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Looking for Directions: Vernon to Vancouver

Old 02-23-2009, 03:40 PM
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Looking for Directions: Vernon to Vancouver

Hey folks,

I'm starting to plan a summer road trip/camping trip. It will likely be during the first week of July (Canada day holiday.)

I'm thinking the stop will be in Vernon for a couple of nights and then off to Vancouver. I'd like some input on the best way to get to Vancouver from Vernon.

Mapquest tells me it is quickest to take the 97c to highway 5 and then to Hope and the 1. I've never been through this way. What is the 97c?

We've typically taken the 5 all the way from Kamloops. Would it be quicker or better to head back to Kamloops from Vernon instead of taking the 97c?

Thanks folks!
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:31 PM
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If your already in Vernon heading to Vancouver it is better to take the 97c it is 4 lanes most of the way if I remember correctly. 97c is the main freeway from Vancouver/Merritt to Kelowna so its traveled a lot. Plus this way you can stop into Kelowna to if ya want.
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Old 02-23-2009, 09:26 PM
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I figured that the 97c would be a main route but I wasn't sure if it was a two lane or four lane highway. I imagine that route will be pretty busy during the Canada day holiday week.
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It shouldn't be that bad at all. You wont really see heavy traffic till you get into the city and that will all depend on the day and time. You have a specific destination in Vancouver your heading too?
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:59 AM
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I don't have a specific plan for Vancouver yet. I remember staying at a campground near the north end of the lions gate bridge many, many years ago. I don't know if that is still around or not. We've also previously stayed at a campground in Burnaby. But I remember it being close to the train track and hearing the trains running by in the evening.

We've decided to skip the Okanagon this year and head down to Osoyoos instead for 5 nights. After that we're heading to Vancouver for 2 or 3 nights.

Should be a good time.
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Sweet Osoyoos is nice, my dad lives in that area right off the water. I recommend taking Highway 3 from Osoyoos to Vancouver, its a nice scenic route.
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