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ROUTE 97 ROAD TRIP MAP GUIDE

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The Thompson Okanagan is the first destination in the Americas to be accredited with the Biosphere International Certification. In alignment with the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s 17 sustainable development goals. The Thompson Okanagan recognizes the importance of developing an environmentally, culturally, and economically sustainable tourism destination. The Biosphere Accreditation is recognition for the efforts our destination is making towards a more sustainable future.

CONTENTS Be Curious: Our Story

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Places To Go

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Pull Out Map

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Things To Do

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Wonder of Winter

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Plan Your Trip

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Calendar of Events

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YOUR CURIOSITY IT’S ROAD TRIP TIME! UNLEASH YOUR SENSE OF WANDERLUST AS YOU HEAD OUT ON OUR HIGHWAYS, TRAILS AND BYWAYS. DISCOVER WHAT’S AROUND THE NEXT BEND, BEYOND THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN — AT THE END OF THE WINDING RIVER. EXPERIENCE THE FREEDOM OF EXPLORING THE ANCESTRAL TRAILS OF OUR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AS YOU TOUR THE CASCADE CORRIDOR FROM THE EPIC ROAD TRIP KNOWN AS — ROUTE 97.

Mountain bikers ride the Naramata Bench with a view of Okanagan Lake, BC in the background

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Pick the road trip you like and make stops along the way. Our diverse geography makes Route 97 the perfect place for outdoor recreation. There are huge trestled rail trails, golf courses, spas and resorts, all woven through with history and the diverse cultures of those who call this region home. Quench your thirst at wineries, craft breweries, distilleries, cideries and meaderies, and indulge your taste buds with our local flavours found at long table dinners in vineyards, or at field-to-fork restaurants in cities and towns. The Columbia Cascades section of Route 97 includes the North Central Washington region and Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia. Both sides of the 49th parallel offer you adventure on raging and lazy rivers, lakes of all shapes and sizes, rolling foothills and high plateaus. There’s the geological wonder of the Ice Age flood plain in Washington; Mount Robson in BC, which is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies; and Canada’s true desert in Osoyoos, BC. Route 97 is North America’s longest continuous north-south highway extending from Weed, California to Watson Lake in the Yukon. Mile zero of the Alaska Highway begins at Dawson Creek and follows Route 97 to just past the BC/Yukon border and into Alaska. Route 97 is also the longest continuously numbered route in British Columbia and the longest provincial highway.

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B E C URIOUS OUR STORY

EMBRACE THE FREEDOM OF THE OPEN ROAD throughout the Columbia Cascades of Route 97 where you’ll find some of the most diverse outdoor and cultural experiences in North America, easily accessible by vehicle. Venture off the corridor to any number of road trips that indulge your inner explorer.

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ROUTE 97 ROAD TRIPS (see pull out map) North Thompson / Columbia Icefields Parkway Road Trip p.43

KAMLOOPS Shuswap Road Trip p.38 Gold Country Kamloops Road Trip p.33

VERNON KELOWNA

Similkameen Valley Road Trip p.28 PENTICTON

VANCOUVER

SEATTLE

Boundary Monashee Road Trip p.29

Boundary Big White Road Trip p.32

CANADA

Many Lakes Road Trip p.19

The Cascade Road Trip p.16

Monashee Road Trip p.39

USA

Historic Highlands Road Trip p.21 Colville Tribes Road Trip p.23 Ice Age Floods Road Trip p.16

SPOKANE

WENATCHEE

ROUTE 97 EXPERIENCES YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

Driving the Similkameen Valley, BC

• Visit Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies • Explore Wells Gray Provincial Park. Over 40 waterfalls and the largest non-motorized lake in North America • Experience the Adams River Sockeye Salmon Run, the largest salmon run in BC that takes place every fall • Learn about and experience Nlaka’pamux, Okanagan (Syilx), and Secwepemc Indigenous culture • Attend rodeos, county fairs and festivals that celebrate cowboy culture • Float atop champagne powder in the winter by downhill, cator heli-skiing, snowboarding, or cross-country skiing • Taste our bounty at fruit stands, farmers’ markets, food festivals and over 250 world-class wineries • Eat, sleep, swim, fish, and relax on a houseboat in the Shuswap • Step back in time and explore historic towns and ghost towns • See the mystical spirit bear at the BC Wildlife Park or take a river safari and watch bears and cubs in the wild • Admire our natural wonders: high mountain peaks, waterfalls, a pocket desert and a gorge four times the size of Niagara Falls • Hike, bike or snowshoe our scenic rail trails and epic mountain and valley trails including the historic Myra Canyon Kettle Valley Railway Trail • Enjoy the hundreds of rivers, lakes and dams in the area including Grand Coulee Dam with a laser light show Columbia Cascades Map Guide | 7


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Get inquisitive and explore Take a day trip, a week-long holiday or a month to immerse yourself in this unique destination. The routes are accessible in all four seasons and change dramatically from green valleys in summer to snow-covered mountain passes in winter, with activities to match the time of year. There are hundreds of places to enjoy and explore along the roads, loops and byways throughout North Central Washington and the Thompson Okanagan in British Columbia. Visit our cities, towns and communities and find out why we love it here. Wind your way through this breathtakingly diverse corridor from the foothills of the Wenatchee National Forest through Washington’s Chelan, Douglas

and Okanogan counties and across the border into the Thompson Okanagan region and beyond. Marvel at majestic mountains, wild and mild rivers, fertile valleys and placid lakes. When you get inquisitive and investigate this diverse geographical area, you’ll be rewarded with natural beauty, wildlife sightings and historic tales, all enhanced by the friendly folks who live here. It’s easy to connect to and from Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary on major interstates and highways. Choose the route that intrigues you and get behind the wheel for an epic road trip. For even more adventure, keep heading north on Route 97 and discover the Gold Rush Trail on your way to Alaska.

Weaving its way through traditional indigenous lands, Route 97 meanders through the Columbia Cascades connecting Canada, the United States and three Indigenous Nations of the Region in a majestic tapestry of natural wonder. Our region’s culture is formed from the three nations that call this place home. It is said, if you listen closely you will hear whispers from the past on the winds of change. The Nlaka’pamux, Okanagan (Syilx) and Secwepemc Nations ancestral lands echo with stories that invite you to visit one of many interpretative centres or museums along the way. Outdoor recreation is abundant here. Our diverse ecosystems, including part of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest, provide a natural backdrop for our internationally

A traditional, authentic Okanagan (Syilx) winter home pit house at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, BC

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OUR STORY

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acclaimed trail systems, wildlife viewing and other recreational activities. Take a guided tour or explore on your own by bike, foot, horseback, skis or snowshoes. Our rivers offer you everything from gentle floats to Class IV rapids, depending on the season. Our foothills rise into mountain ranges where you can hang glide on the updrafts or have a bucket-list experience heli-skiing on vast fields of champagne powder. Our lakes and trails go on for miles, as do the number of ways to enjoy them. There’s lots of cowboy country here too. Fly fish at Douglas Lake Ranch, Canada’s largest working cattle ranch. Tour our heritage ranches and attend rodeos, festivals and fairs. You’ll find the people friendly and welcoming, and happy to share their stories. Many of our celebrations are about

three nations call this place home

Explore the heritage buildings of Merritt, Gold Country, BC

music. Blues, jazz, country and rock ‘n’ roll festivals can be found throughout the Columbia Cascades on both sides of the border. For something different take in a drum circle or a drumming and singing competition. Taste the local flavours created by those who work these fertile valleys. We have award-winning wines, and multigenerational organic farms. Year-round events celebrate our food, wine and craft beer. Take in an outdoor concert at a vineyard, try a newly released vintage or watch chefs compete in a national culinary championship. Our gastronomic fare ranges from gourmet food truck treats to chef-prepared, long-table dinners. Let your appetite for food and adventure guide you as you turn the next corner on your journey along Route 97.

Scenic country in the Echo Valley, Chelan, WA

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OH THE PL ACES Y OU ’LL GO DISCOVER YOUR ROAD TRIP Indulge your wanderlust as you discover a road trip that’s just right for you. Travel the highways and byways, explore the places that lie just around the corner, and connect with the people that live here. Drive Route 97’s 705 km (438 mi) long corridor from the junction of I-90 and US 97 at Ellensburg, WA to Cache Creek, BC, where Hwy 97C reconnects to Hwy 97 north and onward to Alaska via the Gold Rush Trail. Along the way, venture off on the many side routes and loops that will take you deep into the heart of the Columbia Cascades and beyond. Choose the paths that pique your interest and steer toward epic road trip memories.

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The sunset view of the east side of Okanagan Lake toward Naramata from Munson Mountain, Penticton, BC

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NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON REGION

Snow dusts the mountains along the scenic North Cascades Highway section of the Cascade Loop, Chelan County, WA

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NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON, USA (see pull out map) There are dozens of road trips, loops and corridors throughout Route 97. This guide will take you from the Columbia Cascades of Washington state north to the interior of British Columbia. Find your road trip, follow along with the pull-out map and get ready to hit the open highway.

ROUTE 97 CENTRAL CORRIDOR – 705 KM (438 MI)

Discover the diversity of the Columbia Cascades Corridor. The main northsouth corridor runs from Wenatchee, WA up to Cache Creek, BC, where you connect with the Gold Rush Trail and onward to Alaska.

NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON, USA

The North Central Washington section of Route 97 follows the Columbia

cruise our paradise of mountains, lakes & rivers River through Douglas, Chelan and Okanogan counties. Soak up our history and taste the fruits of our labour. Rural communities and down home hospitality await you.

Douglas and Chelan Counties

Geographically, most of Douglas County is to the east of Route 97 and Chelan County is to the west. Explore the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, a landscape born of volcanoes, glaciers and massive floods. Take a picturesque drive through the mountains as you make your way to

Wenatchee, along the mighty Columbia River. The city of Wenatchee lies at the southern tip of the Columbia Cascades portion of Route 97. Be sure to take a 17.5 km (11 mi) hike or bike along the Apple Capital Loop Trail, which crosses the Columbia River and passes a sculpture garden, Pybus Public Market and the Wenatchee Confluence State Park. Wenatchee hosts the Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival in June, and the city is also known for its outdoor adventure, Mexican food, craft beer and wine. Sniff and sip red and white wines from local wineries, as well as cider. There’s even a tasting room at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce! You can connect to two unique and scenic road trips from Wenatchee: The Ice Age Floods and the Cascade road trips.

The Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee, WA

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NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON, USA (see pull out map)

Dry Falls National Park, showing effects of the Ice Age floods

Ice Age Floods Road Trip, Douglas County, WA – 264 km (164 mi)

It may feel like you’ve travelled back 15,000 years in time on this route that tells the story of the region’s geologic past. This road trip can begin or end at Wenatchee or be accessed from US 2 from Orondo. When you begin at Wenatchee, take Route 28 from East Wenatchee, then just past Lakeview,

drive north on WA 17 to Dry Falls. Picture yourself next to a gargantuan ice dam. Beyond the ice dam, water is backed up, creating an inland sea that covers much of Montana. Then the ice dam breaks, scouring the land in a raging torrent. It drains up to 10 million cubic meters of water into the Pacific Ocean in two short days. These massive Ice Age floods The Grand Coulee Dam, WA

created giant potholes, sandbars and enormous waterfalls. Today they are dry, massive cliffs four times the size of Niagara Falls. Watch for Yeager Rock, a 400-ton, two-story boulder on the Waterville Plateau. Relax by Banks Lake, golf in ancient flood plains, and hike the canyons as you marvel at your surroundings. A short side trip will take you up to Grand Coulee Dam where you can take in a laser light show at one of the largest concrete structures in the world. On the way back, connect with US Hwy 2 to Orondo and you’re back on Route 97.

