Traffic patterns typically fall into three major categories:

  • Urban – notable AM and PM peaks with sustained high traffic volumes during the day.
  • Suburban – very pronounced AM and PM peaks, with lower traffic mid-day and high Saturday traffic.
  • Non-Urban / Rural – no notable peak hours, traffic builds in the morning, then stays steady through the day.

All three categories exist on the Highway 97 corridor in the Central Okanagan. Map 3 includes Traffic Volumes.

The effects of summer traffic are more pronounced in the rural areas, as the growth of the urban areas has created a higher proportion of local traffic throughout the day, year-round.


Section Fall/Winter/Spring Summer
South of Vernon Typical suburban pattern, indicating importance of commuting AM and PM peaks are present but higher tourist traffic means volumes continue to build through the day
Lake Country Typical suburban pattern; peak volumes are about half of Kelowna AM and PM peaks are slightly higher than Fall/Winter/Spring; mid-day volumes are considerably higher
Kelowna Typical urban pattern, high commuter influence Summer traffic volumes are slightly higher
West Kelowna/WFN Typical suburban pattern Traffic builds steadily through the morning and stays high all day
Peachland Peak hours are later in the AM and earlier in the PM than most urban areas Summer volumes are considerably higher than the rest of the year
South of Peachland Typical non-urban patterns Summer traffic is much higher than the rest of the year (37% higher)