Located in the north of the beautiful Okanagan Valley, Vernon is a vibrant city as evidenced in the downtown murals depicting its history.
The outdoor recreational opportunities in the North Okanagan are endless. With 1,903 hours of sunshine annually, locals and visitors enjoy some of the finest lakes in the world, from 135 km long Okanagan Lake, famous for the Ogopogo, to Kalamalka Lake with its breathtaking indigo colour derived from suspended calcite in the water column. Enjoy golfing at a world class course and finish the day with a fine wine from an award winning winery.
SilverStar Mountain Resort, just 25 minutes from downtown has runs to suit every skill level from the beginner to the adrenalin junkie. Voted the number one Nordic Destination by the US National Ski Team in Forbes Travel Magazine, the mountain continues to cater to the many international visitors lured by the friendly atmosphere and dry powder.
Locals are used to a relaxed lifestyle with an average commute of just 4.4 kilometres and a revitalized downtown within easy walking distance for many. The proximity to Kelowna International Airport with daily service to the oil patch means Vernon has become a viable option for those willing to work in the North while their family lives here.
There are currently over 40,000 “Vernonites” and a regional population of 83,000, including the towns of Coldstream, Lavington, Lumby, Armstrong and Enderby. This number is projected to grow by 22.8% by 2030. With new facilities being built to enhance the rich, social fabric and wonderful, educational opportunities for our youth, it is easy to see why Vernon and the surrounding areas have a bright future.