The Cascade Loop Road Trip, Chelan County, WA – 644 km (400 mi)

The Cascade Loop road trip was named “One of America’s grandest, most spectacular drives” by National Geographic Traveler. To get started depart from Wenatchee and take US 2 west, you can also connect to this road trip from Pateros (Hwy 153 to Route 20) or from Okanogan (Route 20). 16 | Route97.net #Route97


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NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON, USA (see pull out map) From Route 97, take US 2 from Wenatchee toward Leavenworth where Bavarian charm and northwest hospitality combine. Cool breezes come down from the mountains of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest as you head in the direction of Everett, home of Boeing’s assembly plant, the largest building in the world by volume. You can smell the ocean as you wind your way toward Whidbey Island and Deception Pass State Park, 4,134 acres (1,673 hectares) of marine park, saltwater and freshwater shorelines with mysterious coves, old growth forests and even sand dunes! US 20 leads you to Mount Vernon, in Skagit County. Visit in April for the world-famous Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. You’ll pass through some of the most spectacular and diverse scenery in northwestern Washington and the North Cascades Mountains. This is

gawk-worthy country as you gaze out at jagged mountain ranges on both sides of the border, pass turquoise glacier-fed lakes and admire wildflower-studded meadows. This route takes you over scenic Rainy Pass (closed in winter) through North Cascades National Park where you can connect with the Pacific Northwest Trail. Note: Portions of US 20 are closed during the winter months. At Mazama, cross-country ski in the Methow Valley, connect with the Pacific Crest Trail or hike up to Goat Peak to the Forest Service Lookout Tower. Up the road is Winthrop, an old west town with wood boardwalks, western hospitality and the oldest legal saloon in Washington state. You can exit the loop at Pateros, home of the famous Apple Pie Jamboree in July, or at Okanogan, just south of Omak. Should you decide to join the road

trip farther north, you’ll love the view outside your window. The green pastures and orchards of the valley floor contrast with the soaring cliffs and rugged glacial features for Instagram-worthy photo ops. Take 97A along the Columbia River through Entiat to Lake Chelan, which is the largest lake in Washington and the third deepest in the country. Explore vineyards and orchards and sip wine in the state’s fastest growing wine region. In the winter, it’s known for Nordic skiing. In the summer, skydiving is popular. Just past Chelan is Pateros, where you can drive northeast on Hwy 153 to Route 20 and connect to the Cascade road trip. You can also continue another 40 minutes north on Route 97 to Okanogan where you’ll connect directly to Route 20 and travel west on the upper portion of the Cascade road trip and back down to Wenatchee.

View from Sourdough Mountain of Diablo Lake, North Cascades National Park outside Mazama, WA

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Unplug

Whether your dream is throwing on waders at dawn and watching the glide and snap of your line, or kicking back with a cup of coffee from the comfort of your deck watching the sun rise across the lake, hit the open road and UNPLUG. Your dream awaits you.

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NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON, USA (see pull out map) OKANOGAN COUNTY

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Unique towns and warm hospitality is what you’ll find in Okanogan County. There are the apple-rich towns of Pateros and Brewster, the beautiful Methow Valley, which includes the western-themed town of Winthrop and cattle ranches along the Okanogan Valley and into the highlands. From Pateros, explore the northern portion of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, a unique landscape created by the forces of nature including volcanoes, glaciers and giant floods. As you drive north on Route 97 you’ll go through Okanogan, Omak, Tonasket and Oroville, each rich with history. Omak is home to the Omak Stampede and World Famous Suicide Race, which is like a roller derby on horseback. Up the road is Tonasket, the gateway to the Historic Highlands road trip. From there it’s on to Oroville, located 6.5 km (4 mi) south of the Canadian border.

unique towns and warm hospitality welcome you The lush green pastures and fruit trees throughout the valley floor contrast with the surrounding barren escarpments that are a hallmark of the region’s landscape. Wander through vineyards and orchards, and discover wineries, craft breweries and cider houses. There are three road trips off Route 97 in Okanogan County: Many Lakes road trip, Historic Highlands road trip and the Colville Tribes road trip.

Many Lakes Road Trip, Okanogan County, WA – 193 km (120 mi)

History buffs and outdoor enthusiasts will love this short road trip. There are

gravel and paved roads with information on historical sites, hikes, wildlife areas, lakes, campgrounds and even a cemetery tour. There are several wildlife viewing areas along this route including the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area south of Loomis, the Tuna Creek Wildlife Area northeast of Omak and the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area west of Omak. From Pateros area, drive north on Route 97 and then northeast on Conconully Road, just past the town of Okanogan. If you end up in Omak, you’ve gone too far! Not to worry, you can also enter this road trip near the border at the Nighthawk or Oroville border crossings. At Conconully Lake, take Sinlahekin Road past the Conconully National Wildlife Refuge. Keep going and you’ll reach Fish Lake. There are dozens of lakes in the area including Osoyoos Lake near Oroville and the larger

Stand in awe at the geographical and ecological diversity that runs through the Columbia Cascades

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NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON, USA (see pull out map) Palmer Lake, Okanogan County, WA

Palmer Lake, renowned for its diverse fishing, near Loomis. At Loomis, follow the road east to connect back with Route 97, or go north on the Loomis-Oroville Road to the ghost town of Nighthawk. All that is left of the Nighthawk Historic Townsite is the Nighthawk Hotel, an original school house, a mining office and an old mill. Keep following the Loomis-Oroville Road until you reach Oroville, home to the first railroad in Okanogan County. Displays can be seen at the Old Depot Museum.

Museum Hotel and Antique Car and Truck Museum. Farther south, the Stonerose Fossil Site is a great way to learn about the land and its inhabitants from 50 million years ago. From there, drive west toward Chesaw and Old Molson. Chesaw got its start during the 1896 mining rush. It is home to one of Okanogan County’s liveliest events, the Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo. A short detour from Chesaw will lead to the ghost town of Old Molson. This site is actually

an outdoor museum operated by the Okanogan County Historical Society. You’ll find early 20th-century buildings, including a bank, an assay office and two homestead cabins. Visitors are welcome from Memorial Day through Labor Day. From there it’s a short drive to Oroville and Route 97. For a shorter trip, drop by the Tonasket Visitor Center where they’ll give you a map of the back roads you can take to drive from Tonasket to Chesaw and Old Molson.

You can take this road trip directly from Oroville in the north, or from Tonasket, between Omak and Oroville. The Historic Highlands loop is a nice way to discover back roads that add a touch of adventure to any proper road trip. This road trip links the tiny communities of Oroville, Molson, Chesaw, Curlew, Republic and then connects back to Route 97. From Tonasket take US 20 east to Republic, and then north to Curlew. While in Curlew visit the Ansorge

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Historic Highlands Road Trip, Okanogan County, WA – 240 km (150 mi)

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SET YO UR S IGHTS ON THE T HOMP S ON OKANAGAN VALLEY Choose between daily flights to Kelowna, Kamloops and Penticton and explore this region’s vineyards, lakes, rolling green hills and desert. All you have to do is pack your bags and let us take you there.

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history, discovery, art & geographic wonders

Colville Tribes Road Trip, Okanogan County, WA – 493 km (306 mi) There are many ways to take this road trip and it’s best experienced over two or three days. It overlaps part of the Ice Age Floods road trip and the Historic Highlands road trip. It’s a journey of history and discovery, art and geographic wonders. Start your adventure in Omak. As you drive east on Omak Ave. E (Hwy 155) you’ll pass historic St. Mary’s Mission and drive through Disautel Pass. Keep your eyes open, there’s roadside art along the way to Nespelem. From Nespelem you’ll connect to Hwy 21 and drive north to Republic and along the scenic San Poil River. After Republic, gorgeous vistas await as you take Hwy 20 east through the Sherman Pass Scenic Byway that crosses Washington’s highest mountain pass in remote Colville National Forest. From here you can access Kettle Falls or Colville for overnight accommodations. Take your time as you travel south down Hwy 3 along the Columbia River. At Inchelium, take Bridge Creek Road (Hwy 2) west to the Twin Lakes Recreation Area. There are

Omak Tribal Longhouse

cabin rentals and Wi-Fi here. Stay for a few hours or stay the night. Enjoy swimming, boating, fishing and miles of hiking trails. From Twin Lakes, take a scenic drive through the mountains on Hwy 2 until you connect back up with Hwy 21. After Keller, drive a little farther south on Hwy 21 and take the Washington State Department of Transportation river ferry across the Columbia River. Note the stark contrast from one side

of the river to the other. Cross back over on the ferry and then take Manila Creek Road / Peter Dan Road toward Hwy 155. As you drive along enjoy the view of the Columbia River and Lake Roosevelt. Spend a day exploring Coulee City and Grand Coulee Dam. The town of Coulee Dam has the Colville Tribal Museum and Gift Shop as well as gaming at Coulee Dam Casino. Stay the night and watch the laser light show at Grand Coulee Dam that teaches the history of this land. From Coulee Dam drive along Hwy 155 to Omak. At Nespelem Agency Square leave Hwy 155 and head west on the Columbia River Road. Take in the scenic wonder of the mighty Columbia River as you drive along this route. You will notice large aquaculture pens along the river near Rufus Woods Park and may see a variety of wildlife including bald eagles, deer and coyotes. Those bighorn sheep and mountain goats you see are more roadside art. Before connecting back with Route 97 at Omak, spend some time drinking in the scenic beauty of Omak Lake. Once back in town, stay at the 12 Tribes Resort Casino.

A glacial erratic just above the shores of Omak Lake, Colville Indian Reservation in Washington

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THOMPSON OKANAGAN REGION, BRITISH COLUMBIA

The Evolve Cellars vineyard overlooking Okanagan Lake in Summerland, BC

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THOMPSON OKANAGAN REGION, BC, CANADA (see pull out map)

Enjoying views of Penticton, Skaha Lake, and Okanagan Lake from the summit of the Fortress, Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park, Penticton, BC

The Thompson Okanagan region of the Columbia Cascades section of Route 97 includes: Similkameen Valley, Boundary Country, Okanagan Valley, Gold Country, Shuswap and the North Thompson Valley. The Okanagan is anchored by the city of Kelowna and the Thompson by the city of Kamloops. You can travel farther on Route 97 via the Gold Rush Trail and then onward to Alaska. The Thompson region lies to the west and north of the Okanagan and is accessible via Hwy 1, Hwy 5, Hwy 3 and Route 97. Just north of Vernon, Route 97 splits and you can take 97 west to Kamloops or 97A or 97B north to the Shuswap. The Okanagan Valley is divided into the North, Central and South Okanagan and runs along Route 97. It is accessible via 97C and Hwy 3.

SOUTH OKANAGAN

The South Okanagan begins at the border between the United States and Canada. You’ll discover our communities of Osoyoos, Oliver, Okanagan Falls, Penticton, Naramata and Summerland.

home of good food, wine and outdoor adventure The South Okanagan is geologically diverse with landscapes that range from rivers, lakes and foothills, to an arid pocket desert with cacti, sagebrush and scrub grass. During harvest season, June through October, you’ll also find lots of fruit stands along the highway selling everything from cherries to apples. Take your time around Osoyoos and visit the NK’MIP Desert Cultural Centre to hear the stories and legends of the Syilx people. Near Osoyoos is kłlilxw (Spotted Lake) a sacred medicine lake and a protected cultural heritage site that you can visit on a tour with a local Syilx guide. Osoyoos Lake, Canada’s warmest lake, is also here for an array of water activities. Visit downtown Osoyoos for live concerts, unique shopping, art galleries, streetside cafes and more. Families will love the Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad,

a labour of love that features 45 computer-controlled model trains and 19,000 hand-painted people living and working in a mountainous landscape of German towns. Oliver is known as the Wine Capital of Canada for its high concentration of wineries—over 30! To the east of Oliver is Baldy Mountain Resort; visit for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and hiking in the cooler mountain temperatures come summer. Between Oliver and Okanagan Falls is Vaseux Lake. Stretch your legs and enjoy the boardwalk at this migratory bird sanctuary. At Okanagan Falls you’ll find more wineries and local parks that boast warm, shallow, family-friendly beaches, as well as Tickleberry’s for delicious ice cream. As you travel Route 97, take White Lake Road, southwest of Okanagan Falls to St. Andrews by the Lake golf community. Drive five minutes more and you’ll be at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory. The community of Kaleden is located just off Route 97 to the east. You can connect to the Kettle Valley Rail Trail here. Columbia Cascades Map Guide | 27


THOMPSON OKANAGAN REGION, BC, CANADA (see pull out map) The city of Penticton is nestled between two of our most visited lakes: Skaha Lake and Okanagan Lake. That means there are plenty of beaches for swimming, sunbathing and people watching. Float the river channel between the two lakes—a popular summer activity—or head up to the Skaha Bluffs, a prime training area for rock climbers in North America. Downtown Penticton has an eclectic mix of dining choices and shopping. Saturday mornings from late April to mid October, Main Street transforms into one of the province’s largest outdoor farmers’ and community markets. Penticton has been a leader of the Okanagan craft beer scene for more than 20 years as home to the annual Okanagan Fest of Ale in April and a strong community of five craft breweries. In the winter, you are 45 minutes away from Apex Mountain Resort for some skiing that ranges from

craft beers, wines, rock climbing and two lakes groomed cruisers to challenging runs on steep terrain or through gladed areas— all covered with that light Okanagan powder snow. As you drive toward the Naramata Bench and the picturesque village of Naramata on the east side of Lake Okanagan, you’ll discover more wineries and orchards. Access the Kettle Valley Rail Trail from here. Travel north on the west side of the lake on Route 97 and you’ll come to Summerland, with more beaches, wineries and orchards. Take a ride on an historic train powered by a 1912 steam locomotive here. Book in advance and be part of a great train robbery re-enactment.

The Cawston and Keremeos area of the Similkameen Valley boasts of award winning wines and is both organic and fruit stand capital of Canada

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There are two road trips you can take from the South Okanagan: the Similkameen Valley and the Boundary Monashee. You can start your journey at the junction of Hwy 3 and Route 97 at Osoyoos.

