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Vernon to Princeton - Best Route?

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Vernon to Princeton - Best Route?

Will be travelling from Vernon to Princeton and have all day to do it. Was wondering if the best option is via Kelowna and Aspen Grove or via Kelowna and Penticton and highway 3A and highway 3.

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St. John's, Canada
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1. Re: Vernon to Princeton - Best Route?

There are more towns to stop on the route via Penticton, we like driving along Okanagan Lake. We went as far as Keremeos last week and saw the historic Grist Mill and gardens there. The 3A begins at Kaleden (nice small town) south of Penticton.

Penticton, Canada
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2. Re: Vernon to Princeton - Best Route?

The route via 97C and turn off at Aspen Grove is quite boring. - Did that one about 15 yrs ago as a Sunday drive , never been back.

As you are starting in Vernon there are all kind of things to do in Kelowna including the Myra Canyon Trestles that could take half a day if you rent bicycles at the head of the trail.

Then going south from Kelowna you have all the following that could keep you busy fro a while so you will have to choose; like a detour into Summerland to see if the Steam Train is running

then in Penticton you can turn left after Doc Golf driving range and follow the waterfront to the Peach https://flic.kr/p/Ua3QMD and if a Saturday morning you will find an open air market that is worth a visit.

South to Skaha Lake to get to the turn off to 3A in Kaleden

but if you have a really long day; based on sunset times; and want to see where they are looking for Radio Signals from distant space you can detour to White Lake and also see a desert. (the latter is rural area so you will feel a bit of where is he sending me (-: but look for sign to Twin Lakes to get out back on 3A.

Then in Keremeos the Grist Mill has installed a new water wheel this year. https://flic.kr/p/W113Bq

Keremeos is where the fruit stands are located on the highway - your gps will try to get you to follow the bypass around the village but worth going in- do not go to the first one as price tend to be higher. Lasser's is the one we started going to this year.

in Hedley if you stop in the village for 5 minutes you can see the old buildings hanging off the side of the mountain from the mining days. (east side)

Bromley Rock is a rest stop and washrooms if needed. https://goo.gl/maps/TTVEnmq2oPS2

Kelowna, Canada
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3. Re: Vernon to Princeton - Best Route?

Hey Les B, it’s Theresa from the Thompson Okanagan Connector Visitor Centre.

The route from Vernon to Princeton via Kelowna, Penticton and Keremeos is a scenic one. In addition to janidd’s and cbaarch’s great recommendations, we would like to provide you with a few further suggestions.

First you will be driving along beautiful Kalamalka and Wood Lake until you get into Kelowna where you could stroll along the boardwalk or check out one of the various coffee shops and restaurants along Bernard Ave.

From Kelowna you will be driving along Okanagan Lake until you reach Penticton. You could take a small detour to the Naramata Bench (http://www.discovernaramata.com/wineries/) for a local wine tasting with a view.

After that you can either take Hwy 3A towards Keremeos or you can even go further south through Oliver (called the Wine Capital of Canada) and Osoyoos (Canada’s only pocket desert). Stop by the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre (http://www.nkmipdesert.com/) to take a break from driving and learn about the history of the Osoyoos Indian Band and their land.

Then take Hwy 3 through Cawston (called the Organic Capital of Canada). Make sure to stop by one of the Similkameen Valley’s amazing wineries (https://similkameenvalley.com/food/wine/) and try some delicious fruits and vegetables at one of Keremeos’ various fruit stands.

The small community of Hedley is great to go for a walk around its historic buildings.

Once you arrive in Princeton, stop by Thomasinas (https://www.facebook.com/ThomasinaShoppe/) for a refreshment after the long drive.

Please let us know if we can provide you with any further information.

Otherwise, enjoy your road trip!

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4. Re: Vernon to Princeton - Best Route?

" The small community of Hedley is great to go for a walk around its historic buildings. "

I do not think so - you might go for a drive so you can get a better glimpse of the mining buildings hanging on the mountain face but definitely not a nice walk.

Kelowna, Canada
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5. Re: Vernon to Princeton - Best Route?

We didn’t mean the mining buildings. There are some great old buildings directly in town, all in walking distance: Hedley Trading Post, the Heritage Museum, the Hedley Country Market or the Hedley Inn & Hostel.

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