Welcome to the Trails Capital of B.C! The Regional District of North Okanagan and Ribbons of Green Trails Society have officially awarded Vernon with this title for it's trail density and quality. With three beautiful lakes, and peaceful rolling hills, Vernon is a spectacular place to be! The Greater Vernon area consists of Vernon, Silver Star Mountain Resort, the District of Coldstream, the Village of Lumby, and Lavington.
Grab a hot drink in downtown Vernon and walk along the quaint city streets. Go swimming in Kalamalka Lake's jewel toned waters, or go Ogopogo spotting at Okanagan Lake. With Kin Beach and Kal Beach only a 13 minute drive from each other, why not go to both lakes in one day! If you've come for ski season, Silver Star Mountain Resort is sure to impress.
If you're flying into YLW Airport in Kelowna, Vernon is just a 29 minute drive north. Make sure you check DriveBC for current road conditions and closures.
Warm lakes in the summer, snowy mountains in the winter, Vernon has the best of it all. Spend your day hiking one of our many trails, and then watch the sun set over Kalamalka Lake. After a day of snowshoeing through a winter wonderland, cozy up with a hot chocolate downtown and take in our many murals. If you're here for history, be sure to check out O'Keefe Ranch and the Caetani Cultural Centre!
Ziplining? Skydiving? Paragliding? Vernon was made for adrenaline junkies. Climb amazing natural rock formations, jump out of helicopters for back country skiing, and push yourself to the limit.
Vernon is full of art. Everywhere you look, you can find it! Take a walking tour of Vernons historic murals, or peruse one of our many galleries.
If you're looking for an immersive historical experience the O'Keefe Ranch is open all year round and often hosts special events. After that, stop by the Caetani Cultural Centre to hear about some of Vernons most intriguing and disturbing history.
Be sure to check out the Caravan Farm Theatre for a unique theatre experience!
Get outside and move! The Greater Vernon area offers hiking for everyone regardless of experience level. Looking for something a little more fast paced? Check out the mountain biking trails! Officially titled the Trails Capital of B.C., Vernon has extensive trails to explore. With much variety and fantastic quality, it truly deserves this title. If you're looking to slow it down, enjoy a round of golf at one of our six golf courses. In the winter Silver Star has everything to offer. Skating, tubing, and 132 runs, are sure to keep you busy on the winter days.
Obviously our favourite restaurant in town is Bourbon Street Bar and Grill located at Prestige Vernon Hotel, but if you've already visited them and want to try out another great local eatery, you will be very impressed with what Vernon has to offer.
Here is a convenient calendar with up-to-date information on the events in Vernon.
Wander around our downtown, where you will find 250 retail and service shops. Can't find what you need? Check out the Village Green Shopping Centre, Vernon's biggest mall.