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Family Fun in Vernon: Spring Break Edition

As spring arrives, Vernon transforms into the perfect setting for families to explore the great outdoors, delve into vibrant local culture, and make lasting memories. From exploring its natural wonders to experiencing the local arts scene and enjoying quality time together, Vernon has something for everyone. Dive into our guide for a week packed with adventure, fun, and relaxation, ideal for all family members. Get ready for a spring break in Vernon, where adventure awaits every day!

  • 7 days
  • Mar - Apr
  • Easy
Two women sitting on the rocks at Juniper Bay soaking in the sun.

Day 1: Family Fun at Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park

Kick off your adventure with a family day out at Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. Head over to the stunning Jade and Juniper Bays, where the water sparkles in shades of turquoise, and the views are straight out of a postcard. These spots are perfect for a hike that everyone from toddlers to grandparents can enjoy together. And if the sun's shining, why not take a dip in the lake's cool waters? Don't forget your swimsuits and towels! Wrap up your day with a lakeside picnic, surrounded by the beauty of nature waking up around you. It's the perfect start to a week of making memories.

Learn more here

Colourful mural of a main beside pottery and dishes on the side of a building downtown Vernon.
Steve Austin

Day 2: A Cultural Adventure Through Vernon

Embark on a day filled with art, history, and stories in Vernon. Kick things off at the Vernon Public Art Gallery and the Vernon Community Arts Centre, where you'll get up close with the creativity and passion of local artists. Then, take a nostalgic journey at the Greater Vernon Museum & Archives to discover the tales and treasures of Vernon's rich past.

Craving some fresh air and sunshine? Wander through downtown Vernon and let the colorful murals guide you through the city's heritage. Each vibrant piece offers a glimpse into the heart and soul of Vernon, making for a perfect blend of outdoor stroll and cultural exploration. It's a day to connect, learn, and be inspired by the community's artistic spirit.

View the mural descriptions and map here

Mother walking the Rail Trail path pushing her toddler and carrying her baby.

Day 3: Relaxing Exploration on the Okanagan Rail Trail

Ease into your day with a serene adventure along the Okanagan Rail Trail. Whether you choose to cycle or stroll, this picturesque route offers unparalleled views of the lake. The trail is a gentle journey, accessible and enjoyable for all ages and fitness levels, making it perfect for a family outing or a peaceful solo escape.

As you follow the path, take the opportunity to pause at one of the many scenic spots for photos or simply to soak in the tranquility of your surroundings. The trail's flat terrain means you can go as far or as short as you like without much effort.

Explore the Rail Trail here

Little girl playing with light up board at the Okanagan Science Centre

Day 4: A Day of Discovery at the Okanagan Science Centre

Dive into a world of wonder at the Okanagan Science Centre, where learning and fun meet. Kick off your day exploring hands-on exhibits that bring science to life. From awe-inspiring demonstrations to interactive displays, there's something to ignite the curiosity of every visitor, young or old.

Before you go, check out the centre's schedule to catch any special events or programs tailored to spark your interest even further. This day is all about discovering the joy of science in an environment that's as entertaining as it is educational. 

Plan your visit here

A healthy lunch consisting of a bowl of vegetables and greens from The Fig downtown Vernon.
Loretta Friedrich

Day 5: Local Bites and Downtown Delights

Lunchtime is your chance to experience The Fig, a cozy bistro beloved by locals for its heartwarming atmosphere and a menu brimming with fresh, locally sourced delights. With options for every dietary need, it's the perfect spot for the whole family to refuel with delicious eats.

Once you're satisfied, meander through downtown Vernon, where the charm of Main Street beckons. For families, Vernon Teach and Learn is a treasure trove of educational toys and games, while Little Plum Children’s Boutique, a delightful spot that captures the heart of Vernon’s community spirit. Specializing in children’s consignment, it's a treasure trove of unique finds. Drop by for one of their weekly activities, explore the ever-changing selection, or take a moment to relax in their welcoming parenting room.

Discover Vernon’s shopping scene here

A person indoor rocking climbing

Day 6: Active Fun with Rock Climbing and Swimming

Looking for a way to burn off some energy? Challenge your family to an exciting day of indoor rock climbing. Whether you're new to bouldering or eager to tackle climbing walls, it's a thrilling way to bond and test your limits together!

If you're in the mood for something a bit more laid-back, the Vernon Rec Center has you covered with their family-friendly swim sessions. Dive into fun every Saturday and Sunday with their Toonie swim from 5pm to 7pm. It's an affordable way to splash around and end your day on a refreshing note.

Check out the pool schedule here

A group of people up at the top of a run at Silver Star Moutain
Niall Pinder

Day 7: Join the Fun at Silver Star's Seismic Spring Festival

Get ready for the Seismic Spring Festival at Silver Star Mountain Resort, happening March 29th to April 7th, 2024. This 10-day extravaganza is a perfect blend of mountain culture, featuring sports, music, art, and culinary experiences. Highlights include free live music, après zones with BBQs and beer gardens, and the not-to-be-missed SkiiTour kick-off event.

With activities ranging from wine dinners and sports events to scavenger hunts and art workshops, there's something for everyone. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere with family and friends, and make the most of spring skiing and the festival's good vibes!

View the full schedule here

We hope you're inspired to explore the diverse and vibrant experiences this beautiful region has to offer. From the serene beauty of Kalamalka Lake to the rich cultural tapestry of downtown Vernon, and the exhilarating activities at Silver Star Mountain Resort, there's truly something for every family member to enjoy!

Remember, this itinerary is a starting point for your spring break adventures. Vernon is bustling with events, activities, and hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Be sure to check out the local events calendar for more fun activities and events happening daily. 

Check out the Events calendar here