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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Lavington

Lavington is located about halfway between Vernon and Lumby on Hwy by 6 by around 6 km (4.5 miles) and is situated in the Coldstream Valley just east of the District of Coldstream.

Sir James Buchanan, Bart.
Lavington was named by Sir James Buchanan, Bart., after his home in Sussex, England, Lavington Park. In the early 1900's, Sir James Buchanan, Bart., owned various sections of land around Lavington and later in 1921 purchased the historic Coldstream Ranch.

Small Community
Lavington is surrounded by small mountains flanking the north and south sides mixed with hay fields, ostrich farms, ginseng plantations and residential homes on small acreages making up most of the surrounding area. You get to the small community by turning off of Hwy 6 on School Drive and travelling south towards the Kelowna Pacific Railway tracks.

Hwy 6
There is no real major centre business section or town to speak of in Lavington except for on Hwy 6, the Lavington Store, which has an Esso service station, the Lavington Family Restaurant and the Lavington Market grocery store which includes a Shell service station. The only industry around Lavington is a small sawmill called the Lavington Planer Division that is owned by Tolko Industries Ltd. and a turf farm; unfortunately, the Consumers Glass Lavington Glass Plant closed in 2008.

Recreational Paradise
Nestled in amongst numerous lakes Lavington is a recreational paradise giving you easy access to the Okanagan, Kalamalka and Mabel Lakes and the nearby Monashee Mountains and Sugar Lake to the east on Hwy 3 north of Cherryville. Activities include hiking, wildlife watching, swimming, boating and snowmobiling.

High Country Lakes
There are also some excellent fishing lakes up in the high country around Lavington. To get to them you have to turn off Hwy 6 onto School Drive, turn left onto Learmouth Road, then sharply onto Reid Road to Whitevale Road, then look for the sign for the backcountry Aberdeen Main FSR.

Aberdeen Main FSR
Found to the south, travelling on the Aberdeen Main FSR, turn at the Haddo Main FSR to find three good-sized lakes called Nicklen, Aberdeen and Haddo Lakes. The lakes have old forest service recreation sites featuring some rustic campgrounds and boat launches for car-tops.

Philpott Main FSR
If you have time for more adventure, other forest service roads such as the Philpott Main FSR then Dee Lake Road interconnects with the lakes above Winfield in Lake Country or continue on Philpott Main FSR to Grizzly and Ideal Lakes. Or you can try adventuring on the Aberdeen Crescent FSR which interconnects with the King Edward Road to go to Oyama Lake high above Oyama in Lake Country.

Dirt-Bike and ATV Trails
There are some dirt-bike and ATV opportunities around Lavington including the Vernon Hill Trails which are towards the west on Hwy 6 on Buchanan Road. The area features a selection of both difficult and moderate ability trail sections.

Bluenose Mountain
For hiking and walking trails try visiting Bluenose Mountain which is situated south of Lavington on Bluenose Road (Aberdeen Main FSR).

Backroad Mapbook
If you do venture off on the forests service roads, make sure that you take a Backroad Mapbook in order to find the correct directions. There are many different roads going in all directions around Lavington so getting lost is quite easy.

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying the countryside around Lavington, please remember this is Bear Country as is the rest of British Columbia. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around. There are also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe and practise good outdoor wildlife procedures.

Relaxed Lifestyle
If you are thinking of moving or are relocating to Vernon, consider Lavington as an option especially if you're looking for more of a private setting. Lavington has nice rural-sized lots surrounded by small acreages as well as a few small subdivisions. The air is clean, the lifestyle relaxed and there is a real friendly neighbourly atmosphere.

Information on Lavington



Map of Lavington
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Coldstream Valley
Coldstream Valley


Lavington Store
Lavington Store


Lavington Market
Lavington Market


Ostrich Farm in Lavington
Ostrich Farm in Lavington

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