The Westside has great transit and bike paths, allowing access to many of our attractions without the use of a car. Whether you’re looking to save gas money, be more environmentally friendly, try some wine tastings without worrying about a ride home, or just enjoy our lovely scenery, there are some great ways to get around.
Perhaps the most famous element of our car-free transportation network is along Boucherie Road. The Walkable Wine Trail, opened earlier this year, stretches from Highway 97 down to Ogden Road, passing 7 wineries on the way. It has a set of two bike lanes (one northbound, one southbound) completely separated from the road, meaning you don’t have to worry about keeping an eye out for cars and trucks. With lovely scenery and excellent winery access, it’s truly a must-visit for the cycling-inclined. If you want to visit more wineries, or find the weather too unpleasant for cycling, Kelowna Transit route 20 Lakeview runs along most of Boucherie, with endpoints at the Westbank and Mount Boucherie Exchanges, and route 29 covers the section between Hudson and Highway 97. Both connect to route 97 Okanagan at the Westbank and Boucherie Exchanges.
What many people don’t realize is that many of the Westside’s best parks are accessible without a car too! Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre and the adjacent park are both near many transit routes, being only a 10 minute walk from the Westbank Exchange and immediately down the road from a stop on route 20. The Gellatly Aquatic Park, which has both sandy beaches and an accessible, paved walking and biking path, is easily accessible via route 20, and serves as a walking/biking connection to the Gellatly Nut Farm and the Cove Lakeside Resort. The Gellatly Nut Farm is, in addition to being an active nut farm in season (generally September), a lovely and very-shaded park with nice trails between the trees, historic buildings, and a beach, while the Cove Lakeside Resort boasts accommodations, a spa, the Westside’s only true waterfront restaurant, and LakeSurf Okanagan, which rents kayaks, paddleboards, speedboats, and other water-related equipment.
If you’re more in the mood for hiking, Mount Boucherie’s trail network is easily accessed from the nearby Mount Boucherie Exchange. The southern/lower section of Glen Canyon is a short walk away from the Westbank Exchange along Dobbin and Hebert, while the northern/upper section can be reached from bus routes 21 and 22. Shannon Lake’s trails are easily reached on routes 24 and 28 for a milder hike.
Looking to fuel up on some fruit without fueling up the car? Check out the Farm Loop thanks to route 28! The 28 runs along Elliott Road, which makes up the eastern side of the loop. 4 farms can be accessed directly from Elliott, while 2 more are a short walk away along Butt Road and the rest are along 2 km of Glencoe, which starts only 500 m away. Nestled between these farms are 3 more Westside wineries: Ciao Bella, Kalala, and Off the Grid.