The rockslide that happened on Hwy 97 in British Columbia just north of Penticton remains closed to traffic.

It's been over a week since the rockslide shut down the highway and it looks like it will be some time before it's reopened.

The rockslide happened on Monday, Aug. 28 at approximately 2 p.m. with about 3,000 cubic metres of rock tumbling down.

The detour routes for now include gravel roads and Drive B.C. have provided maps for alternate routes for travellers and commercial traffic.

They also remind drivers to fuel up before taking a detour, bring extra supplies of food and water, and encourage you to drive during daylight hours.

Cellphone service is also nonexistent or very spotty.

The latest information is they're working on reopening one lane of traffic by the Sept. 16-17th weekend.

Highway 97 Closure Map

Summerland to Peachland

Summerland to Peachland closure map (supplied)


Highway 97 Closure Detour Map

Peachland to Summerland

Peachland to Summerland map (supplied)

Highway 97 Closure Map 

Penticton to Kelowna

Penticton to Kelowna



  • Vehicle weight restrictions – 14,600 kg or less
  • Maximum 60 km speed limit throughout the route
  • Single lane sections with further reduced speed – watch for traffic control
  • Directional signage in place
  • No passing permitted through the routes – pull over to let others pass
  • Heavy equipment working (graders) throughout both routes – watch for equipment and workers

Check for updates to closure and opening information.

Travel between Penticton and Kelowna

  • Use 201 Forest Service Road
  • Gravel road (graded)
  • Accessed off Highway 33 near McCollough Road near Kelowna and via Warren/Carmi Avenue in Penticton
  • This route will add approximately 60-90 minutes of travel time

Travel between Summerland and Peachland

  • Use the Trout Main to Peachland Forest Service Road
  • Gravel road (graded)
  • This route will add 90 minutes of travel time

Commercial vehicles

  • Heavy commercial vehicles detour using highways 97C, 5A and 3A or Highway 33