Similkameen Valley Road Trip, Osoyoos to Princeton, BC – 114 km (71 mi) one way

The Similkameen River is at the heart of the Similkameen Valley. Off the beaten path, eclectic, out there and edgy, the Similkameen is striking and full of natural wonders. Take the scenic route from Vancouver on Hwy 3 east, or from Osoyoos on Hwy 3 west, just past the US border at Oroville. From Osoyoos, follow the sun as you drive along the Crowsnest Highway (Hwy 3). This is the rugged and rustic Similkameen Valley. Their ever-growing wine region boasts almost 20 wineries and a cidery. Cawston/Keremeos is also


THOMPSON OKANAGAN REGION, BC, CANADA (see pull out map) known as the Organic Capital of Canada and the Fruit Stand Capital of Canada. Spend an afternoon at the Grist Mill and Gardens, an 1877 water wheel-powered flour mill. Get ready for 360 degrees of stunning mountain and valley views at Cathedral Provincial Park. Princeton is where you’ll find an abundance of outdoor recreation activities including legendary fishing. You can cycle The Great Trail (formerly Trans Canada Trail) along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail to the hamlets of Tulameen and Coalmont. For more adventure, explore China Ridge and Manning Park. Here you can hike, bike and ride horseback along the trails at China Ridge and enjoy yearround family activities at Manning Park including camping, hiking, fishing and canoeing in the summer, and downhill and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating in the winter.

Cyclists on Kettle Valley Rail Trail/The Great Trail take in the view as they pass over part of Cascade Falls near Christina Lake, Boundary Country, BC

Boundary Monashee Road Trip, South Okanagan, BC – 738 km (459 mi)

Get ready to explore rural BC, home of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, a part of The Great Trail. There are three ways to get here. East on Hwy 6 from Vernon for a journey that takes you through a valley, from Hwy 1 in the mountains near Revelstoke, or from Osoyoos where you drive east on Hwy 3. As you travel Hwy 3 you’ll pass through the communities of Bridesville, Rock Creek, Midway and Greenwood, each with its own story and activities. At Grand Forks, the Kettle and North Kettle (Granby) rivers meet, providing fertile ground for farming. Be sure to try the authentic Doukhobor borscht at The Borscht Bowl restaurant. Or try it at the Station Pub and Columbia Grill, located inside the oldest Canadian Pacific Railway station in BC. Farther east, Christina Lake is great for boating and relaxing in BC’s cottage country.

At Christina Lake, head north to 3A then Hwy 6 and you’re in Kootenay Country now. At Nakusp, visit the beach on the shore of Upper Arrow Lake or take in a local event. Soak your cares away in the revitalizing, natural mineral waters of Nakusp Hot Springs while surrounded by canyons, mountains, forests and rivers. From here, connect to Hwy 6 west and drive through the agricultural communities of Cherryville, Lumby and Coldstream on your way to Vernon, where you’ll reconnect with Route 97. Drive north on Route 97 to connect to the Shuswap, Monashee and North

Thompson/Columbia Icefields road trips. You can also travel south down Route 97 along Okanagan Lake and back to the US border. From Boundary you can access the Big White road trip if you drive north on Hwy 33 at Rock Creek through the communities of Westbridge, Beaverdell and Carmi up to Big White Ski Resort. From the Laurier/Cascade (Christina Lake), Danville/Carson (Grand Forks), Ferry/Midway and Oroville/Osoyoos border crossings, on the Monashee Boundary road trip, you can connect with the Historic Highlands road trip in Washington. Columbia Cascades Map Guide | 29


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THOMPSON OKANAGAN REGION, BC, CANADA (see pull out map) Mission Hill Winery, West Kelowna, BC, is situated atop Mission Hill overlooking 135-kilometre-long Okanagan Lake

CENTRAL OKANAGAN

At the heart of the Central Okanagan is Okanagan Lake. It’s 135 km (84 mi) long and is between 4 and 5 km (2.4 – 3 mi) wide. Learn more about the spirits of the lake at Sncewips Heritage Museum in West Kelowna where traditions are shared through the authentic art and artifacts of our indigenous people. Along its shores you’ll find Peachland, West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Kelowna and Lake Country. It’s a scenic drive as the highway winds around foothills that abut the lake, with higher mountains beyond. At Peachland visit Hardy Falls, a gentle walk along a creek where salmon spawn in the fall. For more excitement, zipline through the trees high above Peachland at ZipZone. Most of the town’s shops and restaurants all come with a pretty view. After a meal, stroll beside the lake, stopping now and then to admire the distinctly Okanagan views of the blue water surrounded by bare bluffs that are punctuated with vineyards, bunches of sage grass and striking rock outcrops.

legendary spirits inhabit the lake Next stop—West Kelowna and Westbank, home to the iconic wineries of the Westside Wine Trail and Mt. Boucherie. Take time to stop and explore one of the many hike or bike trails located on the dormant volcano whose fertile soil grows some of the finest grapes in the region. Resembling

the form of a hibernating bear, Syilx legend says that life depends on preserving the naturalness of this sacred space. If we disrespect the land and provoke the bear the eruption that ensues will not be pleasant, something to consider as you enjoy the climb-up Boucherie Rush Trail which will reward your effort, and consideration, with epic views of the valley below. Across the bridge is Kelowna, the largest city in the Okanagan. The compact downtown is located right on the waterfront. In the warmer months you can rent SUPs, kayaks, boats and

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THOMPSON OKANAGAN REGION, BC, CANADA (see pull out map) pedal boats from Kelowna City Park beach. If you’d rather see the lake from up high, take flight in a float plane, or parasail high above it. Hike or mountain bike in Knox Mountain Park, Kelowna’s largest Natural Area Park with 310 hectares (766 acres) located immediately north of downtown. There’s so much to do in Kelowna, from outdoor recreation to three tasting trails, including one where you can walk between breweries, distilleries, a winery and a cidery right downtown! Or simply stroll along the 2.2-km urban boardwalk and enjoy lake views, then sit at one of the lakeside patios and enjoy a farm-to-fork meal. In summer, downtown is filled with music and culture, from free outdoor concerts to festivals and art shows. Catch a play or musical, a symphony performance, or browse the art galleries and boutiques.

The cooler temperatures of spring and fall are good times to enjoy a hike or bike ride through the nearby Myra Canyon trestles or play a round of golf on courses ranging from easy going to ego shattering. In winter, head up to Big White Ski Resort for fantastic downhill skiing and snowboarding on plentiful powder, plus more outdoor fun including tubing, ice skating, and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on maintained Nordic trails. North of Kelowna is Lake Country. Spend some time exploring the Scenic Sip Wine Trail or visit Kangaroo Creek Farm where you can wander among the wallabies, kangaroos and capybaras, which are the world’s largest rodent. Browse the Lake Country Art Gallery, then hike along forested trails that smell of baking pine needles and lead to pretty lake viewpoints. Don’t forget the beaches. Lake Country encompasses

Wood Lake, Okanagan Lake and stunning Kalamalka Lake, whose limestone-rich waters range in colour from turquoise to tourmaline. There are two road trips you can access from the Central Okanagan. The Gold Country road trip is accessible just north of Peachland on 97C. You can connect to the Big White Boundary road trip in Kelowna by taking Hwy 33 off Route 97.

Big White Boundary Road Trip, Central Okanagan, BC – 350 km (218 mi)

Take the Big White Boundary road trip for an adventure through our past and present. Connect with Hwy 33 off Route 97 in Kelowna. Drive east to Big White Ski Resort in summer or winter. Spend the day here or stay overnight. There’s skiing and snowboarding when the snow flies, and in the summer, you

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THOMPSON OKANAGAN REGION, BC, CANADA (see pull out map) Experience the ways of the old west in Gold Country, BC

can enjoy a festival or event, or ride the Bullet Chair for fantastic views of the alpine wildflowers and peaks in every direction. Feel the rush and excitement of downhill mountain biking in the liftserviced bike park. You can also access Big White from Boundary Country from the south via Hwy 33 from Rock Creek past the communities of Carmi and Beaverdell. From the main street in Beaverdell there is direct access to hiking and biking trails along The Great Trail. Unplug for awhile and camp beside the Kettle River. Farther south along Hwy 33 is Westbridge, near the bridge that crosses the West Kettle River. There’s ample camping available here, with one campsite located on a working ranch. Just a few minutes down the highway from Westbridge is Rock Creek. The Kettle Valley Rail Trail, part of Canada’s iconic Great Trail, runs straight through Rock Creek. You can bike, hike, horseback ride, or, in winter, cross-country ski along the trail. In warmer months, dip your pan in the river. You may discover gold! From Rock Creek, it’s a short drive

grasslands and canyons stretch out before you west to Osoyoos where you can connect with Route 97 and travel north to Kelowna. Or continue along Hwy 3 for a Similkameen road trip. Go east and connect with the Boundary Monashee road trip or cross the border to the Historic Highlands road trip in Washington.

Gold Country Road Trip, Central Okanagan, BC – 400 km (248 mi) Speaking of gold, there’s the Gold Country road trip with diverse landscapes that range from semi-arid desert to lakes, grasslands, meadows, canyons and mountains. You can access it from Cache Creek or Kamloops, or just outside of Peachland on Route 97. When you start from Hwy 97C just north of Peachland and south of West Kelowna it will take you across the

Coquihalla Connector to Merritt. Once there, you can try bannock at the Kekuli Café before exploring a few of the 28 heritage sites including hotels and a working cattle ranch. At Merritt, take Hwy 5A to Quilchena. This was once the main route between Merritt and Kamloops. A heritage hotel is the main landmark here. Take a side trip on Douglas Lake Road. It’s cowboy time in the Nicola Valley at the Douglas Lake Ranch, Canada’s largest working cattle ranch that was established in 1884. Marvel at the dramatic landscapes from the valley’s rolling grasslands to the glacial shorelines of ancient lakes. The region offers a unique way to explore these natural features through geocaching. There are over 140 caches here and the community celebrates in May with an annual geocaching event. Head back to Quilchena and take a leisurely hour drive back to the riverside city of Kamloops as you pass dozens of tranquil lakes on either side of the highway. In Kamloops, don’t miss the BC Wildlife Park, home to 40 wildlife species including cougars, coyotes, Columbia Cascades Map Guide | 33


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THOMPSON OKANAGAN REGION, BC, CANADA (see pull out map) wolves and bears. Drive west on Hwy 97 toward Cache Creek. This town may have gotten its name when travellers and prospectors hid their cache in the nearby Bonaparte River while they rested. Drive north on 97 for a visit to Historic Hat Creek north of Cache Creek. This is pure cowboy time. You can even sleep in a covered wagon! At Ashcroft, take the time to view the town’s glass mosaic artwork. From there, you can drive south on Hwy 97C to Logan Lake and check out their remarkable visitor centre located in an old mining truck. Also from Ashcroft, you can drive south on Hwy 1 to Spences Bridge where you can taste fresh fruits and vegetables from roadside stalls. Hike, bird watch and mountain bike in a setting that ranges from lunar to lush. This is rolling ranch country, interspersed with hoodoos formed from 200-million-year-old rock. From Spences Bridge it’s an hour’s drive back to Merritt via Hwy 8 where

Houseboating in the Shuswap, BC.

the highway connects back to 97C. Merritt has two of the area’s original structures: The Merritt Visitor Centre at the Baillie House and Merritt’s most famous landmark, the Coldwater Hotel (circa 1908).

