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2013 Visitor Guide

The 2013 Vernon Visitor Guide is full of information and ideas to help you plan your next visit to beautiful Vernon, BC.

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Top Hiking Trails in Vernon

Vernon’s Top Ten Trails for Visitors

1. BX Creek & Falls Trail  (Tillicum Rd entrance)

Looking for a pleasant, cool hike on a hot summer’s day...or an exciting waterfall pool to dip your toes into...or a uniquely challenging winter workout on snowshoes? BX Creek and Falls Trail is it! Step down into a cool, refreshing canyon of cedars, firs, cottonwoods, birch and ferns to follow BX Creek as it cascades downhill. Dappled sunlight peeks into this gorge. BX Creek and Falls rage from April to June as snowmelt runoff water roars downhill from Silver Star Mountain. Then in summer and autumn, the trail becomes a tranquil respite from the valley’s heat. In winter, hikers can test their snowshoeing skills. Get full details on BX Creek & Falls Trail.
 

2. BX Creek Delta Trail

Need a break from shopping? Right behind Walmart and Rona, in the busy commercial area in north Vernon, is a great natural leg-stretch. It's flat and mostly shaded. Even though the open areas are jungly with weeds and is located beside the highway, the trail's wide boardwalks with overhanging willows, Black Cottonwoods, Red-Osier Dogwoods and interpretive signs make this a pleasant retreat from the north end bustle. Locals love it!  Get full details on BX Creek Delta Trail

3. Coldstream Valley Trails – 3 sections

Trail rating: Easy

Distance: total 3.5 km

Sweet country charm defines the Coldstream Valley. The fertile valley, tucked between grassy and forested hillsides, stretches from Kalamalka Lake east towards the Monashee Mountain backdrop. The Coldstream Ranch, founded in 1863, sprawls below. It's one of BC's largest and oldest continuingly working ranches. One of its previous owners, Lord Aberdeen, kick-started the orchard industry here in the 1890's. Get full details on Coldstream Valley Trial
 

4. Silver Star Foothills Trail

Join dog walkers, chatting friends and joggers on this most popular section of the Grey Canal Trails - a 2.5 Km undulating wide, packed dirt trail loop on an open slope. Visitors driving up Silver Star Road to the trailhead are astounded at the mass of spacious homes with windows for walls and immense balconies all facing downhill. No wonder; each home in the Foothills subdivision has million dollar views. The Ribbons of Green, Vernon's trail enthusiasts group, worked with the developer to secure this first section of the historic Grey Canal Trail.  Get full details on Silver Star Foothills Trail.
 

5.Turtle Mountain Trail

Walk beside an ancient lava flow wall above Downtown Vernon with an easterly panorama sweeping from Coldstream through Vernon with great views of Middleton Mountain, Silver Star and Swan Lake. It's the best short trail (.7 km) orienting you to the city. This hot, dry hillside trail gets shaded in the afternoon. It's best enjoyed mid-morning till mid-afternoon in spring and fall, or early mornings and evenings in summer. This is a section of the historic Grey Canal with old siphons found along the trail.  Get full details on Turtle Mountain Trail.
 

6. Juniper & Crest Trails At Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park

Wind your way through scenic Coldstream roads to arrive at the gem of the Okanagan - Kalamalka Lake
Provincial Park. This photogenic sprawling 3,700 ha nature park will tickle your senses. A bunchgrass and Ponderosa Pine landscape undulates over striped gneiss rock layers that roll off gorgeous Kalamalka Lake - "the lake of many colors". The 2.5 km Juniper and Crest Trails loop is a marvelous introduction to the park. Get full details on Juniper & Crest Trails.
 

7. Kalamalka Lake Lookout Road Trail

Just above Kalamalka Lake and below Highway 97 lies Vernon's flattest, widest paved trail. Walk, wheel, push or pull your way along this abandoned highway route for up to 2.5 km. The occasional car may drive by as it serves as a local road to adjacent properties. Park at the local's favorite Kal Lake Lookout scenic viewpoint. Visitors, guided tours, and locals stop here in all seasons to soak in the views and admire Kalamalka - "the lake of many colours". Get full details on Kalamalka Lake Lookout Road Trail.
 

8. Longacre Trail

Longacre Trail is all about the views - rolling hills and water, cloudscapes, sunsets, or open moonlit night skies. This wide, paved 1.7 km walkway gently winds along the open hillside above Okanagan Landing subdivisions east of downtown and above The Strand and Paddlewheel Park. It's a marvelous trail in winter, spring or fall. Get full details on Longacre Trail.
 

9. Middleton Mountain Trails

If you don't mind an uphill start, this knob of land, that straddles Vernon and Coldstream, gives the best orientation to Greater Vernon and its surrounding landscape. Middleton Mountain dominantly stands out from the valley bottom. It's actually not a mountain. Even the taller and bigger mound across Highway 6 is Vernon Hill. Get full details on Middleton Mountain Trails.
 

10. Polson Park Trail

Here's a short, pleasant trail perfect for chilling out or just stretching your legs and perfect for a picnic in the heart of town. It's in Polson Park, the heritage tree-filled city grounds edging downtown, bordered by Highways 97 and 6 and below the Vernon Jubilee Hospital. This gem of a park is jam-packed with activities, facilities and attractions. Kids love it!  Get full details on Polson Park Trail.
 

11. Swan Lake Nature Reserve Trail

The first thing that hits you at the trailhead is the panoramic landscape. Yes, more views like so many other trails in Vernon, but this time you're on the valley bottom and surrounded by 360° jaw-dropping scenery. With pastoral rolling grasslands flanked by forested hills beyond, Swan Lake lies below you and an expansive prairie-style blue sky is above. You're standing in one mighty big field and may question why it's not used. Well, it is!  Get full details on Swan Lake Nature Reserve Trail.
 
All photos Roseanne VanEe –Outdoor Discoveries

 

 

Hiking

Vernon's Top 10 Trails

The Vernon community (Vernon, Coldstream and surrounding neighborhoods) is nestled at the top of the Okanagan Valley with three lakes surrounded by bunchgrass slopes and forested hills. Like the top of a magic wand, valleys radiate out in all directions.

This is a community that loves walking on its many scenic trails. Choose a trail to enhance your visit. The expansive scenery and cloudscapes can be overwhelming, but relax, breathe the fresh air and unwind.

Follow a historic irrigation canal - turned trail - to discover our history or a wetland meadow once farmed as a hayfield and now returned to a wildlife sanctuary. Chat up a storm with our friendly locals. Enjoy a variety of trails in any season from open hillside, hilltop and meadow pathways with breathtaking views to bask in the fall, winter and spring, to forested or canyon creekside trails for refreshing cover in summer. Summer’s long, lingering sunrise and sunset hours create dramatic walking photo opportunities, too.

You'll need a hat, sunglasses and water most days of the year when hiking in the dry, sunny, warm Okanagan. Binoculars magnify your viewing pleasure by delving deeper into the picturesque landscape helping you spot the abundant birds, butterflies and other critters flourishing in our community. Bring your camera! You can pick up more information, brochures, maps and advice from the Vernon Visitor Centre.
 

Here are the Top Ten Trails* for you to enjoy:

  1. BX Creek & Falls Trail
  2. BX Creek Delta
  3. Coldstream Valley Estates
  4. Silver Star Foothills
  5. Turtle Mountain
  6. Twin Bays and Crest Trail - Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park
  7. Kalamalka Lookout Trail
  8. Longacre Trail
  9. Middleton Mountain Trails
  10. Polson Park Trail
  11. Swan Lake Nature Reserve Park Trail

(*ok, it’s really 10 and a bonus!)

Kalamalka Provincial Park

The Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park in the Okanagan Valley, one of the Top Ten Trails in Vernon, is a mixture of desert grasslands, wetlands, canyons and forests filled with ponderosa pine, black cottonwood and douglas-fir trees. The highlights of the park include the large lake, the sandy beaches and the 14km network of trails. There are three main bays located on Kalamalka Lake; Jade, Juniper and Cosens Bays. Jade Bay is less populated and Juniper Bay is larger, and therefore more popular, thus providing more amenities like picnic tables, a swimming area, grass lawns, some pit toilets and viewing benches. 

Swimming, canoeing, picnicking and sun tanning are popular in the park because of the green-blue waters of Kalamalka Lake, the secluded coves and the sandy beaches. Hiking, biking, jogging, horseback riding and cross country skiing are enjoyed in the park because of the large network of paved and gravel trails. For more information view  the trail map or the Kalamalka park website.

Ellison Provincial Park

Ellison Provincial Park is a very popular summer park located southwest of the community of Vernon. The recreation destination park is situated on the eastern shores of Okanagan Lake and is popular for swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, camping and diving. Ellison Provincial Park is 200 hectares in size and is dominated by stands of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. Six kilometers of hiking trails provide an excellent opportunity to explore and see unique plants and animal life. The trails vary in difficulty, both in grade and terrain, and there are some wheelchair accessible sections of trail. Amenities include flush toilets, showers, running water and an outdoor amphitheatre, a playground, picnic tables and a large grass lawn area. For more information, view the trail map or Ellison park website.

Kekuli Bay Provincial Park 

This 2.5 km earthy-gravel walking path around Kekuli Bay Provincial Park explores the grassland hills, providing views of the valley and lake. Some of the attractions are the wildflowers, birds and large rodent type animals that all flourish within the park. Amenities include showers, power, flush toilets, a children's playground area, as well as picnic tables. For more information, view the  trail map or Kekuli Bay park website

Okanagan High Rim Trail 

Okanagan High Rim Trail is a 55 km trail along the eastern slopes of the Thompson Plateau from Vernon to Mission Creek, just east of Kelowna. The trail explores many diverse ecosystems and provides open sections with fantastic views of the valley, as well as canopied sections that allow exploration of the wilderness forests. 

In total, the trail should take no longer then 3-4 days to complete, although most casual hikers will find that it is best hiked in shorter sections; there are numerous access points (or trail heads) making it possible for shorter day hikes. Overall the Okanagan High Rim Trail is well marked, but plan your route ahead and use regular trail safety procedures. The main trail head in the north is located at the Cosens Bay Gate of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. The south trail head is located on Philpott Road of Highway 33. For more information contact the Vernon Outdoors Club. View map.

For more detailed information on the High Rim Trail, check out this website:  www.cabinforestry.com/rec-trails.  It has an amazing Google Earth map of the trail as a kmz file.  You will also find a file with all the route's GPS coordinates and printable PDF files of various sections. 

Silver Star Mountain 

Get your hiking boots on and lose yourself in the surroundings. The hiking trails will take you around Silver Star Mountain to see wildflowers, birds and breath-taking scenery. A great way to get out and enjoy fresh mountain air filled with fragrant wildflowers.  Try a nature tour, go for a hike and take a picnic. Wander your way down to the Comet Express Six-Pack to access Silver Star’s hiking trails, or leave from the village. 

The use of the hiking trails at Silver Star Mountain Resort are complimentary. However, if you wish to use the Comet Express Six-Pack or the Summit Chairlift to start your hike, a ticket is required, which can be purchased from the in-resort village ticket office. Silver Star is open seven days a week from June 27 to August 31, 2014. For more information view the trail map something of the Silver Star Mountain website

There is a wide variety of hiking in the Vernon area to accomodate any age and energy level. For more maps and information please visit Greater Vernon Parks and Rec or the Ribbons of Green Trails Society.
 

Silver Star Foothills Trail - Distance: 2.7 km

Trail rating: Easy with moderate sections

Join dog walkers, chatting friends and joggers on this most popular section of the Grey Canal Trails - a 2.5 Km undulating wide, packed dirt trail loop on an open slope. Visitors driving up Silver Star Road to the trailhead are astounded at the mass of spacious homes with windows for walls and immense balconies all facing downhill. No wonder; each home in the Foothills subdivision has million dollar views. The Ribbons of Green, Vernon’s trail enthusiasts group, worked with the developer to secure this first section of the historic Grey Canal Trail.

The panorama sweeps from Coldstream through Vernon and up the Spallumcheen Valley. From the upper path, the double hump of Mt. Ida above Salmon Arm looms to the north. Catch glimpses of Kalamalka and Okanagan Lakes. You're trekking above Swan Lake from end to end. You pass above hobby farmyards with horses, llamas and pigeons. You feel like a part of the scenery.

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The hillside slopes are weedy from years of cattle grazing, but wild sunflowers, lupines and wild roses still add spring color. An intoxicating scent of cottonwood buds fills the spring air. The lower path passes through a thicket of native shrubs including aspen, hawthorn, saskatoon, wild roses, chokecherries and snowberries, which a multitude of birds enjoy.

Interpretive signs describing the building of the Grey Canal irrigation system are on the east end. You’re following the ditch walker’s berm above the old canal on the lower path. Watch for a concrete back eddy near one of the signs. The ditch walker would raise a wood water gate and then measure the volume of delivered water flowing into the farm or orchard ditch using his stopwatch for billing.

If you head north, past Rugg Road, the Grey Canal Trail sections go on for 3.5 km. The last section has the most interesting remains of the old canal with sheet metal flumes suspended by wood trestles. To the east, across Silver Star Rd, is a connecting trail that takes you to the bottom of the BX Creek Trail or you can stay on the Grey Canal system that crosses the creek and goes up into the north BX area and onto the elusive Magnetic Hill - urban myth or reality? See if you can figure it out.

Pick up the excellent Grey Canal Trail brochure at the Vernon Visitor Centre.

The Greater Vernon Water Services Engineering Department has another excellent site describing the Grey Canal’s history.

All photos Roseanne VanEe –Outdoor Discoveries

Turtle Mountain Trail - Distance: 0.7 km

Trail rating: Easy with short steep sections

Turtle Mountain Trail
 
Walk beside an ancient lava flow wall above Downtown Vernon with an easterly panorama sweeping from Coldstream through Vernon with great views of Middleton Mountain, Silver Star and Swan Lake. It’s the best short trail (.7 km) orienting you to the city. This hot, dry hillside trail gets shaded in the afternoon. It’s best enjoyed mid-morning till mid-afternoon in spring and fall, or early mornings and evenings in summer. This is a section of the historic Grey Canal with old siphons found along the trail.
 

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If you drive west from Hwy 97 along 39th Ave. to Turtle Mountain, there’s a basalt column outcrop just past the Vernon Curling Club. In a blink you'll see it on the left as you go uphill. From the top of the road is the expansive layout of Turtle Mountain’s basalt cliffs just ahead formed during this area’s great volcanic era of 40-60 million years ago. You'll see why it's called “Turtle” but “Mountain” is an exaggeration.
 
There’s a little trailhead parking lot on the right on Turtle Mountain Boulevard in the subdivision. There’s an attractive Aspen Grove sign but don't take its nature facts to heart. Trembling aspen and snowberries are actually common. It’s Blue Bunch Wheatgrass on the slopes and Ruffed Grouse in the grasslands.
 
Once you’re past the first fairly steep but short trail section (if you start skidding, keep taking little steps till you’re back in control) look downhill. Notice the abrupt changes from the sage and saskatoon hillside onto manicured lawns and yards. The hillside slope is so steep you’ll feel like you could jump into town. The magic of being upslope means this short .7 km trail takes you from downtown to North Vernon with its views.
 
Watch for hawks, magpies, swallows and other birds skirting the cliff edges. With a sharp eye, you might spot a Northern Alligator Lizard, Terrestrial Garter Snake or the endangered Rubber Boa. Rare bats roost on these basalt cliffs.
 
Masses of white flowered saskatoon shrubs and wild sunflowers cover the hillside in spring. There’s a lovely lichen display in the naturally eroded amphitheater. Tall, straight Ponderosa Pines soar up alongside the trail in spots. Stay on the trail to avoid Prickly Pear Cactuses. A sign blocks the trail’s end where you’ll have to turn back. The historic canal carries on above Swan Lake. Further sections may be acquired in time...at least that’s the dream of many hikers.
 
There are two other trails to explore right up at Turtle Mountain for even more outstanding scenic views: West of Turtle Mountain Boulevard –The flat .4 km trail is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers with expansive views of Mission Hill and the valley to Okanagan Lake with Terrace Mountain behind. Interesting interpretive signs explain the historic Grey Canal’s formation and workings and how it hugged this corner. Dogs must be on leash.
 
Rocky Ridge Park – Follow the flat .4 km trail south behind Razorback Court to a wood stairway that takes you up to Rocky Ridge Park on a basalt knoll for an outstanding 360 ° view of Greater Vernon. It can get very hot and dry here. Watch out for Prickly Pear Cactuses. Not good for dog walking.
 
All photos Roseanne VanEe –Outdoor Discoveries
 

Swan Lake Nature ReserveTrail - Distance: 1.8 km

Trail rating: Easy

Swan Lake Nature Reserve Trail
 
The first thing that hits you at the trailhead is the panoramic landscape. Yes, more views like so many other trails in Vernon, but this time you're on the valley bottom and surrounded by 360° jaw-dropping scenery. With pastoral rolling grasslands flanked by forested hills beyond, Swan Lake lies below you and an expansive prairie-style blue sky is above. You're standing in one mighty big field and may question why it's not used. Well, it is!
 

