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

Vernon is located 47 km (29 miles) north of Kelowna and 117 km (73 miles) southeast of Kamloops on Hwy 97.

'Top of the Okanagan'
Vernon is situated at the 'Top of the Okanagan', between two lakes; the northern tip of Okanagan Lake in the west and Kalamalka Lake in the east and borders the community of Coldstream.

Tourist Destination
Vernon's economy has traditionally revolved around the agriculture industry and the railway infrastructure to help service it. Vernon, because of the proximity to two incredible lakes, has also been a tourist destination throughout the summer time.

Historic Buildings and Heritage Homes
Vernon is the oldest community along Okanagan Lake with people being drawn here first by the discovery of gold. You can view lots of historic buildings as you go through the city's downtown. If you like walking, a good way to see all this is simply to stroll the tree-lined streets and view beautiful heritage homes.

City of Vernon Murals
Beautiful murals are also on display on the sides of buildings throughout downtown. Various artists led by creator Michelle Loughery, have depicted scenes of Vernon's past. The City of Vernon has set up a mural map for you with a self-guided tour that can be followed.

Vernon Museum
Vernon also has a museum in which you can witness some of its proud past, especially Native artifacts. It is open all year and is centrally located on 32nd Avenue. You will find the photo archives extremely interesting with subject matters including First Nations people, agriculture industry, Fort Vernon and the settlement of local countryside.

Golf - "You'll Never Run Out of Choice"
Golf is very popular in Vernon and with golf courses close by in all directions you'll never run out of choice. If you would like to play the best, try going to Predator Ridge for a very superb golf course. Some other courses include Vernon Golf Course and Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club located towards Falkland near the O'Keefe Ranch.

Silver Star for Powder Snow
For skiing, boarding and other mountainous adventures try going to Silver Star located only a distance of 22 km (12 miles) from Vernon. Silver Star Resort offers excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities in powder snow that are second to none.

Parks and Recreation
Vernon has various recreational activities for you to do all year round including:

  • Aquatic Centre for swimming and exercising; the facility is located at 3310-37th Avenue
  • Hiking and biking on the BX Falls and BX Creek Trails - excellent viewpoints and free maps available at the main counter of the Aquatic Centre.
  • Allan Brooks Nature Centre
  • Okanagan Science Centre

Provincial Parks
There are a number of provincial parks near to Vernon. Some favourites for for swimming and water sports are nearby Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park in Coldstream, Kekuli Provincial Park on Hwy 97 and Ellison Provincial Park on Okanagan Lake in Vernon.

O'Keefe Ranch
Vernon has lots to offer you for family fun and entertainment. One that has always been a favorite is visiting the O'Keefe Ranch located on Hwy 97 towards Falkland.

Atlantis Waterslides
During the summer time go to the Atlantis Waterslides voted the best for Family Fun in the Okanagan. Lot's of laughs including a hot tub, waterslides, arcade, mini-golf, River Riot tube run and lots more.

The Klinker Opal Property
For a real like mining experience try going to The Klinker Opal Property and try your luck digging for opals.

Vernon Vipers - BCHL
If you happen to be here in the winter and enjoy hockey go watch the Vernon Vipers take on the rest of the BCHL.

Information on Vernon

Recreational Activities


First Nations

  • OKIB - The Okanagan Indian Band is located at the head of Okanagan Lake



Map of Vernon and Coldstream
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Kalamalka Lake
Kalamalka Lake


C.E. Perry Vernon Murals
C.E. Perry-Vernon Murals


Kalamalka Lake
Kalamalka Lake


Vernon Golf Courses
Vernon Golf Courses


Historic Banard Avenue
Historic Banard Avenue


Vernon Law Courts
Vernon Law Courts


Ellison Provincial Park
Ellison Provincial Park

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