Two people dining in the apple orchard at Cambium Cider

Vernon is in Bloom: 7 Ways to Welcome Spring

Spring in Vernon is a vibrant season full of life and color, offering a variety of activities for everyone. As the landscapes come alive, Vernon transforms into a haven for nature lovers to food enthusiasts! This guide highlights the top 7 activities to enjoy in Vernon this spring, from exploring Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park's trails to visiting the lively Vernon Farmers' Market. Whether you're after adventure or serene nature escapes, Vernon has it all!

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1. Mountain Bike in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park

Spring in Vernon isn't just a season; it's an invitation to explore the unique landscapes of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, nestled in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. This park is a vibrant tapestry of desert grasslands, wetlands, dramatic canyons, and forests dotted with ponderosa pine, black cottonwood, and Douglas-fir trees. With its expansive lake, sandy beaches, and an extensive 70km network of trails, it's a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, whether you're a seasoned biker or just starting out. 

This season, let Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park fuel your adventure spirit. From leisurely forest rides to exhilarating technical descents, there's a path for every mountain biker. And when you need a refreshing break, Cosens Beach awaits as the ideal spot for a post-ride swim.

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Waterfall amid trees and rocks

2. Hike to BX Falls

As the snow melts, hiking to BX Falls is a refreshing outdoor activity. The trail to the falls is relatively short and suitable for most fitness levels, making it a perfect family outing. Not to mention, the spring runoff makes the falls particularly impressive during this season.

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Two glasses of cider mid cheers in an orchard

3. Indulge In Craft Cider & Local Flavors at Cambium

Cambium Cider is Vernon's premier destination this spring, welcoming visitors from March 22nd through the fall. At Cambium, the path from orchard to glass is delightfully brief, as Cambium not only grows their own apples but they also press, ferment and bottle their ciders onsite! Whether you're exploring a variety of flavors through a tasting flight or savoring a bottle, Cambium's ciders beautifully showcase their commitment to excellence and taste.

But Cambium offers more than just exceptional cider; it's a hub of summer vibrancy with live music setting the scene for memorable evenings. At the heart of their experience is their quaint farm-to-table restaurant, anchored by a wood-fired grill and an abundance of Okanagan produce. They’re proud to present contemporary dishes that celebrate local farmers, featuring high-quality British Columbian meats and the freshest ingredients!

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Women holding up fresh veggies at Vernon Farmers Market

4. Explore the Vernon Farmers' Market

Celebrate the arrival of spring by visiting the Vernon Farmers' Market from 8am - 1pm every Monday and Thursday starting April 18th. It's a great way to support local farmers and artisans offering an array of fresh, locally-sourced produce, handmade crafts, and gourmet foods. The Vernon Farmers' Market not only provides a platform for sustainable shopping but also offers a unique opportunity to connect with the people behind the produce, making every visit a memorable experience of discovering new flavors and treasures!

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Family walking hand in hand through Davison Orchards in Vernon BC

5. Visit Davison Orchards

Opening in May for another season, this family-owned and operated farm invites visitors to experience the joys of farm life! Explore the orchard on tractor-guided tours, savor the taste of freshly picked fruits, and indulge in homemade pies and preserves made from the farm's own produce. Davison Orchards is a haven for families, with its train rides, petting zoo, and playground, ensuring a day full of fun and discovery.

For those eager to deepen their understanding, the Spring Tours are an unmissable opportunity. Available every Friday and Saturday in May and June, from 10 am to 4 pm starting May 3rd, these tours offer insightful glimpses into the world of bees, blossoms, and the farming practices unique to Vernon. Don't miss the chance to enrich your visit with valuable knowledge and create lasting memories at Davison Orchards.

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Man standing in the Kalamalka Indigenous Garden
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6. Discover the K’nmaĺka Sәnqâĺten (Kalamalka Indigenous Garden)

Discover the rich tapestry of Indigenous heritage at the K’nmaĺka Sәnqâĺten (Kalamalka Indigenous Garden), located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx Nation.

The K’nmaĺka Sәnqâĺten (Kalamalka Indigenous Garden) showcases traditional Syilx plants, medicine, foods, C’aptikwl, and ceremony through inclusive community tours and experiential learning. Visitors to the Garden are invited to embark on a tour that not only celebrates the profound local Indigenous history and land stewardship but also illuminates the significance of traditional culture.

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The Rise Golf Course overlooking the lake

7. Play a Round of Golf

Vernon, BC, is a golfer's paradise, offering an unparalleled golfing experience amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Okanagan Valley. With its diverse array of top-tier golf courses from Predator Ridge to The Rise and everything in between, Vernon caters to players of all skill levels, from beginners to seasoned pros. 

Each course boasts its own unique challenges and scenic vistas, ranging from lush, rolling fairways to dramatic, lake-view tees that promise an unforgettable round. The region's mild climate allows for an extended golf season, giving enthusiasts the chance to enjoy the sport from early spring through late autumn. 

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