Transportation

Buses
There is bus service from early in the morning until about 12:00 a.m. Time-tables, tickets and monthly passes are available at the Students' Union Office. Most bus routes have limited weekend and holiday service, so be sure to check the schedule when planning your outings.

You can check schedules and maps below:
Kelowna
Penticton
Vernon
Salmon Arm

For Kelowna, you may download a transit app that is available on your mobile app store to check bus schedules and trip plan. Click here to download.

For Kelowna, you can access NextRide to see the current location of the bus and a predicted time of arrival from your smartphone or desktop. Click here to view.

Bicycles
Riding bicycles (bikes) is very popular, when weather allows. Students often buy new or used bikes on arrival and sell them when they leave. A list of bike shops can be found here.

In Kelowna, there is a bike share program which is a system of bicycles available for short term rental that allows users to get a bicycle at one location and drop it off at another, for a very affordable cost. To find more information, please click here.

In Canada, bicycles must follow the same traffic rules as cars. Here are some important rules to remember:
1) Bicycle helmets are the law - WEAR ONE!
2) Ride on the right side of the road.
3) Do not ride your bicycle on the sidewalk.
4) Do not ride your bike across the road. Get off your bicycle and walk across.
5) When in a group, ride in a single line.
6) You must have a bell or horn, and, if you bike at night, both a front light and a rear reflector are required.

Always lock your bicycle even if you’re leaving it for only a short time. Bikes may be parked free at Okanagan College, but must not be taken into buildings.

BE VERY CAREFUL.
IF YOU HAVE A CHOICE, RIDE ON STREETS WHICH ARE NOT BUSY.
NEVER ASSUME THAT YOU ARE SEEN BY OTHER DRIVERS.

Pedestrians
Pedestrians (people who are walking) have the right of way at crosswalks and intersections. Drivers often stop and let you cross the street, but always check for traffic before crossing. Generally in Canada "Jay-walking" (crossing the street at a place other than at the corner or crosswalk) is not allowed and, if you are caught jay-walking, you may be fined.

Driving
In accordance with the laws of British Columbia, all International students who intend to drive while studying at Okanagan College MUST have a valid driver’s licence from their home country. To find more information on how to obtain a driver's licence in Canada, please visit ICBC website. 

In Canada, impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death and injury. Do not drive if you have consumed alcohol or drugs. To find more information on impaired driving laws, please click here.

Drivers and passengers must wear seat belts according to the law in Canada. A police officer can stop and ticket a driver if you violate this law. To find more information on seat belts, please click here.