Visiting The City Of Vernon BC

Vernon British Columbia Tourism

Summer in Vernon BC, and the North Okanagan Regional District, offers some great family friendly attractions that you don't find elsewhere in the Okanagan Valley.

With climate and weather that is much similar to the rest of the Okanagan, Vernon British Columbia enjoys long warm summer days and little rain in the summer months.

With an outdoor water park, fun nature tours, and popular Kal beach on Kalamalka Lake, there's lots to do to enjoy a summer vacation.

You can also take head up to Silver Star Resort in the winter, for skiing and snowboarding, and in the summer explore the many provincial parks and trails that surround the city.

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Vernon British Columbia is is centrally located in the North Okanagan and is easily accessed through 3 major routes; Highway 97, Highway 6, and the Coquihalla highway. It is only a 45 minute drive from Kelowna and about 1 1/2 hours from Penticton. The city of Vernon is also near the Shuswap, making it the most ideally located city in the Okanagan Valley.

It is a wonderful place to visit, both summer and winter. In contrast to the South Okanagan, this region is largely farming and agricultural, with rolling hills, open fields, and grasslands surrounded by the Monashee Mountain range.

Golf and Wine
Vernon has golf courses for those on a golf vacation and although most Okanagan wineries are in the southern part of the valley, there a few wineries in the North Okanagan for those who love to tour.
Silverstar Mountain is host to the Summer Okanagan Wine Festival.

Vernon BC offers some great family friendly attractions:

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- with the only outdoor water park in the valley, Atlantis Water Slides, or Atlantis Water Park, is one of the main family friendly attractions.
- explore the early ranching history at the O'Keefe Ranch
- the Okanagan is considered as one of the most endangered ecological regions in Canada. The Allan Brooks Nature Centre is a wonderful place to experience nature in the Okanagan Valley, and learn about endangered species.
- if you're here on a winter ski vacation, you may want to take in the Vernon Winter Carnival
- kids really enjoy exploring Planet Bee Honey Farms
- head to nearby Enderby for the only drive in movie theatre in the Valley
- summer or winter, Silver Star Mountain is a great place to explore for everyone, has been voted a best family ski resort in Canada, and is virtually a doorway to the Shuswap and Kootenay Rockies.
- agri tourism is a large part of the North Okanagan, and here you can find some of the best farmers markets!

More family and kid friendly attractions
Check out our top kid's My Okanagan page to see
all the places in the Okanagan that we've explored so far!
And kids, if you want to learn more about all the different species of wildlife in the Okanagan, click here!

In and around the Vernon Okanagan area you'll also find:

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- many beautiful beaches, parks and trails to enjoy much outdoor recreation!

- The city is bordered by Kalamalka Lake, known for it's unique colors that change with the heat of the day and with the sun's rays, and Kalamalka Provincial Park a 978 hectare park, known for it's network of trails that all lead to three main bays on Kalamalka Lake.

- Kekuli Bay provincial campground overlooks Kalamalka Lake, and though it is a short drive from the city of Vernon BC (11 km/7 mi), it is an excellent area for boating and waterskiing.

- Kal Beach is probably the most popular beach in Vernon.

- hiking, biking, fishing and lots of wildlife

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For more information about Vernon British Columbia Tourism, stop at the local Visitor Centre in the city.

701 Hwy 97
Vernon, British Columbia
V1B 3W4
Telephone: (Toll-free) 800-665-0795
Or (250) 542-1415

Interesting Vernon BC Facts

Vernon BC lies near the Monashee Mountain region, in the interior British Columbia, between the Columbia River and Okanagan North Thompson Rivers. The name "Monashee" means "Peaceful Mountain". The Monashee mountains are a subrange of the Columbia Mountain Range stretches 530 km (329 mi) from north to south, all the way from Valemount BC across the United States border and 150 km (93 mi) from east to west.

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