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Armstrong Nature and History

View of Spallumcheen Valley from Mount Rose

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Armstrong Nature and History

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A few hours, 34.82 km (21.64 mi)

Downtown Armstrong (Picture BC photo)
Downtown Armstrong (Picture BC photo)

Start in Armstrong, and head out along country roads to spot horses and cattle in open grassland. Pick a pumpkin, stop in at Historic O'Keefe Ranch, and wander along wetland trails.

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Armstrong country road, Picture BC photo
Part 1
Armstrong Farm Country

13.31 km - about 0 hours 19 min

Take Otter Lake Road southwest from Armstrong. Pass through farm country with horses and cattle grazing in lush green pastures and smell new mown hay. Watch for fields of pink echinacea in summer and the wetlands surrounding Otter Lake. In autumn, make a side-trip on St. Anne's road and pick a bright orange jack-o'-lantern-to-be at The Pumpkin Patch. Continue on through woodlands and grasslands to Highway 97.

Historic O'Keefe Ranch, JF Bergeron photo
Part 2
Historic O'Keefe Ranch

0.41 km - about 0 hours 1 min

Turn north and drive a short distance to Historic O'Keefe Ranch. Stop here for an up-close and personal look at the history of cattle ranching in the valley beginning in the 1860s. See artisans at work, tour the historic buildings and see heritage breed cattle and sheep. If the timing is right, there'll be a rodeo in the corral or a cowboy dinner in full swing.

Part 3
Thomas Hayes Ecological Reserve

21.10 km - about 0 hours 33 min

Continue on to Highway 97A, circling back north toward Armstrong. Turn west at Otter Lake Cross Road to Thomas Hayes Road. Park at the Thomas Hayes Ecological Reserve and walk the wetland trails. Return to Otter Lake Cross Road, turn north and reconnect with Otter Lake Road for the run back to Armstrong.

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Driving Directions

Part 1 - Armstrong Farm Country - 13.31 km - about 0 hours 19 min
1.

Head west on Pleasant Valley Rd toward Bridge St

0.26 km
2.

Take the 2nd right onto Park Dr

0.36 km
3.

Turn right onto Adair St

0.23 km
4.

Turn left onto Wood Ave

0.56 km
5.

Turn left onto Fraser Rd

0.65 km
6.

Continue onto Otter Lake RdDestination will be on the right

0.10 km
7.

Head southwest on Otter Lake Rd toward MacDonald Rd

4.47 km
8.

Turn left to stay on Otter Lake Rd

5.60 km
9.

Turn left onto St Annes Rd

1.08 km
10.

Turn right onto BC-97 N

0.02 km
Part 2 - Historic O'Keefe Ranch - 0.41 km - about 0 hours 1 min
1.

Head northeast on BC-97 S toward St Annes Rd

0.41 km
Part 3 - Thomas Hayes Ecological Reserve - 21.10 km - about 0 hours 33 min
1.

Head west on BC-97 N toward St Annes Rd

0.40 km
2.

Turn right onto St Annes Rd (signs for Saint Annes Road)

1.08 km
3.

Take the 1st right onto Otter Lake Rd

5.60 km
4.

Turn right to stay on Otter Lake Rd

2.13 km
5.

Turn right onto Otter Lake Crossing Rd

0.53 km
6.

Take the 1st right to stay on Otter Lake Crossing Rd

1.64 km
7.

Take the 2nd right onto Hales Rd

0.81 km
8.

Turn left onto Thomas Hayes RdDestination will be on the right

0.62 km
9.

Head north on Thomas Hayes Rd toward Hales Rd

0.62 km
10.

Take the 1st right onto Hales Rd

0.81 km
11.

Turn left onto Otter Lake Crossing Rd

1.64 km
12.

Turn left to stay on Otter Lake Crossing RdDestination will be on the left

0.35 km
13.

Head west on Otter Lake Crossing Rd toward Otter Lake Rd

0.18 km
14.

Take the 1st right onto Otter Lake Rd

2.43 km
15.

Continue onto Fraser Rd

0.65 km
16.

Turn right onto Wood Ave

1.31 km
17.

Turn right onto Okanagan St

0.10 km
18.

Take the 1st right onto Pleasant Valley RdDestination will be on the left

0.21 km