The Okanagan Valley is best known for its wineries and fruit orchards. Sample local wines and learn about the wine-making process while taking in the beautiful views. Explore lesser-known places like the Myra Canyon and Kentucky Lake, and travel onboard a historic steam locomotive on the last remaining stretch of the Kettle Valley railway.
Day 1: Vancouver to Manning Park (225 km)
Pick up your RV in the morning and travel eastbound to Hope. Remember to stop in Hope to stock up on groceries if you haven’t done so already. Just outside of Hope on Highway 3 you can see the aftermath of the Hope Slide. This landslide occurred in the morning hours of January 9, 1965, and was the second-largest recorded landslide in Canadian history.
After that, continue on the Crowsnest Highway towards Manning Park. This Provincial Park is home to over 100 species of alpine and subalpine wildflowers. Visitors are treated to a spectacle of blooms and colour at Manning Park that starts in the spring, builds to its peak in July, and continues through to fall. Arrive at your campsite in Manning Park in the afternoon.
- Downtown Hope
- Coquihalla Summit
- Manning Park
Day 2: Manning Park to Osoyoos (180 km)
Continue your trip on the Crowsnest Highway as it follows the Similkameen River upstream. The town of Hedley was once considered one of BC’s richest mining areas. Nowadays, Hedley is more known for its quaint streets, unique attractions and friendly eateries.
As you continue driving further east you will notice that the highway around Keremeos is lined with fruit stands. This self-titled “fruit stand capital of Canada” is mostly known for its agriculture, horticulture, ranching and winemaking. Arrive in Osoyoos in the late afternoon.
- Fruit stands
Day 3: Osoyoos to Summerland (75 km)
This region is home to the only desert in Canada, so this morning you can visit the Desert Centre in Osoyoos to learn more about this unique ecosystem. Walk the 1.5 kilometer elevated boardwalk to learn about the flora and fauna and enjoy scenic views of the desert landscape.
As you travel northbound you will see countless vineyards and wineries along the way. Most wineries welcome the public to witness the wine-making process and to sample some of their wines.
Nearby campsite: Okanagan Lake Provincial Park
- Osoyoos Desert Centre
- Views of Okanagan Lake
Day 4: Summerland to Kelowna (50 km)
In Summerland, you can travel on the last remaining section of the historic Kettle Valley Railway, built between 1910 – 1915. During the 90-minute journey, you will travel on a restored steam locomotive as it rolls through the picturesque Prairie Valley dotted with orchards, vineyards and fields of green.
The train journey continues onto the Trout Creek Bridge with a stunning view of Okanagan Lake and the canyon below. This train journey operates on selected days of the week only, so be sure to plan ahead! After the train journey is over you will head back to your RV for the short drive to Kelowna.
- Historic train journey
- Spectacular views of the Okanagan
Day 5: Kelowna (50 km)
A very scenic portion of the former Kettle Valley Railway runs along the steep-walled Myra Canyon near Kelowna. Originally built by hand at the turn of the last century, this impressive landmark is highlighted by 2 tunnels and 18 trestle bridges that are too spectacular for words.
- Watersports on Okanagan Lake
- Visit multiple wineries
- Myra Canyon
Day 6: Kelowna to Kentucky Lake (100 km)
Today will be another short driving day, ending with spectacular views at one of BC’s little-known gems! Travel through cattle country and rolling grasslands along the Okanagan Connector to arrive at the sparkling turquoise waters of Kentucky Lake.
Here you will feel like you are in the Caribbean without even leaving British Columbia! From the newly developed campsite, it is a short walk to the nearby Alleyne Lake.
Nearby campsite: Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park
- Views of Okanagan Lake
- Spectacular Kentucky Lake
Day 7: Kentucky Lake to Harrison Hot Springs (200 km)
This morning it is just a short drive to Merritt, located in the heart of the Nicola Valley, and known as the country music capital of Canada. The town is also famous for its murals depicting famous country music singers from across North America.
Day 8: Harrison Hot Springs to Vancouver (125 km)
Depart Harrison Hot Springs in the morning and return your rental RV to Fraserway RV before 11:30 in the morning.
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