The City of Vernon is the oldest community in the Okanagan. You can learn our history by taking a walking tour of our murals, visit the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, or visit to historic ranches and mansions. You may even meet a ghost or two.
Vernon enjoys a four-season climate with warm spring days, dry, hot summers, cool and welcoming autumns, and relatively mild winters with significant snow at higher elevations. It's a great place to visit and live year round and has perfect weather for both skiers and golfers.
- Vernon is located in the Okanagan in the southern region of British Columbia's interior.
- The city was named after a former Member of the Legislative Assembly, Forbes George Vernon. He helped found the famous Coldstream Ranch in nearby Coldstream.
- Vernon became a city on December 30, 1892. Today, it is the largest city in the North Okanagan.
- A resident of Vernon is called a "Vernonite".
- Population of the City of Vernon (2013 census) 40,000.
- Greater Vernon population (2011 census) 58,584.
- Elevation is 416m (1364 ft) above sea level.
- The warm season lasts from June 17 to September 7 with an average daily high temperature above 23°C. The hottest day of the year is traditionally July 30, with an average high of 30°C and low of 14°C.
- The cold season lasts from November 19 to February 21 with an average daily high temperature around 3°C. The coldest day of the year is traditionally January 11, with an average low of -8°C and a high of -3°C.
- Vernon gets an average of 308 mm (12 in) of rain each year and 102 mm (4 in) of snow.
- Vernon averages 301 sunny days per year for a total of 2027 hours of sunshine.
- There are over 100 lakes within a one-hour drive of downtown Vernon.