is located 47 km (29 miles) north of Kelowna
and 117 km (73 miles) southeast of Kamloops
on Hwy 97.
of the Okanagan'
Vernon is situated at the 'Top of the Okanagan', between two lakes;
the northern tip of Okanagan Lake in the west and Kalamalka Lake
in the east and borders the community of Coldstream.
Vernon's economy has traditionally revolved around the agriculture
industry and the railway infrastructure to help service it. Vernon,
because of the proximity to two incredible lakes, has also been
a tourist destination throughout the summer time.
Buildings and Heritage Homes
Vernon is the oldest community along Okanagan Lake with people being
drawn here first by the discovery of gold. You can view lots of
historic buildings as you go through the city's downtown. If you
like walking, a good way to see all this is simply to stroll the
tree-lined streets and view beautiful heritage homes.
of Vernon Murals
Beautiful murals are also on display on the sides of buildings throughout
downtown. Various artists led by creator Michelle Loughery, have
depicted scenes of Vernon's past. The City of Vernon has set up
a mural map for you with a self-guided tour that can be followed.
Vernon also has a museum in which you can witness some of its proud
past, especially Native artifacts. It is open all year and is centrally
located on 32nd Avenue. You will find the photo archives extremely
interesting with subject matters including First Nations people,
agriculture industry, Fort Vernon and the settlement of local countryside.
Golf - "You'll Never Run Out of Choice"
Golf is very popular in Vernon and with golf courses close by in
all directions you'll never run out of choice. If you would like
to play the best, try going to Predator Ridge for a very superb
golf course. Some other courses include Vernon Golf Course and Spallumcheen
Golf & Country Club located towards Falkland
near the O'Keefe Ranch.
Star for Powder Snow
For skiing, boarding and other mountainous adventures try going
to Silver Star located only a distance of 22 km (12 miles) from
Vernon. Silver Star Resort offers excellent skiing and snowboarding
opportunities in powder snow that are second to none.
Vernon has various recreational activities for you to do all year
Centre for swimming and exercising; the facility is located at
and biking on the BX Falls and BX Creek Trails - excellent viewpoints
and free maps available at the main counter of the Aquatic Centre.
Allan Brooks Nature
There are a number of provincial parks near to Vernon. Some favourites
for for swimming and water sports are nearby Kalamalka
Lake Provincial Park in Coldstream, Kekuli Provincial Park on
Hwy 97 and Ellison
Provincial Park on Okanagan Lake in Vernon.
Vernon has lots to offer you for family fun and entertainment. One
that has always been a favorite is visiting the O'Keefe Ranch located
on Hwy 97 towards Falkland.
During the summer time go to the Atlantis Waterslides voted the
best for Family Fun in the Okanagan. Lot's of laughs including a
hot tub, waterslides, arcade, mini-golf, River Riot tube run and
Klinker Opal Property
For a real like mining experience try going to The Klinker Opal
Property and try your luck digging for opals.
Vipers - BCHL
If you happen to be here in the winter and enjoy hockey go watch
the Vernon Vipers take on the rest of the BCHL.
- OKIB - The
Okanagan Indian Band is located at the head of Okanagan Lake