NORTH OKANAGAN/ SHUSWAP

The North Okanagan/Shuswap is a land

of lakes and mountains, ranchlands and orchards and home to the Secwepemc Nation. Vernon is the largest city in the North Okanagan. Cherryville, Armstrong Spallumcheen and Enderby are also located here. Falkland, Salmon Arm and Sicamous are three of the many small communities in the Shuswap, most of which hug the shoreline of Shuswap Lake. Access to

Hiking above Wood and Kalamalka lakes near Vernon, BC

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The Enderby Cliffs as seen from a kayaker on the Shuswap River, BC

the North Okanagan is from Route 97 in the south, Hwy 6 to the east and Hwy 1 through the Shuswap. The city of Vernon lies to the north of Kalamalka Lake. It has a vibrant history, much of which is depicted in murals painted on buildings in the downtown area. There are 28 murals that chronicle the area and the people who laid the foundations for what you see today. Come hike and bike multiple trails around three lakes and five provincial parks that border the city. Visit Davison Orchards, a multigenerational farm with a petting zoo and tractor museum that sells everything it grows on site. Afterward, visit Planet Bee Honey Farm and Meadery to sample honey and observe a working hive. Warmer months mean it’s time to get to the beach and lakes or out on the golf course. Head up to SilverStar Mountain Resort to experience one of the top-rated bike parks in North America, including the new Beowulf Trail, which has been designated an “Epic” immersive ride by the International Mountain Bicycling Association Canada for its distance, technical descents, uniqueness and scenery. In the winter, click into skis or a snowboard for downhill riding, or try the resort’s 105 km (65 mi) of groomed

Nordic trails—Canada’s largest network of daily groomed multi-use trails (you can even try fat biking or snowshoeing!). North of Vernon you have a choice: take Route 97 through to the Thompson and Gold Country, or take Route 97A on to the Shuswap. Route 97 branches off to 97A toward Armstrong Spallumcheen, where you can explore the North Okanagan Shuswap Barn Quilt Trail, discover artisan cheese and chocolate, and visit an asparagus farm. The Interior Provincial Exhibition happens here every Labour

Day weekend. Take in year-round outdoor performances at the Caravan Farm Theatre. A few minutes up the road is Enderby with the largest drive-in theatre screen in North America. Hike the Enderby cliffs with stunning views of both the Shuswap and the Okanagan Valley. Minutes north of Enderby, the Shuswap begins. Hwy 97A forks off to the east to Sicamous and 97B forks off to the west to Salmon Arm. Sicamous, on 97A, lies on the shores of Eagle River, Mara Lake and Shuswap Lake. It is known as the Houseboat

Mount Fosthall, the highest peak in Monashee Provincial Park, North Okanagan, BC

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THOMPSON OKANAGAN REGION, BC, CANADA (see pull out map) Capital of Canada. Rent a houseboat with some friends or for a large family gathering. There’s an abundance of outdoor activities including wildlife viewing, fishing, golfing, hiking and cycling. In the winter, the boats are put away and the snowmobiles come out. Take 97B from outside of Enderby and you’ll find yourself in the beautiful town of Salmon Arm along one of the arms of Shuswap Lake. Walking and hiking trails are plentiful in and around town—make sure you take a stroll along Canada’s longest wooden inland curved wharf. Within minutes of the city centre you’ll find more trails for walking, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, and snowshoeing or cross-country skiing when the seasons change. The Shuswap has several other small towns, most of which lie on the banks of Shuswap Lake. There’s also Roderick

Salmon runs that contain tens of thousands Haig-Brown Provincial Park, home of the famous Adams River Salmon Run every October. The Monashee, the Monashee Boundary, the Shuswap and the North Thompson/Columbia Icefields Parkway road trips can all be accessed from the North Okanagan/Shuswap.

Shuswap Road Trip, North Okanagan, BC – 267 km (166 mi)

This is a great road trip for a day trip or a week of exploration. Hwy 97 branches off in spurs throughout the Shuswap. From

Enderby, Hwy 97A goes north to meet the Trans-Canada Highway at Sicamous and 97B leads to Salmon Arm. For the complete road trip, start by taking Hwy 97A to Sicamous, the land of lakes and houseboats. There is over 1,000 km (621 mi) of shoreline along Shuswap Lake, with many provincial parks that provide you with opportunities for fun on and near the water. Shuswap Lake is unique in that it has four arms that resemble the letter H. You can rent houseboats for overnight stays or you can rent a treehouse at the Cinnemousin Narrows near where all four Shuswap Lake arms join. From Sicamous travel west on Hwy 1 to Salmon Arm. It’s a cute town that has the right combination of outdoor recreation, untamed wilderness and amenities. Spend your time walking through town; enjoy unique boutiques, theatres, cozy bistros and open-air

Shuswap Lake recedes into the distance from Bastion Mountain Lookout, Sunnybrae, Shuswap, BC

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venues. Farmers’ markets and specialty food shops feature locally grown and organic options for your culinary pleasure. Salmon Arm is host to the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, an annual event that attracts over 30,000 people to the region every year. People from around the world gather to watch the return of the sockeye salmon every October at Roderick HaigBrown Provincial Park, north of Salmon Arm. There are pink, coho, chinook and sockeye salmon here. The sockeye fill the Adams River every fall, with a four-year cycle where the returns are at their peak. The next large run is expected to be in October of 2018! Continue west on Hwy 1 through Chase on the South Thompson River. Chase is an ideal base for adventures around Little Shuswap Lake, Neskonlith, Chase Creek, Turtle Valley and Adams Lake. During the summer, experience and celebrate First Nations culture by taking in a pow wow (a cultural gathering held by Indigenous communities featuring music, ceremonial dances, drumming, and the sharing of food and crafts). Then it’s on to Monte Creek where you’ll meet up with Route 97 again. As you travel south along Route 97, you’ll pass through the ranching community of Falkland on your way back to Vernon.

Monashee Road Trip, North Okanagan, BC – 446 km (277 mi)

This all-seasons loop is one of valleys, majestic mountains, hot springs, lakes and farmland. Come and fish, hike, rock climb, mountain bike, hang glide, or try your hand at panning for gold. Get on the road and take Hwy 6 east of Vernon through rich agricultural lands. Paraglide at Coldstream, hang glide in Lumby, or heli-ski around Cherryville. Year-round artisan shops and farm-gate sales are very popular here. Just past Cherryville you’ll enjoy a short ferry ride across Upper Arrow Lake as you

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Hiking the alpine blossoms in the North Thompson, Sun Peaks, BC

alpine meadows and majestic mountains make your way to Nakusp, known for its natural hot springs. There are more hot springs up Hwy 23 at Halcyon, then it’s a quick ferry ride across the lake where you’ll turn west just before Revelstoke on your way back to the Shuswap. Once the snow flies, try the increasingly popular cat- and heli-skiing with an operator based in or near Revelstoke. Take Hwy 97A for a leisurely drive through the towns of Sicamous, Enderby and Armstrong Spallumcheen on your way to Vernon. Or keep going and take the Shuswap road trip for more fun and adventure.

THE THOMPSON

The Thompson region is an everchanging landscape of hoodoos, ranchlands, valleys, lakes and mountains and is home to the Nlaka’pamux and Secwepemc Nations. It is northwest of the Okanagan and is accessible via Hwy 1, Hwy 5, Hwy 3 and Route 97. It consists of Gold Country, Kamloops and the North Thompson Valley. It stretches from Gold Country and Merritt in the south to Mt. Robson in the north; the highest mountain peak in the Canadian Rockies. When travelling to the Thompson west of Vernon on Route 97 you’ll come to the picturesque town of Falkland in a narrow part of the Salmon River Valley at the base of Tuktakamin Mountain. This lush land is known for the Falkland Columbia Cascades Map Guide | 39


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Helmcken Falls thunders over a 141 m (463 ft) drop in Wells Gray Provincial Park, North Thompson Valley, BC

Rodeo in May, one of Canada’s longest running stampedes. Continue north and you’ll intersect with Hwy 1 at Monte Creek on the South Thompson River, where you can visit a historic working ranch with a winery. As you follow the river and the highway west you’ll notice the lush lands transform into bunchgrass and sage grasslands. The North and South Thompson rivers converge in Kamloops. There are more than 200 lakes in this area brimming with Kokanee salmon and rainbow trout. Pull over and cast your line; there are ample opportunities for fishing here. Kamloops is a vibrant city with a focus on outdoor adventure. Hike its colourful alpine meadows, or stand in awe at the many whimsical hoodoos. These sandstone rock formations are 10,000 years old and have been formed

by the forces of erosion. Tee up on one of Kamloops’ eight golf courses. Take part in water sports, horseback riding, mountain biking, skydiving, agritourism and farmers’ markets, fishing Mountain biking the trails of the North Thompson

or whitewater rafting. There are events throughout the year. Kamloops has several parks, including BC Wildlife Park where you can meet Clover, a rescued Kermode bear, also called a spirit bear because its fur is white due to a rare recessive gene. Visit the Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park to learn about Indigenous history and see at the remains of a 2,000-year-old village. In August, plan to experience the Kamloopa Pow Wow, where you will see world-class dancers and the bright colours of their regalia. Hear the beat of the drum as it echoes throughout the city at one of the largest celebrations of First Nations culture and heritage in Western Canada. While in Kamloops, you may receive a warm cowboy welcome from the Kamloops Mounted Patrol. You’ll see them from March to December on the Columbia Cascades Map Guide | 41


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THOMPSON OKANAGAN REGION, BC, CANADA (see pull out map) streets, in the parks and up at Thompson Rivers University. Kids will love the Big Little Science Centre where they can have hands-on experiments. History buffs will love the walking tour and Kamloops Heritage Railway. Beer lovers will enjoy the self-guided walking brew tour while wine aficionados can visit area wineries. Kamloops has a thriving arts and theatre scene with eight art galleries including the Arnica Artist Run Centre. Take the Back Alley Art Gallery tour for a variety of full scale murals. Check with the local visitor centre to find out what shows are currently running. Follow the sagebrush and tumbleweeds west from Kamloops to Cache Creek. It’s here where you can follow in the footsteps of dreamers and prospectors on the Gold Rush Trail. This trail begins in New Westminster along Hwy 1 and ends its northern route in Prince George at Hwy 97 N. From here you can continue to Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway at Dawson Creek, BC. From the Thompson, you can access the Gold Country or the North Thompson / Columbia Icefields Parkway road trips.

North Thompson / Columbia Icefields Parkway Road Trip, Thompson, BC – 443 km (275 mi)

The North Thompson Valley stretches from Kamloops in the south to Mount Robson in the north. It includes the communities of: Barriere, Sun Peaks, Clearwater/Wells Gray, Blue River and Valemount. This corridor can be experienced in either direction as part of the Columbia Icefields Parkway road trip. Venture off from Kamloops on BC 5 north to Sun Peaks, the second largest ski area in Canada and year-round resort village with ongoing events. Continue to Barriere in the Lower North Thompson where you’ll find dozens of fishing

A stunning view along the Berg Lake Trail, Mount Robson, BC

lodges, set up ranch style. The largest community in the North Thompson Valley is Clearwater, considered the gateway to rugged wilderness. Take your time in Wells Gray Provincial Park where you can view the amazing vista of Helmcken Falls or walk behind Moul Falls, which plummets 35 m (115 ft) into the canyon below. We dare you to keep count of the number of waterfalls along the way. Paddle in the quiet of Murtle Lake, the largest non-motorized lake in North America. Explore the fringe of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. Observe bears in their natural habitat river-safari style in Blue River. Ride the rapids near Valemount and hike the iconic Berg Lake Trail at Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Then take to the air. Nothing quite compares to the 360-degree view of the valley below from a helicopter. Heli-hike Berg Lake Trail, heli-tour the glaciers and in the winter, try snowmobile-assisted skiing or snowboarding at Crystal Ridge in Valemount.

Just past Valemount, take Hwy 16 east to Jasper and Jasper National Park, where you’ll be amazed by the diverse ecology and glacier-laden area of the Columbia Icefields. Tour the glaciers year-round. For four months of the year, June through September, you can visit Maligne Lake. It is the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies and is home to the famous Spirit Island. Stay in the beautiful mountain community of Jasper, set in a wide, glacier-carved valley surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Canadian Rockies, with easy access to outdoor activities. As you drive south on Hwy 93 to Lake Louise and continue on Hwy 1 to Banff you’re in for a quintessential Canadian experience as the road winds through the rugged terrain. Gawk at giant glaciers spilling down between the mountains, and admire alpine lakes the colour of turquoise thanks to glacial sediment in the water. From Banff, travel west on the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 1) to return to Kamloops, via Golden and Revelstoke. Columbia Cascades Map Guide | 43


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First Nations winter home pit house at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, BC

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HISTORY AND CULTURE

myriad ways to celebrate agriculture and cowboy culture along the way. You can experience the old west first hand in the western town Winthrop, WA. Walk along the board sidewalks and step inside to quench your thirst at the oldest legal saloon in the state. Across the border in BC, there’s the O’Keefe Ranch

The Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth, WA stages an annual Oktoberfest

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Passing through three nations– Canada, the USA and First Nations, Route 97 follows the ancestral trail of our indigenous people as it weaves its way through Washington and British Columbia. For thousands of years, the regions indigenous people traveled freely through their ancestral lands, unhindered by the border that now separates north from south along the 49th parallel. Throughout the Columbia Cascades of Route 97, you’ll find the Nlaka’pamux, Okanagan (Syilx) and Secwepemc Nations, each with their own unique dialects, traditions, history and story. You’ll find an abundance of interpretive centres and museums showcasing their culture and have ample opportunity to experience a traditional pow wow, or ceremony during your visit. This incredibly diverse landscape is home to some of the best stampedes, rodeos and pow wows. Events start in the spring and carry on right through to the fall. From the Omak Stampede and Suicide Race in Washington, to the Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong and the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo in Barriere, BC, there are

in Spallumcheen, north of Vernon. Tour through the old mansion, horseback ride around the ranch, or attend the infamous Cowboy Dinner Show on Friday nights in the summer. There are still a few steam trains left here, too. In Wenatchee, WA you can ride the steam train on a miniature railroad. Across the border, there are two full-size steam trains that run seasonally in Summerland and Kamloops, BC. In the summer, you can take part in the Great Train Robbery on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway in Summerland.

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THE GREAT DAYS OF SUMMER The Similkameen Valley is the place for authentic experiences—rolling hills, majestic mountains, and friendly waters await you.