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Swan Lake and its surrounding wetlands provide some of the best bird watching in BC. It’s a breeding, nesting and migration haven for ducks, waterfowl, marsh birds and more. American White Pelicans and Trumpeter Swans still migrate through each spring and fall. Rolling grasslands rise up from the wetlands creating rich habitat for even more wildlife including amphibians, reptiles and small mammals. Many raptors (birds of prey) hunt here year round. Great Blue Herons, which nest in the last remaining cluster of large cottonwoods standing in Vernon’s commercial area, hunt for snakes, frogs, fish and insects at Swan Lake. You can spot their massive nests from here during the leafless winter and spring. So look up and look around when you’re here. Bring your binoculars!
 
Until the mid-1800's this was the most productive wetland meadow habitat in the Okanagan. The wide, flat valley bottom from Armstrong towards Vernon flooded each spring. A thicket of shrubs and trees
 
This is the first of three loops planned for the park. Interpretive signs identify the wildlife, describe ecology and recount the history of this unique lake and wetland. If you're here when it floods in May or June, look down and you might be shocked to see masses of carp spawning right in the fields. Follow the old dirt road trail another 1.7 km across the creek to an enclosed bird blind for a fabulous view of the lake’s wildlife. Take binoculars! Interpretive signs inside help identify your sightings. Be aware that sometimes the trail to the blind is flooded especially in late spring. Swan Lake is a birding mecca during migration periods of April through May and August through September.
 
The North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club website has information on Swan Lake Nature Reserve’s trails and history.
 
All photos Roseanne VanEe –Outdoor Discoveries
 

Polson Park Trail - Distance: 0.8 km

Trail rating: Easy

Polson Park Trail
 
Here's a short, pleasant trail perfect for chilling out or just stretching your legs and perfect for a picnic in the heart of town. It's in Polson Park, the heritage tree-filled city grounds edging downtown, bordered by Highways 97 and 6 and below the Vernon Jubilee Hospital. This gem of a park is jam-packed with activities, facilities and attractions. Kids love it!
 

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Follow the one way internal road and park in the overflow lot across from the Japanese Garden, or in areas throughout the compact grounds, and stroll over to the Polson Trail. You might wonder why the trail is tucked behind the service yard. In 1908, when Vernon was a young city, Samuel Polson donated a large parcel of land for a hospital. The lower grounds developed into a public park. This section was neglected and hidden for years as the rest of the city landscape developed. It’s now an oasis of unchanged land with native vegetation and the unchanneled portion of Vernon Creek which flows flowing from Kalamalka Lake to Okanagan Lake. Chokecherries, Douglas maple, Red-osier Dogwood, cottonwoods, willows and hawthorns abound. Bird chirps fill the air.
 
Near the beginning, a steep stairway hugging the slope rises up from the trail with one of the best examples of dry native hillside vegetation which contrasts the lower winding, shaded creekside. Benches and interpretive signs describing Vernon Creek's ecology, geology, fish and native vegetation are scattered on the wide, elevated boardwalk.
 
All ages enjoy Polson Park with activities from the popular children's play and water parks (both are wheelchair friendly), to skateboarding, tennis, lawn bowling, soccer, football, running, concerts, picnicking and duck feeding at the pond. Normally it’s not a good idea to feed wildlife, but generations of Vernonites have fed the ducks and swans that live here. They're not really wild anymore. Great-horned owl families reside in the huge willows. Look up into the branches to spot one or two.
 
There’s a Japanese garden, a Chinese pagoda, a wishing well and the famous, camera-friendly Floral Clock, whose date is changed daily. Polson Park is the lush backdrop to many grad, wedding, family and reunion photos. The Vernon Community Arts Centre, Anna Fulton Cail Heritage Hall, Vernon Lawn Bowling Club and Okanagan Interior Space & Science Centre are all in the park, too.
 
All photos by Roseanne Van Ee – Outdoor Discoveries
 

Middleton Mountain Trails - Distance: 2.1 km

Trail rating: Moderate with short steep sections

Middleton Mountain Trails
 
If you don't mind an uphill start, this knob of land, that straddles Vernon and Coldstream, gives the best orientation to Greater Vernon and its surrounding landscape. Middleton Mountain dominantly stands out from the valley bottom. It’s actually not a mountain. Even the taller and bigger mound across Highway 6 is Vernon Hill.
 

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The looping, hilltop trails have a number of neighborhood accesses. The Mt. Ida Drive access greets you with a steep stairway. It provides a scenic workout as you gain elevation quickly with rewarding views.
 
The trail zigzags up an open native grassland hillside. Wild Sunflowers, Douglas and Snowy Buckwheat, lupines and saskatoon bushes bloom amongst the bunchgrasses in spring. Watch out for the Prickly Pear cactus blooms in June! The cacti are hard to spot off the trail. A good reason to keep Fido on leash.
 
Many sparrows and grassland birds including the Mountain Bluebird, Swainson’s Thrush and Western Meadowlarks delight bird watchers. Swallows, hawks, eagles and vultures swoop overhead and quail sit on the fence posts. Mule and White-tail Deer browse and Yellow-bellied Marmots scurry around.
 
Turn right at the top of the stairs for the best trek. Middleton’s sweeping, open grasslands summit offers uninterrupted 360° views from various vantage points along the undulating hilltop trails.
 
Look south down Kalamalka Lake, “the lake of many colours”. Terrace Mountain rises over the westerly plateau. Terrace Mountain (2100 m) normally is the weather vane for Vernon and the big line cutting across it (which are actually 70 metre cliffs) marks the height of the last glaciers 20,000 years ago.
 
Below and sweeping north, the scenery stretches from Kalamalka Lake, through Coldstream, Vernon and beyond Swan Lake into the Spallumcheen Valley. Looking west and south, the highway to Kelowna and the Kalamalka Lookout Road - another good walk - are below. Treed patches rising up from Kalamalka Lake like a giant quilt, surround the Kalamalka Forest Research Station. Allan Brooks Nature Centre is on the knoll above the station.
 
The big fields with assorted red and white buildings on each side of the highway are home to Vernon's historic and Canada's oldest continuous serving army cadet training centre. Camp Vernon has the largest and best conditioned examples of 1941-45 constructed H-Huts once abundant throughout the country.
 
Swan Lake, beyond Vernon to the north, is essentially a giant pond critically important for migrating and resident waterfowl. There’s a fantastic valley bottom trail through the Swan Lake Nature Reserve and a bird blind on the waterfront.
 
Follow the trail to the next knoll where you get a grand view through the rural Coldstream Valley. The snow-capped Monashee Mountain peaks drape the eastern horizon. Looking downhill is Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church and just in front of the driveway sits the charming, Historic St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, the oldest Ukrainian Catholic Church in British Columbia built in 1936 and restored in 1997 as a public heritage site.
 
When you return downhill to the road consider crossing and carry on a little further down to McKergow Meadows Park. The marshy Mud Lake was restored and brought back to life from a muddy hole filled with shopping carts, tires and garbage by a team of volunteers from the Allan Brooks Nature Centre along with surrounding neighbors. It’s a great, little oasis for ducks, geese, toads and salamanders. Interpretive signs tell its story.
 
More maps of Middleton Mountain trails are available from the Vernon Visitor Centre or from Ribbons of Green.
 
All photos Roseanne VanEe –Outdoor Discoveries
 

Longacre Trail - Distance: 2.1 km

Trail rating: Easy with moderate sections

Longacre Trail
 
Longacre Trail is all about the views - rolling hills and water, cloudscapes, sunsets, or open moonlit night skies. This wide, paved 1.7 km walkway gently winds along the open hillside above Okanagan Landing subdivisions east of downtown and above The Strand and Paddlewheel Park. It’s a marvelous trail in winter, spring or fall.
 

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You’re surrounded by lush pastureland. California Quail pose on fence posts for great photo ops. Hawks soar up high while swallows swoop overhead. Unique Mountain Bluebird boxes are mounted to fence posts. Coyotes call in the night.
 
Relax on a bench to soak in the views of Okanagan Lake and the rolling Bella Vista hillside. Lovely Kin Beach is below at the head of the lake. The Rise Golf Course straddles the upper slopes across the water. Behind you, forested rolling hills frame the Commonage grassland pastures with cattle grazing. This is truly a pastoral setting.
 
Commonage is the historic 10,165 hectare stretch of rangeland lying between Okanagan, Kalamalka and Wood Lakes from Vernon to Lake Country that was pre-empted in the 1870’s as a common grazing area for new settlers and the Okanagan Indian Band. Eventually, farms, homes and neighborhoods sprouted up where water was available. Imagine sitting here one hundred years ago watching a paddlewheeler full of cargo and people docking just below you at Okanagan Landing.
 
Towards the trail’s southwest end, PRT’s greenhouses and styrofoam cases fill fields. PRT grows reforestation tree seedlings for all of Canada and the western US. It’s located here to take advantage of this area’s arid climate and 152 frost-free days. Occasionally, long boarders practice on the gradual downhill slope - you'll see their corner markings painted on the edges.
 
Head down to Paddlewheel Park on Okanagan Landing Road to discover Okanagan Landing’s great history from the mid-1800’s to early- 1900’s.
 
All photos Roseanne VanEe –Outdoor Discoveries

Kalamalka Lake Lookout Road Trail - Distance: 1.7 km

Trail rating: Easy

Just above Kalamalka Lake and below Highway 97 lies Vernon's flattest, widest paved trail. Walk, wheel, push or pull your way along this abandoned highway route for up to 2.5 km. The occasional car may drive by as it serves as a local road to adjacent properties. Park at the local’s favorite Kal Lake Lookout scenic viewpoint. Visitors, guided tours, and locals stop here in all seasons to soak in the views and admire Kalamalka - “the lake of many colours”.
 

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At the lookout, a few timeworn but interesting signs recount the Coldstream Valley history and the Grey Canal’s engineering. An ancient volcanic plug, Camel’s Hump, and the snow-capped Monashee Mountains create a stunning backdrop to the Coldstream Valley to the east. To the north are the Foothills along Silver Star Road; home to the most popular section of the Grey Canal trail just below the subdivision. Above the Foothills and to the right is the rounded peak of Silver Star Mountain.
 
Turn around and look above the highway. The greyish green big lump of a hill is an exposed limestone cliff. This is evidence of the limestone intrusion that contains the calcium carbonate crystals that make Kalamalka Lake a “marl” lake. The crystals floating in the warm summer water reflect sunlight creating a kaleidoscope of varied violet, blue and green colours.
 
Head south along the old road for the best views of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park and it's ecosystems of dry rock faces, sweeping grasslands, forested slopes, sandy bays, beaches and trails. Once you're down the way, look again at the park. Doesn't it resemble a giant turtle with a big, long neck? This point is actually named Turtle Head although most locals call it “Rattlesnake Point”.
 
Enjoy your leg stretch and views along this trail. Plans are underway to link this road down to Lake Country’s Pelmewash Parkway to create a stunningly scenic 16 km hiking/biking trail above Kalamalka Lake, through quaint little Oyama and along Wood Lake’s shores.
 
All photos Roseanne VanEe –Outdoor Discoveries

Juniper & Crest Trails at Kalamalka Provincial Park - Distance: 2.4 km

Trail rating: Moderate

Wind your way through scenic Coldstream roads to arrive at the gem of the Okanagan - Kalamalka Lake
Provincial Park. This photogenic sprawling 3,700 ha nature park will tickle your senses. A bunchgrass and Ponderosa Pine landscape undulates over striped gneiss rock layers that roll off gorgeous Kalamalka Lake - "the lake of many colors". The 2.5 km Juniper and Crest Trails loop is a marvelous introduction to the park.
 

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Discover this lovely, living museum conserving the expansive native grasslands that covered the Okanagan Valley bottom over one hundred years ago. Rare and endangered plants, wildlife and their habitats are protected here. To help you, The Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park have produced an excellent brochure and map. Download it here or pick it up at the Vernon Visitor Centre or the park’s trailheads. Interpretive signs are plentiful. We want you to know why this place is special!
 
Start at the Twin Bay’s Parking Lot. Head down the paved Juniper Trail for a picnic in the grassy park, plunge into pristine water at Juniper Beach’s popular sandy cove or set out on the dappled sunlit lakeside trail to a viewing deck. Then hike up to the Turtle’s Head for incredible viewpoints of Kalamalka Lake and the park. The oldest known living tree in the Okanagan - a twisted, gnarly old Juniper perches tenuously to a cliff at Turtle’s Head (AKA Rattlesnake Point). Return to the parking lot along the Crest Trail for more scenery at every turn.
 
Bring binoculars to enjoy this renowned birding hotspot. Western Meadowlark's cheerily warble in Spring among the myriad of gorgeous wildflowers. Big, dead Ponderosa Pines and Douglas-firs house bats, birds and mammals and Bald Eagles and Osprey sit on their warped branches. White-tailed and Mule Deer browse on shrubbery.
 
A wonderful spring showcase of grassland wildflowers decorates the park. Wild sunflowers and saskatoon flowers dot the landscape along with Oregon grape, lupines, avens, yarrow and lots more. If you’re lucky, a rare tall, mauve Mariposa Lily may greet you. Please don’t pick! Mock Orange blossoms sweeten the air in May and June and then Ponderosa Pine resin fills the air with a maple syrup scent on hot late summer days.
 
Columbian Ground Squirrels and Yellow-bellied Marmots romping around the picnic area are wild so don't feed or try to touch them. It’s safer for all if you just enjoy watching them. Western Rattlesnakes and other snakes are protected here. Stay on the trails and remain aware. If you see one, step away and give it room to leave.
 

Other Kalamalka Park Trails:

Friendly runners, walkers and mountain bikers enjoy Kalamalka Lake Park’s network of trails and accesses in all seasons and weather. There’s a trail for everyone passing through the park’s natural ecosystems – forested hills and canyons, sweeping dry grassland valley’s and slopes, rock faces, wetlands and a lagoon. Bring the trail map. Trailside signs help keep you on track.
 
All photos Roseanne VanEe –Outdoor Discoveries

BX Creek Delta Trail - Distance: 1.4 km

Trail rating: Easy

BX Creek Delta Trail/BX Creek Trail
Need a break from shopping? Right behind Walmart and Rona, in the busy commercial area in north Vernon, is a great natural leg-stretch. It's flat and mostly shaded. Even though the open areas are jungly with weeds and is located beside the highway, the trail's wide boardwalks with overhanging willows, Black Cottonwoods, Red-Osier Dogwoods and interpretive signs make this a pleasant retreat from the north end bustle. Locals love it!
 
Until a hundred years ago, spring run-off from Silver Star Mountain flooded widespread wetland marshes in these lower reaches of BX Creek. The floodplain was channelized for farming and increasingly for the development of neighborhoods and stores. But in 2011, the Allan Brooks Nature Centre spearheaded the BX Creek Wetland Enhancement & Interpretive Trail Project. 
 

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Pick up the Interpretive Trail Guide from the Vernon Visitor Centre and head out to explore, discover the importance of wetlands and relax. Park or walk from either the cul-de-sac at the north end of 20th Street or along Deleenheer Rd.
 
From the cul-de-sac at the north end of 20th Street:
Take the shaded boardwalk trail heading north for .4 km. All the land on the east side of Swan Lake from its north end to this area was part of the extensive Greenhough cattle range pre-empted in the 1860s during the Cariboo Gold Rush. In 1910, George and Emily Anderson bought 160 acres across the south end of Swan Lake to farm, steadily acquiring more land to raise pigs, beef and hay. Family members gradually subdivided off parcels of land from the 1930’s until 2005 when the regional district, North Okanagan Naturalist Club and Ducks Unlimited bought the last 123 acres for the Swan Lake Nature Reserve Park across the highway from here. Look to the east across the creek to catch glimpses of the farm remnants – the entry gate and a lovely big wood barn with outbuildings.
 
Head up to the walking bridge for a nice stop, then return to the cul-de-sac and down the sidewalk for a stroll through the meadow for another .4 km. This remnant marsh patch was restored in 2011 by the Allan Brooks Nature Centre as an educational wetland project. All kinds of marsh birds and ducks share the tiny pond. 
 
Red-winged Blackbirds throaty trill fills the air. The males flash their brilliant red shoulder patches when landing atop shrubs. From November till leaf-out in May look for the massive Great Blue Heron nests in the tall cottonwoods at Vernon’s Heronry. From spring to fall, the huge herons, with their long necks forward and legs dangling back, fly over here from the nests to their pantry - Swan Lake. Wondering why the herons are there? Read the heron sign.
 
From Deleenheer Rd. to 48th Ave:
Here's a pleasant, flat .6 km creekside stroll along a meandering boardwalk with lots of summer shade from cottonwoods and willows. You're walking through a residential area but hardly know it except for the lovely rose bushes, tulips and other garden plants spilling into the cottonwoods and horsetails on the creek’s edges. Interpretive signs here describe the creek and cottonwood habitats. Beware! Rushing run-off water from April to June is forceful. Keep dogs on leash!
 
