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Getting to Kelowna

Blog by | June 27th, 2007



Kelowna enjoys convenient air connections with major Canadian and US airlines and highways between Canada’s western provinces and the states of Washington, Idaho, and Montana make Kelowna a popular drive destination as well.


Kelowna International Airport is the third busiest airport in British Columbia and the 11th busiest in Canada. A 76,000-square-foot terminal building includes as international arrivals area with 24-hour customs facilities, a business centre, a duty free shop, a wine shop, car rental agencies and food and beverage facilities.


Air Canada, Regional One, Horizon Air, Carson Air and WestJet Airlines operate more than 30 departures a day with non-stop service available to Vancouver, Abbotsford, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Seattle (four per day) and Toronto.


Rental cars are easily accessible and Greyhound Lines of Canada has bus routes through Kelowna from many western Canadian and US destinations. The 395 km (237 miles) drive from Vancouver, British Columbia to Kelowna takes approximately four hours via Highway 97C, ``the Coquihalla Connector``. The drive from Calgary, Alberta, via the Rocky Mountains, along the Trans-Canada Highway 1, is a journey of 602 km (361 miles) and takes approximately seven hours.


The distance from Seattle, Washington to Kelowna is 504 km (313 miles) and takes 6 hours by car via Washington`s Interstate 5 (I-5). The trip from Spokane, Washington to Kelowna is 408 km (245 miles) and takes approximately five hours.


Situated midway between Vancouver and Calgary, Kelowna is the gateway to British Columbia`s Okanagan Valley and is home to the southern interior`s only international airport.