The Valley includes: Cathedral Lakes, Cawston, Chopaka, Coalmont, Eastgate, Hedley, Keremeos, Manning Park, Olalla, Princeton, Tulameen and Twin Lakes.

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diversity of wildlife and landscape

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WILDLIFE

Wildlife here is as diverse as our ecology and geography. The forces of nature sculpted this land into sagebrush deserts, rolling foothills, high mountains and sheer cliffs, all woven together with forests and cut through by rivers and lakes. These varied ecosystems are home to creatures ranging from the delicate damsel dragonfly to the giant grizzly bear. Bighorn sheep, deer, moose, mountain goats, wolves, foxes, coyotes, bald eagles, beavers, marmots, salmon and owls are just a few of the animals you might see. There are 44 species of raptors and 33 of owls in the Vernon, BC area alone! Watch wildlife in its natural habitat on a guided river safari into Grizzly Bear Valley near Blue River, BC. You’ll get goose bumps when you witness a bear and her cubs lumbering along the river’s edge.

Lock eyes with a black bear in the wild near Blue River, North Thompson, BC

SIGNATURE PARKS

Route 97 boasts several parks that merit exploration. North Cascades National Park in Washington has over 300 glaciers and it’s where you’ll find Lake Chelan, the third deepest lake in America. Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park has 22,450 m (73,640 ft) of freshwater shoreline at the foot of Dry Falls, a stark cliff carved by the Ice Age Floods, that is 120 m (400 ft) high and 5.6 km (3.5 mi) wide. Wells Gray Provincial Park in BC is home to Helmcken Falls, Canada’s fourth highest waterfall. Wells Gray has volcanic fields, glacier-fed lakes, jagged mountains, abundant waterfalls and summer wildflower meadows. Mt. Robson Provincial Park is home to the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and the glacier moving down its north flank regularly calves icebergs into Berg Lake below.

Sunset panorama of Mount Baker, North Cascades National Park, WA

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Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in the North Cascades, WA

ICONIC TRAILS

Follow in the footsteps of dreamers, prospectors, pioneers and Indigenous people. There’s something about the Columbia Cascades that makes for some inspiring trails. The Pacific Crest Trail runs from Mexico to Canada. This wild and scenic pathway has breathtaking terrain for you to explore. The Pacific Northwest Trail is 1900 km (1200 mi) of wilderness that runs from the Continental Divide through forests, over mountains and across rivers, all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The Kettle Valley Rail Trail (KVR) is part of the Trans Canada Trail, now known as The Great Trail, with several access points (Kelowna, Naramata, Penticton, Midway, Grand Forks and Princeton) throughout the Columbia Cascades in British Columbia. The Shuswap Trail System includes approximately 400 km (249 mi) of shoreline, as well as mountains with trails for mountain biking and hiking and, in the winter, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. 50 | Route97.net #Route97

RAIL TRAILS

Imagine being on a trail where steam engines once chugged through the valleys and mountains of the Columbia Cascades. Walk, hike, bike or horseback ride on rail trails in and around Route 97. In North-Central Washington, the old Great Northern Railway is where you’ll find most of the rail trails. The Iron Goat Trail in Chelan County is an hour west of Leavenworth. Years ago, it The Curlew Lake Trestle is a highlight of the Ferry County Rail Trail, WA

was home to America’s worst avalanche. Today it is a peaceful walk through a quiet forest. Near Curlew, take your time as you experience picturesque landscapes of the Ferry County Rail Trail along Kettle River and Curlew Lake. You’ll cross two former railroad bridges and go through a short tunnel cut into the rocky hillside. You can connect to the Historic Highlands road trip from this trail.


THINGS TO DO The Similkameen Rail Trail follows the Similkameen River from Oroville toward Nighthawk. Only the first 5.5 km (3.5 mi) of the trail are currently used as a rail trail. Hop on your mountain bike or saddle up your steed and enjoy the shrub-steppe and occasional evergreens as you explore the land. There are several breathtaking rail trails in Canada; most join to form The Great Trail. In Boundary Country access the KVR at Mile 0 of the Kettle Valley Railway in Midway. Hike or bike through shifting landscapes of winding rivers and ranchlands surrounded by mountains. Enjoy the mountain views as

iron rails morph into nature trails you travel through forests and perhaps venture into the shadowy tunnels near Grand Forks. The Similkameen Valley road trip in BC connects with the Kettle Valley Rail Trail at Princeton. Hike or bike where pioneers once travelled in search of riches in the fur trade and gold mining—keep in mind that you will be sharing the trails with motorized users. Pack your tent and spend the night at a campsite along the Tulameen River.

Access the Myra Canyon section of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail just outside of Kelowna, BC. This trail has views of rounded mountains and Okanagan Lake in the distance. You’ll also see charred tree trunks where a fire scarred the scenery in 2003, turning the landscape into one of desolate beauty. Traverse wood-frame trestles and tunnels carved in the rock and exit at Naramata where you can ride the trail past picturesque vineyards. Check with the closest visitor centre about wheelchair accessibility, trail conditions and to ensure all the trails are open. Visit bcrailtrails.com for more information. Experience sunsets on the trestle bridges that overlook Myra Canyon on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail (bcrailtrails.com) in the Okanagan, BC

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Whitewater rafting on the upper Fraser River, Valemount, North Thompson, BC

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

When you think Columbia Cascades and Pacific Northwest, it’s hard not to think of the great outdoors. Activities here run the gamut from leisurely forest strolls, to technical descents on a mountain bike, with everything in between. There are over 70 golf courses on both sides of the border that range from easy to extremely challenging. Golf season runs long, from March through October, giving links lovers lots of time to tee up. The hot summers encourage locals and visitors to cool off in rivers and lakes. You can cast a line; paddle a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard; sail a boat; water ski or wake board behind one; or simply sunbathe on the hot sand dipping into a lake periodically to keep the heat at bay with a swim. Explore the lakes of the Shuswap by houseboat or float by tube along the Wenatchee, Thompson, Shuswap or Similkameen rivers during the summer 52 | Route97.net #Route97

go for sports on water, land and in the air when the water moves more slowly. Whitewater aficionados will want to buckle up the lifejacket and tackle the

rapids on the Methow and Icicle rivers in WA, or the Thompson, Fraser and Clearwater rivers in BC. With all the mountains and cliffs in the area, rock climbing and caving are a natural fit. At the Skaha Bluffs, near Penticton, BC, you’ll find a series of more than 650 routes with cliffs up to 80 m (250 ft) in height. And between Tobiano is one of the toughest golf courses in Western Canada, Kamloops, BC


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Biking the multitude of trails at Sun Peaks, BC

Leavenworth and Cashmere, WA discover why Rock and Ice Magazine ranked the region in the top 10 for US climbing areas. You can also try something completely new. Search for treasure in Canada’s largest geocaching geotour in Gold Country, BC, or pan for gold in creeks and streams. Zipline through the forest canopy, strap a hydroflight device on your feet to flyboard above the lake, or take to the air by paragliding, parasailing or even skydiving.

A climber rappels from the The Fortress with a view of Skaha Lake, Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park near Penticton, BC

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Savour a unique dinner experience in a vineyard

LOCAL FLAVOURS

Foodies and wine aficionados come from all over to taste the difference the terroir of Route 97 makes to food and drink. What’s more, you can dig in or tip it back while doing really fun things! Eat fresh cherries as you pluck them from the tree at a u-pick orchard. Unwind after a vineyard yoga class with a glass of wine. Taste honey still in the comb, or drink juice pressed from fresh-picked apples. You can do all of that here. Visit Route97.net and look under Things to Do for more information on our themed trails.

Culinary Trail

The field to fork movement is alive and well in this bountiful land, and the Route 97 culinary trail will take you to the orchards, farms and restaurants where you can taste fresh produce

beauty, drink and lots of good eats and locally-raised meats. Many of our chefs forage in the hills, mountains and valleys for wild edibles to make your meal more reflective of the region. Enjoy lunch or dinner on a patio overlooking Okanagan Lake and rows of wine grapes, or get your farm fresh eggs sunny side up at a modern diner on a heritage street in the heart of town. There is no shortage of flavours and places to enjoy them on Route 97. You’ll find Mexican culture throughout the Washington state area of this region with stores selling an abundance of authentic ingredients including an amazing variety of chili peppers. In British Columbia, stumble

upon fruit stands run by families that have immigrated from India and taste their family recipes for samosas, which are savoury, deep-fried pockets of dough stuffed with vegetables and sometimes meat. Wine is a big part of our culinary story, but we also have an abundance of craft beer in different styles, ciders, meads, fruit wines, liqueurs and spirits produced by brewers, winemakers and distillers from Wenatchee, WA to Cache Creek, BC.

Wine Trail

You’ll find vineyards and wineries throughout Route 97 from its southernmost tip in Washington and up past Kamloops, BC in the north. All told, there are over 250 wineries in the Columbia Cascades. With several distinct sub-regions, you’ll have a Columbia Cascades Map Guide | 55


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THINGS TO DO myriad of delicious varietals to choose from. Try Riesling, Pinot Gris, Viognier or Chardonnay in the north, and move on to reds such as Pinot Noir, Syrah or Cabernet Franc as you work your way south. If you sampled 10 wines a day, it would take you over 225 days to taste them all! Discover new grape varietals you love and then learn what foods to pair with them. No matter which winery you choose, you’ll enjoy fresh, fragrant wines against a backdrop of gentle mountains and shimmering lakes. Take a self-guided or organized wine tour; you can even try wine touring by helicopter, hot-air balloon, kayak, bike or classic car! Watch the sun set over the hills as you dine in a vineyard—several of the area wineries have regular events such as long-table dinners and outdoor concerts, and their restaurants source

ingredients from local farms, ranches and orchards. You can even stay overnight at some wineries and wake up to a view of rolling hills and tidy rows of vines heavy with ripening grapes. There’s also yoga, culinary classes, competitions and seasonal wine festivals linked to our beloved grapes.

flights that feature several three- or four-ounce samples. Many of our beers can also be found in brewpubs and restaurants where they are paired with menu items. There are hundreds of brews to choose as you wend your way along the Route 97 Ale Trail.

Ale Trail

Farmers’ Market and Fruit Stand trails

The Ale Trail highlights the breweries along Route 97 that range in size from two rooms to two blocks of hoppy goodness. In the summer, be sure to try some of the dozens of varieties of hefeweizen, IPA and a growing number of sour beers. In the cooler months, warm up with a hearty porter, stout or winter ale. Don’t be afraid to try something a little different, perhaps a chocolate oatmeal stout or a grapefruit radler. You don’t have to pick just one, either—most breweries offer tasting

Agriculture is a big part of who we are. Many of our farms and orchards are multigenerational and several are organic. The land throughout Route 97 is fertile, with a long growing season, warm summer days and a climate that supports a variety of produce, from asparagus to zucchini, and apricots to peaches. One of the best places to find delicious local food is at our farmers’ markets. They sell organic and non-

Enjoy the views and a meal in the heart of culinary country

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You can find contemporary art throughout the region, Gallery 2, Grand Forks, BC

organic produce as well as baked goods, honey, locally-raised meats, and handmade preserves such as jams, jellies and pickled vegetables. Or pull in to a road-side fruit stand where you can bite into ripe fruit or vegetables straight from the tree or field. The Fruit Stand Trail throughout Route 97 offers up a rainbow of fruity goodness sure to dribble nectarine or plum juice on your shirt (in the best way possible!). Most of our fruit and produce stands are open from spring through late fall. This is a trail you should visit more than once—go on a fruit stand road trip every month and discover what’s in season, from cherries in June and July to apples in October.

Get Artsy

Artists, writers, musicians, artisans and performers have made this corridor their home. Come discover artwork in local galleries that’s inspired by the scenery and raw materials of the region.

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Enjoy a variety of musical genres and live theatre through concerts and performances set against a beautiful backdrop such as a lake or mountain, and under an inky sky illuminated by starlight. Our farmers’ markets are a good place to find quality crafts made with care and expertise, including handmade soaps and lotions, knitted hats and scarves, and hand-carved wood items such as bowls and cutting boards.

Roll The Dice

Take a chance, play the slots or practice your poker face during a game of cards at one of the several casinos along Route 97. Many of these centers boast big name comedians, performers and musical acts. Take in a show or pamper yourself at the spa. Have a bite to eat and then settle in for the night in your comfortable room. Columbia Cascades Map Guide | 59


WON DER OF WINTER

When winter comes to the Columbia Cascades we don’t stay inside... we bundle up and head out for some winter fun! You’ll find frozen waterfalls for climbing, icewine for drinking, winter festivals, every snowy pursuit you can think of (some that you never dreamed of!), and adventure mixed with culinary delights like snowshoeing to a fireside dinner.