All photos by Roseanne Van Ee – Outdoor Discoverie

Coldstream Valley Trails - Distance: 3.5 km in 3 sections

Trail rating: Easy

Coldstream Valley Trails – 3 sections
 
Sweet country charm defines the Coldstream Valley. The fertile valley, tucked between grassy and forested hillsides, stretches from Kalamalka Lake east towards the Monashee Mountain backdrop. The Coldstream Ranch, founded in 1863, sprawls below. It’s one of BC’s largest and oldest continuingly working ranches. One of its previous owners, Lord Aberdeen, kick-started the orchard industry here in the 1890’s.
 
Enjoy any one of the three Grey Canal trail sections for a quick leg stretch with magnificent, panoramic valley scenery or combine all three for outstanding North Okanagan and Coldstream Valley views. Sunrise and sunset hikes are exceptional here.
 

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Here are some details on each section:
 

Coldstream Valley Estates to East Vernon

Easy Trail Section – .65 km
You round the corner of Vernon Hill on this short viewpoint hike overhanging the Okanagan and Coldstream valleys. Pan the expansive landscape from Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, past Middleton Mountain, down Kalamalka and Okanagan Lakes through Coldstream and Vernon to Swan Lake. Wow!  In a 15 minute hike you have it all!
 
See if you can spot the historic Grey Canal from Bella Vista, past Turtle Mountain to Blue Jay Subdivision above Swan Lake. Most of the city’s development is below the abandoned irrigation canal. The Coldstream Estates Trail is part of the Grey Canal system that encircled the Valley for 50 kms delivering water to farms and orchards from the early 1900’s to the 1970’s. If your eyes aren’t glued to the spectacular scenery, then note the variety of attractive native shrubs along the trail on your way back. This is an undeveloped bit of hillside woodland with mixed native tree species of Black Cottonwood, Trembling Aspen and Douglas Maple on Crown Land. In May and June honeysuckle, hawthorn, Saskatoon, roses and Red-osier Dogwood flowers decorate the path. Small birds flit and chip through the trees while raptors and swallows soar in the updrafts. Swallowtails and many other butterflies flutter among the Blue Lupines and hillside wildflowers.
 
Take the Moderate Trail Section (there’s a sign) on a steady uphill slope for a nice cardio workout to a viewpoint bench. The path carries on even steeper to a rewarding sweeping viewpoint past Swan Lake and through the Spallumcheen to Mt. Rose-Swanson (with more hiking trails).
 

Coldstream Centennial Project.

Start on the north end of this .9 km section of the historic Grey Canal. It follows the ditch walkers berm and is bounded by the prominent white fences of the Coldstream Estates. The Coldstream Valley views are magnificent! An ancient volcanic core, Bluenose Mountain, looms ahead to the east.
 
The Saskatoon and rose shrubbery is lush. A lovely arched willow bower and shady cottonwoods offer respite on a hot summer’s day. Tall Showy Milkweed (it’s not a weed) grows along the trail. Its large- headed clusters of lovely pinky-white fragrant flowers bloom in June.
 
Carry on .2 km up road to the next section of the Grey Canal or return to parking.
 

Coldstream Valley Estates To Coldstream Ranch.

Follow an old ranch road along Vernon Hill’s grassy slope for a supreme view of the Coldstream Valley and Bluenose Mountain. It’s wide open and a great choice for groups on the wide trail. In spring, Blue Lupines, Wild Sunflowers and other grassland wildflowers decorate the slope. If you’re lucky, a massive Golden Eagle may rise up and float along the hillside above you.
 
At some points you’re walking right in the old Grey Canal ditch built with rocks and later reinforced with concrete. The 2.5 km trail takes you to a cottonwood creek gully filled with bird calls and a cattle-worn creek. Look up to the left on the far side for remains of Grey Canal flume.
 
Cattle (including bulls) graze on hillsides beyond the gulley so it’s best to return or head uphill on the trail before the gulley for grander views of the Coldstream Valley right down to another volcanic core, Camel’s Hump. On your return, enjoy views of Kalamalka Lake and the park.
 
All photos Roseanne VanEe –Outdoor Discoveries

Silver Star Foothills Trail - Distance 2.7 km

Trail rating: Easy with moderate sections

Silver Star Foothills Trail
 
Join dog walkers, chatting friends and joggers on this most popular section of the Grey Canal Trails - a 2.5 Km undulating wide, packed dirt trail loop on an open slope. Visitors driving up Silver Star Road to the trailhead are astounded at the mass of spacious homes with windows for walls and immense balconies all facing downhill. No wonder; each home in the Foothills subdivision has million dollar views. The Ribbons of Green, Vernon’s trail enthusiasts group, worked with the developer to secure this first section of the historic Grey Canal Trail.
 

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The panorama sweeps from Coldstream through Vernon and up the Spallumcheen Valley. From the upper path, the double hump of Mt. Ida above Salmon Arm looms to the north. Catch glimpses of Kalamalka and Okanagan Lakes. You're trekking above Swan Lake from end to end. You pass above hobby farmyards with horses, llamas and pigeons. You feel like a part of the scenery.
 
The hillside slopes are weedy from years of cattle grazing, but wild sunflowers, lupines and wild roses still add spring color. An intoxicating scent of cottonwood buds fills the spring air. The lower path passes through a thicket of native shrubs including aspen, hawthorn, saskatoon, wild roses, chokecherries and snowberries, which a multitude of birds enjoy.
 
Interpretive signs describing the building of the Grey Canal irrigation system are on the east end. You’re following the ditch walker’s berm above the old canal on the lower path. Watch for a concrete back eddy near one of the signs. The ditch walker would raise a wood water gate and then measure the volume of delivered water flowing into the farm or orchard ditch using his stopwatch for billing.
 
If you head north, past Rugg Road, the Grey Canal Trail sections go on for 3.5 km. The last section has the most interesting remains of the old canal with sheet metal flumes suspended by wood trestles. To the east, across Silver Star Rd, is a connecting trail that takes you to the bottom of the BX Creek Trail or you can stay on the Grey Canal system that crosses the creek and goes up into the north BX area and onto the elusive Magnetic Hill - urban myth or reality? See if you can figure it out.
 
Pick up the excellent Grey Canal Trail brochure at the Vernon Visitor Centre.
 
The Greater Vernon Water Services Engineering Department has another excellent site describing the Grey Canal’s history. Click here for the page. http://www.rdno.ca/index.php/services/engineering/water/greater-vernon-water/from-a-single-irrigation-ditch
 
All photos Roseanne VanEe –Outdoor Discoveries
 

BX Creek & Falls Trail - Distance: 2.7 km

Trail rating: Moderate with short steep sections

BX Creek & Falls Trail
(Tillicum Road Entrance)
Looking for a pleasant, cool hike on a hot summer’s day...or an exciting waterfall pool to dip your toes into...or a uniquely challenging winter workout on snowshoes? BX Creek and Falls Trail is it! Step down into a cool, refreshing canyon of cedars, firs, cottonwoods, birch and ferns to follow BX Creek as it cascades downhill. Dappled sunlight peeks into this gorge.
 

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BX Creek and Falls rage from April to June as snowmelt runoff water roars downhill from Silver Star Mountain. Then in summer and autumn, the trail becomes a tranquil respite from the valley’s heat. In winter, hikers can test their snowshoeing skills.
 
From the Tillicum Road trailhead take a short hike to the waterfalls or waterfall viewpoint, or head past the viewpoint for a longer creekside hike. The trail splits to descend down to a shallow pool at the foot of BX Falls along a steep descending trail. Linger a while to reflect on the powerful journey of water as it flows from Silver Star Mountain, then pours over BX Falls, through Vernon and into Swan Lake. Or, carry to the waterfall's viewpoint for a quick peak and photo op.
 
From the viewpoint, hikers with sturdy footwear can descend down a steep, winding stairway to follow a delightful undulating creekside trail downhill for a total 3.7 km hike. Pause on one of the wood bridges that crisscross the creek. This is not a loop, so plan a shuttle from the lower Star Road entrance or retrace your steps uphill. It takes about 1 – 1.5 hr. one way.
 
Families, friends and hiking groups enjoy visiting on this trail along with joggers looking for a great cardiovascular workout. Watch your footing and your children when the water is raging in spring. Watch for lush canyon plants like Devil's Club, Wild Ginger, horsetails and ferns thriving in the cool, moist canyon.
 
En route, the trail reveals evidence of historic logging and agricultural water supply. Stumps remain from the Western Red Cedars which were hand sawn for shakes and poles from the early 1900’s. Second growth Douglas–fir, Western Larch and Spruce replaces the chain sawed timber removed for building materials during the 1950’s. Watch for the remains of old bridges, a dam, flumes and channels that fed BX Creek water into the Grey Canal irrigation system.
 
Approaching the end of the trail at Star Road are bits and pieces of the Grey Canal flume that siphoned across BX Creek canyon to the Foothills. The Vernon Irrigation District drew water from BX Creek from 1921-’57 through a 86 cm (34”) wood stave pipeline into the Grey Canal system. Look carefully for remnants of a dam, channels, flumes and retaining ponds.
 
At the lower entrance, turn right and cross Star Road. A short connector trail leads to the Silver Star Foothills Trail – a section of the Grey Canal. Or, walk through the parking area on Star Road and descend downhill to a bridge that crosses BX Creek for the East Vernon section of the Grey Canal.
 
What’s BX?
BX Ranch – Thriving During The Cariboo Gold Rush Era Francis Jones Barnard purchased 6,300 acres (2,550 ha) from the crown in 1864 to fatten cattle and raise express ponies used on his stage coach runs from the Valley to the Cariboo. The BX Ranch housed Barnard’s Express (with the BX brand); the largest freighting company in B.C. BX Creek supplied water for the wintering horses. BX Ranch was sold in 1906 and subdivided into small orchard lots. This started a subdivision frenzy. From 1906 to 1914 a colossal 29 mile (50 km) canal surrounding Vernon was built to irrigate these lots - the Grey Canal.
 
Sections of the abandoned irrigation canal way, which cuts across the hillside slopes, are being acquired and developed into The Grey Canal Trail system. Its views are spectacular!
 
You can pick up a BX Creek & Falls brochure from the Vernon Visitor Centre.
 
All photos Roseanne VanEe –Outdoor Discoveries

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Vernon’s Top Ten Trails for Visitors

1. BX Creek & Falls Trail

(Tillicum Road Entrance)
Trail rating: Moderate with short steep sections
Distance:  2.7 km
Looking for a pleasant, cool hike on a hot summer’s day...or an exciting waterfall pool to dip your toes into...or a uniquely challenging winter workout on snowshoes? BX Creek and Falls Trail is it! Step down into a cool, refreshing canyon of cedars, firs, cottonwoods, birch and ferns to follow BX Creek as it cascades downhill. Dappled sunlight peeks into this gorge. BX Creek and Falls rage from April to June as snowmelt runoff water roars downhill from Silver Star Mountain. Then in summer and autumn, the trail becomes a tranquil respite from the valley’s heat. In winter, hikers can test their snowshoeing skills. Get full details on BX Creek & Falls Trail.
 

2. BX Creek Delta Trail

Trail rating:  Easy

Distance: 1.4 km

Need a break from shopping? Right behind Walmart and Rona, in the busy commercial area in north Vernon, is a great natural leg-stretch. It's flat and mostly shaded. Even though the open areas are jungly with weeds and is located beside the highway, the trail's wide boardwalks with overhanging willows, Black Cottonwoods, Red-Osier Dogwoods and interpretive signs make this a pleasant retreat from the north end bustle. Locals love it!  Get full details on BX Creek Delta Trail

3. Coldstream Valley Trails – 3 sections

Sweet country charm defines the Coldstream Valley. The fertile valley, tucked between grassy and forested hillsides, stretches from Kalamalka Lake east towards the Monashee Mountain backdrop. The Coldstream Ranch, founded in 1863, sprawls below. It's one of BC's largest and oldest continuingly working ranches. One of its previous owners, Lord Aberdeen, kick-started the orchard industry here in the 1890's. Get full details on Coldstream Valley Trial
 

4. Silver Star Foothills Trail

Trail rating: Easy with moderate sections

Distance: 2.7 km

Join dog walkers, chatting friends and joggers on this most popular section of the Grey Canal Trails - a 2.5 Km undulating wide, packed dirt trail loop on an open slope. Visitors driving up Silver Star Road to the trailhead are astounded at the mass of spacious homes with windows for walls and immense balconies all facing downhill. No wonder; each home in the Foothills subdivision has million dollar views. The Ribbons of Green, Vernon's trail enthusiasts group, worked with the developer to secure this first section of the historic Grey Canal Trail.  Get full details on Silver Star Foothills Trail.
 

5.Turtle Mountain Trail

Trail rating: Easy with short steep sections

Distance: 0.7 km

Walk beside an ancient lava flow wall above Downtown Vernon with an easterly panorama sweeping from Coldstream through Vernon with great views of Middleton Mountain, Silver Star and Swan Lake. It's the best short trail (.7 km) orienting you to the city. This hot, dry hillside trail gets shaded in the afternoon. It's best enjoyed mid-morning till mid-afternoon in spring and fall, or early mornings and evenings in summer. This is a section of the historic Grey Canal with old siphons found along the trail.  Get full details on Turtle Mountain Trail.
 

6. Juniper & Crest Trails At Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park

Trail rating: Moderate

Distance: 2.4 km

Wind your way through scenic Coldstream roads to arrive at the gem of the Okanagan - Kalamalka Lake
Provincial Park. This photogenic sprawling 3,700 ha nature park will tickle your senses. A bunchgrass and Ponderosa Pine landscape undulates over striped gneiss rock layers that roll off gorgeous Kalamalka Lake - "the lake of many colors". The 2.5 km Juniper and Crest Trails loop is a marvelous introduction to the park. Get full details on Juniper & Crest Trails.
 

7. Kalamalka Lake Lookout Road Trail

Trail rating: Easy

Distance: 1.7 km

Just above Kalamalka Lake and below Highway 97 lies Vernon's flattest, widest paved trail. Walk, wheel, push or pull your way along this abandoned highway route for up to 2.5 km. The occasional car may drive by as it serves as a local road to adjacent properties. Park at the local's favorite Kal Lake Lookout scenic viewpoint. Visitors, guided tours, and locals stop here in all seasons to soak in the views and admire Kalamalka - "the lake of many colours". Get full details on Kalamalka Lake Lookout Road Trail.
 

8. Longacre Trail

Trail rating:  Easy with moderate sections

Distance: 2.0 km

 

Longacre Trail is all about the views - rolling hills and water, cloudscapes, sunsets, or open moonlit night skies. This wide, paved 1.7 km walkway gently winds along the open hillside above Okanagan Landing subdivisions east of downtown and above The Strand and Paddlewheel Park. It's a marvelous trail in winter, spring or fall. Get full details on Longacre Trail.
 

9. Middleton Mountain Trails

Trail rating: Moderate with short steep sections

Distance: 2.1 km

If you don't mind an uphill start, this knob of land, that straddles Vernon and Coldstream, gives the best orientation to Greater Vernon and its surrounding landscape. Middleton Mountain dominantly stands out from the valley bottom. It's actually not a mountain. Even the taller and bigger mound across Highway 6 is Vernon Hill. Get full details on Middleton Mountain Trails.
 

10. Polson Park Trail

Trail rating: Easy

Distance: 0.8 km

Here's a short, pleasant trail perfect for chilling out or just stretching your legs and perfect for a picnic in the heart of town. It's in Polson Park, the heritage tree-filled city grounds edging downtown, bordered by Highways 97 and 6 and below the Vernon Jubilee Hospital. This gem of a park is jam-packed with activities, facilities and attractions. Kids love it!  Get full details on Polson Park Trail.
 

11. Swan Lake Nature Reserve Trail

Trail rating: Easy

Distance: 1.8 km

The first thing that hits you at the trailhead is the panoramic landscape. Yes, more views like so many other trails in Vernon, but this time you're on the valley bottom and surrounded by 360° jaw-dropping scenery. With pastoral rolling grasslands flanked by forested hills beyond, Swan Lake lies below you and an expansive prairie-style blue sky is above. You're standing in one mighty big field and may question why it's not used. Well, it is!  Get full details on Swan Lake Nature Reserve Trail.
 
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Vernon's Top 10 Trails

The Vernon community (Vernon, Coldstream and surrounding neighborhoods) is nestled at the top of the Okanagan Valley with three lakes surrounded by bunchgrass slopes and forested hills. Like the top of a magic wand, valleys radiate out in all directions.

This is a community that loves walking on its many scenic trails. Choose a trail to enhance your visit. The expansive scenery and cloudscapes can be overwhelming, but relax, breathe the fresh air and unwind.

Follow a historic irrigation canal - turned trail - to discover our history or a wetland meadow once farmed as a hayfield and now returned to a wildlife sanctuary. Chat up a storm with our friendly locals. Enjoy a variety of trails in any season from open hillside, hilltop and meadow pathways with breathtaking views to bask in the fall, winter and spring, to forested or canyon creekside trails for refreshing cover in summer. Summer’s long, lingering sunrise and sunset hours create dramatic walking photo opportunities, too.

