Vernon. Make it Yours…for a day, for a weekend, for the best time of your life.

We recently found this great write-up in Absolute Okanagan magazine on why life in Vernon quite simply rocks! We thought it perfectly summed up all the perks that you get, living in this great city and wanted to share. Enjoy!

Vernon, located in the North Okanagan; is set amongst valleys, mountains, rivers and three lakes – Okanagan, Swan and Kalamalka. The secret to Vernon’s growing popularity is that more and more people are turning off the highway and discovering the wonderful experiences that Vernon offers.

Absolute Okanagan Magazine - 2012/13 EditionVisitors and residents appreciate the easy lifestyle that encourages everyone to get out and enjoy the surroundings. With over 100 lakes within 1 hour from downtown; you can boat, paddle, swim, fish or sail to your heart’s content.

Vernon is also home to two world class resorts – Predator Ridge Golf Resort and Sparkling Hill Resort – both offer exceptional experiences. Golfers can also test their skills at Vernon Golf & Country Club or The Rise. For those that want a quick game; there are numerous executive courses in the area as well.

With 5 provincial parks adjacent to the community, there are endless opportunities to hike, mountain bike, camp and enjoy a little wilderness close to a civilized setting. Silver Star Provincial park is located just 20km from downtown – home to Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre and Silver Star Mountain Resort. Silver Star Resort has a bike skills park and life accessed mountain bike and hiking trails in the summer.

Vernon’s farmer’s markets take place three times a week from April to October so eating local is “as easy as pie”. With the agricultural bounty surround Vernon, many Vernon restaurants showcase local products for you to enjoy.

Davison Orchards has been serving the community for over 60 years and a visit to their farm and country village is always a ‘must see’ when visiting Vernon as is a visit to Planet Bee with its bee observatory and honey products including mead.

Okanagan Spirits produces international award winning fruit brandies all sourced and distilled locally. Their new gin is made with juniper berry, rose petals, lemon balm and other ingredients that almost make it sound healthy!

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre, Okanagan Opal and the Okanagan Science Centre create wonder and awareness of the natural world and local environment. Or visit the Vernon Museum for a walk through the community’s history or take a ghost or mural tour in historic downtown.