September 26, 2016 1:13 pm

How to see the royals in Kelowna: advice from City of Kelowna


The City of Kelowna is bracing for an influx of people for the royal visit Tuesday.

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There’s no estimate of just how many people may take in Will and Kate’s public event at UBC Okanagan (UBCO), but city officials say one thing is certain — expect traffic delays.

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“Anyone heading to the University area or travelling along Highway 97 [is] advised to allow extra time for travel,” stated the city in a news release.

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People looking to see the royal couple at UBCO are being advised to take public transit, as there will be no public parking available at the university. There will be limited pay parking north of the UBC Okanagan campus, but there’s no confirmation on how many spots, or how much parking will cost. 

The Highway 97 ramp to John Hindle Drive, the major access road into the university, will be closed at 11 a.m. to all traffic but public transit. The only access to the university area after that will be via Airport Way.

While people are being asked to take the bus, you can expect to likely wait for transit too.

B.C. Transit has expanded its service for the royal visit, adding five extra Route 97 buses between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and two double-decker non-stop shuttles from the Queensway exchange to UBCO.

Will and Kate are scheduled to arrive at UBCO at 12:35 p.m. They will be greeted by a handful of students before heading to a public ceremony in the Central Courtyard.

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The royal couple will then go to the gymnasium to take in an inter-squad UBCO Heat women’s volleyball game before heading to an invite-only event at Mission Hill Winery.


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