You'll need a hat, sunglasses and water most days of the year when hiking in the dry, sunny, warm Okanagan. Binoculars magnify your viewing pleasure by delving deeper into the picturesque landscape helping you spot the abundant birds, butterflies and other critters flourishing in our community. Bring your camera! You can pick up more information, brochures, maps and advice from the Vernon Visitor Centre.
 

Here are the Top Ten Trails* for you to enjoy:

  1. BX Creek & Falls Trail
  2. BX Creek Delta
  3. Coldstream Valley Estates
  4. Silver Star Foothills
  5. Turtle Mountain
  6. Twin Bays and Crest Trail - Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park
  7. Kalamalka Lookout Trail
  8. Longacre Trail
  9. Middleton Mountain Trails
  10. Polson Park Trail
  11. Swan Lake Nature Reserve Park Trail

(*ok, it’s really 10 and a bonus!)

Kalamalka Provincial Park

The Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park in the Okanagan Valley, one of the Top Ten Trails in Vernon, is a mixture of desert grasslands, wetlands, canyons and forests filled with ponderosa pine, black cottonwood and douglas-fir trees. The highlights of the park include the large lake, the sandy beaches and the 14km network of trails. There are three main bays located on Kalamalka Lake; Jade, Juniper and Cosens Bays. Jade Bay is less populated and Juniper Bay is larger, and therefore more popular, thus providing more amenities like picnic tables, a swimming area, grass lawns, some pit toilets and viewing benches. 

Swimming, canoeing, picnicking and sun tanning are popular in the park because of the green-blue waters of Kalamalka Lake, the secluded coves and the sandy beaches. Hiking, biking, jogging, horseback riding and cross country skiing are enjoyed in the park because of the large network of paved and gravel trails. For more information view  the trail map or the Kalamalka park website.

Ellison Provincial Park

Ellison Provincial Park is a very popular summer park located southwest of the community of Vernon. The recreation destination park is situated on the eastern shores of Okanagan Lake and is popular for swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, camping and diving. Ellison Provincial Park is 200 hectares in size and is dominated by stands of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. Six kilometers of hiking trails provide an excellent opportunity to explore and see unique plants and animal life. The trails vary in difficulty, both in grade and terrain, and there are some wheelchair accessible sections of trail. Amenities include flush toilets, showers, running water and an outdoor amphitheatre, a playground, picnic tables and a large grass lawn area. For more information, view the trail map or Ellison park website.

Kekuli Bay Provincial Park 

This 2.5 km earthy-gravel walking path around Kekuli Bay Provincial Park explores the grassland hills, providing views of the valley and lake. Some of the attractions are the wildflowers, birds and large rodent type animals that all flourish within the park. Amenities include showers, power, flush toilets, a children's playground area, as well as picnic tables. For more information, view the  trail map or Kekuli Bay park website

Okanagan High Rim Trail 

Okanagan High Rim Trail is a 55 km trail along the eastern slopes of the Thompson Plateau from Vernon to Mission Creek, just east of Kelowna. The trail explores many diverse ecosystems and provides open sections with fantastic views of the valley, as well as canopied sections that allow exploration of the wilderness forests. 

In total, the trail should take no longer then 3-4 days to complete, although most casual hikers will find that it is best hiked in shorter sections; there are numerous access points (or trail heads) making it possible for shorter day hikes. Overall the Okanagan High Rim Trail is well marked, but plan your route ahead and use regular trail safety procedures. The main trail head in the north is located at the Cosens Bay Gate of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. The south trail head is located on Philpott Road of Highway 33. For more information contact the Vernon Outdoors Club. View map.

For more detailed information on the High Rim Trail, check out this website:  www.cabinforestry.com/rec-trails.  It has an amazing Google Earth map of the trail as a kmz file.  You will also find a file with all the route's GPS coordinates and printable PDF files of various sections. 

Silver Star Mountain 

Get your hiking boots on and lose yourself in the surroundings. The hiking trails will take you around Silver Star Mountain to see wildflowers, birds and breath-taking scenery. A great way to get out and enjoy fresh mountain air filled with fragrant wildflowers.  Try a nature tour, go for a hike and take a picnic. Wander your way down to the Comet Express Six-Pack to access Silver Star’s hiking trails, or leave from the village. 

The use of the hiking trails at Silver Star Mountain Resort are complimentary. However, if you wish to use the Comet Express Six-Pack or the Summit Chairlift to start your hike, a ticket is required, which can be purchased from the in-resort village ticket office. Silver Star is open seven days a week from June 27 to August 31, 2014. For more information view the trail map of the Silver Star Mountain website

There is a wide variety of hiking in the Vernon area to accomodate any age and energy level. For more maps and information please visit Greater Vernon Parks and Rec or the Ribbons of Green Trails Society.

 

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Thanks for clicking through to the Vernon website and for doing a ‘virtual visit’ to Vernon.  You are most welcome to ‘make it yours’ for a day, for a weekend or for the best time of your life.

Please feel free to explore the site, or check out our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.  If you prefer a little one on one time, or have a specific interest, please call a local at 1.855.641.6414 or drop by our Visitor Centre at 701  Hwy 97 South or the Vernon Discovery Centre on Hwy 97 North (accessible only to southbound traffic).  We can help you plan your trip and make reservations.

So now that you are here, you are probably asking yourself…..what’s so special about Vernon?  Well let’s start with what we have in common with other Okanagan communities, namely beautiful Okanagan weather, great beaches, orchards and farms, galleries, studios and museums; and lastly wonderful events all year.

What makes Vernon unique:

  • An abundance of great family friendly attractions like Davison Orchards, Planet Bee, Okanagan Science Centre (the only one of its kind in the Interior of BC), O’Keefe Ranch, Allan Brooks Nature Centre and Atlantis Waterslides.
  • BC’s first distillery – Okanagan Spirits which is now a World Master Class distillery.
  • Vernon is the oldest community in the Okanagan.  Settled in the mid 1800s; it’s incorporation dates from 1892.  Beautiful stately mansions in the East Hill neighbourhoods as well as some lovely downtown buildings; reflect this history.
  • Speaking of history, Vernon history is artistically represented in the 26 (soon to be 27) downtown murals that tell the story of the people and events that shaped our community.  You can book a tour with the Downtown Vernon Assn. or pick up a map for a self guided walk.
  • Vernon has three lakes and there are public beaches on Okanagan Lake and Kalamalka Lake.  Swan Lake has a wonderful bird sanctuary on the south edge and is a great spot for fishing, rowing, canoeing and kayaking.
  • Vernon is home to the longest running winter festival in Western Canada – Vernon Winter Carnival is now in its 52nd year! (even if we don’t want to think of winter right now!!)
  • In 2011, Vernon is celebrating and honouring the 100th anniversary of Camp Vernon.  Over 800 Army Cadets from throughout Canada continue to use Camp Vernon as their summer training facility. 
  • Fishing is part of our lifestyle because there are over 100 fishing lakes within one hour of our downtown.
  • Vernon has a magnetic hill, located on Dixon Dam Road near Silver Star.  You can stop your car at this specific spot and it appears that you are rolling uphill.
  • Vernon is home to Canada’s first “Precious Opal” deposit and you can visit the Opal Miner’s Gift shop  to see this wonderful treasure.
  • Over 100 Olympic medals were won by Olympians that trained pre-games on the trails at Sovereign Lake Nordic centre and Silver Star Mountain.  (I know, we shouldn’t talk about winter, but we are still proud of our winter activities!!)
  • Not one, not two but THREE Farmer’s Markets each week.  Mondays and Thursday mornings at the Wesbild Centre and Friday late afternoon/evening on the parking lot near Sport Chek.  Eating local is as easy as pie in Vernon.
  • Did you know that you can scuba dive here in Vernon?  OK, it may not be the Great Barrier Reef, but there is an interesting wreck off Otter Bay at Ellison Provincial Park.  A perfect place to do a little underwater exploring.
  • Speaking of parks, in addition to some amazing city and regional public parks and trail systems, there are 5 provincial parks adjacent to Vernon.  New this year, you don’t have to pay for parking at any of the provincial parks, so you can enjoy your stay without checking your watch!  Ellison Park is located along Eastside Road on Okanagan Lake.  It has great mountain bike and hiking trails, the underwater park, camping, yurts for rent, and great picnic sites.   Kalamalka Lake is home to wonderful rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking trails, terrific picnic spots overlooking beautiful Kal Lake.  Silver Star Provincial Park is home to Silver Star Mountain Resort and Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre.  Silver Star has hiking trails and the resort is home to a downhill mountain bike park with chair lift for riders and their rides!  This year they will host some great mountain bike events including “Goat Style”.  Kekuli Bay is located just south of Vernon on Kalamalka Lake.  It has camping and a good boat launch.  Fintry Provincial Park is located on Westside Road and was originally a farm.  They have tours of the farm area, a great hike to Fintry Falls and lots of camping including group sites. 
  • Did you know that Vernon was selected as the most entrepreneurial city in BC in 2009?  What that means is that we have the lifestyle that so many people are looking for in this interconnected world we live in.
  • Did you also know that in 2005, the American television network CBS News reported that Vernon was one of the six best retirement cities in North America, according to a study by Consumer Reports and retirement author Warren Bland?  Halifax was the only other Canadian City on this list.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Here is just a taste of Vernon events... click Events to see all the events and all the details

June

  • International Gravity Sports – North American Longboarding Championships - June 11-12
  • Kalamalka Classic SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) Races - June 18 - 19
  • Sunshine Festival (downtown Vernon) - June 18
  • Funtastic Sport and Music Festival (featuring Glass Tiger) - June  30 - July 3

July

  • John Fogerty in Concert - July 14
  • Polson Pouring - Okanagan Summer Wine Festival event at Polson Park - July 17
  • Rare Earth Music Festival - July 23 - 24
  • Komasket Music Festival - July 29 - 31

August

  • Sun Valley Cruise In - Aug 6 - 7
  • Goat Style Bike Festival - Aug 11 - 13
  • Interior Provincial Exhibition - Aug 31 - Sep 4

2010 Vernon Visitor Guide

The 2010 Vernon Visitor Guide is full of information and ideas to help you plan your next visit to beautiful Vernon, BC.

What are you looking for?

Interests

Vernon and surrounding area is home to a number of artisans and creative performers who add a vibrant and unique sense of culture to the North Okanagan.  A selection of art galleries, live theatre venues, musical performances, craft fairs, festivals and much more make Vernon a colourful place to live and visit. And don't forget our fabulous outdoors! Outdoor activities are plentiful and will appeal to those with a mild - or wild! - sense of adventure. Hiking, climbing, skiing, swimming, paddling, snowshoeing and biking are just a few of the activities to keep the avid outdoorsmen and women busy.

 Be sure to click on each category heading for a list of events that corrresponds to your interests.

 

 

 

 

 

Calendar

There's always something happening in Vernon, our events calendar is updated regularly with new events.

Join us from June 11 to 13 when Vernon participates in “Tourist in Your Own Town,” a promotion celebrating National Tourism Awareness Week (June 6-13, 2010). Get to know Vernon and all it has to offer – you’ll be amazed at how much there is to see and do.

Various businesses around town are offering special discounts and savings so drop by and play tourist in your own town. You’ll remember why Vernon  is such a great place to live!

 

 

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Tourism Industry

News and Views for the tourism sector in the Vernon Area.

The Tourism Industry in Vernon is alive and well!  You can click on "News" for more information, tourism research, trends and industry updates.   

MARKETING FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR TOURISM BUSINESSES AND INITIATIVES

We also have funds set aside  to help support marketing efforts and that means there are now many opportunities to partner with Tourism Vernon to help market our community and your experiences.  We welcome inquiries from Vernon area tourism businesses or you can check out the 'industry news' section for the latest information.  If you have an idea you'd like to talk about, you can contact Michelle Jefferson at 250.550.3649.    Don't miss your opportunity to get involved. 
 

TOURISM VERNON INDUSTRY INSIGHTS BLOG - http://tourismvernonindustry.wordpress.com

This is a platform to share industry successes, updates, insights, and resources with the many tourism stakeholders that we work with and support. We hope you find our posts insightful and we encourage you to contact us with feedback and insights of your own. Here are a few of the most recent posts:

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Industry News

Snippets, tidbits, reports, research, stats and background info for the industry.

For tourism businesses in Vernon, our 2013 Marketing Plan is now online and it includes ways for you to get involved with marketing projects this year.  Check it out!

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2014 Vernon Visitor Guide

The 2014 Vernon Visitor Guide is full of information and ideas to help you plan your next visit to beautiful Vernon, BC.

Click through the visitor guide below or download the guide in PDF format (4.2MB)

Check out the stories in our 2013 Visitor Guide, 2012 Visitor Guide, 2011 Visitor Guide and 2010 Visitor Guide!

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Event Planners

Meetings, Events and Tournaments

Meeting Planners

Download the 2011 Event Planner GuideA thousand things to do....and little time to do it! This is the challenge that all meeting planners face.

Let Tourism Vernon assist with your next meeting in our area. Whether it’s having a meeting on a mountaintop or a refreshment break by the lake; we are here to make planning your next meeting in Vernon a lot easier..and a lot quicker.

We can provide:

  • Accommodation referrals
  • Activity suggestions
  • Restaurant lists
  • Entertainment ideas
  • Pre/post tour itinerary plans
  • Local contact information
  • Suggestions for spousal programs

 

Event Planners

Every event planner knows the challenges of setting up a great event in a destination. Tourism Vernon can assist you with making your event an overwhelming success. And we have the track record to prove it.

Here are just a few events that we assisted with:

  • 2012 BC Winter Games
  • 2011 Sparkling Hill Masters World Cup
  • 2008 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship
  • 2005 World Cross Country Ski Event
  • Annual Funtastic Softball event
  • Annual Winter Carnival (largest in Western Canada)
  • Rare Earth Jazz & Blues Festival
  • Greater Vernon Dragonboat Festival

We can provide:

  • Accommodation referrals
  • Activity suggestions
  • Restaurant lists
  • Entertainment ideas
  • Pre/post tour itinerary plans
  • Local contact information
  • Suggestions for spousal programs
  • Promotion assistance
  • Community liaison

Sport Tourism

Sport Tourism is one of the fastest emerging sectors in BC and Greater Vernon has been actively doing it for years. Whether it’s world class events like the 2008 Ford World Women’s Curling Championships or the 2008 Telus Skins Golf Tournament or more regional fun like our Funtastic Sport Festival, we can assist all sport event planners.

Tourism Vernon operates as part of the Tourism Services department of the City of Vernon. We work in close partnership with sport organizations in our community including our own Recreation department. What does that mean? That it’s very easy to do some one-stop shopping when planning your next sporting event in our community.

What we (and our friends down the hall) can do:

  • Venue descriptions, inventories and allocation
  • Hosting experience
  • Community engagement (volunteers, transportation, accommodation, suppliers)
  • Event extras (social activity suggestions)
  • Bid support
  • Event promotion

Another resource for event planners that can assist in many large events is in the search and recruitment of volunteers. The Volunteer Bureau is a great resource for those looking to be a volunteer or those looking to recruit volunteers. Contact them through their website http://www.socialplanning.ca/volunteering.html  or by calling (250) 545-0585. 

Contact:

Michelle Jefferson
Manager, Tourism Services
The City of Vernon
Vernon, BC V1B 3W4
P: (250) 550-3649
E: mjefferson@vernon.ca

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A picture is worth a thousand words....but what if you have a thousand pictures?

There are so many great shots of Vernon that we were hard-pressed to select just a few for our website.  We also have many available on our Facebook site just search for Tourism Vernon and enjoy the latest news and photos from our beautiful area.

  • Armstrong

    Armstrong is located 23 km north of Vernon and is home to the famous Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede. Armstrong is also known for its diverse agriculture and heritage buildings and boasts a charming old west image in the downtown area.
  • Cherryville

    Cherryville is located approximately 50 km east of Vernon, along Highway 6, and is home to approximately 1,000 people. Nestled at the base of the Monashee Mountains, Cherryville is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and artisans alike.

  • Coldstream

    Coldstream is located just minutes east of Vernon and surrounds the north end of Kalamalka Lake, extending through the beautiful cold stream valley. 

  • Enderby

    Enderby is located 40 km north of Vernon along the banks of the Shuswap River and in the shadow of the Enderby cliffs. It’s a quaint town surrounded by several farm and garden markets, offering an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables from spring through fall.

  • Falkland

    Falkland is located 42 km northwest of Vernon. This small community is a haven for those who love the outdoors all year long. Falkland boasts 10 lakes within 10 miles and is also home to the Falkland Stampede.

  • Kamloops

    Kamloops is located 117 km northwest of Vernon. Like many other cities and towns in the Thompson Okanagan, it offers an abundance of recreational opportunities all year round. Kamloops is referred to as Canada's Tournament Capital and is home to 85,000 people. 

