mi|
|Duration to drive:||Minimum two to three hours|
|Best time to drive:||Year round|