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Vernon, British Columbia
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Vernon, BC

Join us for a picture perfect vacation in BC's North Okanagan! Vernon, British Columbia, is a clean, bright city carefully placed in the North Okanagan Valley like a crown jewel between three sparkling lakes; Kalamalka Lake, Swan Lake and Lake Okanagan.

These and other Okanagan lakes can offer the visitor a host of outdoor activities from swimming, boating, fishing to camping and houseboating. The nearby hills draw hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and campers. The nearby ski resort, while primarily known for first class alpine and nordic skiing, offers additional recreations activities year round.

Pumpkin Festival in October
Pumpkin Festival in October. Photo Courtesy of Tourism Vernon

Summer and fall visitors to this part of British Columbia will also delight in the abundance of fresh fruit from the many nearby orchards and farms.

Whether you come to Vernon in the warmer months to enjoy the many outdoor recreational activities, the wonderful BC produce, the winery tours and sights of the city or come in the winter to experience the Vernon Winter Carnival plus skiing, snowmobiling and more, Vernon has something to offer regardless of the season.

Accommodation/Adventure Providers

Postill Lake Lodge Fishing Resort: Bring the family for a vacation any time of year. There’s fabulous fly-fishing on a choice of 7 lakes, plus activities including swimming, boating, hiking, and more. In winter slide on that beautiful white stuff with x-country skiing and snowmobiling. more

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Spirit Square Courtyard
Spirit Square Courtyard. Photo Courtesy of Tourism Vernon

Vernon is the oldest incorporated city (1892) in British Columbia's beautiful Okanagan Valley, and for more than a century, it has welcomed people attracted by its character and physical beauty, along with its economic and cultural diversity. A mural project showcasing many of the cities historical features has become a popular asset for downtown Vernon. In addition, the older residential neighbourhood of the East Hill contains many of Vernon's heritage homes, as well as a large number of mature trees.

Vernon is home to a large and diverse arts community, so chances are you can catch an art exhibit, play, or a musical performance throughout the year.

Today Vernon continues it's growth … while maintaining a strong connection with the past that lend a sense of stability and continuity to the community.

City Information

Accommodations: There are many hotels and motels, bed & breakfasts, and half a dozen private and provincial campgrounds. Accommodations range from full-service, to economy rooms with a variety of amenities. A number of resorts and lodges also operate on nearby Okanagan lakes.

Population: 33,494 (2001)

Main Industries: Retail Trade, Manufacturing, Health & Social Services, Tourism and Hospitality

Elevation: 381 metres (1,250 ft.)

Fishing for Rainbow Trout
Trout Fishing in the North Okanagan. Photo Courtesy of Tourism Vernon

Annual Sunshine: 1903 hours
Precipitation - Rainfall: 248.1 mm o Snowfall: 102.2 cm
Average Temperature - Summer: 23.9'C o Winter: -1.9'C
Frost free days: 152 o Growing Season: 159 days

Access: A strong highway system provides Vernon access to many major destinations; 441 km (273.4 mi.) to Vancouver via the Coquihalla Highway, to Calgary it is just 556 km (344.7 mi.) on the Trans Canada Highway, and to Seattle it is 550 km (341 mi.). The Vernon airport services the area, and Kelowna International Airport is close by. There are also two railway lines, in addition to bus, taxi, and limousine service.

Vernon Winter Carnival. Photo Courtesy of Tourism Vernon

The 10 day Vernon Winter Carnival is Western Canada’s largest winter festival. The photo above was taken at the balloon glow event. The next day, up to 20 hot air balloons take part in a race through the Vernon area.

Recreation Facilities & Activities: golf courses & golf resorts, Silver Star ski hill, swimming, boating, fishing, water sports, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, camping, water slide park, alpine & nordic skiing, skating, snowmobiling, tobogganing, snowshoeing, dog sledding

Local Attractions: Historic O'Keefe Ranch, Silver Star Ski Resort, Vernon Art Gallery, Greater Vernon Museum & Archives, Okanagan Science Centre, Kalamalka Forestry Centre, Allan Brooks Nature Centre, casino, Vernon & District Performing Arts Theatre, Powerhouse Theatre, Sun Valley Motor Speedway, agricultural & winery tours, downtown walking tours, Polson Park (the oldest park in Vernon)


Winter Carnival & Hot Air Balloon Festival, Snow Sculpture Competition, Antique Fair
Festival of the Arts, Outdoor Show
Farmers Market (till October)
Cascar Racing (Every Saturday Evening until Sept), Spring Wine Festival, BC Open Gold Panning Championship, Children's Festival
Downtown Street Festival
Canada Day celebrations, Midsummer's Eve of the Arts, Funtastic Slowpitch and Summer Festival
Mountain Wildflower Festival, Cowboy Festival & Wild West Show, Summer Wine Festival, Restoration Music Festival
Okanagan Wine Festival
Fall Wine Festival
Festival of Crafts, Silver Star opens, Christmas Treasure Chest Fair
Victorian Christmas, Fairs & Festivals, Christmas Lite-Up

For Information:
Tourism Vernon
701 Hwy 97 South,
Vernon, BC V1T 6M4
Telephone: (250) 542-1415 Fax (250) 545-3114
Toll Free: 1-800-665-0795

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
2280-D Leckie Road, Kelowna, BC, V1X 6G6
Telephone: (250) 860-5999 • Fax: (250) 860-9993
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Area Maps of the Okanagan Similkameen
Hwy 3 Hope-Princeton:
Hwy 5A (North of Princeton) & Hwy 97C (East of Aspen Grove):
Allison to Pennask
South Okanagan:
Osoyoos to Penticton Kettle Valley
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Greenwood, Grand Forks, Christina Lake
Central Okanagan:
Kelowna Winfield
North Okanagan:
Vernon to Armstrong Falkland Monashees (to Kootenays)

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