  • Kelowna

    Kelowna is located 47 km south of Vernon and is the largest and fastest growing city in the Okanagan. Kelowna is the region’s cultural and economic hub and is home to 115,000 people. Set against a spectacular backdrop of mountains and lakes, Kelowna is a great place to golf, fish, hike, ski, and enjoy water sports. 

  • Lake Country

    The District of Lake Country is located 20 km south of Vernon, near the centre of the Okanagan Valley – it is made up of four distinct neighbourhood communities: Oyama, Winfield, Carr’s Landing and Okanagan Centre. 

  • Lumby

    Lumby is located approximately 30 minutes east of Vernon on Highway 6. Lumby is often referred to as the gateway to the Monashees and is the perfect starting point for a variety of outdoor adventures like fishing, hunting, hiking, or camping. 

  • Salmon Arm

    Salmon Arm is located 58 km north of Vernon and is situated at the southern most point of the Shuswap Lake. The Shuswap has become a world-famous recreation area, known for its mild four-season climate, outstanding natural beauty, clean waterways, abundant green space and pristine provincial parks.   

  • Silver Star

    Silver Star Mountain is located north east of Vernon, just a short 25-km drive away. Fun to visit all year round, Silver Star offers world-class skiing in the winter and magnificent mountain biking in the summer. Brightly coloured store fronts and boarded sidewalks provide a unique ambiance that radiates fun, enthusiasm and excitement for the whole family.
  • Spallumcheen

    Spallumcheen is located just minutes north of Vernon on the way to Armstrong.  This township is one of the oldest and largest municipalities in the southern Interior of BC and boasts a rich agricultural heritage. Encompassing 26,892 hectares (66,452 acres), Spallmucheen’s economy is driven by farming and ranching. 

  • Vernon

    For a day, a weekend, or the best time of your life, visit Vernon, located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. If you’ve never ventured off Highway 97 when travelling through the North Okanagan, we invite you to make a turn in the right direction and visit our family-friendly community.

     

    Vernon offers more than 100 lakes within a one-hour drive, world-class golf, mountain and wellness resorts, great beaches and trails, outstanding mountain biking, spectacular farmers’ markets three days a week, and family-friendly attractions and festivals.

     

    Check in, check it out and make Vernon yours!

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Moving to Vernon

The Okanagan's gentle climate, relaxed lifestyle and abundant recreational and cultural amenities have led to its international reputation as one of the most desirable places to live in Canada. 

With the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside and Okanagan, Kalamalka and Swan Lakes, Vernon has become both a major year-round vacation spot and an attractive place for those searching for the perfect balance of small-town charm and modern conveniences of urban living.

High tech, agriculture, tourism and manufacturing are some of the top sectors of our economy. Why not explore the possibilities of relocating, expanding or developing your business by contacting our Economic Development team.  We are here to help you make one of the best business decisions you will ever make.

Check out the Living in Vernon brochure, this relocation guide will help with your move to Vernon - welcome!   

For residential relocation, visit the City of Vernon's website - www.vernon.ca/lifestyles/relocating.html

For business relocation, contact:                                                                    

Kevin Poole, Economic Development Officer
Planning, Development and Engineering Services
Phone: (250) 550.3249
Email:  kpoole@vernon.ca

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Media News

What's so special about Vernon anyways?   We hope to answer that question in this section.  Check it out for story ideas, background information and other media resources.  Of course, if you are looking for something particular, please contact us so we can assist.  In the meantime, enjoy learning more about Vernon by looking through this section.

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Media

The Tourism Services department is here to assist journalists, travel writers, photojournalists and other media interested in our area.  In the MEDIA NEWS section, you will find our backgrounder document as well as some unique story angles that may intrigue you.

Our main objective is to help you get YOUR story. We understand the competitive world of writing and can assist with ‘behind the scenes’ information, fact checking and even provide story ideas about some of our unique attributes. Let us know what you are looking for, what your angle is, and we’ll be there for you.

Ways we can assist:

  • High res photos
  • High def video
  • Fact sheets
  • Background information
  • Interview contacts
  • Story ideas/angles

If you are hoping to visit us on a fam, please contact us and we will be happy to advise what we can do for you and your story.

Contact: Tourism Sevices, City of Vernon 1.250.550.3505

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Tourism Vernon is now operated as part of the City of Vernon. We are responsible for marketing our area and operating the Vernon Visitor Centre which is one of the Tourism BC network of approved information centers. The Vernon Visitor Centre is located at 3004, 39th Ave. We are open Monday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm. Starting June 20th, we will be open seven days a week, 9am - 6pm. We look forward to seeing you!

Playing a key role in tourism and its development in this area, Tourism Vernon can assist you with information, promotional materials, assist with organizing familiarization tours, and facilitating contacts between you and our community’s businesses and services.

Just ask us. We are here to help. 

 

Contact the Vernon Visitor Centre for visitor information or general inquiries.

3004 39th Ave, Vernon, BC, V1T 3C3  Phone: (250) 542-1415 or Toll Free 1-800-665-0795 

Fax 250.275.0114  

Contact Tourism Services for marketing or administration inquiries.

City of Vernon, 3001 - 32nd Avenue, Vernon BC  V1T 2L8 

Direct Number: (250) 550-3634

Please  Please note that our location on Google Maps is shown incorrectly, the correct location of the Visitor Information Centre is to the west of the rail crossing on 39th Avenue.

 
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While an effort is made to post only accurate information, Tourism Vernon does not guarantee that the information posted is always current or correct. Tourism Vernon does not warrant or make any representations as to the quality, content, accuracy or completeness of the information, text, graphics, links and other items contained on its web pages. Users should contact Tourism Vernon directly to request up to date information.

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 Take the stress out of planning your vacation from scratch and book a tour instead! From outdoor adventures, like ATVing and snowshoeing, to exploring the Okanagan's finest wineries and opals, you and your family can enjoy the Okanagan's greatest attractions when you sign up for a tour. Leave the planning to the experts and have fun!

Recently we partnered with Tourism Kamloops and Shuswap Tourism to support some of our outstanding agricultural experiences.  Check out our Full Circle Farm Tour if you are interested in local food experiences.

Download the Full Circle Farm Tours brochure - 8MB PDF

  • A Vines & Views Wine Tour

    Tour the Okanagan’s beautiful wine country with one of our friendly, knowledgeable tour guides. On your wine tour you will receive complimentary Vernon area hotel pick up and drop off in one of our comfortable, air conditioned vehicles. read more »

  • Big Bear ATV Canoe and Kayak Inc.

    We provide fun, adventure and unforgettable experiences in the great outdoors. Check out our ATV, Canoe and Kayak, Dog sledding tours. Our area of operations is in the North Okanagan BC from Vernon east to Lumby to the Monashee. Got your own ATV, Canoe or Kayak? No problem. Contact us if you want to come along. read more »

  • Bigger is Better Fishing Adventures & Tours

    Come join us for a bigger and better fishing adventure! We catch huge rainbow trout, Kokanee and Lake Trout on our beautiful local lakes - Lake Okanagan, Kalamalka Lake, Mabel Lake and The Shuswap. read more »

  • Coldstream Helicopters

    Scenic flights over the Okanagan Valley and Monashee Mountain. Coldstream Helicopters offer a variety of Heli-Tours ranging from 15 minutes to 3 hours in length. read more »

  • Downtown Mural Tours

    The Downtown Vernon Association invites you to take a FREE guided walking mural tour this summer. Come see one of the largest displays of public art in Canada, while exploring the history, culture, and folklore that made Vernon what it is today. read more »

  • Endless Destinations, Tours & Transportation

    Overnight and day tours to various locations in the interior of BC Available year round. read more »

  • Free Wind Sailing Charters and Tours

    Welcome aboard! Take the wheel, trim the sails, sit back and relax, cruise or take a dip as we explore the wonderful Okanagan Lake! read more »

  • Kingfisher Heliskiing

    Heliskiing and heliboarding operation near Vernon, BC. We operate in the famous Monashee Mountain Range in Keefer Lake Wilderness Resort tenure. read more »

  • MJO Wine Tours

    “Your Okanagan Valley Wine Tours Specialists”. MJO Tours offers daily wine tours throughout the valley with buses located in Osoyoos/Penticton (South Okanagan), Vernon/Kelowna (North Okanagan) and Salmon Arm (Shuswap). read more »

  • Monashee Powder Snowcats

    Monashee Powder Snowcats is located on Mount Tsuius in the heart of the Monashee Mountains. Accessed easily from Vernon, MPS is on the "weather" (western) side of the Monashee Mountains - an area famous for record-setting snowfalls - and boasts 17,000 acres (66 square km) of world-class terrain. read more »

  • Olive Us Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room

    Olive Us is an extraordinary tasting room experience! read more »

  • Opal Mine Tours

    Dig for treasure when you sign up for a day trip with Okanagan Opal. Let the experts show you how to dig for opals, and keep what you find. Advanced bookings are required, please call ahead or visit our website for more information. read more »

  • Orchard Tours at Davison Orchards

    Orchard tours run every day until 4 pm in the summer and then on weekends in the spring and fall. The cost is $4 for children aged two and over, and $6 for adults. Tours run on the hour every hour! Experience the orchards first hand and learn a bit about Vernon too a great way to spend an afternoon! read more »

  • Outdoor Discoveries

    Take a hiking, walking or snowshoe tour with award-winning nature tour guide Roseanne Van Ee on Silver Star Mountain, at Mabel Lake or other great places in and around Vernon. Join in on one of our pre-scheduled outdoor adventure tours, or have your own nature tour especially custom designed for your group. read more »

  • Rodney’s Reel Outdoors

    Experience fishing at its finest - enjoy a guided fishing trip on any of the Okanagan's numerous lakes. Four styles of fishing available to suit your needs. read more »

  • ShyLynn Ranch

    We invite guests to experience a true horseback riding adventure as we explore gorgeous trails throughout our private 160 acres. read more »

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Getting Around

Greater Vernon is served by a regional transit system as well as private shuttle and bus service, taxis, limousines and rental vehicles.

If you prefer non-motorized transportation, an extensive network of trails and pathways provide safe routes through the city to the lakes and outlying areas. 

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Travel Professionals

Tourism Vernon is here to help.

Every community brags about how wonderful they are, how great the weather is, how much there is to see and do. And guess what? Vernon is no different. So what follows is our little boast about our area.

Located in the northern region of British Columbia’s beautiful Okanagan Valley, our gentle climate, relaxed lifestyle and outstanding recreational and cultural experiences make Vernon & area one of the most desirable places to visit. As a year round destination, we offer a wide choice of amenities, experiences and places to stay. Vernon which was established in 1846, is a small city (population 36,000) surrounded by agricultural land, forests, mountains and, of course, lakes; including what has been called one of the most beautiful lakes in the world – Kalamalka Lake – the lake of many colours.

If you are considering Vernon or area as a travel destination for groups or FITs, let us assist you.  We can provide itineraries matched to your interests and requirements, we can recommend places to stay, dine and visit and put you in touch with the right people.  Just ask!

Contact:

Teresa Durning, Visitor Centre Supervisor or
Michelle Jefferson, Manager, Tourism Services

Vernon, BC 

TF:  800 - 665-0795
tdurning@tourismvernon.com

mjefferson@vernon.ca

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Entertainment

The Vernon area has so many different kinds of entertainment and fun things to do.  There is something of interest to everyone, rain or shine, summer or winter.  Just use the sorting menu on the right side of this page to filter your interests.

  • Caravan Farm Theatre

    Caravan Farm Theatre is a professional outdoor theatre company based on an 80 acre farm, 11Km NW of Armstrong BC. Hailed as a national treasure, Caravan Farm Theatre is one of Canada's premiere professional outdoor theatre companies, and has been entertaining audiences young and old, from near and far, since 1978. read more »

  • Checkers Bar & Grill

    Live Entertainment is featured most weekends - call us or check our Facebook Page to see who's playing next. read more »

  • Elks Lodge #45

    The Vernon Elks Lodge was instituted in 1920 and has played an active role in the community since that time. Our lodge is located at 3103 – 30th St, Vernon, BC. The Elks have a VISION, “to become the most progressive family focused organization in Canada, meeting community and member needs and expectations”. read more »

  • Galaxy Cinemas

    Cineplex theater with real D 3D projection (where listed), party rooms and 7 screens. read more »

  • Gallery Vertigo

    Gallery Vertigo is an artist-run centre for artistic innovation in the North Okanagan. Feel free to chat with artists at work in their studios. Conversation is the heart of Gallery Vertigo! read more »

  • Greater Vernon Recreation Services

    Greater Vernon Recreation Services offers a variety of opportunities for children, teens, adults and seniors; people of all income levels and people with disabilities, to get active. read more »

  • Kal Tire Place

    The sky is the limit for what activities and events Kal Tire Place can offer! Hockey, Events, Public Skates, Tradeshows, Conventions, Tournaments, and more. read more »

  • Olive Us Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room

    Olive Us is an extraordinary tasting room experience! read more »

  • Powerhouse Theatre

    Vernon's Community Theatre. The story of the Powerhouse is the story of how an abandoned, ivy-covered building became home to a group of talented, hard working volunteers who, over the course of the last fifty years, have won numerous awards and continue to put on quality shows to near sell-out audiences. read more »

  • Starlight Drive-In

    Welcome to the ultimate movie-going experience at North Americas largest drive-in screen. Enjoy movies under the stars - open May through September. Just 22 minutes north of Vernon on Highway 97A. read more »

  • Teeter Totter Toys

    The toy store with something for everyone! Fun for all ages! read more »

  • The Green

    The Green (formerly Sneakers), located in the Village Green Hotel, is the North Okanagan’s Live Music Venue on most weekends! Check out www.thegreen.ca for upcoming bands and other special events. read more »

  • Vernon And District Performing Arts Centre

    The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre is the premier entertainment venue in the charming city of Vernon, British Columbia. Situated conveniently between Vancouver, British Columbia and Calgary Alberta, Vernon is the largest city in the North end of the picturesque Okanagan Valley. Built in 2001, this facility boasts well-appointed backstage areas, a superb support staff and one of the most comfortable auditoriums in the province. Enjoy superior sound coverage and quality with less reliance on rental gear with the Centre’s exceptional Meyer Mina digital sound system installed in 2013. Performers, presenters and audiences alike regularly comment that this is one of the best facilities they have ever experienced. We encourage you to come and see for yourself! To purchase tickets, please go to http://www.ticketseller.ca. read more »

  • Vernon Community Arts Centre

    The Vernon Community Arts Centre (VCAC) is the name of the building in Polson Park which is managed by the Arts Council of the North Okanagan (ACNO). This is the place where art happens! There are a variety of professionally equipped studios to accommodate teaching and learning all types of art. read more »

  • Vernon Curling Club

    The Vernon Curling Club provides curling and social activities to people of all ages and abilities in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. read more »

  • Vernon Jazz Club

    Live music in a great atmosphere, the Vernon Jazz Club provides regular opportunities for our members and guests to hear good jazz and related musical genres. A venue for local and Okanagan Valley musicians as well as young jazz musicians in Vernon and the Valley. read more »

  • Vernon Public Art Gallery

    The Vernon Public Art Gallery is an important part of cultural tourism in the region, as well as being a centre for educational and cultural activities in the North Okanagan. read more »

  • Vernon Towne Cinema

    A second run art house and discount movie theatre designed to make movie-going more affordable ! read more »

  • Vernon Vipers Hockey Club

    Vernon's Junior A Hockey Team. read more »

  • Village Green Centre

    For Every Day. For Everyone. Village Green Centre features over 68 stores and services in the North Okanagan’s only enclosed shopping centre. read more »

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Places to Eat, Drink & Enjoy

We invite you to tempt your palate and dine out at one of several restaurants and eateries in Vernon. Choose from fine dining, family-friendly eateries, pubs, fast food restaurants, coffee shops or from one of several establishments featuring international cuisine. Experience a fabulous selection of food designed to delight a variety of tastes. 

