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Riding Route: Enderby to Revelstoke - Hwy 97 and Hwy 1

Updated: Jul 14, 2013
Submitted by: BC-Rider
Country: Canada
Province: BC
Region: Okanagan Shuswap
Route types: Secondary Highway, Freeway or Major Highway, Paved Backroad
Riding Surface: Pavement (100%)
Most Suitable For: Street Bike
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Summary

Enderby to Sicamous via Hwy 97 - Enderby, Mara Lake, then Hwy 1 to Revelstoke. Some nice riding along Mara Lake and through Three Valley Gap. Narrows at Sicamous. Back roads around Enderby.

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The route follows Highway 97 to Sicamous, then Highway 1 to Revelstoke.

There is a nice little park / rest area on the east side of Enderby next to the Shuswap River. Turn east at the traffic light (Cliff Ave. which becomes Enderby Mabel Lake Road), and then turn south just before the bridge. It’s a nice ride to Mabel Lake if you have the time.

Highway 97 begins to get more interesting north of Enderby. The highway crosses over the pretty Shuswap River in Grindrod. North of Grindrod the road becomes twistier. There are sections between Grindrod and Sicamous that will have you grinning, at least if you don’t get stuck behind a slow moving transport truck or motor home. This portion of the highway is the highlight of the route. The highway runs along Mara Lake, and there is public lake access in a few spots including a provincial park and a rest area. Mara Lake is a good swimming lake in the summer. There are a number of resorts along Mara Lake; it’s a prime summer vacation area, and unfortunately that can mean a lot of traffic. You may want to time your ride for earlier in the morning or early evening (before dark). Update July 14, 2013: almost the entire section of highway between Grindrod and Sicamous has been repaved.

If you have time, stop at the narrows in Sicamous. This is a short section of waterway joining Mara Lake and Shuswap Lake. There is free parking and a nice park. There is a lot of boat traffic in the area. Sicamous marks the end of Highway 97. From here the route travels along Highway 1 to Revelstoke, about 70 km northeast. Expect a lot of traffic as this is a major highway / freeway, but it’s not always busy. There are some nice corners along the way, but most of the highway consists of straights and more gentle curves. There is some nice scenery including mountain and lake views, especially around Three Valley Gap, a narrow series of valleys. Once you reach Revelstoke, check your fuel because the next services are quite a distance away.

Vernon to Enderby

Highway 97 between Vernon and Armstrong is four lanes and is rather boring. It travels along a valley past orchards and a Swan Lake (near Vernon), farm lands, and light industry and past a saw mill. There are some residential subdivisions as well. There some mildly scenic areas, but nothing spectacular. The highway narrows to two lanes just north of Armstrong. The traffic can be heavy in the summer months as a lot of people travel to the Okanagan for vacation. The road is mostly straight between Armstrong and Enderby.

There are a number of country roads in the region that are more enjoyable to ride than the highway – far less traffic and more corners. Open up Google Maps for Armstrong BC and look for: Otter Lake Road, Sleepy Hollow Road and Deep Creek Road, Canyon Road, Back Enderby Road and Enderby Grindrod Road. The latter two are east of the highway and the others are on the west side. The north end of Canyon Road is quite entertaining on a motorcycle as there are some real nice corners, but they don’t last long (a few km). The best part of Sleepy Hollow Road isn’t that long either, but it still worth riding. Deep Creek Road is probably my favorite of the bunch as it’s fairly long, there is little traffic, is scenic and has a fair number of decent corners. Back Enderby Road consists mostly of straight sections with some hills connected by ninety degree corners. It travels through farmland, and is a pleasant and relaxing ride.


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