Monashee Loop, North Okanagan — BC
446 km (277 mi)
This is a great all seasons loop where you can fish, hike, rock climb, mountain bike, hang glide, pan for gold or try your hand at llama trekking in the warmer months. Once the snow flies, you have your pick of ski hills, including increasingly popular Cat and Heli-skiing. This loop is one of valleys, majestic mountains, hot springs, lakes, and farmland.
A Slice of Paradise
Get a different view of the valley from Vernon as you jump out of a perfectly good airplane for a heart pounding decent with once in a lifetime views. Vernon has been called a little slice of paradise. Surrounded by lakes, golf courses, orchards, farms and hike and bike paths and trails, there’s so much to do here.
A few minutes up the road on Hwy 33 and you’ll find more great mountain bike trails on Silver Star Mountain. In the winter, it’s time to break out the skis, snowboards, cross-country skis and snowshoes. Come experience some of the best powder snow Canada has to offer.
Small Towns – Big Adventure
From Vernon, take Hwy 6 west through rich agricultural lands. Paraglide in Coldstream, hang glide in Lumby, or heli-ski around Cherryville. Year round artisan shops and farm gate sales are very popular here in the harvest season.
Enjoy a ferry ride across Upper Arrow Lake as you make your way to Nakusp, known for its natural hot springs. It’s a great way to unwind after a hard day on the golf course, or a day exploring the forest service roads on your snowmobile as you head up to the Tenderfoot Glacier.
There are more hot springs up Hwy 23 at Halcyon, then it’s a ferry ride across the lake where you’ll turn west just before Revelstoke on your way back to the Shuswap. Drive back to Hwy 97A and take a leisurely drive through the towns of Sicamous, Enderby, and Armstrong/Spallumcheen on your way to Vernon.
Need to Know:
|Loop Distance:||446 km (277 mi)|
|Duration to drive:||Six hours to three days.
Explore the valleys, mountains and hot springs
|Best time to drive:||Year round.
Snow recommended in the winter months.
|Watch for:||Wildlife on back roads and at higher elevations.
Farmgate sales and local events.
Armstrong and Spallumcheen Visitor Centre
3550 Bridge Street
Armstrong, British Columbia
Enderby Visitor Centre
700 Railway Street
Enderby, British Columbia
Nakusp Visitor Centre
92 – 6 Ave. NW
Nakusp, British Columbia
Toll Free: 1-800-909-8819
Sicamous Visitor Centre
3-446 Main Street
Sicamous, British Columbia
Vernon Visitor Centre
3004 39th Avenue
Vernon, British Columbia
Toll Free: 1-800-665-0795