Vernon & Area

Located in the sunny Okanagan Valley, Vernon British Columbia, offers its visitors an outdoors adventure playground to discover.  Ensuring travellers maximize their vacation the right selection in Vernon accommodations is paramount.  By being close to all that the city makes available, Vernon rentals keep tourists in the thick of the action.  Warm and inviting, Vernon vacation homes promise to fulfill the benefits of home with the majestic landscape that the region is known for. 

As the largest city in the northern Okanagan, Vernon delivers a healthy offering of activities to keep one entertained for days on end.  Thrill-seekers will leave wanting more of what they encountered during their visit while those searching for rest and relaxation will find exactly what they are looking for.  Having received accolades for its prosperity, lifestyle and weather, the city continues to make strides as a provincial hotspot. 

Viewed as a year-round destination Vernon creates a scenic background to appreciate during each season.  The winter months can be spent enjoying the all-natural snow of Silver Star Ski Resort.  With 115 trails to explore, Silver Star is just one of many ways to sample the invigorating beauty that encompasses this charming city.   For those who prefer cross country over downhill skiing, Vernon is also host to the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre, making it easy to maintain an active lifestyle. 

During the summer excitement builds as visitors take to the three lakes surrounding the city.  Promising endless enjoyment upon its waters, Kalamalka Lake sees fun-filled afternoons of boating and other water sports.  Hundreds of smaller lakes, within close proximity to Vernon, enable visitors hours of fishing and recreation.  World renowned fairways beg for golfers to participate in a favored Okanagan past time and the leisurely walk across the challenging course of Predator Ridge bestows a feeling of peacefulness. 

Families are certain to be pleased with the educational activities put forth by the Vernon Science Centre.  Featuring the only planetarium in the BC interior, visitors are treated to an exploration of the universe.  Polson Park, with its lush gardens, ponds and water park, creates the idyllic setting for a picnic while lawn bowling, skate park and tennis courts allow for a lively day.  To keep cool in the warm summer temperatures, Atlantis Waterslides, located just 5km north of Vernon, provides continuous fun for all ages.  The mini-golf course, bubbling hot tub and popular River Riot, a fast-paced tube ride, ensure a good time is had by all.

 

Vernon Activites


Vernon Biking

Biking

Vernon offers a wide range of bike trails for riders of all skill levels .The conditions vary from desert conditions and few trees on the South slopes to plenty of trees and lots of shade on the North slopes. Popular trails include BX Creek, Eagle Rock and Kalamalka Lake Park. Silver Star Mountain Resort offers full chairlift service and a variety of downhill trails during the summer months.

 
Vernon Boating

Boating

Located on the shores of Lake Okanagan which spans 100km, Vernon is one of the most desirable locations for boating and water sports. Take the whole family out for an afternoon of wakeboarding and waterskiing, enjoy the thrill of jetskiing around the lake or spend the whole day exploring the many hidden coves from the comfort of a houseboat. Ask us for information on boat rentals.

     
Vernon Camping

Camping

The Okanagan Valley provides an excellent selection of campgrounds, many within a short drive from the city center. Kekuli Bay and Fintry Park are two of the most popular choices for families, so bring your RV, camper trailer or a tent and enjoy the great outdoors.

 
Vernon Boating

Festivals & Events

The summer calendar in Vernon is filled with festivals and cultural events. Experience the Funtastic Music Festival & Slo-Pich Tournament as well as the Dragon Boat Races and Okanagan Wine Festival. Make sure to reserve your tickets early as many of these events sell out.

     
Vernon Fishing

Fishing

Surrounded by lakes and streams, Vernon is a fishing paradise. Spend an afternoon in the sun on Okanagan or Kalamalka Lake, or make a day of it and explore the upper mountain lakes such as Keefer, Sugar or Echo.

 
Vernon Golfing

Golf

For the golfer in your group, Vernon is the perfect destination. The city offers more than 12 courses in and around the city. Each course offers a unique mix of desert terrain and stunning orchard and lake views. For the serious golfer, Predator Ridge which hosted the Export ‘A’ Skins Game in 2000 is a must. Make sure to book your tee times early.

     
Vernon Hiking

Hiking

The mountainous terrain surrounding Vernon is a hiker’s paradise. There is no better way to enjoy the Okanagan Valley's natural beauty then to follow the limitless number of trails and truly explore it for yourself. Remember to bring plenty of water as the summers here are Hot!

 
Vernon Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

There are several local companies who offer trail rides for riders of all experience levels from beginner to expert. Take advantage of this unique way to enjoy the beautiful Okanagan scenery.



     
Vernon Hiking

Nightlife

Vernon's downtown core is busy place during the warm summer nights. A large selection of dance clubs, pubs and restaurants are all within easy walking distance of each other.

 
Vernon Beaches

Parks & Beaches

Vernon is home to a large number of public beaches. Children enjoy the water park area in Polson Park while Kalamalka Beach is always busy with volleyball games and daily boat rentals. Kin Beach is another popular stop with sandy beaches, a large picnic area with BBQ's and children’s play area.

     
Vernon Skiing

Skiing & Snowboarding

Only a short 15 minute drive to Silver Star Ski Resort, Vernon offers an inexpensive alternative to staying on-mountain. Each year the Okanagan ski resorts receive 20+ feet of fluffy champagne powder. If you have never experienced skiing in the Okanagan, then you have been missing out.

 
Vernon Wineries

Wineries

World renowned for spectacular vineyards and award winning wine, the Vernon wineries are a must see for any visitor. Excellent guided tours are offered by many of the popular wineries. These tours include wine tastings and gift shops full of specialty wine products. Many local companies offer daily bus tours to a selection of the most popular wineries, so your group can enjoy tastings to the fullest without the responsibility of driving.

 

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