Learn more about Vernon and the amenities available during your stay
Vernon is the oldest city in the Okanagan Valley and as such has a rich and diverse heritage. For more than a century, Vernon has attracted people from all parts of the world who wish to enjoy the majestic beauty of the Okanagan Valley. Today the city continues to grow, expanding many its area amenities, while maintaining an intimate community feel. For both a first time visitor or returning guest Vernon holds a wealth of summer and winter attractions.
Vernon is located on the shores of both Okanagan Lake and Kalamalka Lake, which provide visitors with an array of summer activites including boating, swimming, fishing and watersports. With average temperatures in the summer over 30 degrees Celsius (85 F) and so the cool water of Lake Okanagan can provide a well needed break from the heat. Alternatively Kalamalka Lake provides watersports enthusiasts with calm and carribean colored waters ranging from cyan to indigo. The area surrounding Vernon is populated by several world renowned golf courses including Spallumcheen, Vernon Golf and Country Club, Hillview Golf and the impressive 27 hole Predator Ridge.
Located within 30 minutes drive of Vernon is Silver Star Ski Resort, known for year round family activities. In the winter the hill yeilds world class snow conditions which bring skiers and snowboarders alike to this picturesque victorian style village. Non Skiers can enjoy other activites such as Tube Town, skating on the natural outdoor skating pond, snowmobile tours, and sleigh rides. Silver Star also enjoys superb mountain biking in the summer months. If biking is not for you, try a nature tour, back country hiking, or enjoy the Okanagan Summer Wine Festival and many other events hosted on the hill.
With such a wide variety activities available year round, come and discover Vernon, where spectacular vacations await all visitors to Okanagan.
"The Starlight Drive-In is a fun alternative to the theatre in the summertime."
Located in beautiful Enderby, BC - Only 22 minutes from Vernon, the Starlight Drive-In boasts the largest outdoor movie screen in North America.
Atlantis Waterslide Park
"One of the best ways to beat the summer heat is at the Atlantis Waterslides."
Located 5km North of Vernon, The Atlantis Waterslide Park is fun for the whole family. The park features 10 slides, a river tube ride, hot tub, gift shop and concession. Atlantis Waterslides was voted "Best Place for Family Fun" by Okanagan Life Magazine.
"Good food, friendly service and an unbeatable view from the lakefront patio. This is the place for summer drinks in Vernon"
Located lakefront at 12408 Kalamalka Rd, Coldstream - Alexander's Pub has always been a favorite destination of both locals and tourists alike. Enjoy the wine & dine menu, the bar or neighbouring liquor store.
Vernon is located in the Okanagan Valley region, between Vancouver, BC and Calgary, AB on Highway 97.
Kelowna International Airport is the closest major airport and the 10th busiest airport in all of Canada, offering daily flights to Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto. Available airlines include Jazz, WestJet, Air Canada, Horizon Air (Alaska), Harmony Airways and Regional 1 Airlines.
When flying into Kelowna taxi, shuttle and car rental services are available inside the terminal.
- Kelowna is located 440 km East of Vancouver:
Hwy 1 East to Hope. Follow either Hwy 5 or Hwy 3 to Kelowna. Follow Highway 97 North to Vernon.
- 550 km West of Calgary, AB: Via Highway 1, the Trans Canada Highway connects to Highway 97A South and Highway 97 South to Vernon.
- Kelowna International Airport is the closest major airport and is serviced by many of the top Canadian airlines — Jazz, WestJet, Air Canada, Horizon Air (Alaska), Harmony Airways and Regional 1 Airlines. These airlines are partnered with many international carriers and fly non-stop to Kelowna daily from Vancouver, Toronto, Victoria, Calgary, Kamloops, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Seattle.
- Calgary, AB - 554 km
- Vancouver, BC - 443 km
- Kamloops, BC - 118 km
- Penticton, BC - 117 km
- Kelowna, BC - 52 km
Things To Do In Vernon
Vernon offers an abundance of trails for mountain bikers of all ages and skill levels. While the South slopes of the surrounding area offer desert like conditions with few trees, the north slopes offer plenty of shade and a completely different riding experience. Several of the more popular trails are BX Creek, the Vernon Hill trails, Kalamalka Lake Park and Eagle Rock. Silver Star Mountain Resort also offers downhill trails and full chairlift services in the summer.
Boating is one of the most popular activities in Vernon as the city is located between two of the most popular lakes, Lake Okanagan which spans 100km from Vernon to Penticton and Kalamalka Lake, which during the summer months shines a brilliant shade of Caribbean Indigo. Spend your time waterskiing, wakeboarding, or simply sun tanning in the bright hot sun. Boat Rentals can be arranged by your reservation agent when booking accommodations.
Surrounded by mountains, forests and steams, Vernon is a favourite destination for campers each summer. Kekuli Bay and Fintry Park are two of the family favourites, each offering space for RVs, campers and tents. Make sure to book your spots early (April 1) as they fill up extremely fast.
Each year Vernon is home to many events and festivals. During the summer months make sure to attend the Funtastic Music Festival & Slo-Pich Tournament as well as the Dragon Boat Races and Okanagan Wine Festival. Ask your reservation agent for details and exact dates on events happening during your next vacation.
Surround by lakes and streams, Vernon has no shortage of great fishing locations to catch Rainbow, Kokanee and Lake Trout. Spend an afternoon on Okanagan or Kalamalka lakes, or take a day trip to one of the high mountain lakes such as Keefer, Echo or Sugar. There are also plenty lodges and tour operators in the area to get you setup for a great fishing experience.
Vernon has become an annual destination for many golfers. With more then 12 local courses including Predator Ridge, which hosted the Export ‘A’ Skins Game in 2000, you can golf for your entire vacation without ever seeing the same course twice. Vernon will also be the future home of "The Rise" a Fred Couples signature golf course. Make sure to book your tee times early, as courses can be booked solid for weeks at a time in the summer months.
The Okanagan Valley provides a never ending supply of hiking trails. Some of the more popular trails include BX Falls & BX Creek which offers 2.2 km with some stairs and steep sections, Kalamalka Provincial Park which has cliff top trails and several excellent swimming beaches along the way and also Silver Star Mountain Resort which offers chairlift rides to the summit followed by an enjoyable hike down.
With several ranches within a few minutes drive of town, you and your family can experience the beautiful Okanagan scenery on horseback. Some of the ranches also offer pony rides for children and winter sleigh rides. Ask your reservation agent for more details.
Downtown Vernon is a hub of activity during the summer months. Stop in at any of the local restaurants, pubs or nightclubs and you are sure to be entertained.
Parks & Beaches
Beautiful parks and beaches are the main reason so many people return to Vernon year after year. Children love the large water play area in Polson Park, Vernon's oldest recreational area, while Kalamalka Beach makes the perfect place to spend a hot summer day with volleyball courts, change rooms and boat rentals nearby. Another must see attraction is Kin Beach, which features a sandy beach, picnic areas with BBQ's as well as a large outdoor playground for the children.
Both Polson Place and Village Green Malls provide a nice air-conditioned break from the summer heat. All your favourite stores are here plus plenty of local shops throughout the downtown core. Discover unique local artists and products such as homemade jams, chocolate, crafts and pottery.
Skiing & Snowboarding
22km from Vernon lies Silver Star Mountain Resort, featuring a brightly coloured, fun loving, Victorian style village. The resort features 3,065 acres of pristine skiing and snowboarding terrain. The village also offers a great selection of Silver Star Chalets and Ski Condos.
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