 

 

  • 27 Street Grille

    A Casual Family Dining Restaurant at the Village Green Hotel. read more »

  • 34th Street Coffee House

    The only specialty coffee house West of 32nd Street - serving Spirit Bear Coffee, premium teas, and fresh homemade food.. Enjoy the new interior, or the fresh-air patio. read more »

  • Across Town Delivery

    No​​​​​ time to shop? Don't want to shop? Aren't able to shop? Across Town Delivery is the solution for you! read more »

  • Alexander’s Beach Pub

    Beach front pub on Kalamalka Beach. Huge patio, families welcome.
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  • Amarin Thai Restaurant

    The Amarin cooks up fragrant, colourful and delectable Thai dishes. The decor matches the cuisine to give customers the full Thai experience. read more »

  • Apple Lane Restaurant

    Offers fine Chinese and Canadian cuisine on fully licensed premises.Open Tues-Sat - 11am to 9pm. read more »

  • Asian Avenue

    Asian Avenue Restaurant is Vernon's best choice for Asian cuisine. Enjoy an intimate and relaxing dinner with your friends and families. We also prepare take out for casual home gatherings and occasions. read more »

  • Azteca Mexican Restaurant

    Authentic Mexican Cuisine - Tax Free every day all day
    Open for - Lunch, Dinner, Coffee, Drinks
    Outdoor seating available, Takes Reservations, Walk-Ins Welcome, Good For Groups, Good For Kids, Take Out

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  • Bamboo Beach Fusion Grille

    Visit the Bamboo Beach Fusion Grill for the perfect blend between East and West. A popular spot for a business lunch with an Asian twist. Reservations recommended - call ahead for hours. read more »

  • Bean Scene Coffee House

    Enjoy a fresh latte, espresso or fresh baked goods at this cozy little coffee house in the heart of downtown. read more »

  • Bean There Bistro

    Serving all day breakfast, homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, pita wraps & pizzas. read more »

  • Bean to Brew

    Located in the heart of beautiful downtown Vernon, British Columbia. Since 2003, we've been serving Vernon's best homemade borscht and soups, complimented by a delicious selection of locally baked breads and goodies. read more »

  • Bean to Cup

    Enjoy a cup of coffee indoors or on our outside patio. From professional service to professional quality to professional product. We are here for you! The only roasters in the Okanagan to serve our own beans. How cool is that, you'll just have to come in and check it our for yourself! read more »

  • Billy D’s Family Restaurant

    Welcome to Billy D's, where we build the best burger you’ve ever had. We start with only the freshest ingredients and build it just the way you like. read more »

  • Blenz Coffee - Anderson Way

    Blenz Coffee has always believed that quality makes a difference. We care about the quality of what we serve and our millions of yearly Customers tell us they can taste the difference. We started with the idea that coffee should be Never Burnt, Never Bitter™. That commitment to taste has helped Blenz create beverages that are second to none. read more »

  • Blenz Coffee - Downtown

    Blenz Coffee has always believed that quality makes a difference. We care about the quality of what we serve and our millions of yearly Customers tell us they can taste the difference. We started with the idea that coffee should be Never Burnt, Never Bitter™. That commitment to taste has helped Blenz create beverages that are second to none. read more »

  • Blue Heron Pub

    Lakeside pub-style dining at its finest. Casual and fine dining inside or on the patio for the entire family. read more »

  • Boa-Thong Thai Food Restaurant

    Welcome to Boa Thong Thai Restaurant! Located right in downtown Vernon, we are the original Thai restuarant and still the best Thai restaurant in the North Okanagan. Reasonable price, delicious food, friendly atmosphere and great service are what we are known for. read more »

  • Boston Pizza

    Boston Pizza restaurants offer a casual dining setting with over 100 menu items including gourmet pizzas made with our signature hand pressed dough. We also have mouth-watering pastas and a wide variety of appetizers, salads, entrées and desserts. The restaurant is perfect for families, teams and groups of all ages and the sports bars have big screen TVs to catch your favourite game. These are the things that keep our guests coming back again and again.

    Most of our restaurants also have an outdoor patio for all of our Guests to sit back and soak up the sun. read more »

  • Bourbon Street Bar & Grill

    Okanagan Casual with a Twist of Creole. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, or simple a cocktail and tapas. Upscale casual, the Bourbon Street Bar & Grill offers a menu selection to suit everyone and is located in the Prestige Hotel in Vernon. read more »

  • Branches Cafe

    Located in the Best Western Vernon Lodge, enjoy our Signature Breakfast overlooking our fabulous 3 storey garden atrium with a natural creek. Signature Breakfast 6:30am – 11am Daily. read more »

  • BX Creek Bar & Grill

    Located inside The Best Western PLUS Vernon Lodge and named after the BX Creek that flows naturally through our unique 3 storey tropical atrium. This is the perfect setting for any special occasion or casual dining experience. Savour some of our tantalizing creations from, mouth watering Steaks, Ribs smothered in House Made BBQ Sauce, Flavourful Pastas and Butter Chicken are just a few dishes that will entice you back again and again. Our friendly and professional staff will be happy to help you pair any of your menu selections with our Okanagan Valley Wine List. “Your table is waiting!”

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  • C-Lovers Fish & Chips

    C-Lovers focuses solely on superior food quality, exceptional down to earth service and prices that represent exceptional value for our guests. The companies modern family friendly atmosphere appeals to a multitude of loyal customers, whether its friends and family or the local business professionals.

    Our primary goal is providing each and everyone of our guests a positive dining experience. read more »

  • Casa de Mario’s Pizzaria & Donair

    Quality, Gourmet Pizza - no compromising on taste or premium ingredients. read more »

  • Cattlemens Club Restaurant

    Established in 2005 the Cattlemen’s Club restaurant has quickly become one of Vernon’s predominate restaurants and catering companies. We have successfully reintroduced a culinary steakhouse with western influences and have excelled in the art of catering. Located at the Historic O'Keefe Ranch. read more »

  • Checkers Bar & Grill

    Located in The Best Western PLUS Vernon Lodge, this sports bar draws a mix of neighborhood locals & visiting guests alike. Burgers, Sandwiches, Housemade Fries and Crisp Fresh Salads will surely satisfy any appetite. read more »

  • China Wok Restaurant

    Chinese Cuisine Restaurant with something freshly made for all ages read more »

  • Crush Bistro

    Downtown, across from the Jazz Club and Gallery Vertigo, Crush Bistro offers a unique food and wine experience, combining casual sophistication with a lively metropolitan style. A mix of bar height and traditional dining tables, rich colors, the warm ambiance is enhanced with fresh flowers and original works of art, background lounge music come together to create an intimate and inviting setting. read more »

  • Cuisine of India

    For an authentic, yet healthy, Indian dining experience a visit to Cuisine of India Restaurant is a must. read more »

  • Denny’s Restaurant

    Great family restaurant located at the Sandman Inn on Highway 97. read more »

  • Diner on Six

    Great family restaurant across from Polson Park on Highway 6 open 6am - 2pm 7 days a week. read more »

  • DJ’s Perogie Kitchen

    Traditional thick dough perogies, tasty cabbage rolls and yummy ukrainian sausage among many other things. The perogies are served with fried onions. Lots of perogie fillings to choose from. In addition to their sit down menu you can also take frozen borscht, cabbage rolls or perogies home with you. read more »

  • Domino’s Pizza

    Domino's Pizza offers a unique experience for each customer including a complete menu available for carryout or delivery. read more »

  • Dorian’s Greek Taverna

    At Dorian's we make authentic Greek cuisine. We take pride in cooking fresh food and bake all our desserts in-house. read more »

  • Earls Restaurant

    At Earls Restaurant Vernon, you'll love our sunny attitude as much as you dig the gorgeous sunlight beamed directly onto our lovely and Earls-o-rific patio. Of course, you'll probably also like (OK, love) the food that made Earls famous, from your favourite classics done with an Earls' twist to the seasonal sensations we create using only the freshest ingredients and freshest inspirations from around the world. Make it a party for two-or twenty. We've got you covered. read more »

  • Eclectic Med

    Mediterranean inspired restaurant delivers an eclectic array of appetizers, signature desserts and entrees. read more »

  • Freddy’s Patio @ The Rise

    Located at The Fred Couple’s Signature Design Golf Club at The Rise Freddy’s Patio, voted top 3 patio in the north Okanagan, offers a variety of hot and cold menu items and the best view in the Okanagan Valley. Situated 1000 above Okanagan Lake Freddy’s Patio offers a wide variety of menu items in a casual atmosphere. If lunch or dinner isn’t in the cards there is no better place to enjoy a glass of wine and take in the surrounding beautiful vistas.

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  • Friesens Countrytyme Garden Restaurant

    Homestyle restaurant offering top quality breakfasts, lunches, brunches and a bakery. read more »

  • Golden Crown Restaurant

    The Golden Crown Restaurant is located in downtown Vernon and offers a varied, Asian-style menu. read more »

  • Intermezzo Restaurant & Wine Cellar

    Located in the heart of Downtown Vernon, Intermezzo is an elegant fine-dining experience. read more »

  • Jim’s Place Pizza

    Jim's Place is family owned and operated and has been serving up hot, crispy, delicious pizza, pasta, ribs, and more, for over 20 years. read more »

  • Joey’s Only Seafood

    Welcome to Joey's Restaurants - Home to Canada's favourite Fish & Chips read more »

  • Kelly O’Bryans Restaurant

    Eat, Drink and Be Irish! Kelly O'Bryans Vernon location boasts ample parking, a covered outdoor patio and a great atmosphere! read more »

  • Kiki Gardens Restaurant

    Great Chinese Restaurant located on 30th Avenue in downtown Vernon. read more »

  • Little Caesar’s Pizza

    Located at the Fruit Union Plaza. Little Caesars Pizza only use the finest ingredients. Dough is made fresh each day, and our cheese is freshly shredded – never frozen! Our world famous pizza sauce contains a secret blend of spices that our customers love. read more »

  • Little Tex Restaurant

    Little Tex is a full service restaurant with a warm Sante Fe atmosphere. Our menu features more than 150 items, moderately priced with an emphasis on FRESH. read more »

  • Longhorn Pub

    Located on Okanagan Landing Road the Longhorn has Karaoke nights, live bands and great food and drink specials! read more »

  • Los Huesos Restaurant

    Located on 30th Avenue in downtown Vernon this Mexican restaurant offers great food and drinks as well as live music on special nights. read more »

  • Lunch Matters-Breakfast Too

    We are a 38 seat diner specializing in home made everything in a friendly "at home" atmosphere. Breakfast served anytime! Year round hours: 7 am - 3 pm Monday to Friday & Saturday 7 am - 1 pm. read more »

  • Mahoroba

    Located in downtown Vernon, Mahoroba features sushi and Japanese cuisine. read more »

  • Match Eatery and Public House

    MATCH Eatery & Public House is a contemporary themed Pub offering a great sporting, and entertainment experience with the elements of comfort one might find in a British Pub. Located in Lake City Casino. read more »

  • Monashee’s Bar & Grill

    A unique casual dining experience offering great food at a great price in a comfortable yet lively atmosphere. When the sun is shining come meet some friends for drinks, have diner and stay for the night club. read more »

  • Mug & Muffin

    Family Restaurant located downtown Vernon. read more »

  • Naked Pig BBQ and Smokehouse

    Located in the Okanagan we are privileged with backyards of gorgeous apple woods, cherry and birch to name a few. read more »

  • New Dehli Indian Restaurant

    The New Delhi Indian Restaurant is family owned and operated. Join us for authentic Curry & Tandoori. Lunch Buffet Monday to Friday. Dinner 7 days a week. read more »

  • Okanagan’s Finest Foods (OKF) Grill

    Okanagan catering company. Weddings, corporate functions, Christmas parties. Fine food, custom menus and outstanding service. Professional chef and staff. Bring the restaurant to your event! read more »

  • Original Joe’s Restaurant and Bar

    We would like to invite you to come down with your FRIENDS for a visit, after all we’re right in your NEIGHBOURHOOD! Come in, get COMFORTABLE and enjoy our down to earth service and satisfy your CRAVINGS by choosing from our menu of made-from-scratch favorites. Pair that meal with a PINT of cold craft-brewed beer or a smooth glass of wine. A RELAXED setting away from the daily grind…where you can ENJOY all the good things. We look forward to seeing you. read more »

  • Panago Pizza

    Looking for those perfect pizzas and the perfect side kicks to go along with 'em? Seek no more then the great taste of Panago. Located at the Vernon Square Mall. read more »

  • Pho Fusion

    Pho Fusion is located in the North end of Vernon and serves an extensive menu of traditional Vietnamese dishes. Vietnamese cuisine is generally considered the 'light fresh' cuisine of Asia, and that is evident in Pho Fusion's lively, fresh flavours. Enjoy delicious spring rolls, noodle soups, rice dishes and much more. read more »

  • Phoenix Grillhouse & Bar

    Located in a beautifully renovated heritage building in the heart of downtown Vernon, we strive to offer the best of all aspects of the dining experience. Amazing food and great service are offered in an urban atmosphere where rich leathers and dark woods evoke a classic steakhouse feel. From our signature mouth-watering steak to our succulent seafood, the menu features a variety of selections to please even the most particular of palates. read more »

  • Pizza Hut

    At Pizza Hut®, we take great pride and care to provide your family with the highest quality food. We source our premium ingredients from all over the world to make pizzas that you can feel good about ordering. read more »

  • Predator Ridge r a n g e Restaurant

    Located at Predator Ridge Golf Resort. Beautiful views and modern decor set the stage for gourmet fare, delectable desserts and a sommelier-developed selection of fine wines. read more »

  • Red Robin

    From our Royal Red Robin Burger® to the California Chicken Sandwich, our Guests are sure to find a burger to crave. Not in the mood for beef or chicken but still craving a burger? No problem. Red Robin also serves turkey burgers, fish sandwiches, Gardenburger® or vegan Boca® Burgers to satisfy every Guest’s palate. read more »

  • Rosalinda’s Filipino Kitchen

    Our dream has been to combine our love of Filipino food, along with our Canadian Diner favourites: Baked goods, Breakfast, Lunch, Burgers, Sandwiches, and Soup. read more »

  • Roster Sports Club Bar & Grill

    Take a look around at all of the sports memorabilia while enjoying some great food. Located at the North end of Vernon. read more »

  • Royal Garden

    Offering daily lunch and dinner buffet as well as a full menu with over 80 items for dine in, take out and delivery. Also offering buffet to go during dinner hours. Established in 2000, we offer quick service, quality food and a large selection at reasonable prices.
    We are open seven days a week.

    Open Daily: Lunch 11AM - 2:30PM, Dinner 4PM - 9 PM
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  • Sevens Bar & Grill

    Located in the Lake City Casino. Complete with an entertainment stage for select weekend events, the open-concept, modern pub-style restaurant offers everything from a delicious dinner entree, quick lunch, scrumptious dessert and convenient grab-and-go snack. read more »

  • Siam Orchid - Thai

    Authentic Thai Food - Gluten-Free Friendly, Vegan Friendly, Happy Hour, Kid Friendly, Romantic read more »

  • Sir Winston’s Neighbourhood Pub

    Sir Winston’s Pub was established in 1995, and the liquor store was added in 2003. The pub greets you with a warm and welcoming atmosphere where you can enjoy a great meal, or just relax with friends.

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  • Sparkling Hill Resort PeakFine Restaurant

    "PeakFine", Vernon’s premiere restaurant, blends European culinary practices with West Coast cuisine. Our focus is local, seasonal fare — right from the heart of the Okanagan Valley and the shores of British Columbia. read more »

  • Sprouted Fig

    As your local soup & sandwich shop, we always have the best homemade lunches and treats for you to enjoy. We also feature delicious baked goods, fresh hot organic espresso, and now have a breakfast menu. Our menu is perfect for catered meetings, office get-togethers or simple pick-up made healthy & fresh. read more »

  • Squires Four Pub

    Squires Four takes pleasure in providing you with a warm, sociable atmosphere, reasonably priced and tastefully prepared meals, fine drinks and a friendly staff. Our establishment is dedicated to creating an environment where patrons can enjoy conversation, and sports on one of our many televisions. read more »

  • Station BBQ

    Located at the historic Train Station in Vernon BC - Authentic, Slow-Smoked, Southern Barbeque read more »

  • Sushi 1

    Great Sushi restaurant located on 30th Avenue. read more »

  • Temptasian Restaurant

    Cuisine that is an enticing blend of a traditional Chinese menu and modern flavours, and smart modern decor you are sure to enjoy your Temptasian experience. read more »

  • The Bulldog™ Grand Cafe

    The Bulldog Grand Café is an extension of The Bulldog™ Amsterdam, a renowned Dutch establishment. The menu offers a large variety of foods, mostly concentrated on Dutch & Thai-Indonesian Cuisine with a hint of West Coast Fusion. read more »

  • The Cracked Pot Coffee Emporium

    Cracked Pot Coffee is Vernon's most unique gourmet coffee bistro and giftware shop. It is a central meeting spot offering organic fair trade locally roasted coffee with homemade breakfast, lunch and dessert items.
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  • The Curry Pot Indian & Nepalese Cuisine

    East Indian restaurant in downtown Vernon. read more »

  • The Green

    Located at the Village Green Hotel. The Green has a full beer and liquor selection with daily drink specials and try the tasty Pub Menu featuring daily specials as well. They are open daily from 10:00 am until 2:00 am. read more »

  • The Italian Kitchen

    A local favourite in Vernon, BC since 1995. The Italian Kitchen, situated in a historic downtown building, hosts its original brick walls, skylight and tin ceiling. Adding to the decor, throughout the restaurant, customers are treated to works by local artists in a gallery style setting. read more »

  • The Italian Kitchen Pizzeria

    Eat in, Take out, Delivery. read more »

  • The Kal Sports Bar

    Located in downtown Vernon, The Kal Sports Bar has a wide selection of classic pub favourites, sharable appetizers, and great Kal specialties waiting for you to try! The Kal is home to two amazingly realistic indoor golf simulators! read more »

  • The Pantry Restaurant

    Welcome to Vernon's Pantry Restaurant, where its all about quality food, friendly service and enjoying our great city. We're conveniently located near many hotels and motels and one block from the Performing Arts Centre. Breakfast served until 4pm. read more »

  • The Rice Box

    The Rice Box offers an array of mouth-watering, high-quality dishes from across Asia, including Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Cambodian, Vietnamese and regional dishes. read more »

  • The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #25

    Members passing through Vernon are welcome to come for lunch or dinner at our Legion Lounge...Great menu, cooked just like Mother used to make! The kitchen is open from Tuesday through Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome no need to be a member! And, join us Monday through Saturday for a cold beverage from our friendly bartenders. Sit in the air conditioned lounge, play pool, darts, poker or Keno! We also have a lovely private outdoor patio. Beautiful area to sit and chat over lunch and a beverage. read more »

  • The Talkin Donkey

    A non-profit coffee house with a social, environmental, and spiritual conscience. Through our great beverages, food, heated patios and free wireless internet, you can enjoy your experience while helping people in our community and around the world. Located along Highway 97. read more »

  • Tita’s Italian Bistro

    Family Italian Restaurant just off of Hwy 97. read more »

  • Toro’s Neighbourhood Pub

    Located on Kalamalka Lake Road, liquor store attached. read more »

  • Uncle Dave’s Pizzaria

    Great local pizza shop located on Kalamalka Lake Road. read more »

  • White Spot Restaurant

    White Spot is a British Columbia legend with a passion for using only the freshest and finest quality ingredients. For breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late night snack, White Spot is the place. Located at Vernon Square Mall. read more »

  • Wok Box

    The freshest taste of Asia using quality and nutritious ingredients, while making them easily accessible, convenient and affordable. Dine in, take out and delivery available. Great alternative to traditional fast food. read more »

  • Zorba’s

    Pizza & Pasta House read more »

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Attractions

The Vernon area has so many different kinds of attractions.  There is something of interest to everyone, rain or shine, summer or winter.  Just use the sorting menu on the right side of this page to filter your interests.