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WONDER OF WINTER Go tobogganing, ice skating or fat biking. Click in to your skis or buckle on your snowboard and delight in freshly fallen snow at our mountain resorts. The ski terrain ranges from open bowls and whimsical snow-covered trees called snow ghosts at Big White near Kelowna, to steep pitches and epic tree skiing at SilverStar near Vernon, to a cozy family vibe with fewer crowds and lots of powder at Baldy Mountain Resort near Osoyoos. Manning Park in the Similkameen Valley, BC is another family-friendly spot for downhill and cross-country skiing. We have night skiing where the runs are lit up, and places where you ski with a headlamp! Come on out and snowmobile, snowshoe, cross-country ski or tube your way through our winter wonderland. Our mountain resorts also organize

Deep powder or vertical ice – your choice regular winter events. There are Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, downhill and cross-country races, and big air events. Enjoy the full moon ski and dinner nights, as well as family days and silly events like dummy downhill races, where a dummy strapped to a sled careens down a course and launches off a jump. We have days set aside just for BBQs and others for tasting wine. Take a sleigh ride to a remote cabin for hot chocolate après ski, or for a five-star dinner. Nordic fans will love the largest groomed Nordic ski trail system in North America in the Methow Valley in Washington, with over 300 km (186

mi) of trails. Then there’s over 105 km (65 mi) of groomed trails at SilverStar Mountain Resort in BC. The trails here are multi-use, so you can trade in your cross-country skis for snowshoes or a fat bike for new adventures. Farther afield you can experience the thrill of flying in a helicopter or riding in a snow cat and being dropped on the top of a mountain so you can crank fresh turns on virgin fields of powder. Winter is also a time for culinary delights. Come cheer on Canada’s best chefs—and taste their entries—at the Canadian Culinary Championships, held every February in Kelowna. Then there’s the wine. We have a winter wine festival held at Sun Peaks near Kamloops, and in West Kelowna there’s even a celebration of wine and chocolate every February around Valentine’s Day called Sip with Your Sweetheart.

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Q UENCH YO U R C U R I O S I T Y

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PLAN YOUR TRIP Count on seeing beautiful country during your road trips in the Columbia Cascades

Come explore the Columbia Cascades and all the amazing places in and around Route 97. Start your road trip from the west coasts of Washington and British Columbia or from the east via Alberta, Idaho or Montana. Connect to Route 97 from any direction to explore the communities and geological wonders throughout the Columbia Cascades region.

ELECTRIC CAR FRIENDLY

Go green and explore Route 97’s scenic wonders in the comfort of your Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV). Get a boost along the way at select resorts, wineries, convention centers, municipalities, parks, visitor centres and even college campus charging stations. In the Okanagan, BC, you can rent a Tesla for your road trip. Visit our website for more information and location maps at Route97.net.

motels, ranch stays, spa retreats, destination resorts, vineyard guesthouses, mountain resorts and quaint B&Bs dot the region. You can pitch a tent, park your tent trailer or rent an RV. Sleep in a yurt, go off the grid in a tree house, hunker down in a miner’s tent or catch some zzzs in a covered wagon. It’s all part of the Route 97 experience. For specific accommodations, search our directory at Route97.net. Picnic on your travels, Summerland Ornamental Gardens, Summerland, BC

CROSSING THE BORDER

Electric car recharging stations are available throughout the region

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

With all this adventure, you’ll need a place to lay your head at the end of a busy day and there are many accommodations, from budget hostels to luxury lakeside resorts. Hotels,

The 49th parallel represents the world’s largest unprotected border separating two countries. Route 97 crosses from the United States to Canada at Oroville, Washington and from Canada into the United States at Osoyoos, BC. A valid passport or enhanced driver’s license will grant you access to both countries. Both Oroville and Osoyoos feature duty-free shops. See our website at Route97.net for a complete list of visitor centres for the Columbia Cascades region. Additional border crossings are located at Laurier/Cascade (Christina Lake), Danville/Carson (Grand Forks), Ferry/ Midway and Night Hawk/Chopaka. Columbia Cascades Map Guide | 65


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12-MONTH EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

There’s an abundance of festivals and events in this region that range from small-town eclectic to mountaintop resort events with a lot of fanfare. Winter, spring, summer and fall, you’ll find us at festivals, events and fairs. We celebrate in the parks, on the streets and out in the fields. We celebrate with wine festivals in all four seasons. There are indoor and outdoor

concerts from local acts in the park to big-name concerts worth the drive. Food is high on our list and we toast our chefs as well as our bounty, from apple pie to icewine.

For information on key events, visit our website at Route97.net/events

JANUARY

> Princeton Mining Days, Princeton, BC

> Conconully Outhouse Races, Conconully, WA > Lake Chelan Winterfest, WA

> Meadowlark Festival, Okanagan/Similkameen valleys, BC

> NW Ice Fishing Festival, Molson, WA

> Vernon Bike Festival, Vernon, BC

> Dine Around Thompson Okanagan, Kelowna, BC

> Spring Okanagan Wine Festival, Okanagan Valley, BC

> Enowkin Cultural Centre Students Arts Fair, Penticton, BC

> World of Wheels Car Show, Peachland, BC

> Winter Okanagan Wine Festival, Sun Peaks, BC

> Knox Hill Mountain Climb, Kelowna, BC

> Nordic Festival, Sun Peaks, BC

> Rutland May Days, Kelowna, BC > Great Okanagan Beer Festival, Kelowna, BC

FEBRUARY

> Cider Fest, Kelowna, BC

> Snowshoe Softball Tournament, Winthrop, WA

> Shuswap Writer’s Festival, Salmon Arm, BC

> Red Wine & Chocolate, Lake Chelan, WA

> Salty Dog Enduro, Salmon Arm, BC

> BC Family Day: Sun Peaks, Big White, Apex Mountain, Mount Baldy, Phoenix Mountain and SilverStar, BC

> Earth Day Fair, Chelan and Leavenworth, WA

> Falkland Stampede, Falkland, BC

> Conconully Trout Derby, Conconully, WA

> Sip with Your Sweetheart, West Kelowna, BC

> Banks Lake Triple Fish Challenge, Coulee Dam, WA

> Waterway Houseboats Kick-off Concert, Sicamous, BC

> Love the Wine You’re With, Kelowna, BC

> Osoyoos Oyster Festival, Osoyoos, BC

> Canadian Culinary Championships, Kelowna, BC

> Okanagan Fest of Ale, Penticton, BC

> Vernon Winter Carnival, Vernon, BC

> Chopaka Rodeo, Keremeos, BC

> Rotary Wine Festival, Princeton, BC

> BC Bacon & Cider Festival, Kelowna, BC

> Shuswap International Film Festival, Salmon Arm, BC

> Interior Jazz Festival, Kelowna, BC

> Sledgehammers Ripped Snow Fest, Sicamous, BC

> Peak Pride, Kelowna, BC

> Valemount Winter Festival, Valemount, BC

MARCH

> Winthrop Balloon Roundup, WA > Entiat Kite Festival, Chelan, WA > St. Patrick’s Day Fun Runs: Chelan, Leavenworth, Wenatchee, WA > Amuse Kelowna Foodie Event, Kelowna, BC > KFX (Kelowna Fan Experience), Kelowna, BC

> Okanagan Eats Food Show, Kelowna, BC > Boogie the Bridge, Kamloops, BC

MAY

> Bavarian Maifest, Leavenworth, WA > Winthrop 49’er Days, WA

> BC Open Gold Panning Championships, Enderby, BC

> Okanogan Valley Fiber Festival, Okanogan, WA

> Kamloops Wine Festival, Kamloops, BC

> Rally at the Border Blues Fest, Oroville, WA

> Deadman’s Creek Open Rodeo, Thompson Valley, BC

> May Day Festival, Oroville, WA

> BC High School Rodeo, Barriere, BC

> 50th Anniversary Spring Fling, Grand Forks, BC

> Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival, Lake Chelan, WA > Sun Banks Spring Festival, Banks Lake, WA

> Tod Mountain Day Spring Festival, Sun Peaks, BC

APRIL

> Medieval Faire, Tilt and Lance Joust, Osoyoos, BC

> Lavington May Days, Coldstream, BC

> WA State Apple Blossom Festival, Wenatchee, WA

> Osoyoos Dragon Boat Flag Race, Osoyoos, BC

> Chelan Nouveau (new wine releases), Lake Chelan, WA

> Elks Rodeo, Keremeos, BC

JUNE

> Spring Fest, Manning Park, BC

> Taste Leavenworth, Leavenworth, WA

> Similkameen Heritage Festival, Grist Mill, Keremeos, BC

> Coors Lite Snowbombing Canada, Sun Peaks, BC

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS > Okanogan Days, Okanogan, WA

> Lumby Days, Lumby, BC

> Summer Suds, Vernon, BC

> Lake Osoyoos Cup, NW Jet Sports, Oroville, WA

> Graffiti Days, Cache Creek, BC

> Slay the Dragon Trail Running Race, SilverStar, BC

> Founders Days, Cashmere, WA

> Skate Sun Peaks, Sun Peaks, BC

> Mud Hero Obstacle Race, SilverStar, BC

> Cactus Jalopies Desert Wine Cruise, Osoyoos, BC

> Foam Fest, Sun Peaks, BC

> Summer Stomp and Burnout, Sicamous, BC

> Devour Food and Film Festival, Osoyoos, BC

> Mountain Spirit Festival, Sun Peaks, BC

> Music on the Lake, Chase, BC

> Wine Capital Triathlon, Oliver, BC

> Backcountry Horsemen Rendezvous, Barriere, BC

> Canadian Bluemoon Elvis Festival, Barriere, BC

> Robb’s Ride, Grand Forks, BC

> Big Barriere Block Party, Barriere, BC

> Alpine Blossom Festival, Sun Peaks, BC

> Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament, Grand Forks, BC

> Valemountain Days, Valemount, BC

> Family Weeks, free kid-friendly events, Sun Peaks, BC

> Stan Thompson Rodeo, Princeton, BC

> Dunster Ice Cream Social, Valemount, BC

> Elks Rodeo, Keremeos, BC > Bluegrass Country Jamboree, Keremeos, BC > Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival, Penticton, BC > Peach City Beach Cruise, Penticton, BC > Ribfest, Penticton, BC

> vALEmount Craft Beer Experience, Valemount, BC

JULY

> Fourth of July Celebrations, WA > Apple Pie Jamboree, Pateros, WA > Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Fest, WA > 4th of July Pow Wow and Celebration, Nespelem, WA > Chesaw 4th of July Rodeo, Chesaw, WA > Festival of America, Coulee Dam, WA > Waterville Days, Waterville, WA > Canada Day celebrations, July 1, BC > Music in the Park, Osoyoos, BC > Cherry Fiesta, Osoyoos, BC > Founder’s Day, Greenwood, BC > BMX Tourney, Grand Forks, BC > Homecoming Summerfest, Christina Lake, BC > Princeton Show and Shine Car Show, Princeton, BC > Penticton Powwow, Penticton, BC

> Action Festival, Summerland, BC > Bluegrass Festival, Summerland, BC > Sip in to Summer, Westside Wine Trail, West Kelowna, BC > Westside Daze, West Kelowna, BC > Westbank First Nation Siya Cultural Celebration, West Kelowna, BC > Boyd’s Father’s Day Car Show, Kelowna, BC > Fat Cat Children’s Festival, Kelowna, BC > Mackenzie Tour: Golf BC Championship, Kelowna, BC

> Scottish Festival, Penticton, BC > Prospera GranFondo Axel Merckx, Penticton, BC > Westside Art Show, West Kelowna, BC > Westside Days, West Kelowna, BC

> BC Downhill Championships & BC Cup, Sun Peaks, BC > Summer Patio Party, Sun Peaks, BC > Canoe Mountain Rodeo, Valemount, BC > Canada Parks Day, Valemount, BC

AUGUST

> NCW Fair, Waterville, WA > Omak Stampede, Omak, WA > Rally at the Border Blues Fest, Oroville, WA > Mid-Summer Open Bonspiel, Osoyoos, BC > CannaFest Music Festival, Grand Forks, BC > Park in the Park Car Show, Grand Forks, BC > Traditional Music Festival, Princeton, BC > Super League Triathlon, Princeton, BC > Lights on Lightning Lake Lantern Festival, Manning Park, BC > Peachfest, Penticton, BC > Apple Triathlon, Kelowna, BC > Dragon Boat Festival, Kelowna, BC > Feast of Fields, Kelowna, BC > Kelowna Pride Festival, Kelowna, BC > Ribfest, Kelowna, BC

> Sukanaqin Sxelxalt, Okanagan Day, West Kelowna, BC > Across the Lake Swim, Kelowna, BC > Center of Gravity, Kelowna, BC > Diner en Blanc, Kelowna, BC > Downtown Kelowna Block Party, Kelowna, BC > Folk Fest, Kelowna, BC

