Being born and raised in the Okanagan, I happen to think that it’s the best place on earth 😉 Of all the places I’ve traveled, nothing gets me as excited as putting my feet back on Okanagan soil. There’s really no place like home!
The Okanagan is known for its world class wineries, summer and winter sports, beaches, golf courses, fruit and so much more. You’ll find all sorts of fun adventures all year round.
The Okanagan consists of three regions. The South Okanagan, Central Okanagan and the North Okanagan.
In the South Okanagan, you will find Osoyoos, Oliver, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton and Summerland.
In Central Okanagan, you will find Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, and Lake Country (includes Winfield, Oyama, Carrs Landing and Okanagan Centre)
The North Okanagan includes Vernon, Coldstream, Lavington, Lumby, Armstrong and Enderby.
Getting to the Okanagan:
There are several ways to travel into the Okanagan. One of the best ways is by vehicle on one of the many beautiful BC Highways. If you’re looking for specific directions, Google Maps will lead you 🙂
- Highway 1: Also known as the Trans Canada Highway. This major highway enters the Okanagan region through the Fraser and Thompson Canyons from Vancouver in the west. It also enters the region from Alberta and the Kootenays to the east.
- Highway 5 The Coquihalla Highway. This is the quickest route from the Vancouver area.
- Highway 97C Also known as The Connector, this is the highway that links Highway 5 near Merrit, BC to Highway 97 between West Kelowna, BC and Peachland, BC.
- Highway 97: This is the highway that runs the entire length of the Okanagan Valley. It connects with US Route 97 which begins in Northern California.
- Highway 3 Also known as the Hope-Princeton Highway. At Hope, BC this highway branches off of Highway 1 from the Vancouver region. This scenic route winds it way through valleys until it connects with Highway 97 and heads north to Penticton.
Travel by air:
Kelowna International Airport is the main airport that serves the Okanagan. It’s located just off of Highway 97 and is about a 20 minute drive to Kelowna, BC.
These are the airlines that serve Kelowna International airport:
- Air Canada
- Air Transat
- Air North
- Central Mountain Air
- Alaska Airlines
- Pacific Coastal Airlines
- North Western Air Lease
The Penticton Regional Airport is a smaller airport located in Penticton, BC. Air Canada Jazz is the airline that serves this airport and has 4 flights daily coming in from Vancouver International Airport.
The opportunities for fun in the Okanagan are endless. My hope with Frugal Okanagan, is that you’ll find the perfect attractions, events, places to eat and stay that will make your vacation to the Okanagan a trip to remember. Or even if you’re a resident, you’ll fall more in love with the place you call home!
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