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 Lac du Bois grasslands

(Andrew Strain)

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Gold Country Loop

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3 to 7 days, 411.98 km (255.99 mi)

Hat Creek Ranch, Cache Creek (Blake Jorgenson)
Hat Creek Ranch, Cache Creek (Blake Jorgenson)

Head back in time as you drive through the golden grasslands and semi-arid landscape of the Thompson and Nicola Valleys. Find adventure as you discover the shores of glacial lakes in cowboy country or gaze at hoodoos formed from ancient volcanic rock.

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BC Wildlife Park (Meghan Reading)
Part 1
Vernon to Kamloops

117.80 km - about 1 hours 25 min

From Vernon, head 117 km (73 mi) westbound toward Kamloops. You’ll drive through the charming communities of Falkland and Monte Creek before arriving in Kamloops, BC’s first bee city. Be sure to visit Clover, the Kermode Bear, at BC Wildlife Park, or step back in time at Historic O’Keefe Ranch. If you have time to explore, take a stroll through the Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area where you’ll find canyons and secret ponds.

Kamloops Lake/pullover between Kamloops and Savona (Meghan Reading)
Part 2
Kamloops to Cache Creek

82.70 km - about 0 hours 58 min

As you continue west along Route 97 (also the Trans-Canada Highway throughout this section), you’ll drive through the semi-arid landscape of this area. As you head toward Savona, pull into a viewing area for a look at Kamloops Lake. When you reach Cache Creek, be sure to check out the Historic Hat Creek Ranch, where you can experience life as it was during the Gold Rush days.

Logan Lake (Kelly Tuohey)
Part 3
Cache Creek – Merritt

114.32 km - about 1 hours 24 min

Take Highway 1 south toward Spences Bridge, then head east on Highway 8 toward Merritt. If you have time, explore Gold Country’s ranching history while hunting for treasure. Geocaching combines outdoor adventure with a unique learning environment as you discover details about each site. With 142 caches in Gold Country alone, there are countless hours of exploratory fun for the family.

Quilchena Hotel (Meghan Reading)
Part 4
Quilchena Hotel

22.99 km - about 0 hours 20 min

Located approximately 20 minutes east of Merritt is the historic Quilchena Hotel. This turn-of-the-century boutique hotel was built in 1908 by a group of brothers who moved to the area to ranch. Enjoy a locally-sourced meal in an authentic saloon, a little golf, or stay in the unique accommodation. Famous first-class bandit Billy Miner is said to have been captured in the area, and the cowboy atmosphere will take you back in time.

Merritt (Meghan Reading)
Part 5
Merritt to Kamloops

74.17 km - about 1 hours 2 min

From Merritt, head north along Highway 5A for a scenic route back to Kamloops. At 97.5 km (60.5 mi), it’s a slightly longer journey than Highway 5, but as it winds by several lakes and ranchland, the view will be worth it. 

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Driving Directions

Part 1 - Vernon to Kamloops - 117.80 km - about 1 hours 25 min
1.

Head north on 32 St/Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 N toward 33 AveContinue to follow Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 N

9.02 km
2.

Turn right onto the British Columbia 97 N ramp to Kamloops

0.34 km
3.

Turn left onto BC-97 N (signs for Kamloops)

79.09 km
4.

Keep left at the fork, follow signs for British Columbia 1 W/Trans-Canada Highway W/Kamloops and merge onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W/BC-97 N

25.92 km
5.

Take the exit toward BC-1/City Center

0.42 km
6.

Continue onto Battle St

0.43 km
7.

Turn right to stay on Battle St

0.48 km
8.

Battle St turns slightly right and becomes Victoria St

0.62 km
9.

Slight right onto Lansdowne St

1.36 km
10.

Turn left at Lorne St W

0.03 km
11.

Turn left onto Victoria St

0.08 km
Part 2 - Kamloops to Cache Creek - 82.70 km - about 0 hours 58 min
1.

Head east on Victoria St toward 2 Ave

0.09 km
2.

Turn right onto 2 Ave

0.20 km
3.

Turn right onto St Paul St

0.17 km
4.

Turn left onto 1 Ave

0.35 km
5.

Turn right onto Columbia St W

2.11 km
6.

Take the BC-1 W/Trans Canada Highway/BC-5 S ramp

0.57 km
7.

Merge onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W/BC-5 S/BC-97 N

7.28 km
8.

Take exit 362 for Trans Canada Highway/BC-1 W/BC-97 N toward Cache Creek/Prince George/BC-99 S/Lillooet/Lytton

0.84 km
9.

Merge onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W/BC-97 NContinue to follow Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W

71.03 km
10.

Turn right onto Quartz RdDestination will be on the left

0.07 km
Part 3 - Cache Creek – Merritt - 114.32 km - about 1 hours 24 min
1.

Head southeast on Quartz Rd toward Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W/BC-97 N

0.07 km
2.

Turn right onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W/BC-97 N

0.29 km
3.

Turn left onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W/BC-97C (signs for Hope/Vancouver/Trans-Canada Highway)

4.13 km
4.

Turn left onto Highland Valley Rd/BC-97C (signs for Ashcroft/Logan lake/Merritt)Continue to follow BC-97C

62.98 km
5.

Turn right onto Mamit Lake Rd/BC-97C (signs for Merritt)Continue to follow BC-97CDestination will be on the left

46.85 km
Part 4 - Quilchena Hotel - 22.99 km - about 0 hours 20 min
1.

Head northwest on Merritt - Spences Bridge Hwy/Nicola Ave/Princeton-Kamloops Hwy/BC-5A/BC-97C toward Nicola Ave/Princeton-Kamloops Hwy/BC-5A/BC-97C

0.18 km
2.

Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Princeton-Kamloops Hwy/Voght St/BC-5A (signs for Quilchena/Kamloops/British Columbia 5A N/BC-5 N/Yellowhead Highway)Continue to follow Princeton-Kamloops Hwy/BC-5A

22.80 km
3.

Turn right onto Planet Mine RdDestination will be on the right

0.02 km
Part 5 - Merritt to Kamloops - 74.17 km - about 1 hours 2 min
1.

Head west on Planet Mine Rd toward Princeton-Kamloops Hwy/BC-5A

0.02 km
2.

Turn right onto Princeton-Kamloops Hwy/BC-5A

69.53 km
3.

Slight right onto the Trans Canada Highway/BC-5 N/Yellowhead Highway ramp to City Centre/Salmon Arm

0.36 km
4.

Merge onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 E/BC-5 N/BC-97 S

0.58 km
5.

Take exit 369 for Columbia Street toward City Center

0.68 km
6.

Continue onto Columbia St W (signs for Hillside Cemetery)

2.48 km
7.

Turn left onto 3 Ave

0.45 km
8.

Turn leftDestination will be on the right

0.05 km