> BC Community Flag Football Championships, Kelowna, BC

> IndieFest, Kelowna, BC

> Wine Country Half Marathon, Kelowna, BC

> L’Alpe de Grande Blanc, Big White, BC

> Craft & Country Beer & Mountain Fest, Big White, BC

> Ciderfest, Big White, BC

> Sunshine Festival, Vernon, BC

> Funtastic Softball and Music Festival, Vernon, BC

> Funtastic Softball and Music Festival, Vernon, BC

> Sun Valley Cruise in Car Show, Vernon, BC

> Okanagan Trestles Tour, Kelowna, BC

> Okanagan Military Tattoo, Vernon, BC

> Rock the Lake Festival, Kelowna, BC > Ryga Festival, Summerland, BC > Mud, Sweat and Tears, Big White, BC > Ponderosa Music Fest and Boogie Bash, Rock Creek, BC Columbia Cascades Map Guide | 69


CALENDAR OF EVENTS > Wings on the Wind Kite Festival, Manning Park, BC

> Breakout West Music Festival, Kelowna, BC

> Princeton and District Agriculture Fall Fair, Princeton, BC

> World Curling Federation Mixed Curling Championships, Kelowna, BC

> Okanagan Nation Alliance Salmon Feast, Okanagan Falls, BC

> Vernon Fall Festival, Vernon, BC

> Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival, Penticton, BC > Dragon Boat Festival, Penticton, BC

> Adams River Salmon Run Festivities, North Shuswap, BC

> Summerland Fall Fair, Summerland, BC

> Rotary Shuswap WineFest, Salmon Arm, BC

> Appleooza, Kelowna, BC

> Boo at the Zoo, Kamloops, BC

> Hopscotch Festival, Kelowna, BC

> Ghost Train, Kamloops, BC

> Kamloopa Pow Wow, Kamloops, BC

> Harvest Fair – Quails Gate, West Kelowna, BC

> 9th Annual Retro Concert Weekend, Sun Peaks, BC

> Kalamalka Classic SUP Festival, Vernon, BC

NOVEMBER

> Raptor Festival, Vernon, BC

> Light Up Celebrations throughout the Columbia Cascades

> Free summer concert, Sun Peaks, BC

> Apple Festival, Vernon, BC

> Christkindlmarkt, Leavenworth, WA

> Family Weeks, free kid-friendly events, Sun Peaks, BC

> Interior Provincial Exhibition Fair, Armstrong, BC

> Christmas at the End of the Road, Winthrop, WA

> North West Mud Racing, Valemount, BC

> Adams River Salmon Run, North Shuswap, BC

> Winter in Wine Country, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC

> Fungi Festival, Sicamous, BC

> Okanagan Falls Wineries Holiday Cheer, Okanagan Falls, BC

> Gallery 2 Taps & Tapas Craft Brew Tasting, Grand Forks, BC > Garlic Festival, Enderby, BC > Roots and Blues Festival, Salmon Arm, BC > Music on the Lake, Chase, BC > CornStock Celebration, Chase BC > Mud Bunnies Ladies Bike Camp, SilverStar, BC > SilverStar Food and Wine Festival, SilverStar, BC > Bonaparte Pow Wow, Cache Creek, BC > Ribfest, Kamloops, BC

> The Blueberry Tea, Valemount, BC

> Geocaching Event, Gold Country, BC

SEPTEMBER

> Get Corked Run, Kamloops, BC

> Fiestas Mexicanas, Wenatchee, WA

> Peaks Pedal Fest, Sun Peaks, BC

> Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival, Leavenworth, WA

> North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo, Barriere, BC

> Taste of the Harvest, Wenatchee, WA

> Valemount Marina Fishing Derby, Valemount, BC

> Outdoor Art Happens Festival, Oroville, WA > Harvest Festival, Coulee Dam, WA > Sun Banks Fall Festival, Banks Lake, WA > Osoyoos Ribfest, Osoyoos, BC > Lobster on the Beach, Osoyoos, BC > Fall Fair, Grand Forks, BC > Fall Fair, Rock Creek, BC > Similkameen Sizzle, Keremeos, BC > Similkameen Pow Wow, Keremeos, BC > Heritage Fall Fair at the Grist Mill, Keremeos, BC

> BC Ag Expo of 4-H, Barriere, BC

> Zombie Walk, Princeton, BC

> Summerland Festival of Light/Light Up The Vines, Summerland, BC > Cheese… It’s A Natural! Armstrong, BC > Gallery 2 Wine Tasting & Artisan Craft Fair, Grand Forks, BC

> Mount Robson Marathon Run, Valemount, BC

DECEMBER

OCTOBER

> Christmas on Main Street, Omak, WA

> Leavenworth Oktoberfest, Leavenworth, WA > Halloween Harvest Festival, Omak, WA > Festival of the Grape, Oliver, BC > Apple Day at the Grist Mill, Keremeos, BC > Fall Wine Festival, Okanagan Valley, BC

> Christmas Lighting Festival, Leavenworth, WA > Christmas Lite Up & Parade, Osoyoos, BC > Baldy First Chair Festival, Oliver/Osoyoos, BC > Winery Open Houses, Similkameen and Okanagan, BC

> Oktoberfest, Penticton, BC

> Downtown Kelowna Winter Street Market, Kelowna, BC

> Festival of Lights, Summerland, BC

> Craft Culture Holiday Market, Kelowna, BC

> BMO Okanagan Marathon, Kelowna, BC

> Big White Winter Rally, Kelowna, BC > Sip into the Season, West Kelowna, BC > Winterfest & Light Up, West Kelowna, BC > Enowkin Cultural Centre Arts & Crafts Fair, Penticton, BC > Tulameen Winter Festival, Tulameen, BC > Little Treasures, Enderby, BC > Caravan Farm Theatre Winter Sleigh Ride Show, Enderby, BC > Wildlights Festival, BC Wildlife Park, Kamloops, BC > Light Up Big White, Big White, BC > Big Reds Wine Festival, Big White, BC > Holiday Kickoff Weekend, Sun Peaks, BC > New Year’s Celebrations, Sun Peaks, BC

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ROUTE 97 EXPERIENCES YOU CAN’T MISS (see map for locations)

NATURAL HISTORY – This geologically diverse area has high mountain peaks, waterfalls, a pocket desert, lush farms, orchards and vineyards. Tour the Ice Age Flood National Geographic Trail, with massive cliffs, a gorge four times the size of Niagara Falls, and Yeager Rock, a 400-ton, two-story boulder.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE – Nlaka’pamux, Okanagan (Syilx), and Secwepemc First Nation experiences include: Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Snaza’ist Discovery Centre, the Snc wips Museum and Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park, Okanagan Nations Salmon Feast, Omak Indian Encampment Pow Wow and Kamloopa Pow Wow.

BEAR WATCHING – Take a river safari in the world’s only inland temperate rain forest at Blue River and watch as bears and their cubs roam the river banks. Stand in awe at the mystical Spirit Bear at the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops, where you’ll also find grizzly and black bears up close.

ADAMS RIVER SOCKEYE SALMON RUN – The largest Sockeye salmon run in BC is at Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park on the Adams River. It’s an October celebration of Indigenous culture and Mother Nature. In other months enjoy the wheelchair accessible walkway and visit the Interpretive Centre.

HISTORY COMES ALIVE – Explore the original buildings used by Gold Rush travellers at Historic Hat Creek, BC. Watch a potter and a blacksmith at work at Historic O’Keefe Ranch, BC. Visit the state’s oldest legal saloon in the historically accurate town of Winthrop, WA.

WELLS GRAY PROVINCIAL PARK, BC – A park for all seasons. Enjoy Murtle Lake, the largest non-motorized lake in North America, with over 40 waterfalls including Helmcken Falls. Relax at glacier fed lakes, encounter wildlife, go white water rafting, fishing and dog sledding, all in one place.

HOUSEBOAT CAPITAL OF CANADA – Explore Sicamous and the lakes of the Shuswap region via houseboat surrounded by hundreds of kms (miles) of waterfront, sunshine and scenery. No need to go ashore, you can eat, sleep, swim, boat, fish, or simply relax in the sun from the deck of your houseboat.

MOUNT ROBSON – This UNESCO World Heritage Site has the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The provincial park is home to Berg Lake Trail which crosses three biogeoclimatic zones accessing over 217,000 ha (536,219 ac) of pristine wilderness and wildlife habitat of deer, black bear, grizzly bear and mountain goats.

COWBOY CULTURE – County fairs, festivals and rodeos abound on both sides of the border including the Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) and the Omak Stampede, which blends Canadian, Indigenous Nations and United States traditions. Tour historic ranches on both sides of the border.

Photo: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com

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TRAILS – Hike, bike or snowshoe our trails. There are several scenic rail trails on both sides of the border including the Great Trail in BC and ones created from the old Great Northern Railway in WA. One of our longest trails is the Pacific Crest trail that winds its way from the Mexican border through the US and into BC. LAKES AND DAMS – There are hundreds of lakes in this area. Our two largest are Chelan and Okanagan. Lake Chelan is the largest natural lake in WA at 81 km (50.5 mi) long. Okanagan Lake in BC, is 135 km (84 mi) long. Grand Coulee Dam, WA, is one of the largest dams in the world and they have an educational laser light show.

CHAMPAGNE POWDER AND MOUNTAIN RESORTS – Downhill, cross country skiing and snowboarding our champagne power is available on both sides of the border at ski in/ski out resorts. There’s Nordic, Cat and Heli-skiing in the Monashees and the North Cascades with historic ski lodges and world cup venues.

GOLD RUSH TRAIL – Follow in the footsteps of dreamers and prospectors along the Gold Rush Trail that started during the 1850s. Explore the Old Cariboo Trail in WA and when venturing further North re-connect from Hwy 97C and onward to Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway at Dawson Creek, BC.

WINE/ORCHARD COUNTRY – World class wineries, vineyards and fresh fruits abound; includes the Apple Capital of the World (Wenatchee, WA) and the Wine Capital of Canada (Oliver, BC). Over 200 unique experiences to be had including vineyard dinners and farmers’ markets.

Penticton is the hub of the Southern Okanagan with both multi and day touring loops starting and finishing here and make sure to stop by the Penticton Visitor Centre to grab a a copy of our local day rides route map. Riding doesn’t mean roughing it, and with over 60 different accomodation options from Campgrounds to Hotels, Penticton is a full service city waiting for you to visit. Start Planning your next ride now , with a riding season that stretches from early Spring to late Fall theres more time to tour and explore in the Okanagan. After a great day of riding, don’t forget to check out one of our craft breweries or local restaurants and take your time to remember that moment of freedom only found by riding a motorcycle.

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ROUTE 97 EXPERIENCES YOU CAN’T MISS (see map for locations) MOUNT ROBSON – This UNESCO World Heritage Site has the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The provincial park is home to Berg Lake Trail which crosses three biogeoclimatic zones accessing over 217,000 ha (536,219 ac) of pristine wilderness and wildlife habitat of deer, black bear, grizzly bear and mountain goats.

HOUSEBOAT CAPITAL OF CANADA – Explore Sicamous and the lakes of the Shuswap region via houseboat surrounded by hundreds of kms (miles) of waterfront, sunshine and scenery. No need to go ashore, you can eat, sleep, swim, boat, fish, or simply relax in the sun from the deck of your houseboat.

WELLS GRAY PROVINCIAL PARK, BC – A park for all seasons. Enjoy Murtle Lake, the largest non-motorized lake in North America, with over 40 waterfalls including Helmcken Falls. Relax at glacier fed lakes, encounter wildlife, go white water rafting, fishing and dog sledding, all in one place.

HISTORY COMES ALIVE – Explore the original buildings used by Gold Rush travellers at Historic Hat Creek, BC. Watch a potter and a blacksmith at work at Historic O’Keefe Ranch, BC. Visit the state’s oldest legal saloon in the historically accurate town of Winthrop, WA.

ADAMS RIVER SOCKEYE SALMON RUN – The largest Sockeye salmon run in BC is at Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park on the Adams River. It’s an October celebration of Indigenous culture and Mother Nature. In other months enjoy the wheelchair accessible walkway and visit the Interpretive Centre.

BEAR WATCHING – Take a river safari in the world’s only inland temperate rain forest at Blue River and watch as bears and their cubs roam the river banks. Stand in awe at the mystical Spirit Bear at the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops, where you’ll also find grizzly and black bears up close.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE – Nlaka’pamux, Okanagan (Syilx), and Secwepemc First Nation experiences include: Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Snaza’ist Discovery Centre, the Snc wips Museum and Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park, Okanagan Nations Salmon Feast, Omak Indian Encampment Pow Wow and Kamloopa Pow Wow.

NATURAL HISTORY – This geologically diverse area has high mountain peaks, waterfalls, a pocket desert, lush farms, orchards and vineyards. Tour the Ice Age Flood National Geographic Trail, with massive cliffs, a gorge four times the size of Niagara Falls, and Yeager Rock, a 400-ton, two-story boulder.

COWBOY CULTURE – County fairs, festivals and rodeos abound on both sides of the border including the Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) and the Omak Stampede, which blends Canadian, Indigenous Nations and United States traditions. Tour historic ranches on both sides of the border.

TRAILS – Hike, bike or snowshoe our trails. There are several scenic rail trails on both sides of the border including the Great Trail in BC and ones created from the old Great Northern Railway in WA. One of our longest trails is the Pacific Crest trail that winds its way from the Mexican border through the US and into BC.

