What a beautiful city Kelowna is, especially in the summer. It’s no wonder we get so many visitors this time of year! The tourists, returning snowbirds and longer evenings give the city a certain buzz during the warmer months and we love it.
But while it is nice to see the city come alive, one thing I don’t think any of us enjoy is the increased traffic on Kelowna’s roads. Sure, things have gotten much better since the new bridge went in, but our streets can still be pretty crazy in the summer - trust us, we’re located at 1630 Water St. downtown!
So with that in mind, we’ve put together some tips for navigating the summer traffic in Kelowna...
Avoid Driving at Peak Times
A fairly obvious one, but if you can avoid driving during rush hour, as well as during peak tourist times, such as long weekends, that will help ease some of your congestion pain.
Avoid Heavily Trafficked Routes
Some routes in town, such as Highway 97/Harvey Ave., see a lot of traffic during the summer months. Where possible, use your local knowledge and take a quieter route. You may even have to drive ten minutes out of the way, but if it saves you from sitting in traffic for twenty minutes it’s worth it!
- Routes to Avoid Where Possible: Highway 97/Harvey Ave, Pandosy St./Lakeshore Dr., Enterprise Way, Springfield Rd.
- Routes to Take Where Possible: Clement Ave., Summit Dr./Rifle Rd. (Dilworth Mountain), Gordon Dr., Benvoulin Rd.
Leave a Little Earlier
Keep in mind that your commute is probably going to take you a little longer in July than it does in March, so give yourself a little extra time to get where you’re going. This will help limit your frustration.
Watch for Pedestrians and Cyclists
It’s a time of year when many people are out walking and cycling, so keep your eye out for pedestrians, particularly in downtown Kelowna!
At the end of the day, there’s not much you can do about the increased traffic on our streets, so be patient and courteous. You’ll get there in the end!
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