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.

The Crowsnest Highway

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.

Nearby campsites: Lightning Lake or Hampton Campground 

Highlights

  • Downtown Hope
  • Coquihalla Summit
  • Manning Park
C-Class motorhome parked at the campground

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.

Nearby campsites: Nk’Mip RV Park or Brookvale Holiday Resort

Highlights

  • Hedley
  • Fruit stands
  • Osoyoos

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.

Sunset in the Okanagan Valley

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

Highlights

  • Osoyoos Desert Centre
  • Views of Okanagan Lake 
Travel on a steam train on the historic Kettle Valley Railway

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.

Nearby campsites: Bear Creek Provincial Park or Orchard Hill RV Park

 

Highlights

  • 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.

Aerial view of Okanagan Lake

You can either rent a bike or explore part of the trail on foot. If relaxing by the lake is more your thing, you can enjoy the day on one of the many beaches along Okanagan Lake instead.

Nearby campsites: Bear Creek Provincial Park or Orchard Hill RV Park

Highlights

  • Watersports on Okanagan Lake
  • Visit multiple wineries
  • Myra Canyon
Fruit picking in the Okanagan

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

Highlights

  • 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.

Country music murals in Merritt, BC

Arrive at Harrison Hot Springs in the afternoon to enjoy some time at the lake or relax at the Hot Springs Resort for the last evening of your trip.

Nearby campsites: Harrison Springs RV Park or Hicks Lake 

Highlights

  • Murals in Merritt
  • Visit the Harrison Hot Springs 
Sightseeing tour on Harrison Lake

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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