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Old 05-13-2017, 10:30 AM   #1
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Route home from Osoyoos-which is best?

I was planning to do Osoyoos to Whidbey via 3 but I had also planned to visit a friend in Kelowna on Friday, and she can't get off work that day. So now I'm thinking of meeting her in Penticton on Sunday. According to Googlemaps that adds only 48 minutes to the trip home. (Other than stop/visit time.)

My question- is there any reason other than time that makes this route worse? Or better? I've driven the Penticton to Sumas part before but not 3.
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Old 05-13-2017, 12:13 PM   #2
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Penticton to Sumas uses highway 3A from Penticton to Keremeos where it joins 3. You should have no issues, both are very nice drives.
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Actually I figured out it isn't Penticton, I'd be going up to Peachland so hitting 97A there. I guess I need to edit the original post!

Missed the edit window by 1 minute (while I was typing, apparently) so can't edit. How's 97A compare?
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You probably meant 97C, also called the Coquihalla Connector, from Peachland to Merritt?
The road is a great 4 lane divided highway. It initially climbs to higher elevations out of Peachland.
From Merritt you then take 5, The Coquihalla, south to the Fraser Valley and Sumas.
97C and 5 is a great route, lots of climbing and descending but you should have no problems pulling your very nice 15A. 3 has lots of climbing and descending as well as you know.

There is a 97A but it is further north from Peachland. It connects Vernon to Highway 1 at Sicamous.

Driving 97C and 5 south is probably easier to do because of the 4 lane divided freeway type driving as compared to 3. 97C and 5 may be a longer distance but faster drive as you are not slowed by being unable to pass at times and having to pass through a number of small towns on 3. You can also drive slower and enjoy the views without impeding other traffic should you desire.

Another advantage is that you get to see other parts of BC being as you have previously driven 3.
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I previously drove 97C. But as I recall it was nice, and yes, I'd like to have four lanes where possible when towing. Sounds good- hopefully that will work out for my friend. Thanks.
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