couple toasting wine at dinner in a cabin

Vernon Winter Experiences to Transform Your Season

Surrounded by mountains and sparkling lakes, Vernon bustles with activity throughout the colder months. From snowshoe dinners to distillery tastings to art classes, this is a community that brings warmth to the winter season.

For the Eeltinks, Vernon made the ideal destination to celebrate their wedding anniversary over several winter days.

“It’s a gift to be out here doing this,” says Edna Lising-Eeltink, who grew up in the snow-free Philippines but began embracing the season when she immigrated to Canada. 

The couple’s experience is captured in this story, and below you’ll find the highlights of their trip, making it easy to plan your next Vernon winter visit. 

night snowshoeing amongst snow covered trees

Get into winter with outdoor activities

What does it mean to be the Trails Capital of BC in winter? Here are some unique experiences to weave into your visit. 

Cross-country Skiing Galore
You can spend days exploring the 105 km of meticulously maintained Nordic trails or the 30 kms of snowshoeing trails, at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre or the cross-country trails at SilverStar Mountain Resort. 

Evening Snowshoe Dinners
Embark on a thrilling evening snowshoe trek through the ethereal forests of the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre, guided only by the soft glow of headlamps. Marvel at the whimsical shapes of snow-laden conifer trees as you wind your way to the Black Prince Cabin, where a divinely catered three-course dinner awaits you

Skiing & Snowboarding at SilverStar Mountain Resort
Just 30 minutes from downtown Vernon, you can ski and apres at one of interior BC’s snowiest, most charming resorts.

group taking art class at the Vernon Community Arts Centre

Explore Vernon’s Creative Scene

Amidst the snowy landscape, vibrant arts and culture thrive in Vernon, making it the perfect destination for those seeking both thrill and tranquility. 

Vernon Murals
As you stroll through downtown, watch for murals! The city walls are adorned with 28 vibrant murals depicting its rich history and culture. 

Local Art Classes
Let your creative juices flow as you join in on a variety of adult art classes offered at the Vernon Community Arts Centre. Whether it's painting, pottery, or glass making, the opportunities to create your masterpiece are endless.

tasting experience at distillery

Apres in Vernon

After an active day outdoors, indulge in Vernon's diverse culinary scene.

Distillery Tour and Tastings
A visit to BC’s original distillery, Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery, is a can’t miss! Savor the flavors of award-winning spirits and liqueurs, all crafted from locally sourced fruits. Watch as apples transform into alcohol in a charming copper still, and enjoy a tasting session of a variety of liqueurs including the unique Haskap Liqueur and bourbon-style whiskey, BRBN.

More Apres Fun
From eclectic menus at winery restaurants to adventurous snowcat dinner tours at SilverStar, a mouthwatering dining experience awaits at every turn. 

Whether you're exploring winding trails, expanding your artistic palette or enjoying a warming drink, there's no better way to immerse in a BC winter. Come to Vernon this winter for our impressive array of outdoor activities and a charming small-town vibe that will transform your season.