A road trip for the ultimate thrill seeker, the Monashee Loop is an all-season playground where majestic mountains and glistening lakes provide a flawless setting for boundless adventure.
Head north from Vernon on Route 97, then take BC-97A approximately 23 km (14.5 mi) to the charming city of Armstrong. Here you’ll find an array of antique stores, an outdoor theatre and handcrafted artisanal cheese. Continue onward through Enderby, where the Shuswap meets the Okanagan. When you reach Sicamous, connect with the Trans Canada Highway and take it eastbound 72.7 km (45.2 mi) toward Revelstoke, home of Mount Revelstoke National Park.
When you’re ready to depart this year-round mountain community, head south on Highway 23 and let the river and soaring mountains lead the way. Approximately 52 km (32.3 mi) into your journey, you’ll reach Shelter Bay where you’ll board the Upper Arrow Lake ferry that will carry you south toward Nakusp. In Nakusp, unwind and relax in natural hot springs as you breathe in the natural beauty of the West Kootenay Rockies.
From there, take Highway 6 south along the water's edge to Fauquier to catch the Needles Cable Ferry. A 5-minute journey across Lower Arrow Lake will connect you back to BC-6 where you’ll continue 135 km (84 mi) west toward the North Okanagan city of Vernon. Along the way, be sure to stop in the agricultural communities of Cherryville and Lumby where outdoor recreation is endless at the foothills of the Monashee Mountains. Once in Vernon, head up to SilverStar Mountain Resort, an accessible destination that everyone can enjoy throughout the year.
NOT TO BE MISSED
Provincial Park offers sweeping views of the Shuswap and Okanagan Valleys against volcanic rock as cliffs tower 850 metres (2,788 feet) above the valley floor.
is nestled amongst the lush interior rainforest of Monashee Provincial Park. Approximately 70 km (43.5 mi) from Lumby, two viewing platforms allow for unobstructed views of the waterfall.
are rustic, natural hot springs located approximately 37 km (23 mi) north of Nakusp. They can be accessed via a logging road parallel to the Halfway River and a well-worn, steep trail. This is an ideal setting for those looking for a rugged wilderness experience.
KEY ANNUAL EVENTS
Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) (Armstrong, September)
Grindrod Garlic Festival (Grindrod, August)
Caravan Farm Theatre Winter Sleigh Ride Show (Armstrong, December, January)