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White Lake-Okanagan Falls

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White Lake-Okanagan Falls

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A few hours, 42.81 km (26.60 mi)

View of Okanagan Lake (JF Bergeron photo)
View of Okanagan Lake (JF Bergeron photo)

This circular route begins in Oliver and includes science and nature, arts and wine. Look for bighorn sheep on the cliffs and bring a pair of binoculars to spot birds in Vaseaux Lake Provincial Park. Pick up a bottle of wine from a local vineyard, and cool off with an ice cream in Okanagan Falls.

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Grasslands near Oliver, JF Bergeron photo
Part 1
North from Oliver

21.23 km - about 0 hours 28 min

Take Highway 97 north from Oliver and turn west on Seacrest Hill Road. Continue through farm and rangeland to the hamlet of Willowbrook for a look at the nature-themed art of John Salsnek in his Paw Prints Studio & Gallery, then turn north onto White Lake Road and head through the antelope brush scrubland and ponderosa pine parkland for an experience that is out of this world.

Part 2
Astrophysical Observatory

0.00 km - about 0 hours 0 min

The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory hosts an ultra-high-tech array of radio telescopes tuned to capture the sounds of the universe. The largest such observatory in Canada, this site is on the cutting edge of scientific research. Take the self-guided tour at the visitor centre on weekdays year round. Guided tours are available on weekends during the summer. Completely boggled, follow White Lake Road to Highway 97 and turn south.

Okanagan Falls and Skaha Lake, Don Weixl photo
Part 3
Okanagan Falls and Corkscrew Drive

6.41 km - about 0 hours 5 min

Okanagan Falls, once home of stockyards where cattle were collected for shipment, is unusual for the number of buildings that were moved there. Fourteen of the homes in town were trucked from the Copper Mountain mine site in the 1950s while Bassett House, now part of the town's museum complex, was a 1906 catalogue mail order. Manufactured in Winnipeg, the pieces were transported by rail, sternwheeler and horse cart before being assembled in OK Falls.

Antique and collectibles buffs head for the shops on Highway 97 or visit on weekends when the Okanagan Falls Flea Market is in full swing. Wine lovers detour to wineries on the Corkscrew Drive circuit. And everybody can do what locals do and stop for ice cream at Tickleberry's. Continue south to Vaseux Lake Provincial Park.

Bighorn Sheep
Part 4
Vaseux Lake Provincial Park and Return to Oliver

15.17 km - about 0 hours 13 min

Once at Vaseux Lake Provincial Park, take the boardwalk to the bird blind and tower in the wetlands. Keep an eye out for bighorn sheep on the surrounding cliffs. The final landmark on the return to Oliver is 250m/820ft McIntyre Bluff, which marks the farthest extremity of the Great Basin Desert and signals the transition to the antelope brush shrub-steppe ecosystem of the South Okanagan. First Nations pictographs are also found in this area.

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Driving Directions

Part 1 - North from Oliver - 21.23 km - about 0 hours 28 min
1.

Head southwest on Fairview Rd

0.07 km
2.

Turn right onto Main St

1.59 km
3.

Continue onto BC-97 NDestination will be on the right

0.73 km
4.

Head north on BC-97 N toward Bettison Rd

3.23 km
5.

Turn left onto Secrest Hill Rd

0.79 km
6.

Head north on Secrest Hill Rd toward Covert Pl

0.55 km
7.

Turn left to stay on Secrest Hill Rd

2.57 km
8.

Continue onto Willowbrook RdDestination will be on the left

4.15 km
9.

Head north on Willowbrook Rd toward Green Lake Rd

7.47 km
10.

Turn right onto White Lake RdDestination will be on the right

0.09 km
Part 2 - Astrophysical Observatory - 0.00 km - about 0 hours 0 min
1.

Head east on White Lake Rd toward St Andrews DrDestination will be on the right

7.77 km
2.

Head northeast on White Lake Rd

0.03 km
3.

Turn right toward BC-3 Alt S/BC-97 S

0.02 km
4.

Turn right onto BC-3 Alt S/BC-97 SDestination will be on the right

4.78 km
Part 3 - Okanagan Falls and Corkscrew Drive - 6.41 km - about 0 hours 5 min
1.

Head east on 9 Ave/BC-97 S toward Cedar St

0.39 km
2.

Turn right onto Main St/BC-97 S (signs for Osoyoos)Continue to follow BC-97 SDestination will be on the right

6.02 km
1.

Head south on BC-97 S toward Vaseaux Lake Crescent

13.47 km
2.

Continue onto Main St

1.58 km
3.

Turn left onto Fairview Rd

0.12 km