Photo: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com

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CHAMPAGNE POWDER AND MOUNTAIN RESORTS – Downhill, cross country skiing and snowboarding our champagne power is available on both sides of the border at ski in/ski out resorts. There’s Nordic, Cat and Heli-skiing in the Monashees and the North Cascades with historic ski lodges and world cup venues.

LAKES AND DAMS – There are hundreds of lakes in this area. Our two largest are Chelan and Okanagan. Lake Chelan is the largest natural lake in WA at 81 km (50.5 mi) long. Okanagan Lake in BC, is 135 km (84 mi) long. Grand Coulee Dam, WA, is one of the largest dams in the world and they have an educational laser light show.

WINE/ORCHARD COUNTRY – World class wineries, vineyards and fresh fruits abound; includes the Apple Capital of the World (Wenatchee, WA) and the Wine Capital of Canada (Oliver, BC). Over 200 unique experiences to be had including vineyard dinners and farmers’ markets.

GOLD RUSH TRAIL – Follow in the footsteps of dreamers and prospectors along the Gold Rush Trail that started during the 1850s. Explore the Old Cariboo Trail in WA and when venturing further North re-connect from Hwy 97C and onward to Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway at Dawson Creek, BC.

Penticton is the hub of the Southern Okanagan with both multi and day touring loops starting and finishing here and make sure to stop by the Penticton Visitor Centre to grab a a copy of our local day rides route map. Riding doesn’t mean roughing it, and with over 60 different accomodation options from Campgrounds to Hotels, Penticton is a full service city waiting for you to visit. Start Planning your next ride now , with a riding season that stretches from early Spring to late Fall theres more time to tour and explore in the Okanagan. After a great day of riding, don’t forget to check out one of our craft breweries or local restaurants and take your time to remember that moment of freedom only found by riding a motorcycle.

UNDISCOVERED RIDES ARE CALLING NORTH AMERICA’S LONGEST CONTINUOUS NORTH – SOUTH HIGHWAY 3,256 KM | 2,023 MILES Los Angeles CA San Francisco CA Weed CA Bend OR

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ROUTE 97 EXPERIENCES YOU CAN’T MISS (see map for locations) MOUNT ROBSON – This UNESCO World Heritage Site has the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The provincial park is home to Berg Lake Trail which crosses three biogeoclimatic zones accessing over 217,000 ha (536,219 ac) of pristine wilderness and wildlife habitat of deer, black bear, grizzly bear and mountain goats.

HOUSEBOAT CAPITAL OF CANADA – Explore Sicamous and the lakes of the Shuswap region via houseboat surrounded by hundreds of kms (miles) of waterfront, sunshine and scenery. No need to go ashore, you can eat, sleep, swim, boat, fish, or simply relax in the sun from the deck of your houseboat.

WELLS GRAY PROVINCIAL PARK, BC – A park for all seasons. Enjoy Murtle Lake, the largest non-motorized lake in North America, with over 40 waterfalls including Helmcken Falls. Relax at glacier fed lakes, encounter wildlife, go white water rafting, fishing and dog sledding, all in one place.

HISTORY COMES ALIVE – Explore the original buildings used by Gold Rush travellers at Historic Hat Creek, BC. Watch a potter and a blacksmith at work at Historic O’Keefe Ranch, BC. Visit the state’s oldest legal saloon in the historically accurate town of Winthrop, WA.

ADAMS RIVER SOCKEYE SALMON RUN – The largest Sockeye salmon run in BC is at Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park on the Adams River. It’s an October celebration of Indigenous culture and Mother Nature. In other months enjoy the wheelchair accessible walkway and visit the Interpretive Centre.

BEAR WATCHING – Take a river safari in the world’s only inland temperate rain forest at Blue River and watch as bears and their cubs roam the river banks. Stand in awe at the mystical Spirit Bear at the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops, where you’ll also find grizzly and black bears up close.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE – Nlaka’pamux, Okanagan (Syilx), and Secwepemc First Nation experiences include: Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Snaza’ist Discovery Centre, the Snc wips Museum and Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park, Okanagan Nations Salmon Feast, Omak Indian Encampment Pow Wow and Kamloopa Pow Wow.

NATURAL HISTORY – This geologically diverse area has high mountain peaks, waterfalls, a pocket desert, lush farms, orchards and vineyards. Tour the Ice Age Flood National Geographic Trail, with massive cliffs, a gorge four times the size of Niagara Falls, and Yeager Rock, a 400-ton, two-story boulder.

COWBOY CULTURE – County fairs, festivals and rodeos abound on both sides of the border including the Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) and the Omak Stampede, which blends Canadian, Indigenous Nations and United States traditions. Tour historic ranches on both sides of the border.

TRAILS – Hike, bike or snowshoe our trails. There are several scenic rail trails on both sides of the border including the Great Trail in BC and ones created from the old Great Northern Railway in WA. One of our longest trails is the Pacific Crest trail that winds its way from the Mexican border through the US and into BC.

Photo: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com

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CHAMPAGNE POWDER AND MOUNTAIN RESORTS – Downhill, cross country skiing and snowboarding our champagne power is available on both sides of the border at ski in/ski out resorts. There’s Nordic, Cat and Heli-skiing in the Monashees and the North Cascades with historic ski lodges and world cup venues.

LAKES AND DAMS – There are hundreds of lakes in this area. Our two largest are Chelan and Okanagan. Lake Chelan is the largest natural lake in WA at 81 km (50.5 mi) long. Okanagan Lake in BC, is 135 km (84 mi) long. Grand Coulee Dam, WA, is one of the largest dams in the world and they have an educational laser light show.

WINE/ORCHARD COUNTRY – World class wineries, vineyards and fresh fruits abound; includes the Apple Capital of the World (Wenatchee, WA) and the Wine Capital of Canada (Oliver, BC). Over 200 unique experiences to be had including vineyard dinners and farmers’ markets.

GOLD RUSH TRAIL – Follow in the footsteps of dreamers and prospectors along the Gold Rush Trail that started during the 1850s. Explore the Old Cariboo Trail in WA and when venturing further North re-connect from Hwy 97C and onward to Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway at Dawson Creek, BC.

Penticton is the hub of the Southern Okanagan with both multi and day touring loops starting and finishing here and make sure to stop by the Penticton Visitor Centre to grab a a copy of our local day rides route map. Riding doesn’t mean roughing it, and with over 60 different accomodation options from Campgrounds to Hotels, Penticton is a full service city waiting for you to visit. Start Planning your next ride now , with a riding season that stretches from early Spring to late Fall theres more time to tour and explore in the Okanagan. After a great day of riding, don’t forget to check out one of our craft breweries or local restaurants and take your time to remember that moment of freedom only found by riding a motorcycle.

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US Port of Entry (24 Hours)

CUMMINS LAKES PARK

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Blue River

North Thompson Valley

Moul Falls

Historic Hat Creek

PINECONE BURKE Border PROVINCIAL PARK

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HELI-SKIING

Mahood Lake

US border at Oroville, WA to: Omak 66 (41) Grand Coulee 153 (95) Chelan 158 (98) Mount Vernon 362 (225) Brewster 116 (72) Seattle 443 (275) Wenatchee 219 (136) Spokane 290 (180) Leavenworth 245 (152) Kelowna 134 (83) Twisp 124 (77) Vancouver BC 411 (255) Everett 405 (252) Jasper 785 (488)

UNESCO site Ski Resort Border Crossing Main Rail Line Regional Areas

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Helmcken Falls

Kelowna Int’l Airport, BC to: Banff 469 (291) Osoyoos 137 (85) Calgary 592 (368) Penticton 81 (50) Edmonton 883 (549) Salmon Arm 99 (62) Jasper 595 (370) Vancouver BC 402 (250) Grand Forks 209 (130) Seattle 515 (320) Kamloops 156 (97) Spokane 375 (233) Merritt 141 (88) Valemount 470 (292)

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WELLS GRAY PARK

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ROUTE 97 EXPERIENCES YOU CAN’T MISS (see map for locations)

NATURAL HISTORY – This geologically diverse area has high mountain peaks, waterfalls, a pocket desert, lush farms, orchards and vineyards. Tour the Ice Age Flood National Geographic Trail, with massive cliffs, a gorge four times the size of Niagara Falls, and Yeager Rock, a 400-ton, two-story boulder.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE – Nlaka’pamux, Okanagan (Syilx), and Secwepemc First Nation experiences include: Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Snaza’ist Discovery Centre, the Snc wips Museum and Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park, Okanagan Nations Salmon Feast, Omak Indian Encampment Pow Wow and Kamloopa Pow Wow.

BEAR WATCHING – Take a river safari in the world’s only inland temperate rain forest at Blue River and watch as bears and their cubs roam the river banks. Stand in awe at the mystical Spirit Bear at the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops, where you’ll also find grizzly and black bears up close.

ADAMS RIVER SOCKEYE SALMON RUN – The largest Sockeye salmon run in BC is at Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park on the Adams River. It’s an October celebration of Indigenous culture and Mother Nature. In other months enjoy the wheelchair accessible walkway and visit the Interpretive Centre.

HISTORY COMES ALIVE – Explore the original buildings used by Gold Rush travellers at Historic Hat Creek, BC. Watch a potter and a blacksmith at work at Historic O’Keefe Ranch, BC. Visit the state’s oldest legal saloon in the historically accurate town of Winthrop, WA.

WELLS GRAY PROVINCIAL PARK, BC – A park for all seasons. Enjoy Murtle Lake, the largest non-motorized lake in North America, with over 40 waterfalls including Helmcken Falls. Relax at glacier fed lakes, encounter wildlife, go white water rafting, fishing and dog sledding, all in one place.

HOUSEBOAT CAPITAL OF CANADA – Explore Sicamous and the lakes of the Shuswap region via houseboat surrounded by hundreds of kms (miles) of waterfront, sunshine and scenery. No need to go ashore, you can eat, sleep, swim, boat, fish, or simply relax in the sun from the deck of your houseboat.

MOUNT ROBSON – This UNESCO World Heritage Site has the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The provincial park is home to Berg Lake Trail which crosses three biogeoclimatic zones accessing over 217,000 ha (536,219 ac) of pristine wilderness and wildlife habitat of deer, black bear, grizzly bear and mountain goats.

COWBOY CULTURE – County fairs, festivals and rodeos abound on both sides of the border including the Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) and the Omak Stampede, which blends Canadian, Indigenous Nations and United States traditions. Tour historic ranches on both sides of the border.

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TRAILS – Hike, bike or snowshoe our trails. There are several scenic rail trails on both sides of the border including the Great Trail in BC and ones created from the old Great Northern Railway in WA. One of our longest trails is the Pacific Crest trail that winds its way from the Mexican border through the US and into BC. LAKES AND DAMS – There are hundreds of lakes in this area. Our two largest are Chelan and Okanagan. Lake Chelan is the largest natural lake in WA at 81 km (50.5 mi) long. Okanagan Lake in BC, is 135 km (84 mi) long. Grand Coulee Dam, WA, is one of the largest dams in the world and they have an educational laser light show.

CHAMPAGNE POWDER AND MOUNTAIN RESORTS – Downhill, cross country skiing and snowboarding our champagne power is available on both sides of the border at ski in/ski out resorts. There’s Nordic, Cat and Heli-skiing in the Monashees and the North Cascades with historic ski lodges and world cup venues.

GOLD RUSH TRAIL – Follow in the footsteps of dreamers and prospectors along the Gold Rush Trail that started during the 1850s. Explore the Old Cariboo Trail in WA and when venturing further North re-connect from Hwy 97C and onward to Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway at Dawson Creek, BC.

WINE/ORCHARD COUNTRY – World class wineries, vineyards and fresh fruits abound; includes the Apple Capital of the World (Wenatchee, WA) and the Wine Capital of Canada (Oliver, BC). Over 200 unique experiences to be had including vineyard dinners and farmers’ markets.

Penticton is the hub of the Southern Okanagan with both multi and day touring loops starting and finishing here and make sure to stop by the Penticton Visitor Centre to grab a a copy of our local day rides route map. Riding doesn’t mean roughing it, and with over 60 different accomodation options from Campgrounds to Hotels, Penticton is a full service city waiting for you to visit. Start Planning your next ride now , with a riding season that stretches from early Spring to late Fall theres more time to tour and explore in the Okanagan. After a great day of riding, don’t forget to check out one of our craft breweries or local restaurants and take your time to remember that moment of freedom only found by riding a motorcycle.

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Profile for Thompson Okanagan Tourism

2018 Columbia Cascades Route 97 Road Trip Map Guide  

The Columbia Cascades of Route 97 includes North Central Washington and Thompson Okanagan regions on both sides of the 49th parallel. Feast...

2018 Columbia Cascades Route 97 Road Trip Map Guide  

The Columbia Cascades of Route 97 includes North Central Washington and Thompson Okanagan regions on both sides of the 49th parallel. Feast...

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