The Route 97 International Alliance consists of partners from both sides of the Canada - United States border from our northernmost community, Cache Creek, British Columbia to our southernmost community of, Leavenworth, Washington. The Alliance has the full and active support of elected officials from three counties and their cities in Washington State (Okanogan, Chelan, and Douglas), the elected officials from the three Regional Districts and their communities in British Columbia (RDOS, CORD, NORD), the Colville confederated Tribes and the Okanagan Nations Alliance.
The project is administered by the North Central Washington Economic Development District and the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association.
Historically, the Highway 97 corridor was known as the Okanogan Caribou Trail. Maps from this early time show this as a vital trade route with very little emphasis on the line of demarcation created by the US/Canada border. The VIA 97 International Alliance recognizes the significance of this highway, which has served such an important role in the economic health of our interior region and offers opportunities for those communities lying along Highway 97.
It is the mission of the Alliance to promote this unique region for the benefit of all its varied communities. Many of these communities offer many outstanding opportunities and rich cultural diversity. The Alliance recognizes that the economic health of our geographic region is dependent on collaboration. As partners, we continue to teach each other about new and exciting approaches to trade, tourism, and economic development and have the opportunity to more effectively work toward solutions.