  • Allan Brooks Nature Centre

    Located just 5 minutes from downtown Vernon, with its spectacular views of Greater Vernon and the 3 surrounding lakes, it is a great place to experience the diverse nature of the North Okanagan – A very popular attraction for bird & outdoor enthusiasts. read more »

  • Arrowleaf Cellars

    We offer complimentary tastings in our wine shop, weekend winery tours and a picnic area where you can enjoy our wines by the glass. The winery is situated on a 16 acre vineyard between Kelowna and Vernon along Okanagan Lake. read more »

  • Atlantis Waterslides Park

    Ready to make a BIG splash! Atlantis Waterslides has something for everyone! Atlantis Waterslide Park offers 10 slides to choose from including two kiddie slides and the very popular "River Riot" Tube Slide, sure to thrill sliders of all ages. read more »

  • Bright Angel Farms

    Bright Angel Farm has over 100 cherry trees, offering varieties such as Lapins, Lamberts, Stellas, Rainiers, Sweethearts and sour pie cherries. We also offer raspberries and table grapes in season. read more »

  • Caetani Cultural Centre

    The Caetani Cultural Centre (C3) is a venue for visual artists from around Canada and the world to explore a diverse range of arts practices, theories and experiences. read more »

  • Cruise Okanagan

    Climb aboard the "Spirit of the Okanagan", Cruise Okanagan's 42 foot Cruise Boat for the ultimate sight-seeing experience into the heart of the valley on Okanagan Lake . Relax, have a bite to eat from our onboard menu and sip on a frosty brew from our fully stocked bar, while you enjoy the sights and the great hospitality provided by our friendly crew! Who knows, you might even spot the Ogopogo! read more »

  • Davison Orchards Country Village & Orchard Tours

    Davison Orchards Country Village is a family owned and operated farm consisting of over 100 acres of fruit and vegetables, a farm market, a country gift shop, an in-house bakery, and café as well as a picnic and children’s play area for families. read more »

  • Downtown Internet Lounge

    Internet Access, Online Gaming, Xbox, PS3, Food & Drinks. Located in downtown Vernon. read more »

  • Downtown Murals

    Twenty-seven amazing murals, some as large as 300 feet long and 40 feet high, depict the history, culture, scenery and folklore that made Vernon what it is today. Group tours avaliable. read more »

  • Galaxy Cinemas

    The Galaxy Cinemas are located at Polson Place Mall. read more »

  • Gray Monk Estate Winery

    From the heart of British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, the Heiss family welcomes you to their Estate Winery. GRAY MONK was established in 1972 by George and Trudy Heiss. Today, they own and maintain over one hundred acres of lush vineyards overlooking Lake Okanagan, which produce some of the world's finest wines. read more »

  • Highlands Golf Short-Game Excellence Course

    Highlands Golf is a 9-hole facility located in Coldstream, just east of Vernon BC. This short game course is fun for the entire family. read more »

  • Hillview Golf

    In the fall of 1986 Hillview Golf was opened. A product of partners Jim Atmore and Ken Wadsworth working closely with course architect Dan Kitsul on it's overall design they created a fast playing 18 hole golf course with short but challenging holes. read more »

  • Intrigue Wines

    We are a boutique winery making award winning wines in the Okanagan read more »

  • Kalamalka Lake

    Kalamalka lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. With its miriade of soft blues and green colours set against the ancient mountains of the Okanagan Valley, Kalamalka Lake is one of Vernon BC's true tourism gems. read more »

  • Kalavida Surf Shop

    Check out Kalavida Surf Shop stand-up paddle boarding demos, sign up for a course, rent a board or take part in a race! Stand-up paddleboarding is the fastest growing watersport! read more »

  • Kona Watersports

    Kona Watersports is the premier water sports rental company in the Okanagan Valley. read more »

  • Mackie Lake House Foundation

    Visit this beautifully preserved 1910 Heritage House nestled on the edge of Kalamalka Lake. Mackie Lake House can be rented for weddings, small receptions, meetings and seminars. Events held at Mackie Lake House include tours and teas, school tours, concerts, and reunions. read more »

  • Motoplex Speedway and Event Park

    Car racing, concerts, camping and more! Watch the Events page for upcoming activities. read more »

  • O’Keefe Ranch

    The Historic O'Keefe Ranch has been designated as a B.C. Heritage Site, serving as an important tourist attraction in the Okanagan Valley. Here you will discover some of the oldest remaining structures in the Vernon area, all carefully preserved or restored, as well as a fine collection of vintage farm machinery. Enjoy the huge model railway display and visit with the many rare breed farm animals. Guided tours available. read more »

  • Okanagan Lake

    Okanagan Lake, home of the legendary lake monster Ogopogo, is the largest lake in the region and located close to the centre of British Columbia's beautiful Okanagan Valley. Cities bordering the lake include Vernon in the north, Penticton in the south, Kelowna and West Kelowna in the centre. read more »

  • Okanagan Recreational Rentals

    We offer boat rentals and tours, as well as Wake boarding, Water skiing, Tubing, Knee boarding, kayak & snorkeling tours, as well as private tours & charters read more »

  • Okanagan Science Centre

    For those with curious minds and a yen for learning, the Okanagan Science Centre will pique your interest. Here you can view optical illusions, discover energy, or explore the myths and legends surrounding the constellations in a "mini-planetarium"! read more »

  • Okanagan Skydive

    As the Okanagan’s only skydiving center, we’ve chosen our location in Vernon to offer the Valley’s most extreme sightseeing. When you take that first step out of one of our planes, you’ll be looking down on the most scenic view of the Okanagan you can get. read more »

  • Okanagan Spirits

    Okanagan Spirits began distilling shortly after harvest, in autumn 2004. Our Craft Distillery was designed to take advantage of the wide assortment of fruit grown in the Okanagan Valley, and distill these local fruits into brandies, liqueurs, grappa and specialty spirits. read more »

  • Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy Ltd.

    Focus on wellness and choose from a wide range of services - whole body massages, whole body clay masque, salt glow scrub with massage and so much more. Extremely well priced - please allow 75 minutes per appointment. read more »

  • Olive Us Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room

    Olive Us is an extraordinary tasting room experience! read more »

  • Opal Resources Canada Inc.

    Canada's first "commercial grade" precious opal deposit, the Klinker Opal Deposit" was found near Vernon, BC on Thanksgiving Day in October 1991. The precious opal from this site was given the name "Okanagan Opal" by the prospectors who found the deposit. read more »

  • Outdoor Discoveries

    Join in on one of the pre-scheduled outdoor adventure tours, or have your own nature tour especially custom designed for your group. Outdoor Discoveries welcome requests for group tours. read more »

  • Oyama Ziplines

    Oyama Zipline Forest Adventure is QUICKLY BECOMING THE OKANAGAN’S ADVENTURE HEADQUARTERS. Recent additions to the zip line adventure makes Oyama Zipline bigger and better. The drive to Oyama Ziplines may be the best way to view the central read more »

  • Paraglide Canada

    Flying has never been this much fun. A sunny day, light wind, beautiful scenery, good friends and an inflatable wing to carry you into the sky. This is the way you've always wanted to fly. There is nothing between you and the ground but clear air. There is no other feeling like it; paragliding, the only way to fly read more »

  • PLANET BEE Honey Farm & Honeymoon Meadery

    Planet Bee is an operating Honey Farm and Meadery, open all year, in Vernon BC with a focus on presenting for learning the "World of the Honey Bee," and providing a full range of the finest bee products available for your pleasure and well-being. read more »

  • Predator Ridge Resort

    Predator Ridge is a veritable paradise with 36 Championship holes of golf waiting to be played. Life here includes a state-of-the-art fitness centre, indoor & outdoors pools, gourmet dining featuring the best contemporary fare. read more »

  • Silver Spur Trails Wilderness Ranch

    Open year round for trail riding by the hour, day or week. Join us on a pack trip, enjoy a ranch stay, a day in the country or try a week of wilderness hiking. read more »

  • Silver Star Mountain Resort

    The beautiful majestic mountain landscape, the Victorian Village and outstanding Customer Service has made Silver Star Mountain Resort one of North America ’s favorite family resorts. read more »

  • Skyride

    Bike repair experts with the experience knowledge and factory training. Rentals for Downhill, All Mountain, Cross Country and Recreation. read more »

  • Solace Authentic European Esthetics & Day Spa

    Nurture your body and soul at Solace Esthetics & Day Spa! With more than 27 years of experience, the staff offers European treatments that your body will love. read more »

  • Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre

    World-class cross country skiing at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre, just 22 km outside of Vernon, BC. read more »

  • Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club

    Spallumcheen's 27 hole facility is the golfing gem of the north Okanagan. Within 10 minutes of beautiful Vernon, British Columbia, Spallumcheen is your ideal holiday golfing destination. read more »

  • Swan Lake

    Bordered by Vernon and Spallumcheen. It is a smaller placid lake, and offers a simple boating and fishing experience. Swan Lake is somewhat shallow and freezes over most winters. It is an important area for nesting and migrating waterfowl. read more »

  • The Fintry Estate

    The Fintry Delta was purchased by James Cameron Dun-Waters in 1909 and he renamed it Fintry, after his home in Scotland. With amazing foresight and ingenuity, he created a “Garden of Eden” in the Okanagan. read more »

  • The Rise

    Designing a course that plays just as well for a seasoned pro as it does for a 25-handicapper is no easy feat. read more »

  • The Studio of D.H. Elzer

    After a quarter century of creating fine art and craft, D.H.Elzer's original ideas can be found in over 800 personal collections world-wide. The diversity of his work can be found in the streetscapes and focal points of public streetscapes and homes. read more »

  • Turtle Bay Marina

    Play on Wood, Kalamalka or Okanagan Lake with Turtle Bay Marina! read more »

  • Vernon Dog Parks

    With many on leash and off leash parks available Vernon welcomes furry friends! read more »

  • Vernon Farmers’ Market

    Make It A Fresh Day! @ The Vernon Farmers Market read more »

  • Vernon Golf and Country Club

    With the magnificent hillside views and a creek meandering through the course, one can quickly settle into a peaceful round of golf. From the subtle breaking greens to the rolling contours of the fairways, there is something to challenge golfers of all calibers. read more »

  • Vernon Marine Boat Rentals

    Boat rentals from half day, full day to weekly rates avaliable. Visit us next to Paddlewheel Park. read more »

  • Vernon Museum & Archives

    Explore our heritage further at the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, where an impressive collection of artifacts is cleverly displayed to demonstrate a wealth of natural history, native history, and modern growth and development in the region. The museum offers a great gift shop, with an array of mementos and books for further reading. read more »

  • Vernon Towne Cinema

    Vernon Towne Cinema features movies and matinees. read more »

  • Vernon Watersports - vernonboatrentals.com

    Boat rentals in Vernon could not be easier than when you rent with Vernon Watersports. We specialize in hassle-free boat rentals on both Kalamalka and Okanagan Lakes. read more »

  • Village Green Centre

    For Every Day. For Everyone. Village Green Centre features over 68 stores and services in the North Okanagan’s only enclosed shopping centre. read more »

  • Ya Ya’s Play Centre

    Let your kid's get their 'ya ya's' out in over 4000 square feet of play area. read more »

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Vernon - Make it Yours

Welcome to Tourism Vernon’s new website.  Tourism Vernon is the official tourism organization for the community and operates the Vernon Visitor Centres.  We invite you to visit us regularly to catch up on all that is new in Vernon or check out our Facebook page for information and photos of current activities in and around Vernon.     

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, here for a day, a weekend, or the best time of your life, you’ll be amazed at what Vernon has to offer. If you’ve never ventured off Highway 97 when travelling through the North Okanagan, we invite you to make a turn in the right direction and visit our family-friendly community.

Vernon offers more than 100 lakes within a one-hour drive, world-class golf, mountain and wellness resorts, great beaches and trails, outstanding mountain biking, spectacular farmers’ markets three days a week, and family-friendly attractions and festivals.

Check in, check it out and make Vernon yours!

Vernon is pleased to be part of the Sister Cities program.  Vernon's 'sisters' and their twinning dates are:

 - Frankenburg, Austria  – May 1, 2008
 - Modesto, California – September 7, 1982
 - Saint-Lambert, Quebec – February 14, 2000
 - Tavullia, Italy – May 16, 1999
 - Tome (formerly Towa-Cho), Japan – July 9, 1986

Vernon - Make it Yours

Welcome to Tourism Vernon’s new website.  Tourism Vernon is the official tourism organization for the community and operates the Vernon Visitor Centres.  We invite you to visit us regularly to catch up on all that is new in Vernon or check out our Facebook page for information and photos of current activities in and around Vernon.     

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, here for a day, a weekend, or the best time of your life, you’ll be amazed at what Vernon has to offer. If you’ve never ventured off Highway 97 when travelling through the North Okanagan, we invite you to make a turn in the right direction and visit our family-friendly community.

Vernon offers more than 100 lakes within a one-hour drive, world-class golf, mountain and wellness resorts, great beaches and trails, outstanding mountain biking, spectacular farmers’ markets three days a week, and family-friendly attractions and festivals.

Check in, check it out and make Vernon yours!

 

Vernon is pleased to be part of the Sister Cities program.  Vernon's 'sisters' and their twinning dates are:

 - Frankenburg, Austria  – May 1, 2008
 - Modesto, California – September 7, 1982
 - Saint-Lambert, Quebec – February 14, 2000
 - Tavullia, Italy – May 16, 1999
 - Tome (formerly Towa-Cho), Japan – July 9, 1986

  • Greyhound Lines of Canada

    Greyhound Canada is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in Canada, serving nearly 1,100 locations. It has become an icon of bus travel, providing safe, enjoyable and affordable travel to 6.5 million passengers each year. The Greyhound office in Vernon also offers Greyhound Courier Express service.

    3102 30 Street Vernon, BC Canada V1T 5E2  [ map ]
    Phone:  250-545-0527
    Phone:  250-542-1131

  • Kelowna International Airport (YLW)

    The Kelowna international Airport is located 46 km south of Vernon and provides national and international flights daily. Several airlines fly in and out of the Kelowna International Airport, which serves all the communities within the Okanagan Valley.

    Suite 1, 5533 Airport Way Kelowna, BC Canada V1V 1S1  [ map ]
    Phone:  250-765-2125
    www.kelowna.ca/CM/page68.aspx

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Places to Stay

Wherever you stay you will be within close proximity to a full range of terrific restaurants, 9 to 36 hole golf courses, champagne powder ski resorts, unique and intriguing attractions, indoor and outdoor pools and water slides, movie theatres, art galleries, museums, live theatre performances, outdoor recreation, exciting nightlife and an array of shopping & unique boutiques.

Click on the listings below for detailed information on each property.

