Transportation & Maps
Vernon is the hub of an excellent road transportation network.
Highway 97 runs through the city and continues south through the Okanagan Valley into Washington State. To the north, it intersects with the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) at Kamloops, while Highway 97A meets the Trans-Canada at Sicamous. Both routes provide easy access to Vancouver and Calgary. Highway 6 runs east to the Kootenay Rockies region from downtown Vernon.
Car Travel and Rentals
Road conditions at higher elevations can be treacherous even when excellent in the valley. Winter tires or chains are a requirement on some roads from October 1 to April 30. Silver Star Road from Tillicum Road to Silver Star Mountain Resort has this requirement – going beyond a certain point without the proper equipment may lead to a fine. Four-wheel or all-wheel-drive vehicles are best suited for rugged backcountry travel.
Rental cars are available at several locations downtown and at the Kelowna International Airport.