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Route from Whistler to Kelowna

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Route from Whistler to Kelowna

We are travelling from UK in August and would be grateful for best route from Whistler to Kelowna. We were planning to go to Kamloops, Vernon then south to Kelowna, but looking at a map wonder if we should head from Whistler to Merritt then across. Journey is planned for one day so time scale would also be appreciated. Thank you in advance for help.

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Whistler
Whistler
British Columbia, Canada
Kelowna
Kelowna
Okanagan Valley, Canada
Kamloops
Kamloops
British Columbia, Canada
Vernon
Vernon
Okanagan Valley, Canada
Kamloops, Canada
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1. Re: Route from Whistler to Kelowna

Virtually no time difference in going from Kamloops-Vernon-Kelowna or Kamloops-Merritt-Kelowna.

One other route does exist but it would be a slower route(Whistler-Cache Creek-Spence's Bridge{highway#8}-Merritt-Kelowna).

One potential time saver is where you are going to in Kelowna. If you are on the west side of Okanagan Lake then take the Kamloops-Merritt route. If you are going to the east side of Kelowna then the Kamloops-Vernon route is the quickest. Kelowna city center then it does't really matter.

Expect a lot of summer tourist traffic, especially on the weekend. August 7th is a BC holiday and that weekend will be nuts with traffic.

www.drivebc.ca/map.jsp…

Here is a link to BC roads, just click on the applicable area of the province and you will get updated road reports on any road issues. Pretty current data.

Enjoy your stay in our province.

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Kamloops
Kamloops
British Columbia, Canada
Vernon
Vernon
Okanagan Valley, Canada
Kelowna
Kelowna
Okanagan Valley, Canada
Okanagan Valley
Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
Vancouver, Canada
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2. Re: Route from Whistler to Kelowna

HWY 99 North from Whistler, via Lillooet, across to Cache Creek HWY 1. Head to Kamloops via Savona, HWY(& , into Kamloops. From Kamloops, head south to Vernon and finally into Kelowna. This is a longer option time wise, but more scenic.

If you want to get there quickly, do your Merrit HWY 99-1-5, HWY 97C to Kelowna

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Whistler
Whistler
British Columbia, Canada
Kamloops
Kamloops
British Columbia, Canada
Vernon
Vernon
Okanagan Valley, Canada
Kelowna
Kelowna
Okanagan Valley, Canada
Whistler
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3. Re: Route from Whistler to Kelowna

total time should be around 6-8hrs from whistler...agreed with last post on routes. drive carefully!