  • Gable Beach Vacation Suites

    Adjacent to our home is a public boat launch, picnic area and a swimming float. more info »

  • Oyama Lake Wilderness Resort

    Oyama Lake is situated just 27 km north of Kelowna and 19 km south of Vernon, BC, Canada and just 15 km from Highway 97 east of the town of Oyama. Cabins and RV Camping available. more info »

  • Lord Aberdeen Hotel and Apartments

    We invite you to experience our apartments, with all the comforts of home. All rooms are non-smoking, and several of our suites are pet friendly! At The Aberdeen Market and Liquor Store you will be able to shop online for all your grocery needs, from produce to meat, sundries, snacks and liquor. more info »

  • Howard Johnson Inn

    Air-conditioned standard or kitchen units, direct dial phones, laundry, smoking and non smoking units, small pets welcome, complimentary coffee, close to shopping, restaurants, Curling Rink and Performing Arts Centre. more info »

  • The Pinnacles Suite Hotel

    Tucked into the slopes of British Columbia's we invite you to experience our properties more info »

  • Silver Star Ski Chalet

    Silver Star Ski Chalet (est. 1991) at Silver Star Mountain Ski Resort, Vernon, British Columbia is a privately owned ski holiday rental vacation chalet and offers the convenience of ski in/out access and panoramic views of the South Okanagan Plateau and Monashee Mountains. more info »

  • Silver Star Midway B & B

    Located on Silver Star Road convenient for both access to the ski hill and visits within the city of Vernon. more info »

  • Days Inn

    Comfort and convenience, 52 units for families or business people, at reasonable rates. Located at the north end of the City across from the Village Green Mall. Children under 12 stay free! more info »

  • Samesun Silver Star Hostel

    The world's first custom-built ski-in/ski-out hostel loaded with everything a backpacker could want, including dorm and private rooms, huge common areas, a cantina to grab a bite and tons of space to kick back and relax after a hard ride in the powder! more info »

  • New Horizon RV Rentals, Repairs & Cabin Rentals

    We have a fleet of late model travel trailers available for rent, including one that is wheelchair accessible. more info »

  • Big Chief Mobile & RV Park

    Come and stay in our clean, peaceful and quiet campsites. more info »

  • Wood Lake RV Park & Marina

    Resting on sandy beachfront shores, Wood Lake RV Park and Marina is the go to destination for RV and water sports enthusiasts. An amazing gateway to more than 50km of water recreation, sparkling Wood Lake is connected by canal to Kalamalka Lake – the most beautiful lake in the Okanagan: more info »

  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

    Bright, spacious, tastefully appointed guest rooms, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, swimming pool, hot tub, fitness centre and high speed internet. more info »

  • Silver Star Motel

    Quality accommodation,complimentary discount at Boston Pizza & the Pantry, Ski & Golf packages. Close to shopping, Performing Arts Theatre, Recreation, Civic Arena and Curling Rink. more info »

  • Lakeshore Paradise B & B

    Separate guest house 50 feet from sandy beach and lake shore which includes, 1 bedroom with queen bed and 1 with double bed. Kids welcome, activities include trampoline, kayak, fishing. and a 5 minute walk to public beach and playground. Use of the barbecue is also offered.. more info »

  • Vernon Creek Resort Campground

    Tent and trailer park includes full hookups, partial hookups & tents, some sites with cable. Five minute walk to Kalamalka Lake beach. Family oriented camping. On bus line. more info »

  • The Strand Lakeside Resort

    The Strand Lakeside Resort in Vernon BC on the shores of Okanagan Lake offers you a peaceful home away from home with the independence and privacy of a condominium resort. With 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom suites that are fully equipped and ideal for week-long stays with family and friends. more info »

  • The Bulldog™ Hotel Silver Star

    The Bulldog™ Hotel Silver Star has a distinct European feel and liberal atmosphere allowing for a relaxing, yet uplifting, experience more info »

  • Alpineflower B & B

    Charming Cape Cod style home surrounded by majestic trees on 6 acres with forest paths. 2 Guest rooms with private lounge. more info »

  • ShyLynn Ranch

    Where the pavement ends and the Ranch begins! Here at ShyLynn Ranch, we invite guests to enjoy a camping vacation like no other. more info »

  • O’Keefe’s Landing B & B

    Visit us at our new luxury townhome on the shores of Okanagan Lake. We provide 2 spacious rooms with lake view: the Beachcomber Bay Room with ensuite and private balcony and the Jade Bay Room with lake view and private bath. more info »

  • Mabel Lake Resort & Airpark

    Pristine 25 mile lake. Resort has cabins and full hook-up RV sites. Spectacular 9 hole golf course on site. more info »

  • Firelight Lodge

    Relaxed, elegant and spacious- every suite offers a variety of features. more info »

  • Crazy Creek Resort

    This is an affordable family get-away with spacious full-kitchen accommodation, or tenting sites in the trees. more info »

  • Kekuli Bay Provincial Park

    Kekuli Bay Provincial Park is located just minutes south of Vernon on Kalamalka Lake. It is wheelchair accessible and offers many amenities including drinking water, flush and pit toilets, showers, firepits, a playground and beach, hiking trails and boat launch. more info »

  • The Maria Rose B&B

    The Maria Rose has the perfect setting to relax and unwindon a forested acreage. The Maria Rose B&B is only 10 minutes from the City of Vernon and 10 minutes from Silver Star Resort. more info »

  • Schell Motel Express

    24 comfortable air-conditioned rooms with fridge, coffee makers, direct dial phones and cable TV. Family and kitchen units. Close to shops, restaurants, Convention and Recreation Centre. more info »

  • Prestige Hotel Vernon & Convention Centre

    Full-service hotel and convention centre. Indoor pool, restaurant, lounge and fitness centre. Canada select 4.5 Stars. Ski and golf packages available. more info »

  • High View B & B

    Enjoy warm, friendly hospitality in the peace and serenity of a gracious bed and breakfast establishment overlooking world famous Kalamalka Lake and the picturesque Coldstream Valley. Modern, luxurious, private, and fully self-contained. more info »

  • Silver Star Mountain Campsites

    Located in the south parking lot are 10 RV Sites with electrical hookup. Access to picnic tables, common fire pit and outhouses. more info »

  • Econo Lodge

    The Econo Lodge® is located in the heart of Vernon, BC, offering easy access to some of British Columbia’s most popular attractions including Kalamalka Lake and the Historic O’Keefe Ranch. This Vernon, BC hotel is also close to shopping at Vernon Square Mall and Village Green Mall. more info »

  • Bear Valley High Lands

    Welcome to our ranch in the Okanagan Valley – a true wilderness experience only half an hour drive from Vernon, BC. more info »

  • Sandy Beach Campsite

    Located on Okanagan Lake, just off Tronson Road - Tenters and RVers welcome! more info »

  • Sandman Inn & Suites

    85 air-conditioned comfortable guest rooms for families and corporate guests. Convenient 24-hour Denny's Restaurant located on-site. more info »

  • Wrays Holiday Suite

    This adult oriented accommodation offers a private suite, in a quiet residential neighborhood. Queen sized bed in one bedroom, second bedroom has three twin size beds. Beautiful backyard patio and parking available. more info »

  • Mabel Lake Provincial Park

    Great family park offering group camping, day-use area, drinking water, pit toilets, sani station, firepits, as well as beach, swimming hiking trails and a boat launch more info »

  • The Outback Resort

    Offers 60 acres of woodlands on the shores of Okanagan Lake with breathtaking surroundings this resort property provides a wide variety of 2 or 3 bedroom vacation homes discreetly situated overlooking the lake or nestled among the natural pine forest. more info »

  • Turtle Mountain Inn

    Turtle Mountain Inn is a bed and breakfast located in Vernon, British Columbia, in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. It is truly a romantic, quiet, peaceful and relaxing inn, close to all amenities and walking trails, and with breathtaking views! more info »

  • Sparkling Hill Resort

    Sparkling Hill Resort is a world-class hotel with a European flair, boasting a 40,000-square-foot spa, more than 100 treatments to pamper each and every guest and North America`s first cold sauna (-110° Celsius). With 3.5 million Swarovski Crystal elements incorporated into the design. more info »

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

    Welcome to the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Vernon, BC! We offer brand new accommodations with a variety of king and queen rooms, suites and family suites including suites with jetted tubs. Relax in your spacious, comfortable room with HD TV, mini fridges and in room coffee and tea. more info »

  • The Little House in the BX

    Welcome to the Little House in the BX – Bed and Bale in Vernon BC more info »

  • Predator Ridge Resort

    Predator Ridge Resort is the Summer home of Hockey Canada . more info »

  • The Cedar Tree Inn

    Nestled in a Quiet and secluded location, The Cedar Tree Inn is a great choice for any guest. With eight bedrooms available, we are able to accommodate both small families and larger groups. more info »

  • Cedar Falls Campground

    Well treed, shaded campsites just minutes to downtown, beaches, Silver Star Ski Resort, golfing, hiking and much more. more info »

  • Tiki Village Inn & Suites

    Come and stay in one of our deluxe suites overlooking the beautiful garden courtyard & pool. Restaurant, pool, hot tub, sauna and fitness room on site! more info »

  • Journey Inn

    Quiet off-highway location.Close to all amenities. more info »

  • Swan Lake Guest House

    We provide a deluxe 3-bedroom suite with a spectacular view across Swan Lake and the valley, surrounded by orchards in a relaxing country setting. With fabulous views, this bright and spacious vacation home provides the perfect location from which to enjoy the many pursuits that this region has to offer. more info »

  • Schell Motel

    Explore the beautiful outdoor pool, hot tub, natural creek, and BBQ area. Enjoy one of 32 air-conditioned rooms with cable TV and direct dial phones. more info »

  • Panorama View B&B

    Relax and enjoy our hospitality and the amazing views (lake, valley & mountain) more info »

  • Deerwood Gardens B & B

    Country retreat, gardens, pond, lake and mountain views, private suite, entrance,queen hide-a-bed, full kitchen, bath, gas fireplace. more info »

  • Pacific Inn & Suites

    A New Era in Vernon Accommodations! 61 guest rooms and suites, featuring granite counter tops, wireless and wired high-speed Internet and Optik HD TV more info »

  • Richmond House Bed & Breakfast

    Victorian heritage home, Ensuites, hot tub (seasona); close to downtown, beaches, golf and skiing. more info »

  • Silver Star RV Park

    Located at the north end of the city on Swan Lake, just off Hwy 97. Picturesque, family oriented and close to all amenities. more info »

  • Blue Stream Motel & Garden Parlour Ice Cream

    Blue Stream Motel is a 15 unit motel overlooking a natural BX Creek more info »

  • Best Western PLUS Vernon Lodge & Conference Centre

    Located in the heart of Vernon and only 30 minutes from the Kelowna International Airport. Our hotel showcases a beautiful 3 storey tropical atrium with an indoor pool and hot tub. With a 124 non smoking rooms and the largest convention centre in the North Okanagan our hotel is perfect for all sea more info »

  • Silver Star Mountain Accommodation

    Silver Star Accommodation offers the largest on mountain rental pool including Vacation Homes, Suites & Condos located right on Silver Star Mountain, with easy access to lifts and village amenities. more info »

  • A & S Lakeview B & B

    Our accommodation was completed in 1997 and is in the heart of the Okanagan valley in between Kelowna & Vernon. We are nestled in a quiet country setting with hiking and biking trails just outside our front door. more info »

  • Armstrong Kin RV Park

    Armstrong Kin RV park offers showers, washrooms, electricity , water & sewer hookups and is located next to fairgrounds and municipal pool. more info »

  • Super 8 Vernon

    Welcome to Super 8 in beautiful Vernon, BC! We are located on Highway 97 in the heart of downtown Vernon, just walking distance to major shopping centres and restaurants, and minutes away from beautiful lakes, orchards, and other local attractions. more info »

  • Silver Star B & B

    Beautiful 5 acre country estate, Mnt/Lake views. 3 rooms ensuite, hot tub, sun room, kitchen. Amazingly peaceful! 10 minutes from Silver Star & town more info »

  • Swan Lake RV Resort

    Newer Park at north end of Swan Lake. Large sites, 30/50 amp, cement pads, lawn and shrubs on each site. more info »

  • Lumby Lions Campground

    Tenters & RV's welcome. Treed creekside site. more info »

  • Ellison Provincial Park

    Ellison Provincial Park offers lots of recreational activities for campers. more info »

  • Silver Spur Trails Wilderness Ranch

    Come and stay with us and experience the great life style of the Canadian West. more info »

  • Alpine Chalet Rental

    Luxurious ski-in/ski-out chalets and suites at one of the best locations. Sleeps from two to 22, summer rentals available. more info »

  • Village Green Hotel

    The Village Green Hotel offers 127 guest rooms with in-room coffee/tea and hairdryers. In addition, an on-site family restaurant, sports bar, liquor store, convention & banquet facilities are available for your convenience. Located across from the Village Green Mall. more info »

  • Executive RV & Pontoon Boat Rentals

    The getaway you've been looking for! R.V. Rentals is the way to go. We do all the work you do all the camping in the sunny Okanagan! more info »

  • Fintry Provincial Park

    Campers can enjoy tours through heritage buildings, group camping, showers, flush and pit toilets, firepits, hiking trails, beach and swimming area and much more. more info »

  • Vance Creek Hotel and Conference Centre

    When you Ski Silver Star, you'll want to stay at Silver Star Club Resort, located high above the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the centre of the village of Silver Star Mountain Resort. more info »

  • Owls Nest Resort & Marina

    Beautiful South Kalamalka Lakefront. Resort offers motel, full or partial hook-up RV sites, and tent sites. more info »

  • Swan Lake RV Park & Campground

    Situated on the quiet, west side of Swan Lake. Treed, firepits, picnic tables, laundromat, playground, cabin. 5 km north of Vernon. more info »

  • Polson Park Motel

    Excellent rates, friendly service and a great location across from the beautiful Polson Park make your stay a comfortable one. more info »

  • Echo Lake Fishing Resort Cabins & Camping

    Set amongst pristine old growth timber with abundant wildlife and wilderness. Cabins, campsites, boat rentals. Stocked every year with 20,000 plus Rainbow trout. more info »

  • Historic O’Keefe Ranch Dry Camping

    Dry-land RV camping available for a limited number of spots. Units must be completely self-contained. At this time, there are no washroom facilities, running water or hook-ups available. RV Rate / per night - $20.00 + HST. more info »

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Things to Do

Surrounded by three lakes, hundreds of small fishing lakes, world renown golf courses and award winning Silver Star Mountain Resort and Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre,  you can stay active all year round.  The Vernon area is also becoming well known as a mountain biking destination.  The Bike Park at Silver Star offers challenging routes and Kalamalka Provincial Park and Ellison Park have mountain bike trails that are developed to "Whistler Standards" by the North Okanagan Cycling Society.  For some great biking on roads and paths, check out this map. http://www.ribbonsofgreen.ca/vernon-area-trails-maps

Check out this section for all the things that you can do in the Vernon area and then make your plan and get out there and play!

 

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About the Greater Vernon Area

If you really want to explore our area, please check out the "Things to Do" section of this website.

http://www.tourismvernon.com/index.php/activities

Greater Vernon is located between three lakes, surrounded by world renowned golf courses and Silver Star Mountain Resort.

Greater Vernon is located in the Okanagan Valley in the south central region of British Columbia. Greater Vernon includes the City of Vernon, District of Coldstream, and surrounding Electoral Areas.

The City of Vernon is the largest city in British Columbia’s North Okanagan Regional District and provides all the amenities of a major city and is proud to be part of the Sister City program.  Vernon's Sister Cities and their proclamation dates are:

  • Modesto, California - Sept. 7, 1982
  • Tome, Japan - July 9, 1986
  • Tavullia, Italy - May 16, 1999
  • St. Lambert, Quebec - Feb. 14, 2000
  • Frankenberg, Germany - May 1, 2008
  • Sri Anandpur Sahib,  India - April 22, 2013

Download the Greater Vernon Attractions Map

Download the Greater Vernon Street Map

FOR OUR FURRY VISITORS, HERE ARE THE FURRY FRIENDLY PARKS IN OUR AREA.

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Visitor Centres

Vernon Visitor Centre

Phone 1-800-665-0795 or (250) 542-1415

3004 39th Ave, Vernon, BC, V1T 3C3

info@tourismvernon.com

We have moved! The Vernon Visitor Centre has relocated to downtown at 3004 39th Avenue, with a sani-dump conveniently located on the property. We offer a large parking lot for RV's, FREE downtown parking passes for your convenience, and maps for all the wonderful attractions in our community! Free WIFI and handicap washrooms are also available. We are open all year round, current hours of operation are seven days a week from 9am to 6pm. 

Smiles are always free! Stop by for a visit, we can't wait to see you!

Volunteer Opportunities

Love life in the Okanagan? Love our visitors?
Then consider volunteering at the Vernon Visitor Centre. Volunteers are needed for both the south and north locations, from June through September. We ’re looking for people who love where they live, and who’re keen to share everything Vernon and area has to offer.

A variety of shifts are available, please contact Teresa at the Vernon Visitor Centre at (250) 542-1415 or by email at info@tourismvernon.com.

Relocation of the Vernon Visitor Centre

Here's some information on why we feel this is a good move for us!