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Kelowna What's special

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Kelowna What's special

We are travelling Vancouver-Kelowna Staying two nights before moving on to Revelstoke. in Aug 2012, reading up on all the contributions not sure which of the many routes to take (don’t mind driving esp. in Aug.)

What of the many things we could do would be a priority list?

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Wineries for a srart

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Have you considered staying south of Kelowna in one of the smaller communities - Osoyoos or Penticton, for example. Around Osoyoos is Canada's "deserty" area. See, for example -

http://desert.org/

okanaganvacationguide.com/osoyoos-desert-cen…

There are lots of wineries, as mentioned in the first post, all the way up Highway 97 from Osoyoos to Kelowna.

If you do this, you would take the southern route to the Okanagan - Highway 1 to Hope and then Highway 3 to Osoyoos (or branch off onto Highway 3A at Keremeos before Osoyoos to head up to Penticton). This option would, however, result in a longer drive the day you travel to Revelstoke, when you head up Highway 97 towards Highway 1 and then Revelstoke. (Osoyoos is about 90 minutes south of Kelowna.)

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If you like cycling you could cycle the old Kettle Valley rail bed out of Kelowna. Write up and about a dozen photos here:

trailpeak.com/trail-Myra-Canyon-KVR-near-Kel…

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hi

to continue on the Osoyoos detour.

Kelowna to Osoyoos is more like 2 hours in august if you are lucky but the southern part of the valley is where you will see the most orchards and vineyards and the drive via similkameen valley highway you will see the only desert in Canada along with Spotted Lake.

in Osoyoos a must see is the Nk'mip (pronounced Innkameep) winery/dining/spa/resort/golf course and interpretive centre. Lots of motels/hotels in Osoyoos but a good idea to make a reservation.

from Osoyoos you can visit some of the wineries in Oliver and even visit the Canadian Radio Observatory at White Lake.

or stay in Osoyoos and enjoy the water sports or a day in the sun on the beach. Osoyoos is the hottest spot in canada in august at a cool 30 to 37C :-)

on the way to Revelstoke a stop in Kelowna could be near the Delta Grand Hotel downtown which is where most the activities are centered.

stroll at Waterfront Parks then have lunch at Rosies Pub or Earls on Top closer to City Park to name a few both have outdoor seating. and still be in Revelstoke for supper.

map osoyoos revelstoke http://g.co/maps/wu78y

map kelowna downtown http://g.co/maps/rs6ue

map for winery - radio obervatory tour out of Osoyoos. http://g.co/maps/vh3tw

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A bit south of Kelowna in Summerland

http://www.kettlevalleyrail.org/

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Are you asking about the drive up? Vancouver - Kelowna direct is pretty fast. Probably no more than 4 - 5 hrs driving straight up. If you get a good start in the morning, then you definitely have time to stop in a few places and stretch your legs.

One stop I recommend is the Othello Tunnels, just outside of Hope. A great place to stretch your legs and learn about some of BC's important railway history.

I would also recommend that you consider the slightly longer route of staying with Highway 1 through the Fraser Canyon as far as Spences Bridge, and then forking right onto Highway 8 to Merritt before rejoining the 97C to Kelowna. This might add an hour + stops to your overall driving time, but its really very beautiful through the canyon and unlike anything else you will see on your trip. The mountain views over highway 5 are very good, but you are going to see a lot of that and better as you continue (I presume) towards the Rockies.

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7. Re: Kelowna What's special

Kelowna offers hiking, biking, boating, golfing, swimming, fishing, wineries, orchards, eating and drinking. If something interests you, let us know. Enjoy your stay.

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If we drive to hope then pick up the crow’s-nest hwy to Kelowna then there is plenty to see I guess.

Kelowna to Revelstoke would one go via Salmon arm or even Prichard/chase or just drive straight to Revelstoke.

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If you drive Hwy 3 from Hope to Keremeos, Olalla, Kaledon (ke LEE den) and up to Kelowna, it will take ~6.5 hours to drive, stops extra. Hwy 3 is a scenic route going through Manning Park and then orchard country near Keremeos.

If you drive Hwy 5 from Hope to Merritt to Kelowna it will take ~5 hours, no real stops available on the Coquihalla Hwy 5. The Coke was built as a functional and fast way to get people from the Okanagan to the coast. It is a pretty steady uphill to the Summit and a pretty steady downhill after that.

I personally prefer Hwy 3 because it seems more "natural," "warmer," "scenic" to me, but it does take longer to drive. From Kelowna north, you might stop in at The Village Cheese in Armstrong but head through Sicamous after that and on to Revelstoke.

Have a look at this Hedley information. It's a "dot" on the map on Hwy 3 east of Princeton:

http://tinyurl.com/7hb89xx

I've just reread your other threads and remember now you will have a camper van which reinforces my suggestion for Hwy 3, because there are more opportunities for you to pull over, have a snack and a break. Then the longer drive might work out all right for you.

If you decide on Hwy 3 and you're up to leaving Vancouver by 6 am latest, you would have a clear run on Hwy 1 closest to Vancouver because rush hour will not have started yet. That might save you up to 30 minutes time. Abbotsford is an hour's drive, you could consider popping in for breakfast there.

Edited: 5:22 pm, January 19, 2012
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HI

Our first stop is always for gas in Chilliwack since that is where they usually have the lowest price on fuel. The exit is Vedder Road.

Mid Point from downtown Vancouver to Kaleden is the Manning Park rest stop takes between 2.5 to 3.5 hrs. http://g.co/maps/pz3d6 which is a good place to stop after some interesting mountain roads after the turn off to go east on Highway 3

http://g.co/maps/a2u4z

if you are doing some camping there are 3 campgrounds in Kaleden and lots more in Penticton.

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